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Old 05-15-2021, 12:56 PM   #1
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Default Do I need a new distributor body?

Can someone tell me what the dimension should be between the opposing contacts inside a good distributor body. Mine are measuring 2.372 and 2.382. I am surprised at the .010 difference and since my rotor to contact distance varies from .033 to .038 depending on which contact the rotor is lined up with I am wondering if new bodies have a tighter tolerance between contacts. Thanks.
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Old 05-15-2021, 05:04 PM   #2
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Default Re: Do I need a new distributor body?

Don't have the spec, but the only NEW cap I have is 2.410/2.413

Used, I have 2.371/2.376 & 2.430/2.432 (Original I believe)

I don't believe it is all that critical. I wouldn't worry about it. May not be a spec.

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Old 05-15-2021, 05:20 PM   #3
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With only a .005" difference rotor/body I think you're good to go.
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Old 05-15-2021, 09:07 PM   #4
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Thanks y’all! I feel better about it now.
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Old 05-15-2021, 09:40 PM   #5
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Default Re: Do I need a new distributor body?

You can file down the conductors a little to even out the rotor gap if you need to.

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Old 05-15-2021, 09:57 PM   #6
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A good spark from rotor to contact point will jump about a quarter inch. That’s what I look for.
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Old 05-16-2021, 08:54 AM   #7
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I had no idea. I was under the impression that it had to be like a spark plug gap. Thanks for this information!
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Old 05-16-2021, 11:31 AM   #8
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The distributor bushing will have some wear causing a difference in the distance/clearance. The body isn't going to be or fit perfectly.
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