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Old 03-01-2015, 02:33 PM   #1
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I am sitting here looking at snow falling outside AGAIN, and thinking of spring. I'll be swapping out my current distributor (with modern points and condenser on the upper plate) for a rebuilt one with the stock point system. I have the choice of two distributor body/caps. I have an old (but still in good shape) Ford script body/cap that I picked up at swap meet years ago. I also have a NORS brown body/cap which would add a little color to the engine compartment. So which do you think would be coolest?
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Old 03-01-2015, 02:56 PM   #2
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The brown one.
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Why the brown one ?
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Old 03-01-2015, 03:27 PM   #4
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OK then, the black one...................
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Old 03-01-2015, 03:44 PM   #5
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Bakelite items in other fields are worth more when the item was in brown. Don't know about this though. I'd go with the black..............for looks.
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I run a brown NOS as well, for the last 2,500 miles so far, really nice quality ,
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I would run the one that fits the best on the distributor and has the best rotor to contact gap. Also run both of them at night in the dark and look for stray sparks.
Now that is a sensible reply ! Thanks, Wayne
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Old 03-01-2015, 04:45 PM   #8
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I run a brown NOS as well, for the last 2,500 miles so far, really nice quality ,
You mentioned a brown NOS one. Did Ford actually make a brown one?
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English ones are brown

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Ok, Neither of what you show are for your car.. The "Brown One" is a After Market Reproduction one.. The "Black One" has a After Market Script Base.. The Coil Wire Tower Top is "Original Ford", But only used in Early 1928..
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You mentioned a brown NOS one. Did Ford actually make a brown one?
No. I said NORS New Old Replacement Stock. It is photographed on the box of the company who produced it back in the day.
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Ok, Neither of what you show are for your car.. The "Brown One" is a After Market Reproduction one.. The "Black One" has a After Market Script Base.. The Coil Wire Tower Top is "Original Ford", But only used in Early 1928..
Fine point judging aside, I would think that either could have been found on my 29 tudor in 1929. I believe that since the brown one is made of Bakelite not a modern plastic it is most likely a period replacement while a 1928 distributor body/cap could have easily sat on a dealers shelf until 1929.

In any event using the one that functions the best seems like the best and most helpful advice.
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Do they make them in green?
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Do they make them in green?
No, but you could spray paint them silver to see if the paint really contains any metal.
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Check both with an ohm meter. I do not know what the reading should be to determine if it's good or not, but someone here on FB might know. Pick the one that works. I'm sure you'd rather drive your car rather than being stranded on the side of the road.
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Do they make them in green?
LOL! I hope that coupe has been in at least one Saint Patrick's Day Parade!
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Originals have only one notch to locate in the distributor base,
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ohms should be zero
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ohms should be zero
Following up on that thought, checking across terminals with a megger (high voltage insulation resistance tester) is also helpful. I have found several beautiful original dizzy bodies that fail internally, reading only a few thousand ohms, when I set my megger on 1KV. Checked with a standard battery powered ohmmeter they appeared fine, reading infinity between terminals.
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LOL! I hope that coupe has been in at least one Saint Patrick's Day Parade!
No buy I'm working on that.
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