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Shopping for a timing light

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by '73 K5, Mar 30, 2000.

  1. '73 K5

    '73 K5 1/2 ton status

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    I've done quite a few things to my Blazer, but I've never set the timing myself. I want to add to my tool collection with a timing gun/light, but I don't know which one to buy. They are all different prices and have some features that I don't know what they are. What should I look for? I shouldn't need anything too fancy for a regular old 350 with an HEI.

    '73 K5
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  2. Burt4x4

    Burt4x4 3/4 ton status

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    I have the Sears brand it's not the top of the line one but it seems to work fine and you just clip it on to the #1 spark plug wire and the batt then fire. Myold man had an old style were you had to hook up to the #1 by pulling off the spark plug boot and hook between the sparkplug and boot.
    old school!!
    Sears has great warrenties so they useually will give you a new one it it breaks!
    Good Luck
    Burt4x4

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  3. getsome

    getsome 1/2 ton status

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    I have had two timing lights now that were from Sears and they both were great. Nothing fancy but simple to use and fun to work with if you have a non stock cam. My only wish is that it had the dial on the back so that I could check total timing with vaccuum.

    Getsome 84 K5
     
  4. Eagle86K5

    Eagle86K5 1/2 ton status

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    Inductive pickup is definately the way to go.

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  5. snidgen

    snidgen Registered Member

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    You should get one that has a dial for total advance timing so you can check base timing and total vacuum advance timing as they are equally important. I also like mine because its battery powered so there are no extra wires to hook up or get in the way just hook to #1 and time your heart out.
     

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