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post #676 of 1979 Old 10-21-2011, 02:23 PM Thread Starter
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I did that exact same install with AZ parts 3 weeks ago (same cap, rotor, plug wires and spark plugs you show in the picture). My jeep ran ok before, but runs really smooth now. I think the biggest improvement for me was the cap/rotor: my old ones had alot of built-up crud on the contacts.
Glad to hear it runs smoothly. My problem is the distributor cap coming off..... I'm going to work on that now!

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post #677 of 1979 Old 10-23-2011, 08:31 AM Thread Starter
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So the distributor screw mounts snapped off when I tried to drill them out. Looks like I need an entirely new distributor.

Question for those that read this: is buying a distributor used a bad idea? Locally I can get one for $45, whereas Advance wants $110 for a new (reman) unit.
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post #678 of 1979 Old 10-23-2011, 08:55 AM
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I would not trust a used distributor
Your better off new IMHO
But I would try o use a screw extractor on the broken screw first
A good set of extractors still costs less then the used distributor!

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post #679 of 1979 Old 10-23-2011, 11:44 AM Thread Starter
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I would not trust a used distributor
Your better off new IMHO
But I would try o use a screw extractor on the broken screw first
A good set of extractors still costs less then the used distributor!

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The mounts themselves snapped from the side of the distributor... hence needing a new one. There's nowhere to screw into.
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post #680 of 1979 Old 10-23-2011, 03:57 PM
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Oops I misread that bad lol
Disregard the exteactor part lol

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Wifes "Ladybug" 95 YJ 2.5, 3.5" fenders, 33's, 1" body lift, 1" deep skid pan, york OBA 1" shackle lift
"Bullfrog" 88 XJ 4.0, Doorless, 2" lift, 33-10.5 tires, very cut fenders...
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post #681 of 1979 Old 10-24-2011, 07:03 AM
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Usually the reman units are good enough to get the job done. And the warranty on them is much better most of the time too. New stuff is great, but honestly it sometimes isn't worth the cost.
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post #682 of 1979 Old 10-24-2011, 07:54 AM
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Yeah, I was about to say....it's just a gear, a shaft, and a housing. Not exactly a low tolerance part, either.

It's a part I'd feel comfortable even junkyarding. Just get the remanufactured.

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post #683 of 1979 Old 10-24-2011, 09:29 AM Thread Starter
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Picked up a re-man unit at Advanced this morning. Out the door- $170. I'll get $60 back when I return the original unit for re-re-manufacturing.

In the process of swapping them right now, just letting the PB penetrate a little. Write-up to come

Thanks guys
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post #684 of 1979 Old 10-24-2011, 03:02 PM
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Reman stuff is about all I buy for parts for the most part
, the junkyard near me seams to take off most of there hoods so I really don't trust allot of jy parts

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post #685 of 1979 Old 10-24-2011, 04:58 PM
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Picked up a re-man unit at Advanced this morning. Out the door- $170. I'll get $60 back when I return the original unit for re-re-manufacturing.

In the process of swapping them right now, just letting the PB penetrate a little. Write-up to come

Thanks guys
Howd u make out
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post #686 of 1979 Old 10-24-2011, 09:49 PM Thread Starter
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Howd u make out
Well the removal of the old one wasn't bad at all. I manually cranked the engine to the TDC (top dead center) which is the point at which the 1st piston is up. From there, I marked out the location of the rotor cap, and the alignment of the distributor itself on the engine block and the motor mounts with sharpie. After that came the removal of the C-clip that holds the distributor in, then the removal of the distributor itself which was rather easy. The C-Clip bolt is a 1/2 inch, which requires a box wrench as a socket of even the smallest size will not fit in the provided space. It took some PB Blastin' love to get that bolt loose.

I then went to install the new unit, with the rotor aligned. It wouldn't go in past the gear teeth, and would get hung up on the collar. A quick call to my buddy the mechanic and he said to lubricate it and "give it some love." So I lubed it and loved it, and it seated itself. Upon seating, the rotor moved a bit, but I had heard this was normal so I wasn't concerned. I put everything back together, and went to turn the Jeep on. It would attempt to turn over, but then I would hear and feel a bang- so I'd turn it off and ponder this. I basically then removed and re-installed the distributor 2 more times, each time trying to re-align the rotor to TDC via the crank shaft.

I finally gave up after the 3rd installation. Had it flat-bedded to my mechanic (shout out to Jay and John Weaver - 21 High Street, Reading MA - Weaver's Auto) and they said that each one of them has had problems installing distributors before and not to sweat it. They should be able to get it re-timed tomorrow. So here's the only picture I've got right now, one of the TJ being loaded onto the AAA tow truck. I'll come back and add install process photos tomorrow.


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post #687 of 1979 Old 10-25-2011, 06:37 AM Thread Starter
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Photos from yesterday's fiasco....


Broken wing tabs of the old distributor...




New distributor...




Rotating to TDC....




Cranking the engine by hand...




Loosening the C-Clip bolt that holds the distributor in...




Removal...




Wiring harness...




C-Clip with Anti-Seize (thanks SaxManClay!)




Installation of new unit...




Re-wired and capped...








and how I spend the majority of my spare time...

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post #688 of 1979 Old 10-25-2011, 03:10 PM Thread Starter
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Mechanic buddy charged me $60 to re-install the distributor and re-align the oil pump which was offset. Not a huge deal at all, and it's a price I'll happily live with.

The Jeep lives to see another day.
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post #689 of 1979 Old 10-25-2011, 08:53 PM
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Mechanic buddy charged me $60 to re-install the distributor and re-align the oil pump which was offset. Not a huge deal at all, and it's a price I'll happily live with.

The Jeep lives to see another day.
That's an excellent price. Would have been at least $100+ any where else.
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post #690 of 1979 Old 10-26-2011, 08:55 AM Thread Starter
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So the Jeep starts and drives. But it does so sounding like an 18 wheeler engine braking. I need a new exhaust. Muffler is in the worst shape of its life, and is rusted to hell and back. Monro muffler wanted $800 to replace from the cat back, as the cat is off it's hangars and has dents. Lou's Custom in North Reading wanted $570 front to back for whatever kind I wanted. Flowmaster, magnaflow, whatever. I'd like it to not be obnoxiously loud. I'd like a good throaty sound, but nothing that will wake up the whole neighborhood when I leave for work at 4 AM.Magnaflow, whatever.

What do you guys have? What did you pay? What do you recommend?
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