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How to Set the Timing on an AMC 304


During the 1970’s, the American Motors Corporation fitted some of its vehicle with the 304 V8 engine. As part of the tuneup procedure, you can adjust the timing on the 304 to synchronize the spark produced by the ignition coil with the pistons during their four-stroke cycle. This is necessary to prevent spark knock, preserve fuel economy and engine performance. You can set the timing on your AMC 304 at home in a few minutes with a minimum of tools.

Things You’ll Need

Brake parts cleaner, Lint-free towels, Correction fluid, Timing light, Golf tee or nail, Standard screwdriver