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Old 02-28-2012, 03:28 PM   #1
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Hello fellow c3'ers,

I am trying to find any source for the purchase of a dail back timing light and I am lost. Perhaps I am not looking for the correct name etc..so if anyone could give me a part name, part number or even a sku code I would really appreciate it. I've looked at AutoZone, Pep Boys and Sears websites and cannot seem to narrow it down to a specific "dial back timing light".......they just show timing lights so I am not sure what look for.

Thanks all in advance....

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Old 02-28-2012, 03:44 PM   #2
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http://www.summitracing.com/search/P...Timing-Lights/
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Old 02-28-2012, 03:48 PM   #3
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I bought the best one Pep Boys had...$99 I think..it has worked more than perfect for me.
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Old 02-28-2012, 03:55 PM   #4
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Pick your price I like the Equus ones with the built-in tach.
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Old 02-28-2012, 04:26 PM   #5
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The 'dial back' timing lights will have a ****/dial on the rear of the light. That **** is what you turn to dial-in the number of degrees [advance] that you desire. Or, you just aim at the timing indicator (at the damper) and turn the **** until the TDC line on the damper lines up with the "0" degree mark on that indicator. Then read the number of degrees on the timing light dial and that tells you the degrees advance that your engine is producing at that time.

I think that all of the 'chain' auto stores sell them. Or you can find one on Amazon.com or eBay.
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Old 02-28-2012, 04:34 PM   #6
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I got a Craftsman from Sears, it has worked great for a number of years.

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...=1330464816726
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Old 02-28-2012, 04:46 PM   #7
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...just aim at the timing indicator (at the damper) and turn the **** until the TDC line on the damper lines up with the "0" degree mark on that indicator. Then read the number of degrees on the timing light dial and that tells you the degrees advance that your engine is producing at that time.
Thats just the way I do it.
MK's78 check out the one Mashman posted, the small picture on the bottom shows the dial.
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Old 02-28-2012, 04:55 PM   #8
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I have the $55 one with the metal housing from Summit, it has performed well for a number of years.
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Old 02-28-2012, 05:12 PM   #9
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Hello fellow c3'ers

Thanks all in advance....

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You just said it in your last sentence "advance" as in "advanced timing light".
I have a Sears chrome one and it works good.
Companies also make digital ones.
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Old 02-28-2012, 08:06 PM   #10
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You can get the $475.00 Snap-On timing light like me, or, you can be smart and buy a Craftsman, Pep Boys, and I think they even have them at Harbor Freight. My hopeless tool addiction! Unless you're going to use it each and every day,the models listed earlier in this post will suit you just fine.
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Old 02-28-2012, 09:23 PM   #11
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I've got this one, does rpm, charging volts, timing advance, works with all types of ignitions. I forgot it even does dwell, it's been so long. Google for better price.

http://www.summitracing.com/parts/EQU-5568/
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Old 02-28-2012, 10:19 PM   #12
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http://www.dragracingonline.com/tech...-lights-1.html

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I've got this one, does rpm, charging volts, timing advance, works with all types of ignitions. I forgot it even does dwell, it's been so long. Google for better price.

http://www.summitracing.com/parts/EQU-5568/
This is an excellent tool to have.
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Old 02-28-2012, 10:32 PM   #14
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I too bought mine from Sears. It has worked perfect for several years now.
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Can a dial back timing ligbt be used with msd boxes?

QUOTE=mk's78;1580138096]Hello fellow c3'ers,

I am trying to find any source for the purchase of a dail back timing light and I am lost. Perhaps I am not looking for the correct name etc..so if anyone could give me a part name, part number or even a sku code I would really appreciate it. I've looked at AutoZone, Pep Boys and Sears websites and cannot seem to narrow it down to a specific "dial back timing light".......they just show timing lights so I am not sure what look for.

Thanks all in advance....

mk's78[/QUOTE]
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Old 05-18-2013, 09:44 PM   #16
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i have never used a dial back light , i have an old sears that i extended the power lines so i can clip it to the battery terminal in a c3. people in my area years ago called it a "corvette timing light". don't know if its better or not but it always helped me make the car run better.
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i extended the power lines so i can clip it to the battery terminal in a c3. people in my area years ago called it a "corvette timing light".
There's no need to do that. Just clip the timing light onto the positive terminal on the back of your alternator, and clip the negative wire onto any metal engine part.
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There's no need to do that. Just clip the timing light onto the positive terminal on the back of your alternator, and clip the negative wire onto any metal engine part.
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I have always done what Lars said. I have reclocked this alternator so be careful and pay attention to your connections, not mine.
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Old 05-19-2013, 03:24 PM   #19
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i guess i'm a relic,i don't have a dial back light,mine is an antique that i have used for about 30 years,as well as an antique snap on dwell meter and tach.but i'm not completely in the stone age , i do have the luxury of a distributor machine.
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Old 05-19-2013, 05:59 PM   #20
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not one to argue with Lars, i am not. but 30 years ago some of us believed that the terminal (could )interfere with the signal from the timing light causing us to extend our connections. not saying it turned out to be true just saying thats why we did it . i trust what Lars says, sometimes old school isn't the best school.
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