Timing 92 Taurus 3.8

I recently completed replacing the timing cover gasket on a coolant leaking Taurus 3.8. Now I want to set the ignition timing to factory spec and have
no way to see any markings on the vibration dampener. I found the spout connector, removed it but the water pump and all the accessories are in the way of seeing anything. How does one set the timing. In the manual it states that I was to remove the timing indicator on the timing cover but there was none. Any help would be appreciated.
Thx.
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"David Cole" wrote

Theoretically, the timing pointer on that year is supposed to be cast into the front of the timing chain cover, about 40-45 degrees from vertical, towards the firewall. A while back I was trying to check the timing on Momsy's 91, and couldn't find the damn thing anywhere. Of course, the manual cheats by showing it with "accessory drivebelts removed for clarity". I think the easiest way is just to borrow a cutting torch, hack off the right fender and "frame", and duct tape it all back together when you're finished. Good luck.
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On Thu, 07 Jul 2005 08:57:30 GMT, "David Cole"

I've never tried it before but, you may be able to see it by removing the right wheel and the access panel from the inner fender liner. Shops normally use a magnetic induction sensor plugged into the tube you can see down there. On my own over the years, I have had good luck matching the chisel marks on the base of the distributor with the one on the block. They were there from the factory. Yours may also have them. Never had a problem passing emissions that way.
Good luck Lugnut
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