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I'm wanting to convert my 1937 ford distributor to a stand up type. Is this a fairly easy swap? Or is this a difficult swap? Any information and thought will be greatly appreciated.
By stand up you mean the '49-'53 style of distibutor, right? It can be done, I know for sure you need the timing cover from a '49-'53 engine. Also, need to adapt the gear drive for the distibutor instead of the '37's stlye of driving the distributor. I'm sure there is more...but I can't remember. You may just be able to use 8BA gears and such to make the conversion.
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There are two different front covers for the 8BA. Aluminum and iron, and they take different distributors. I think that cam has to swapped out. The drive gear is press onto the 8BA cam, and the early engines don't have a provision for that I believe, although I'm don't know that much about the early engines. There are also two different cams for the 8BA. One for the standards valves, and a later one for rotable valves.
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