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Finding true TDC on the crank

Posted: July 2nd, 2006, 7:02 pm
by Guy Croft
You need a protractor and a dti (dial gauge) to do this accurately, essential tools for the engine builder.

There is a 'dwell' period around top centre (TDC) where the piston doesn't move, the bigger the engine the bigger the dwell phase; it can be 12 crank degrees or more, use the protrator to find the mid position.Don't even think about building a race engine without taking this kind of care over the build.

The method of finding piston true tdc is exactly the same as finding full lift on the cam, shown at: