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Can not see timing marks with light

I have a 1980 F-150 Ranger Lariat w/ a 351M w/ 81,000 original miles. I want to check my timing but when I point the timing light toward the damper, I cant find a clear view. Any Suggestions?


The Token Canadian
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Can you see the pointer
No. Can not see the pointer. I cleaned the marks on the damper and rubbed some soap stone into the marks. That works great, but I just cant see in a straight line with the timing light to the pointer.
I think I will need to pull the fan shroud and fan off long enough to set the timing. The only thing I can think of in order to see the pointer straight on.


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I have pointed the timing light such that it focuses on the marks but look at it from other angles.