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Loose Distributor Cap - Need Fix Solutions !!!!
ridgeback Offline
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#1
I replaced the cap, only to have the bolts snap off the old one during removal. I pulled the distributor and drilled/tapped the holes and only one works while the other wont' snug down. I drove 1 mile today in damp misty weather and "pop pop" misfire...dead!

What is an easy way to get that bolt to snug down? I don't think heli-coils come that small. Is there a liquid metal that can fill the hole and then retap?

Any suggestions would be grateful
Ron

Black 87 TC, 2nd owner since [email protected], [email protected]
Current Mods: Gillis valve @18psi. K&N Cone. Removed AC components, New: Esslinger Aux. Shaft, Seals, Melling Oil Pump, Heater core. Ranger cam & rollers, new tower bearings, Walbro 255 fuel pump
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Pete D Offline
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#2
I'm not sure about the suitability of any of the liquid metal, I just don't know. For plan B, any 2,3 distributor from that era will work. It does not need to be off a turbo 2.3
Pete Dunham


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ridgeback Offline
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#3
Pete,
your suggesting I replace the housing?

What did you mean by 2,3 distributor? Is that how they are called? Are you saying v6 & v8 housings works also?
Ron

Black 87 TC, 2nd owner since [email protected], [email protected]
Current Mods: Gillis valve @18psi. K&N Cone. Removed AC components, New: Esslinger Aux. Shaft, Seals, Melling Oil Pump, Heater core. Ranger cam & rollers, new tower bearings, Walbro 255 fuel pump
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turbobike Offline
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#4
you need a distributor from a 2.3L engine or fix yours
85 TC,86 TC,65 Mustang GT
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Pete D Offline
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#5
2.3liter OHC 4 cylinder ie the Pinto motor
Pete Dunham


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JT Offline
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#6
I had this problem before and though I'm sure anything is possible, I ended up replacing the housing itself with a new part from Ford with the included electronics and being done with it.
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Pete D Offline
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#7
I used one with a broken ear as a core on a rebuilt dist.
Pete Dunham


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JT Offline
Posting Freak
#8
I should clarify I used a new Ford part that I had, but would not hesitate to use a quality rebuilt one, such from NAPA.

My real point, was my opinion would be that I'd probably just replace the unit rather than try to "engineer" something.
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Pete D Offline
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#9
I agree JT. I didn't want to find that something failed on the freeway. By the was, I have used a little anti seize on my dist cap screws for a long time - since I broke an ear off.
Pete Dunham


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TurboCoupe50 Offline
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#10
Quote:Originally posted by Pete D:
2.3liter OHC 4 cylinder ie the Pinto motor
But Pinto's never used a TFI type distributor.... Get one from a '87-'90 4cyl Stang...
1988 Turbo Coupe331 AOD

1972 Comet GT

1969 Fairlane Cobra 428CJ 4-Speed
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