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Re: 404 timing better but no start.

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03-07-2013 05:14:12

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The distributor can be "fine tuned" 360 degrees if necessary. It's not limited to a few degrees like a magneto.

Just loosen the two clamps holding the distributor to its base and rotate. MARK WHERE IT IS FIRST so you have a starting point.

If you really want to get clever about it you can loosen up the clamps, start cranking the tractor, and slowly turn the distributor as you crank until the tractor starts.

I seem to remember that you said something about using too long of a screw and shearing something off in the distributor... What was that all about? Franky if you did something like that the whole distributor is suspect.

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03-07-2013 05:35:18

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 Re: 404 timing better but no start. in reply to mkirsch, 03-07-2013 05:14:12  
OK here goes: RE changing condenser /points & screws. I struggled at length to put back the screws in a horizontal mounted distributor when you can not see the holes. It's also a loader tractor. Ended up using sightly longer screws held one in place for condenser with putty while I lined it up. The other for the slotted hole in the points bracket I had to use a fine wire to hold it in the slot on the piece so I could line it up blind. I thought about interference when I did it but didn't think the tolernace to the advance mechanism was that close. WRONG! Sheared the pin in the shaft so I fixed that now trying to get timed again. I'm at the point of getting a rebuilt distributor since my forum research says the internal parts are hard to come by and expensive. Got way too much time into this minor project..even for a retired guy.

Lesson learned #1 if I ever have to change points/ condenser again I'll pull the dang distributor so I can see what I'm doing. Lesson # 2 The forum has some terrific folks with lots of knowledge and I'm really grateful for you guys taking the time to carry me on this. Thanks again! RLO

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