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Old 12-27-2012, 02:24 AM   #1
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How to Make your own Timing Tools (Plans)

Hey guys, I got stuck in a pinch the other day when I needed to Change my timing belt, but did not have the tools to do it, so i decided to make my own.
It took me a while to find the specs for them, but finally i found out that they show you right in the Haynes manual if you know where to look.

Anyways, i figured i would save you guys a little time, and just throw the Specs up here for you to view. I threw together a quick autocad drawing of them. If needed, i can also convert the drawing to inches.

The 3mm gap is there so that it can thread all the way in. Most bolts are not threaded all the way back to the bottom. You can also use a washer in place of it, and just add the additional length needed to compensate.

Lucky for me, i have a full machine shop in the garage, and could make a pretty decent set for myself, but you can also make a very simple one by just using all-thread and two nuts.




Here is how mine came out. I am going to make one from solid stainless or titanium when i get the chance.


As with any of the plans i share in the future, i just ask that you use these for personal use only, do not claim them as your own, and do not try to sell the item portrayed in the design.


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Old 12-27-2012, 07:28 PM   #2
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Very well done! If you're interested, I'd very much like to buy a set from you if you'd make it. I can't seem to find a cheaper set anywhere near me.
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Very well done! If you're interested, I'd very much like to buy a set from you if you'd make it. I can't seem to find a cheaper set anywhere near me.
Maybe in the future, but for right now I am only making the designs available for public use. You can get a very nice set from Massive for only about $30 I think. For me to make one set at a time, it would not be worth my time for the little profit I would get.

Here is a link to the timing tool set (I am in no way affiliated with Massive Speed System)

http://www.massivespeedsystem.com/_m.../i-273565.aspx
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The pin works even better if you replicate the point and radius shown in the Haynes illustration. I managed to find a bolt of correct thread and simply cut end off to length and rounded the end on hand grinder while removing the last 5 threads or so, luck had the bolt threaded all the way up too. It works perfectly.

The bar can be made of 3/16ths thick keyway material from Home Depot, cost maybe $3 back when I did mine. The bar is .187" thick, I slip a .012" or .013" feeler gauge in to build it up to the .200 thick needed to fit cam slots tightly. Bar between 8 and 9 inches long, you want it to reach to outside of head both sides for better support.

I know I spent maybe 15-20 minutes and no more than $8 making the tools and they work great.
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Or look online for the OTC timing set. That's what I have and it was much cheaper than the other sets available. Oh and it's a quality piece and has been used at least a dozen times already.
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Nice... thanks everyone! cool write up. For sure.
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Thanks. I have looked at many different brands of timing tools, and the haynes home made one was the only one with the tapered nose, so i went with the generally used design, and it timed the car perfect.
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That could very well be, no tools available to look at at the time I made mine, I saw the haynes part and assumed it needed the rounded tip just in case the crank had a small hole there rather than just a crank weight bumping into it. I'd be curious what the bumping surface looks like.

I am apparently lucky as the damper has the slight double marks to indicate TDC on the pan, at least one car does, the other does not, they modded the pan and removed the alignment mark. So I had backup timing on one engine to guarantee crank pin is dead on. First time I timed I did not have the pin, simply used the pan mark.
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