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Matt    Posted 02-05-2021 at 17:48:34 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • How to get a stuck breaker plate out of distributor?
  • I'm converting my 8n to electronic ignition. I have the distributor on my desk, but PB Blaster, heat, pliers and strong language have so far not gotten the breaker plate to come out of the housing.

    I've removed the bolt on the side that holds the plate for timing. I've removed the spring clip.

    Is there a technique to release metals that have been in love for seventy years and don't want to part?

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 02-06-2021 at 07:43:15 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: How to get a stuck breaker plate out of distributor?
  • Assuming you are talking about a front mount distributor? It's a tight fit but it'll come off once the large spring clip is removed. Try gentle, even tapping from behind on the cam/weights. Housing is aluminum and plate is steel so can't be rusted on -UNLESS you have one of the optional cast iron distributors offered since 1943.

    Tim Daley(MI)

    Matt    Posted 02-07-2021 at 15:39:27 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • If at first you don't succeed, get a bigger (slide) hammer
  • I drilled out one of the holes in the breaker plate to 1/2", tapped it, put in a bolt and applied a slide hammer. Two whacks later, the plate is out.

    Matt    Posted 02-06-2021 at 07:58:39 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Re: How to get a stuck breaker plate out of distributor?
  • Iíll have to check, but Iím pretty sure that the housing is aluminum. The spring clip is removed.

    Iíll try tapping when I get home.

    Thank you for your help, I really appreciate it.

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 02-08-2021 at 06:23:33 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: How to get a stuck breaker plate out of distributor?
  • When all else fails, get a BFH I guess.


    Tim Daley(MI)

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