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'86 F250 460

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Posted by Slowpoke on April 02, 2007 at 17:35:15 from (

My recent purchase of an F250 with a 460 V8 was driven for the first time today, 15 miles. (It was towed home at time of purchase due to a bad thermostat and bungled replacement of water outlet.) It starts instantly when cold, may or may not start when hot, frequent stalling at idle, 220 driving temp on aftermarket gauge.
I increased the idle to 750rpm with vac line pluged. When I checked the timing, there was no marks to be seen, so I cleaned the marks and tried again. Still no marks, so I put whiteout on 8 btdc. The mark is seen 180 away from the pointer! How can the engine start and power the truck if it's 180 out of time???? And what is the fix? Pull the distributor and turn it 180? I am on the first plug wire on the left bank when facing the engine at the grill.
Any help appreciated.

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