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I Cheat! I make my own distributors, whenever possible, and they aint pretty

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    October 2016
I Cheat! I make my own distributors, whenever possible, and they aint pretty
Posted by CanesBart on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 6:23 PM

Especially when the distributor is concealed, and/or I'm doing a very dirty TV/Movie car, I have been kinda cheating.  Instead of those aftermarket distributors (which are nice, and I buy them sometimes, and end up with a bunch of microscopic parts like clamps I dont know how to use), I have been wrapping the wires with a thin piece of aluminum tape around a bamboo skewer, giving me a kinda cylinder that can pass for a distributer if you cant see it well, and kinda just stuffing it in its place.    

anyone do this?  Confused  Is it a Faux Paus in the auto modelling community?

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    December 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Thursday, January 26, 2017 7:41 AM

I don't know of anyone else doing this particular technique, but there are many crude detailing operations done if the assembly won't be readily visible. Many within the modelling community adhere to the "if it looks right, it is right" philosophy. To be perfectly honest, I'm not one of them. My philosophy is "if it is accurate and in scale, it's right", but those of the "looks right" philosophy get a lot more building done.Wink ... and I am envious of them. Either way, your quick & dirty process for ignition leads is perfectly acceptable.

In fact, there are those of us who believe the cheaters are the ones buying their distributors pre wired, though it seems a dwindling few lately. Nonetheless, model on, and one of the great things about modelling is it is one the few things in life that you get to do your way. Cheers, and have fun.

"A common mistake people make when designing something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools."
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  • Member since
    August 2015
  • From: Hamptonville, NC
Posted by TarheelRick on Thursday, January 26, 2017 9:33 AM

I usually build my own distributors.  Some telescoping aluminum tubing, nine pieces of wire and some super glue.  By using telescoping tubing I can use the smallest diameter I have for the shaft.  However, a few years ago I found a couple of pewter HEI distributors by a company that has been out of business for awhile.  Really like those, if I could find some more I would definitely buy them.

I build models because I can't afford the real thing!

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    February 2016
Posted by Plowboy on Thursday, January 26, 2017 12:49 PM

My opinion has always been as long as the person doing it is OK with it, that's all that matters. I like and have used the MCG distributors several times. They're better suited for a drag/street machine engine IMO. They don't work for every type of engine. In those cases, I drill a kit distributor to accept the wires. I guess I'm a little OCD because when I wire an engine, I have to wire it in the correct firing order. A lot of people think you can't tell the difference. I can. But, that's just how I do things. My method is just that, my method. Everyone has their own.

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    October 2016
Posted by CanesBart on Thursday, January 26, 2017 3:14 PM

Plowboy

My opinion has always been as long as the person doing it is OK with it, that's all that matters. I like and have used the MCG distributors several times. They're better suited for a drag/street machine engine IMO. They don't work for every type of engine. In those cases, I drill a kit distributor to accept the wires. I guess I'm a little OCD because when I wire an engine, I have to wire it in the correct firing order. A lot of people think you can't tell the difference. I can. But, that's just how I do things. My method is just that, my method. Everyone has their own.

 

 

LOL!  I am guilty of adding all sorts of cool wires.  I dont know much about cars, so purists would shudder!

Explains why I toatled a Ford ranger by wiring up a battery and starter wrong!  They said I fried the "ignition coil"??  and computer and everything so bad, the mechanic said the last time he saw something like this, it was in the army, when they were testing the effects of massive EMP on electronics from nuclear explosions!!!

My distributer system doesnt look bad, actually.  I use this Dollar Tree coated wire rubber coating, stripped, that I can stretch so its scale thin and loses all springyness, and just kinda lays flat.

  • Member since
    January 2011
  • From: Chico, CA
Posted by Wick Humble on Friday, December 20, 2019 12:26 AM
I buy readymades too, but I've found that I can fab very creditable distribs from chrome brass car antenna tubing cut with a roller tubing cutter, and it makes nice chamfered ends. I gut spaghetti telephone wire (lots of colors) and cut to standard length, then bind together (nine, for a V-8, for instance -- one for coil) and CA glue into one end of tube. Then I make the drive shaft housing from a brad or cut-down push-pin and glue in other end. When dry, I use thick enamel to create the effect of a dist cap. Larger wire sheath can be used for plug boots after you trim the 'wires' to length for each plug. I don't have a handy solution for the coils, tho -- whatever I have in the parts box that looks okay. The antenna tubing makes awesome exhaust tips for various scale cars, hard to beat for the 'pencil tip' chrome extensions so common in the postwar era. I can't find better. Drawback is that it is hard to bend for Bellflower tips, etc. Still... Wick
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    August 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Friday, December 20, 2019 3:56 PM

I buy the pre-wired distributors and I make my own.  When making my own, I drill one hole in the distributor cap and add my wires with glue.  When dry, I fan them out with 4 to each side and cross them over the top of the distributor cap leaving the coil wire in the middle.  Or, I find a wiring diagram and wire the engine in the correct order.  Which one I use depends on how I feel at the time...

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