Okay, Charles, I'll give it a go.
As you know, I have the MB manuals for 1979. In the Checking for Start of Delivery instructions, step #8 reads as follows:
"Rotate crankshaft in direction of rotation until fuel at overflow pipe just stops dripping. One drop should follow after about 3 seconds."
In appears that after you turn the crankshaft to turnoff, 3 seconds later one drop should appear and then nothing more (It is not supposed to keep dripping). If these things happen, then you can take the reading on the balancer. If something else happens, you should go on around with the crankshaft and do it again because you haven't stopped at the proper point.
Hope this helps.
[Edited by Ted2222 on 03-29-2001 at 11:44 PM]