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THUNDERBIRD
1955-64 Tune-up Specifications
Year
Engine or 
Car Model
Spark 
Plug Gap
Point
Gap
Dwell
Angle
Firing
Order
Ignition Timing 
(BTDC or Mark)
Valve Lash
Intake
Exhaust
1955-56
All
.034 .015 26-28
15486372  1
2
.019H
.019H
1957
All
.034 .015 26-28 15486372 1
2
.019H .019H
1958
All
.034 .015
26-28
15426378 1 2 .062- .1875 3
1959
All
.034 .017
26-31
15426378 1 4 5
1960
All
.034 .017
26-31
15426378 1 4 .078-.218 3
1961
All
.034 .017
26-31
15426378 1
.078-.218 3
1962
V8 390
.034
.017
26-31
15426378  1
.100-.200 3
V8 429
.035
.017
26-31
15426378  1
.075-.175 3
1963
V8 390
.034
.017
26-31
15426378 1
.083- .183 3
1964
V8 390
.034 .017 6
26-31 7
15426378 1 6°
8
1 - Cylinder numbering (front to rear): Left
bank 5678, Right bank 1234 

2 - Standard transmission 3° , Fordomatic 6°

3 - Clearance is obtain at valve stem with
lifter collapsed
4 - Standard transmission 5°,  
Auto transmission 8°

5 - V8 352 (.078-.218 3 )
V8 430 (.126-.226 3)

6 - With transistor ignition .020

7 - With transistor ignition 22-24°
8 - Engines built prior Nov 18, 1963 (.083-.183 3) Engines built from Nov 18, 1963 (.050-.150 3)