6th Gear Poster
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Millbrook, Alabama
Timing Chain Aligned...Then not...
Ok, I'm going to sound like a non-mechanical person here, but I'm just seeking a little reassurance....
I put the timing chains on my engine last night...Crank keyway at the 9:00 position. It wasn't too much trouble getting the bright links on the chain aligned with the timing marks on all the gears.
The moment of truth arrives when I slowly turn the crank, feeling for any valve to piston clearance. I feel none, and continue to turn the crank a full revolution. I look to see if the timing marks line back up. They don't, so I continue to turn, and turn, and turn, looking to get all the marks lined back up. I must have turned the crank 20 or 30 times, but the marks never did come back to the bright links.
I'm thinking at some point, if I kept turning the crank, the marks would have to line up eventually.
Does all this sound normal, or should I take the chains off and start over?
Glen "RustyUL" Weldon
94 Thunderbird SC - 5 Speed -- Picture Here
1 of 722 1994 SC 5-speeds made.
Soilid Engine Mounts, B&M Ripper Shifter, Tokico Shocks
95 Thunderbird LX - 4.6