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What exactly is wrong with the original distributor?
I dropped it, breaking the gear...then while taking it apart, I broke the shaft too...used the wrong tool.


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The engineering and milling of the MSD Distributor body and shaft are excellent. This has proven to be a positive performance upgrade in my roller cammed 408 6.7L. I even have one in my stock F250 5.8L. The only questionable components that I have found is the MSD supplied TFI ICM and the MSD Coil, which I replace with a Motorcraft parts.

Mechanically, I think the MSD Distributor is well engineered and constructed. I am pleased with their caps and rotors as well. Also, I have returned old damaged MSD Distributors and received a complete rebuild for a minimal fee. Came back like new for a fraction of the cost.























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Decided to stick with the Motorcraft distributor...cleaned it all up and painted it. Just waiting for a shaft and gear for it. I'll post some more pics on "My BC Build" soon. Thanks guys.


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I dropped it, breaking the gear...then while taking it apart, I broke the shaft too...used the wrong tool.
Oh damn. Well cant you just get another from a junkyard?

"Oh man, lodged where??"
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I was having issues with intermittent quiting when hot. (Normally the module) I replaced the whole distributor with a lifetime Advanced Auto. I had the same problem. So I began replacing everything else in the system. After struggling with it for about a year (Scared to drive it more than twenty miles from the house), I changed the module on the "new" dizzy. Runs great. Now I'm rebuilding the OEM with motorcraft parts.

Moral of the story, don't trust new parts.
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This underscores the difference between mechanical and electronic parts. Cheap electronic parts can result in chasing a good distributor. Worn Distributor tolerances can result in chasing quality electronic parts.

In my experience, a TFI Distributor should not be thought of as a whole unit. That is why I have learned to use Motorcraft ICM/PIP/Coil with the MSD Distributor.
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Oh damn. Well cant you just get another from a junkyard?
Last time I went there, I needed a bracket worth nothing, and the guy says "$50 minimum charge". So, you can see why I won't give them the satisfaction.


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Last time I went there, I needed a bracket worth nothing, and the guy says "$50 minimum charge". So, you can see why I won't give them the satisfaction.
Yeah I totally get that man. Is it cold where you live? Wear a big coat, stick that damn distributor in your pants dude

That will give YOU satisfaction- A free distributor.

Of course while walking out with a distributor down your pants, that might not feel very satisfying for that short amount of time.
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I have a MSD billet distributor on my 5.8 in my 1995. It's fed by an MSD Coil and Ford Racing wires. It's been very reliable. The coil was first and that was a significant improvement. Good luck on the pants thing, run fast.
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I had a Mallory (Now owned by MSD) Distributor in my 96' 347 ci Roller Stroker.

it Chewed up the Camshafts distributor drive gear, Literally chewed the teeth to a "Razor Edge".

That Dist was supposed to be a "Plug & Play" set up, drop it in, connect the electronics, rotor, cap, wires, set the timing and Go,
the "Odd" thing about it was that it was speced for a 1995' 5.0L Mustang.

That was in 2013... 12k mi later it developed some noise, pulled the engine and discovered the camshaft Dist Drive Teeth issue & Metal pieces in the Pan, currently "Rebuilding" the engine, (Again).

When i called MSD about a replacement dist they quoted the same distributor for my rig, when i asked them what it is specked for,
he said a '95 Mustang 5.0L but it "should work".

So, when i informed him about my issues with the dist and Cam gear in my rig,,,,,
he said that they have "nothing" to work in my rig And He could not get off the phone fast enough..... (That Effin' Butt hole)

Going Back to the Stock Distributor with this rebuild......

Read, Read, Read, and be sure before Purchasing a New Unit.
Also,
be sure to check the Dist & Camshafts Drive Gear "Early"
Pull the Dist and look down into the Dist Hole on the Engine to see the teeth of the Cam Drive Gear,
ANY sign of Unusual Wear, you want to "Revisit" your setup Before driving it much further.

It Will save you some "headaches" and Expense later on.......

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I second the msd billet distributor , installed it in 2004 and no problems , its also fed by the Msd 6a and blaster coil(installed same time) Good luck TR
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In 2005 I put in a Motorcraft distributor and TFI module and believe it or not they're still going strong, even with the new 302EFI 5.0 I swapped in back in 2008 so I guess it says something about quality........lol lol

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The real improvement occurs when you upgrade the box to CD ignition and eliminated high end spark scatter. The stock Ford TFI works untill you reach the limits of the ignition.
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Box, CD ignition Ok what are we talking here......? I just have the stock set up with MSD ignition coil which I will change to Motorcraft coil, my cap and rotor are Motorcraft as I had some issues with MSD cap & rotor and bad Autolite plugs last time around for CA smog.....

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Well,

Ordered up a New MSD for the Rig and asked about a different Dist Drive Gear for aftermarket camshafts.

No help with that part from them BUT, They DID Recommend contacting Comp Cams for said Drive Gear.

So, I Did call Comp Cams and Ordered up the "Composite" distributor drive gear,
They say it will work with All of their cam types, forged, billeted, etc...

A bit Spendy at $123.14 it's about twice the cost of their Brass gears,
but hey, don't want to do another rebuild any time soon.

Just be Certain of your Distributors Shaft size when ordering.

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My Mech put one in from oreillys a couple weeks ago. So far so good.
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