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Old 02-20-2007, 08:04 AM
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5.0 ford distributor woes

hello i am putting together an engine for my 59 ford wagon . the engine is a 5.0 roller motor of unknown origin.my problem lies in the distributor which seems to be from a 1994-95 5.0 f.i. motor. the shaft seems to be longer than the earlier years ,so my question is what kind of distributor can i replace this with in order to convert this engine to a carb. thanks

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the engine spec and casting date are located on the flat ledge above the starter.....larger characters are spec, smaller are casting

post those
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6F8 does that seem like the right numbers? thanks red.
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6F8 does that seem like the right numbers? thanks red.
6= 86 (80's since it is a roller block)
F = June
8 = 8th day
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thanks xntrik so i guess the distributor thats in the motor is incorrect because it looks like a 94-95 with the extended shaft
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thanks xntrik so i guess the distributor thats in the motor is incorrect because it looks like a 94-95 with the extended shaft

Did Ford make 5.0s for the Explorer in 96?

I'm not sure of the distributor shaft difference. I'm sure a Ford expert will chime in shortly.

KULTULZ probably knows the difference. Duke is the resident "Ford data expert" here, IMO.

Either way the oil pump drive shaft length might be the only difference, since the cam, etc. is always in the same place.

The roller cam will require the distributor drive gear from the roller distributor be installed on your "conventional" distributor you are using with your carb.

Aftermarket I like MSD. Conventional, use the Ford Duraspark from the late 70s.
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fair chance the oil pump shaft is not in a rotational position allowing the dist gear to mesh and drop all the way in?

or it's not a 95' 5.0 dist?

Advance Auto lists the same Motorcraft dist DA2010 for 86' and 95' and the same Clevite pump shaft xxx1412 for both

Autozone listed the same Cardone dist #'s, 86 and 95, xxx2880

take the 95' dist to a local store and compare it to a 86'
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5.0 ford distributor woes

I posted this question some time ago.I was working on my buddys 48 ford truck with an injected 302 that we changed to a carb. There are definately 2 different length distributors.someone posted pictures of them side by side. We ended up getting a mallory unilite from jegs and it dropped right in.
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glad to hear that 39 chevy just did the same thing hopefully i'll have the new unilite by friday
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Aftermarket I like MSD. Conventional, use the Ford Duraspark from the late 70s.
could always fire a DSII with a MSD box, that's what I'm doing with my 200 Ford Turbo engine ( once it's put togther ). MSD even makes a connector harness to plug right into the Duraspark distributor, which is just over $15 from summit. it's part # 8869 I belive. I bought the harness.
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I posted this question some time ago.I was working on my buddys 48 ford truck with an injected 302 that we changed to a carb. There are definately 2 different length distributors. someone posted pictures of them side by side. We ended up getting a mallory unilite from jegs and it dropped right in.

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that is exactly how my dist shaft looks the one on the left now what about the oil pump driveshaft is there a difference
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from the Ford Racing parts site:

6605-A302= shaft for 289/302 (longer?)
6605-B302= shaft for 87-95' (shorter?)

no demensions given....send them a email and ask for the demensions and post here......this "won't fit" dist question comes up repeatedly

you really should replace the shaft with a new one regardless....it is the "weak link" in the oiling system

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the hevyduty shaft is 1/2'' longer ,thats what kultulz's post says
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Wouldn't it be better to cut off the hex shaft instead of the distributor?
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