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.
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.