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cobravenom71
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posted 11-28-2002 09:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cobravenom71   Click Here to Email cobravenom71     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Back in '77, I put the electronic ignition distributor and the various parts in my 71 Mach. (for reliability, you know). The spark-box is hidden, but of course, the distributor is not correct looking.I was consisdering convertinng back to the original distributor and adding a Pertronix, but this one has been flawless. Then it hit me... Can I remove the wide, two-piece distributor cap and replace it with the correct 71 style cap?Will that fit on the '77 base? If so, I would only have to change the wire-ends to fit the cap! Does anyone know if this is possible?

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Rory McNeil
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posted 11-28-2002 11:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rory McNeil   Click Here to Email Rory McNeil     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Absolutley! In fact, when Ford first brought out their electronic ignition (74?), they used the 57&up style distributor cap & rotor.I don`t think they switched to the larger 2 piece cap until 77 or 78. Should be no problem at all.

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cobravenom71
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posted 11-28-2002 11:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cobravenom71   Click Here to Email cobravenom71     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What about the rotor? Is it a direct drop-in?

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BlueMule
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posted 11-28-2002 12:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BlueMule   Click Here to Email BlueMule     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by cobravenom71:
What about the rotor? Is it a direct drop-in?


yup

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posted 11-29-2002 12:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Best to use a high alkyd tan Accel cap and rotor.

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posted 11-29-2002 05:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cobravenom71   Click Here to Email cobravenom71     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What makes the 'high alkyd' cap from Accel better? And thinking of that, what makes the larger, later-model cap that Ford installed better than the early caps?

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posted 11-29-2002 05:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Both are feature that prevent spark crossover especially with high voltage ignition systems.

You also want caps with brass terminals, aluminum terminals {like the FRPP ones} are junk.

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posted 11-29-2002 06:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Accel caps all have brass terminals and are made of high alkyd quality "thicker" plastic. Better insulation, better spark, less likelyhood of spark crossover.

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posted 11-29-2002 07:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If I'm not mistaken, Accel ignition parts are made by Echlin out of Branford, CT. You can probably get a good price on them at a NAPA dealer.

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posted 11-29-2002 07:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, Echlin is the primary manfacturer of Accel parts, but they cannot be purchased under the NAPA brand. Even the NAPA HD parts are not as high a quality as the Accel products. They are under contract with Mr. Gasket, Accels parent company.

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posted 11-29-2002 07:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastymz   Click Here to Email Fastymz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by SteveLaRiviere:
If I'm not mistaken, Accel ignition parts are made by Echlin out of Branford, CT. You can probably get a good price on them at a NAPA dealer.


Summit racing has the best price I've found on the Accel cap and rotor.Also they fit alot better then the stock one do.

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