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

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  • Member since
    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.

Power matters in the straights.
Lightness matters everywhere. - Colin Chapman

Trevor

  • 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.

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