85 Ranger- 88 t-coupe swap timing


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1988 thunderbird turbocoupe 2.3l. Just had my engine rebuilt not too long ago. I got the engine to startup and it will idle. But when I try to time it, trying to do “shining light” test on the #1 spark plug. Whenever I try to move the distributor to set it about 10°-15° below top dead center, it engine will start to sputter and choke itself dead. Right now it’s about 25° below (where it’s idling; roughly). This engine though it is turbocharged it should be similar to the naturally aspirated 2.3. .

I did unplug the SPOUT before trying anything. Just was wondering if anyone had some advice on what I should be doing or what I am doing wrong


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