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Old 06-04-2003, 08:37 AM
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My uncle's 1950 Packard

has a straight 8, front engine, rear drive, of course, which rotates counter-clockwise. Just a few weeks ago he complained to me about overheating and I told him that he should check to make sure the timing wasn't retarded; it turned out that the classic car shop which had done a tune-up for him (he used to do all his own work but is now in his upper '70s) forgot about the reverse rotation and set the ignition at 8 degrees atdc.

Fiats of the '50s and early '60s used to sometimes have counterclockwise rotation on rear engine models, as did Corvairs, which meant that those who wanted to stuff Corvair 6's into VW chassis had to swap around the VW ring and pinion to avoid having 4 speeds reverse and one forward.
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