[Vwdiesel] More Quantum Questions?

William J Toensing toensing at wildblue.net
Mon Aug 24 02:33:18 PDT 2009

Found some time to work on the Quantum today, retimed it & got it started. The problem is with the timing & I still don't think I have the timing right. The other day when I got it started by coasting down a hill, the engine seemed much smoother but lacked power. Today, the engine clatters a lot more, slightly less so when I push the cold start in. Should I leave it as is or should I move the IP slightly towards the engine or away from the engine?

I think part of the problem is my dial indicators. The $100 dial indicator I bought from Parts Place didn't work as the inside shaft is not long enough to touch what ever it is supposed to in the IP when I move the engine contra clockwise from TDC. My old one is long enough when screwed into the IP but when I rotate the engine clockwise from before TDC to TDC the dial indicator goes to about 1.5 when the flywheel is at TDC. When I moved the IP either towards the engine or away from the engine, the dial indicator would move closer to the 1.0 reading so what I did was to nudge the IP towards the engine until the dial indicator read 1.0 mm.

In some earlier posts, there was discussion about "hillbilly" timing. Is this moving the IP manually without use of the dial indicator till the proper sound is heard?

Bill Toensing, Nevada City, CA

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