I have just bought a MK 3 cortina fitted with the Essex V6 bored out to 3.1 lts. The bodywork is excellent but the engine runs like a bag of nails. The plugs, cap, rotor arm and leads have been renewed. Before I strip down the twin choke Weber I want to check the timing is spot on and here lies the problem.
When trying to use the strobe light, which is about 20 years old now, i cannot see any notch on the pulley next to the W mark although the strobe is pulsing light. Maybe the timing is way off or the firing order is wrong. Im sure the correct order is 1 4 2 5 3 6 but im not sure of how each cylinder is numbered.
I think it should be FRONT 1 2 3
4 5 6
but checking online some diagrams show the order as FRONT 1 2 3
6 5 4
Also the car has electronic ignition and not points so I dont think I can check the timing static.
Can anyone give me any ideas on this. Thanks in advance, John.