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Just finished an engine swap, for a running KA24E got the car mobile, but the timing is all off. Can't seem to advance it to spec, running it so far retarded keeps the car's top speed down to about 60m.p.h. I fixed the timing chain guides during the swap, and I am operating under the assumption that something was reinstalled a notch off. (somehow?) I am just about to put the car back into the garage and tear it apart again, two questions first:

1) Any other reason the timing wouldn't advance to spec, that wouldn't involve tearing it down to the chain and resetting everything from scratch?
-Pretty sure there isn't, but it would be really great if I didn't have to go through all this again.

2) There is a broken bolt in the oil pan that mates with the timing chain cover. (oops), it is of course recessed and needs to be drilled. Kind of low on cash, AS well as short on time so the second question is: Would it be worth it to just take it to a shop and have them extract it for me? Can it be tapped without having to drop the oil pan? anyone have any experience with this?

Thanks.
 

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Are you sure you're setting it at TDC first and then trying to advice it from there?
 

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make it so it is at tdc by looking at the harmonic balancer and then remove the valve cover and make sure the cam is in the correct position then remove the distributor cap and make sure the rotor is pointing at the #1 spark plug wire. If all of these thinks check out then i dont know why you wouldnt be able to correct the timing.

I dont have any experience with removing a broken bolt in that situation. That is a tough question.
 

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if the distributor cant move far enough you need to move your plugs one plug back/forward and move the dis the other way.
 
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