Those of us who grew up in the '60s are now in our 60s. During the time in which we garnered many of our skills in the automotive field, Father Time has taken his toll. I have found, like many others, that being unable to see something you are working on overhead tends to be a hindrance since most bifocals are ground on the bottom half of the lens. Solution: Next time you get that "two pair of glasses for the price of one" offer, have one pair ground with the bifocal prescription on the top of the lens rather than the bottom where you would normally find it. Ta-Dah! You can now see overhead without twisting your neck into strange and painful positions.
F.R. Cirrincione, Ed.D.
Sandhills Open Road Challenge (SORC), '72 DeTomaso Pantera/Grand Touring
Grind Those Teeth
If you have a Chevy motor with an old distributor, you can grind the teeth off, and then leave the old rotor on as a pointer. You can use it to quickly and easily clock oil pump position to any position you wish. I use white-out to mark the balancer, timing tab, No. 1 location on the cap, distributor base, and straight down on the intake. It makes it really easy to see if anything jumped or twisted, without any tools or disassembly required, except of course popping the cap. And, by the way it's super easy to get baseline startup timing.
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