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Old 02-19-2019, 12:15 PM   #1
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Default Need strange lower distributor cap ID

During the winter, when it is too cold to work in the garage, I enjoy restoring model A parts in the comfort of my warm basement workshop. So I picked up this "lot" of distributor caps for 20 bucks on E-bay to play with. (picture 1) One of them was strange. It had very large brass connectors on the "wings". (pictures 2-3) They look too big for the brass ribbon connectors that serve as plug wires on the model A. I am thinking it might be for a model A tractor using more modern plug wires? Any ideas on what this is?
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Old 02-19-2019, 12:19 PM   #2
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After market. Looks like the terminals screw off for better connection or could use modern style wires. I am not aware of any Ford tractor that used this style cap/body. Nice collection.
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Old 02-19-2019, 12:34 PM   #3
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They look like the tops to the "A" spark plugs that have been adapted to the distributer top.
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Old 02-19-2019, 12:57 PM   #4
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I'm with Ray in La Mesa on this one. I run across this conversion occasionally. The threaded spark plug terminal are often twisted on very tightly with a pliers and may appear as though the cap was made that way.
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Old 02-19-2019, 05:36 PM   #5
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Cap made by Renner's Corner, takes modern style wires
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Old 02-19-2019, 07:41 PM   #6
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They look like the cap that came with my Miller OHV setup, because it has a different plug spacing. I junked it because I used a Mallory distributor or I would post a picture. The cap by Renners corner looks like a modern distributor cap.
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Old 02-19-2019, 08:42 PM   #7
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Here's a similar one.
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Old 02-20-2019, 03:15 PM   #8
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They look like the cap that came with my Miller OHV setup, because it has a different plug spacing. I junked it because I used a Mallory distributor or I would post a picture. The cap by Renners corner looks like a modern distributor cap.
The one I bought from Renner's Corner, the one that is on my engine right now, is just like the one Bob shows above.

Description from their page: https://www.rennerscorner.com/cap--wire-sets.html
RC-12105-M
Description: DISTRIBUTER WING BODY - COVER - ROTOR
Comments: Wing body modified for 7mm plug wires
Application: 1928 - 34 4-cyl
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Old 02-21-2019, 04:08 AM   #9
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That cap is more expensive that an stock A also.
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Old 05-20-2019, 10:53 AM   #10
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Here is a picture of one on a car:
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