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Old 03-25-2008, 09:52 PM
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distributor/cover questions

Thought I would post here first, even if it IS mighty quiet!

I know that there are two front covers, and two distributors. Which is which, how can you tell them apart, will either one of the distributors work with BOTH covers?

Not sure, but I think I have the cover that uses the distributor, that has the "extended" shaft past the gear, but, my distributor doesn't have the long end, just the gear.

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k first off what motor are we talking about here?
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Old 03-27-2008, 12:16 AM
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k first off what motor are we talking about here?
Effie - we're talking about a flathead, 239, came out of a '51 car. I think I have it resolved, though - the front cover is for the "extended shaft", but I have it on good authority that it's just fine, running the distributor that doesn't have the extended shaft in it.

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Yes, you can run the non-extended dizzy in an aluminum cover. Not all aluminum covers had the extra bushing /support at the bottom. It seems to me the Canadian aluminum front covers were straight replacements of cast iron ones, while American aluminum covers were the extended type. Could be wrong here. I'm running a MSD Ready-to-run in a Canadian aluminum (non-extended) cover.


Sorry, I tend to forget Ford made OTHER motors...

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the cover i have on my desk by the computer is an extended one
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For awhile there I thought you were talking about a crab style dist. flattie when you were talkin bout 2 covers.
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But I'm just surprised a 48-60 guy ventured over here........ I'm scared
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I had been watching for one of the aluminum ones, and it wasn't until last night, that I realized that I already HAD one!! For some reason, I thought the Canadian ones were the only aluminum...I sure have a LOT to learn! It was already painted when I got it, so I didn't know, until I pulled the dizzy out, then realized that it wasn't "right" for the cover I had, so started doing research...

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Sure looks different now - truck rebuilt water pumps, truck fan and mount, new fresh paint, aluminum (maybe) manifold...but, now that all that's done, I doubt if I'll strip the front ALUMINUM (YEAH, BABY!) cover...too pretty to touch...

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manifold is prolly cast but hey, stranger things have happened. nice looking flatty
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does that motor have the center sump oil pan or the stepped one?
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manifold is prolly cast but hey, stranger things have happened. nice looking flatty
Effie - that's the old picture, what it looked like when I brought it home. It was out of a car, the paint was 5 or 6 years old. You are right, that's the cast manifold on it. I have an aluminum one, I got out of Canada, that I will probably put on it. I will try to post pics tomorrow of what it looks like now. Still working on detailing it.

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does that motor have the center sump oil pan or the stepped one?
I'm not sure of the difference - it's out of a car. I will probably be changing over to the truck one, when I build my new stand, but might leave this one one it, at least for now. Now that I have the right pumps on it, I will be building a new stand, and using that stand for my extra block. Hope to make it a little taller, room for the tranny, battery, etc, so I can run it on the stand.

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well the truck ones are either a stepped looking pan for 51-53 (I think) trucks and then the 48-50/51 had a center sump with a really large drain plug/cleanout. The car pans are similar tot he 48-50/51 truck pans except they have a small drain plug. My truck had one of these pans on it but had to change to the correct truck pan (53) in order to lower my front end and maintain clearance to my straight axel
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I just prefer the 48-50/1 pans cause of the removable bottom, makes it pretty dang slick to clean out.
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I have the truck pan, with the big cleanout that came with my truck (notice I said with and not ON!). The pan had been off forever, full of rusty bolts. This one (I just looked, and took some pics, they'll be up in a few minutes) on it is the car, with the small plug, and hump in the center...

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tried posting pics of them but server is busy
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As for intake though I've always prefered a aluminum one. Just dresses up the motor a little more. Are you tearing into the motor if so I recomend a 4 inch crank conversion. Just food for thought
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