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Post  steve1071 on September 30th 2015, 3:28 pm

I need a short dist for 460 with a tunnel ram stock dist I have is 7 1/4 from block to top of regular socket type cap , would like MSD distrib. but not really crank trigger ?

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Post  kim on September 30th 2015, 4:00 pm

What tunnel ram?   Mine clears no problem, had to relieve the mounting flange on the intake a little, but the top fits fine.


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Post  dfree383 on September 30th 2015, 4:02 pm

What tunnel ram?

The stock small cap stuff fits fine with the Weiand TR
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Post  supervel45 on September 30th 2015, 7:56 pm

Did not notice that was the 8577 you were asking about in the other thread. Anyway I did not see any shorter ones.

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Post  steve1071 on September 30th 2015, 8:03 pm

It's a C head with a sheet metal intake ,I have a short factory style in it now

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Post  supervel45 on September 30th 2015, 8:39 pm

How much room in the way of height do you have to spare now. if any?

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Post  kim on September 30th 2015, 8:50 pm

Run a front mount belt drive.

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Post  supervel45 on September 30th 2015, 8:56 pm

The MSD is about 1 1/2" taller and 5/8" smaller in diameter than what you have. I am about out of ideas, short of custom cutting one down or a offset gear drive type.

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Post  dfree383 on September 30th 2015, 9:32 pm

Is thier an issue with the factory distributor?

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Post  steve1071 on September 30th 2015, 9:42 pm

Not until something goes wrong with it ,I don't know exactly what it is from to get a spare

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Post  dfree383 on September 30th 2015, 9:46 pm

steve1071 wrote:Not until something goes wrong with it ,I don't know exactly what it is from to get a spare

Any 460 dura spark for the late 70s to the late 80's before EFI at the auto parts store.... Add a bronze gear and a few mods and your good to go, it's nothing special.
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Post  steve1071 on October 1st 2015, 6:19 am

I have 3 dust 2 won't work ,too tall ,the one in it is much shorter ,don't know what the heck it's out of

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Post  dfree383 on October 1st 2015, 6:52 am

steve1071 wrote:I have 3 dust 2 won't work ,too tall ,the one in it is much shorter ,don't know what the heck it's out of

Pictures?
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Post  steve1071 on October 1st 2015, 8:21 am

it looks just like any other 351 , 460 dist just shorter

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Post  dfree383 on October 1st 2015, 8:30 am

steve1071 wrote:it looks just like any other 351 , 460 dist just shorter

Ok well that answers it......
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Post  rmcomprandy on October 1st 2015, 9:27 am

You could use one of the Cap-adapters offered by Charlie Evans to use a Mallory "crab" cap on a regular Ford Duraspark distributor.

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Post  steve1071 on October 1st 2015, 10:33 am

That crab cap might be an option , I think that might work even with the taller stock dist.

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Post  steve1071 on October 1st 2015, 10:37 am

dfree383 wrote:
steve1071 wrote:it looks just like any other 351 , 460 dist just shorter

Ok well that answers it......
Not to be smart assed ,but they all look alike , I just cant seem to find out what this short one came from.

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Post  66prostreetfairlane on October 1st 2015, 10:46 am

I had the same clearance issues with my blower. After trying I few different ones and calling all over gods earth, the Mallory unit with a crab cap was it before going offset drive or crank trigger.

Mallory pn MAA-3756001

http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/threads/460-ford-distributor-question.469582/
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Post  dfree383 on October 1st 2015, 11:41 am

steve1071 wrote:
dfree383 wrote:
steve1071 wrote:it looks just like any other 351 , 460 dist just shorter

Ok well that answers it......
  Not to be smart assed ,but they all look alike , I just cant seem to find out what this short one came from.

If youd post a few pics maybe we can help, it could be a cut down stocker? It's a pita to do but could have been done.
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Post  dfree383 on October 1st 2015, 11:44 am

Neat looking system from the above link

http://www.compu-tronix.com/DIS8.htm
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Post  steve1071 on October 1st 2015, 11:59 am

Definitely a neat looking system ,but I need multiple rev limiters .The dist that's in there isn't cut or modified length wise ,but I think it may be the dist that I ran with an A460 tunnel ram setup .

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Post  66prostreetfairlane on October 1st 2015, 12:20 pm

steve1071 wrote:Definitely a neat looking system ,but I need multiple rev limiters .The dist  that's in there isn't cut or modified length wise ,but I think it may be the dist that I ran with an A460 tunnel ram setup .

so what everyone is saying is stock 429/460, 351w with gear change, a few of the aftermarket ones have different lengths such as the one I provided, or the modified it. All of this is speculation without seeing a pic....at the end of the day someone with milling and machine capabilities can make just about anything. I called around for a few weeks to the different manufacturers to get the height from the intake flange of the distributor to the top of the cap measurements. Two years ago the Mallory unit was the shortest out of the box deal.
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