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Thread: Distributor points

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    Question Distributor points

    Trying to purchase new points for my 1949 Jeepster with the 4 cylinder flathead, "go Devil" engine.. Distributor is an "Auto-lite." stamped tag on distributor housing has numbers that don"t match anything available. How can I purchase the right points and condenser. Trying to solve a "won't stay running problem". Any info on removing the distributor would help since I need to try and find an original distributor number. Thanks in advance. Richard

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    did not choose to remove the distributor. Found points and condenser at local O'reilly's part store. Perfect match. it now purrs like a kitten. I was sure it was a fuel issue at first by the way it acted. Points did not look fried so it may have been the condenser.

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    There is a plate on the plate on the bottom(hard to even notice unless your looking for it) side of most with numbers. I destroyed mine getting the distributor out with a pipe wrench. If u can't adjust the timing by moving the distributor you will have the same problem. Ended up replacing it with the electronic ignition from Kaiser-Willys.

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    Carl3,

    How was the replace with electronic ignition process? Was it simple? Something a inexperienced person can do?

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    Switching to electronic ignition is pretty easy. It is just a distributor swap although sometimes the old one doesn't come out very easy. I used a lot of penetrating oil (50/50 mix of acetone and ATF works best), prying, hammering and swearing before it came out. Once I cleaned up the hole, the electronic ignition distributor dropped right in and bolted into place. I was a little disappointed the adjusting bolt is metric. Wiring it in was pretty straight forward. If all else fails, the instruction sheet is pretty easy to follow. http://cdn.kaiserwillys.com/downloads/923068.pdf

    Jeff

    P.S. don't get that penetrating mix on anything where you might care about the paint.
    Last edited by 51 CJ3; 03-20-2015 at 08:05 PM.

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