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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-27-2018, 11:59 AM Thread Starter
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I have this duraspark II distributor that I need to be about a full half inch lower to clear that chrome monte carlo bar. I'd like to keep the male terminals but what are my options here?

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Yes, the image can be seen by clicking on the link.

Will that distributor take a standard Ford distributor cap? If it does, there is an option out there for a standard cap with male terminals.



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I have a big block engine, but the same clearance issues were realized. You could go with a curved Monte Carlo bar, which would alleviate your problem. A lot of conversation has been on the Forum about the straight bar being stronger-and that is true, due to some possible flexing of the curved bar. However; coupling the curved bar, with a good export brace, and welded in shock tower reinforcement plates will stiffen up the front end quite a bit. That's how I did mine and it seems very strong and rigid. I'm sure you will get a lot of option choices from the group. Good Luck!
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Bend the bar.

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I know the Prestolite cap and rotor from International Harvestor 304 & 354 engines use a cap the looks like the Ford points cap except it has make terminals. You have to use the Prestolite rotor. I have one sitting on my shelf.

The cap is a Standard AL 482
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I know the Prestolite cap and rotor from International Harvestor 304 & 354 engines use a cap the looks like the Ford points cap except it has make terminals. You have to use the Prestolite rotor. I have one sitting on my shelf.

The cap is a Standard AL 482
Thanks everyone. While "bend the bar" is my favorite reply, i think this Standard AL 482 will be the cheapest and easiest route to go.

What is the Prestolite rotor? I found this rotor recommended on Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/Standard-Moto..._&dpSrc=detail
Its a Standard Motor Products AL-171 rotor. Is that a match?

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Its a shame that you are switching to the smaller cap. The larger cap makes a really big difference in preventing cross fire/energy loss to adjascent towers.

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Thanks everyone. While "bend the bar" is my favorite reply, i think this Standard AL 482 will be the cheapest and easiest route to go.

What is the Prestolite rotor? I found this rotor recommended on Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/Standard-Moto..._&dpSrc=detail
Its a Standard Motor Products AL-171 rotor. Is that a match?
Getting both the cap and rotor from Amazon outside of shipping is about $2 less then Rockauto. Prestolite was the company that made the distributor. The Ford is very, very similar but a touch too tall. It hits inside the Prestolite cap

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you need a Ford points style rotor for the IH cap, it is shorter than the Duraspark rotor.
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This is what I went with and has been working great for years.

AL 482 Cap
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