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Old 08-14-2005, 07:02   #1 (permalink)
MJT
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Distributor Springs (for mech advance) needed

Any idea where I can get new springs for my 65 distributor? Checked a local
source with no luck, and the catalogs I have from various Mustang part
suppliers don't seem to have any.

After much tinkering and adjusting, the last thing that will hopefully
eliminate the pinging I get on acceleration from a standstill is replace the
springs with new ones or stronger ones, to reduce the mechanical advance a
little. Seems the ones I have may be a little old and lost their spring....

Appreciate any source you can point me to.

Thanks in advance. (pun intended!)

Michel.
65 Convertible 289 4bbl



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Old 08-14-2005, 11:01   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Distributor Springs (for mech advance) needed

IIRC, Mr Gasket used to offer recurve kits for the old breaker point
distributors. These included several springs and a couple of flyweights.
While you're in there, check the existing flyweights and the pins for wear.
Also, make sure the cam isn't siezed on the shaft..... under the rotor
should be a wick... a drop or two of light oil at every tune up was the norm
and the wick would allow this oil to leech down between the cam and the
shaft.

Even if you are trying to keep the car a "numbers" car, you might consider
an aftermarket distributor for streetability. Dropping to a colder plug may
also help with the concern.


"MJT" <mjtheriault@sympatico.ca> wrote in message
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> Any idea where I can get new springs for my 65 distributor? Checked a

local
> source with no luck, and the catalogs I have from various Mustang part
> suppliers don't seem to have any.
>
> After much tinkering and adjusting, the last thing that will hopefully
> eliminate the pinging I get on acceleration from a standstill is replace

the
> springs with new ones or stronger ones, to reduce the mechanical advance a
> little. Seems the ones I have may be a little old and lost their

spring....
>
> Appreciate any source you can point me to.
>
> Thanks in advance. (pun intended!)
>
> Michel.
> 65 Convertible 289 4bbl
>
>
>



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Old 08-14-2005, 13:01   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Distributor Springs (for mech advance) needed

Bingo.

Mr. Gasket had exactly what I needed. Thanks Jim, for your advice. I ordered
it today through a local distributor, PartSource. For the princely sum of
$4.75 Canadian before taxes for a recurving kit with the flywights and
several sets of springs.

By the way, for anyone who has been following my problem with pinging, I
have definitely narrowed it down to the springs. I am told that the two
springs should be the same, but in my distributor, they are different. Even
worst, one is loose to start with, probably contributing to the problem. I
look forward to getting some new springs from Mr. Gasket.

Michel.


"Jim Warman" <mechanic@tenalpsulet.net> wrote in message
news:6DKLe.221310$on1.132811@clgrps13...
> IIRC, Mr Gasket used to offer recurve kits for the old breaker point
> distributors. These included several springs and a couple of flyweights.
> While you're in there, check the existing flyweights and the pins for

wear.
> Also, make sure the cam isn't siezed on the shaft..... under the rotor
> should be a wick... a drop or two of light oil at every tune up was the

norm
> and the wick would allow this oil to leech down between the cam and the
> shaft.
>
> Even if you are trying to keep the car a "numbers" car, you might consider
> an aftermarket distributor for streetability. Dropping to a colder plug

may
> also help with the concern.
>
>
> "MJT" <mjtheriault@sympatico.ca> wrote in message
> news:ULHLe.95$kz6.32627@news20.bellglobal.com...
> > Any idea where I can get new springs for my 65 distributor? Checked a

> local
> > source with no luck, and the catalogs I have from various Mustang part
> > suppliers don't seem to have any.
> >
> > After much tinkering and adjusting, the last thing that will hopefully
> > eliminate the pinging I get on acceleration from a standstill is replace

> the
> > springs with new ones or stronger ones, to reduce the mechanical advance

a
> > little. Seems the ones I have may be a little old and lost their

> spring....
> >
> > Appreciate any source you can point me to.
> >
> > Thanks in advance. (pun intended!)
> >
> > Michel.
> > 65 Convertible 289 4bbl
> >
> >
> >

>
>



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Old 08-14-2005, 15:01   #4 (permalink)
Jim Warman
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Re: Distributor Springs (for mech advance) needed

We often see two different springs installed in attempts to tailor the
ignition curve. Often, one spring may "flop around" though that is a
scenario I don't like. I wont even pretend to know how centrifugal force
works but I did have access to a synchrograph for several years. It isn't
necessary to run matched springs since we usually want advance to hit fairly
hard at the beginning and taper towards the top end.

Hope the kit does the trick for you...


"MJT" <mjtheriault@sympatico.ca> wrote in message
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> Bingo.
>
> Mr. Gasket had exactly what I needed. Thanks Jim, for your advice. I

ordered
> it today through a local distributor, PartSource. For the princely sum of
> $4.75 Canadian before taxes for a recurving kit with the flywights and
> several sets of springs.
>
> By the way, for anyone who has been following my problem with pinging, I
> have definitely narrowed it down to the springs. I am told that the two
> springs should be the same, but in my distributor, they are different.

Even
> worst, one is loose to start with, probably contributing to the problem. I
> look forward to getting some new springs from Mr. Gasket.
>
> Michel.
>
>
> "Jim Warman" <mechanic@tenalpsulet.net> wrote in message
> news:6DKLe.221310$on1.132811@clgrps13...
> > IIRC, Mr Gasket used to offer recurve kits for the old breaker point
> > distributors. These included several springs and a couple of flyweights.
> > While you're in there, check the existing flyweights and the pins for

> wear.
> > Also, make sure the cam isn't siezed on the shaft..... under the rotor
> > should be a wick... a drop or two of light oil at every tune up was the

> norm
> > and the wick would allow this oil to leech down between the cam and the
> > shaft.
> >
> > Even if you are trying to keep the car a "numbers" car, you might

consider
> > an aftermarket distributor for streetability. Dropping to a colder plug

> may
> > also help with the concern.
> >
> >
> > "MJT" <mjtheriault@sympatico.ca> wrote in message
> > news:ULHLe.95$kz6.32627@news20.bellglobal.com...
> > > Any idea where I can get new springs for my 65 distributor? Checked a

> > local
> > > source with no luck, and the catalogs I have from various Mustang part
> > > suppliers don't seem to have any.
> > >
> > > After much tinkering and adjusting, the last thing that will

hopefully
> > > eliminate the pinging I get on acceleration from a standstill is

replace
> > the
> > > springs with new ones or stronger ones, to reduce the mechanical

advance
> a
> > > little. Seems the ones I have may be a little old and lost their

> > spring....
> > >
> > > Appreciate any source you can point me to.
> > >
> > > Thanks in advance. (pun intended!)
> > >
> > > Michel.
> > > 65 Convertible 289 4bbl
> > >
> > >
> > >

> >
> >

>
>



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