Ford 360 Timing Specificationsby Manny Jeter
Ford last used the 360 engine in the 1975 model year. The 1975 Ford F-100 featured the FE-series 360 engine. The timing specifications for the 360 FE engine played an important role in the engine's performance and maintenance.
The ignition timing for a manual transmission required a setting with the warm idle speed of 850 revolutions per minute (rpm), all accessories off, transmission in neutral, emergency brake engaged and the distributor vacuum hose disconnected and plugged. The ignition timing for an automatic transmission required a setting with the warm idle speed of 650 rpm, transmission in neutral, emergency brake engaged, idle solenoid adjustment on the air conditioner and the vacuum hose disconnected and plugged. The ignition had a timing of 6 degrees before top dead center (BTDC).
Piston Firing Order
The pistons had the following firing order: 1-5-4-2-6-3-7-8. The truck's distributor rotated counterclockwise.
Spark Plug Gap
The spark plugs' spark gap measured 0.044 inches. Proper timing in any engine requires a correctly adjusted spark gap.