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Re: [T3] distributor 009

On 11 Feb 2005 at 23:15, Mysterious J wrote:

> Hmm...is there some way to go Frankenstein on one of these distributors 
> to combine the mechanical and vacuum advances?  From the brief glance I 
> took at the 009 in the car in the garage, it looks like the housing has 
> provisions for the vacuum canister.  No, I'm not sure how exactly this 
> would work.  I'm thinking the vacuum advance would work on the contact 
> points plate, while the mechanical advance would work on the distributor 
> shaft itself.

It MIGHT be possible, but you would have to carve out that opening, press in 
some threaded inserts for the attachments, and replace the breaker plate. Even 
then you might find that the dist body did not hold the breaker plate at the 
right height just because it was not make to accept it.

 I really doubt if it is worth the effort. My first recommendation would be to 
find a good FI distributor (311L)  and then rebuild it. If you don't want the 
extra height that the FI dist brings, there may be a beetle dist that is 
mech/vac that you could use, but I don't know if it will have the vac can at 
the right location to clear the type 3 engine parts.

The absolute best thing to get would be a good vac/mech dist from a late dual 
carb european engine, but that may be hard to get, and it still may not match 
up to the vac port on your carbs unless you get both the dist and the carbs 
from the same, original european type 3 engine.

Jim Adney, jadney@vwtype3.org
Madison, Wisconsin, USA

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