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post #21 of 28 (permalink) Old 03-19-2017, 10:57 PM Thread Starter
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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?

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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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