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Replace Distributor

Rumrunner

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I have a 68' 383, Car is running OK, I don't have as much get up as I'd expect.
I'm working on a new carburetor, I have an edelbrock 650 and my brother is sending me a Holly.
It has been mentioned a couple of times that my distributor looks like I got it from swap meet (previous owner).
As this is my first nuts and bolt rebuild and I'm not a mechanic, most of my limited knowledge is from these pages or
the manuals, I could use some recommendations on a replacement or your thoughts.

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Terry Hauck

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If you are happy with the way it runs just take it out and clean it up. Of course, remember where it is clocked and the firing order. Get a new cap and wire brush the outter housing, put a few drops of oil in the center shaft and you should be fine. I like to restore parts rather than replace them but Mancini and 440 Source have good ones. You could also step up to an MSD setup too. Your call.
 

V.R.D

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I have a 68' 383, Car is running OK, I don't have as much get up as I'd expect.
I'm working on a new carburetor, I have an edelbrock 650 and my brother is sending me a Holly.
It has been mentioned a couple of times that my distributor looks like I got it from swap meet (previous owner).
As this is my first nuts and bolt rebuild and I'm not a mechanic, most of my limited knowledge is from these pages or
the manuals, I could use some recommendations on a replacement or your thoughts.

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you need a timing light . to set timing you would set the idle to 2500 set timing to 34 then bring rpm up to 3000 see if it advanced any more if it stays at 34 then tighten the dist' bolt and drive it.
 

Terry Hauck

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you need a timing light . to set timing you would set the idle to 2500 set timing to 34 then bring rpm up to 3000 see if it advanced any more if it stays at 34 then tighten the dist' bolt and drive it.
I have a stock-style damper and timing cover. Do I just estimate where 34 is?
 

halifaxhops

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If you use a advance style timing light use a digital one the old dial back ones are usually off and will screw you up.
 
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