I hope this doesn't show my ignorance, but I have tried to search out the information in the threads and have come up short.
What engines (engine range) had the same distributor as the EA71 1600cc as found in the 1977 DL front wheel drive wagon?
I tried to source one through both O'Rileys and Autozone, they BOTH said they were not available.
Is there a reputable re-builder for these? (is there one local to Missoula Montana?)
Used to be back in the days of dwell tachs' and timing lights there would be some crusty old guy in a musty backyard garden shed who rebuilt starters, generators/alternators, and distributors. guess he folded up when people stopped really working on their own vehicles.
We pulled mine out and found the bushings worn to the point where the dist wouldn't even open the points.
I think it is the only thing keeping it from running as there is fuel delivery to the cylinders, battery is good, coil is good, but no spark due to flaky dist.
I pulled a part # off of a bushing, but none of the auto parts places could even call it up. I never had such a lack of parts support on any vehicle I have had before, save for my 1980 IH Scout II Diesel, they HATED to see me walk in through the door when I needed something for that monster.
I could fix the silly thing if I had the right bushings, that and fresh points and down the road I'd go...(maybe).
any ideas would be helpful, heck even off the cuff comments might be helpful.