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1940 ford truck with a 1936 flathead engine

Hi jimmy jazz here just bought a 1940 ford truck all original engine locked up but have a spare 1936 flathead engine could use tips on installing points I know I have to pull distributor any tricks I need to know? Thank you

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for me i just use the dwell meter and what ever the gap is when i'm done.. i don't gap. when u pull the dist put in vise and rig up something to attach to drill and spin it.. then adj to dwell reading.
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The best is to put the distr in an old Sun 504type machine, set the dwell & timing right there.
It takes a special fixture for the Sun machine, not everybody that has the Sun machine has the fixture...myself included. A buddy has one and its' the **** for doing the early distributors.
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The best is to put the distr in an old Sun 504type machine, set the dwell & timing right there.
It takes a special fixture for the Sun machine, not everybody that has the Sun machine has the fixture...myself included. A buddy has one and its' the **** for doing the early distributors.
If you truly have a '36 engine the water pumps will be on the front of the heads. These are small 221ci engines with inherent cooling issues but are very hard to find and valuable to a restorer.

My thoughts are if you are blessed enough to have a good running 36 engine it would be wise to sell it and find a more appropriate flathead for the truck.

Flatheads forever.....

John
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