Page Name

Vintage Distributor Restoration

dist sketch

Vintage Werks vintage distributor restoration involves complete disassembly of each distributor we receive followed by a thorough cleaning of all parts. Cleaning includes a solvent wash and for metal parts, blasting with a very fine resin media that polishes the surfaces without unnecessary abrasion. Smaller hardware parts such as machine screws, clips, washers and nuts, if reusable, are then plated. All larger parts are washed thoroughly again in solvent to remove any residual blast media. The distributor body is masked and painted before reassembly. Reassembly includes re-shimming the main shaft and replacing terminal insulators as necessary, making certain all mechanical advance weights move freely and installing new points, condenser, cap and rotor. The completed distributor is then placed on a stroboscopic distributor test machine (Sun model 404 distributor tester) and run at variable RPMs to determine its advance curve which is then plotted and provided with the distributor when return shipped to you. The advance curve of each distributor is adjusted to lie within the range of factory recommended specifications. This should allow for optimal performance with the stock engine for which it was designed providing all other elements of the engine are in proper working condition and adjustment. We cannot reasonably be held accountable for your inability or that of your mechanic to tune your engine properly. Modification of distributor advance is possible on request to help overcome other worn elements in an engine or to compensate for performance issues arising from ethanol blended fuels but this should be discussed with us first.

Vintage Werks charges a minimum labor rate of $195 for a basic distributor rebuild. Any parts used or special machining to repair damage or wear, as well as nominal fees for plating services and shipping, are additional. Your distributor is returned to you complete with 'O' ring seal, ready to bolt in your car and drive.

Go to Listing of Restored Vintage Distributors for Sale