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Randy Knowlton

01-08-2008 14:38:05

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I have a DR 1111411 distributer on my 40 B. I have two grease zerks one on the vertical distributer shaft below the cap and one on the horizontal right angle mechanism. Is the the one on the vertical shaft supposed to be there? I have been unable to get grease into it even after changing zerks.
Did this unit have an oil line plumbed to it?
Thanks for the help,

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Steve in N.J.

01-09-2008 18:23:37

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 Re: delco 1111411 distrib in reply to Randy Knowlton, 01-08-2008 14:38:05  
Some of the Delco distributors came with grease zerks, some came with plugs. The main shaft of the distributor is lubricated through an "Oilite" bushing. This bushing absorbs lubricant from heat as the shaft turns. You can shoot grease into the zerk where it will fill the cavity. There, the grease will eventually work its way into the oilite bushing where the shaft will get lubricated. It doesn"t take much to fill the cavity. The lower drive assembly where the Distributor drops into, is also filled with grease. Todays Lithium type grease"s are much better for gear survival than the old time grease, or grease thats been in the drive cavity for years. When it comes to the advance weights, the last thing you want to do is add oil. Oil slings around inside the Distributor where eventually it gets on the breaker contacts and can stop the engine cold! Seen it happen many times. The best lubricant to put on the weights is Dry Graphite Lube, but this means the unit needs to be disassembled to do so. I rebuild, recurve, and service these units all the time, so I"m very familiar with them. HTH

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Bob Bancroft

01-08-2008 16:40:08

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 Re: delco 1111411 distrib in reply to Randy Knowlton, 01-08-2008 14:38:05  
What you have is an aftermarket battery ign. replacement for magneto. They came with plugs not grease zerks. Squirt some oil in the holes. It works really good to remove the dist., lay it on its side, fill the cavity with oil, and replace plug. Of course you need to be able to time it. Most importantly- oil the felt in the hollow under the rotor to ensure continued centrifugal advance operation. Later original AC dist. drives had an oil line plumbed to just behind the base of the dist. to lube the gears. Squirt some oil in there too if you pull the dist.

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Randy Knowlton

01-09-2008 14:56:44

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 Re: delco 1111411 distrib in reply to Bob Bancroft, 01-08-2008 16:40:08  
If it was meant for oil not grease, I assume I need to disassemble and clean the grease out. There must be a seal of some sort to keep the oil in where the right angle section bolts to the mag mount?

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Bob Bancroft

01-10-2008 12:26:10

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 Re: delco 1111411 distrib in reply to Randy Knowlton, 01-09-2008 14:56:44  
I don't think it's a big deal either way- oil or grease. I doubt it's worth taking it all apart. The most common problem I've seen over the years working on AC tractors is the advance freezing up because the felt under the rotor wasn't oiled. And as the other respondent warns, it doesn't take much. Best of luck.

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