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posted 11-11-2001 03:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 1QuikMach   Click Here to Email 1QuikMach     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a stock distributor on my 351C. Awhile back I pulled the cap and noticed a large amount of metal shavings lineing the dist. houseing. I pulled the dist. and tore it down, finding that the plate on which the weights are attached had been grinding against the bottom of the dist. houesing. Thinking I had installed the cam gear backwards, from the last time I had it apart, I check it and found it properly installed. I noticed the problem started after I had switched over from the stock unit to a comp cams 280H. However, now it has (apparently) ground down to a point where there is no longer a problem and I find no more metal shavings. WHAT WAS HAPPENING? I hope to install a new, better performance dist., but don't want to destory it.

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posted 11-11-2001 07:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 1trickpony     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hmm, sounds like the tolerance in the oil pump drive shaft is too tight. Perhaps it was pushing up in the dist shaft causing the weights to bottom out. If this turns out to be the case you may want to pull your pan and check the inside of your oil pump for wear as well.
It is also possible that the spacing got messed up in the dist asembly itself when you had it apart. Mayhaps a spacer on the wrong side.

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