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Guest Message by DevFuse

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Distributor Question?????

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#1 Guest_vodoo_*

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Posted 12 August 2003 - 10:58 AM

I have a 4x4 1.8 EA81 engine, but my distributor has gone bad. Will a 2x4 distributor fit in my engine.

#2 Guest_PHATBRAT_*

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Posted 12 August 2003 - 11:18 AM

Yep, It is actually a good modification. The advance curve is sooner in the 2wd disty. After install make sure to advance your timing a bit. Boz

#3 Guest_OH Noah_*

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Posted 12 August 2003 - 11:50 AM

If your car is '82 or newer, then you must use an '82 or newer distributor. If you can find a 4wd one (Hitachi), I'd stick with that because the 2wd ones (Nippondenso) go bad much more easily. They are totally swappable though.

#4 Guest_Skip_*

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Posted 12 August 2003 - 11:59 AM

Oh Noah is correct if it is older it may have
a points disty?
an electronic with an external ignition box

As for the 2 wd models having a better curve please see
If newer than 82
The Hiachi (4wd model) is more easily repaired and has a vacuum advance which is available, the Nippondenso (2wd) does not.

Boz, is it possible the timing advance you gave yours when swapping caused the increase you spoke of?
I have both dist. have used both in a 86 Brat with same basic timing (10 deg BTDC) noticed no SoP* difference.
Maybe it's just me.

* Seat of Pants.

#5 Guest_GeneralDisorder_*

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Posted 12 August 2003 - 12:08 PM

You don't need to buy another disty - you can have it rebuilt for about $35. Probably needs a new shaft bushing. As to the vacuum advance being "only" availible for the hitchi, well, doesn't matter cause you can rebuild the vac advance units too. Cost is about $25. I use these guys:

<a href="http://www.philbingroup.com/rebuilt/special_services.htm" target="top">www.philbingroup.com/rebuilt/special_services.htm</a>


#6 Guest_vodoo_*

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Posted 12 August 2003 - 12:12 PM

I have just taken it almost all apart. But how do you get the Pinion out so I can pull the shaft??????

#7 Guest_PHATBRAT_*

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Posted 12 August 2003 - 11:38 PM

Well Skip, It could very possibly be that but when I first installed the disty I had the timing set the same as the one I pulled out. The new one caused my car to ping. Something has to be different. When I advanced it it ran like a raped ape. I believe it does do something. Besides, why would that guy write something up like that? *Not saying that I do not believe you because I do, however, I am just speaking on a past experience. Could it just be me?:rolleyes:

#8 Guest_exister99_*

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Posted 15 August 2003 - 11:27 AM

I am posting here rather than start a new topic.

I pulled the Hitachi distributor from my `84 GL Wagon. The packing between the cap and body has crumbled, the shaft has about 1mm of play in it and the vacuum adavance unit is shot.

Does anyone know if cap and rotor kits have packing in them?

I am thinking about buying a reman for $154, anyone have a better idea?


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