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Hello Jack, I wish you a happy New Year. What do you think of a modern style distributor plate? Thank you in advance. Gernot

That's a tough question.  Some of our members love them, and others like the old style.  For some reason, some of us feel that some cars like the old style.  I think both are good.  Getting the condenser away from the manifold is good.  Adjusting the points is a little harder with the new.  When I rebuild a distributor, I just use what is there.  They both work well.
I think the difference we see from car to car is probably the upper bushing wear.  If that bushing is worn and lets the cam wobble, then you have to replace it.  The points put a side load on the cam and the lube of that bushing is questionable.  Go with the hole in the shaft and top cam screw, and keep it lubed.  
Hope this helps.  jack

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Only repair type questions on the 1928-1931 Ford Model A.


Owned one when I was 15 yrs old, and now have owned 5. Still own and play with 2 of them.

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BSME LSU, 1958, Masters of automotive engineering from the Chrysler Institute of engineering, 1960, MBA Mich State, 1976. Worked as an engineer at Chrysler from 1958 to the end of 1991.

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