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Re: [T3] Distributor Drive Question

On 9 Feb 2005 at 10:39, garram1@swbell.net wrote:

> On 9 Feb 2005 at 9:10, Jim Adney wrote:

> > If it's installed wrong, I'm surprised that your 205L could be set up right. 
> > I'd expect that to have the same problem.
> When I got the car the 205L was installed with the plug wires moved around.  I just 
> wanted to get it back to the way it should be.  Other than the wires being in differrent 
> positions as long as the firing order is correct will it make a difference?  I've heard 
> that T1 distributors have #3 retarded a little for cooler running and I've heard that 
> they don't.  Our T3 distributors wouldn't need this would they?

Regarding the # 3 retard, I've heard every permutation of this. I don't know if 
any type 3s got it, or even if any type 1s got it. I've never noticed it and I 
haven't found it mentioned in any difinitive reference. OTOH, it seems to be 
common knowledge, so who knows.

Personally, I'd put the drive gear back where it belongs. Keep in mind also 
that we also occasionally come across distributors where the drive dog has been 
rotated 180 to "help" this problem. While all these solutions can be shown to 
work, they will also all come back to haunt you, or a subsequent owner, 

Jim Adney
Madison, WI 53711-3054

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