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Old 09-05-2002, 09:00 PM
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I have a 1930 Model A with a 327 engine and *****in brand firewall. I need to take the distributor out but can't because the firewall is designed in such a way that it comes up and over the top of the distributor. I have stripped the distributor down as far as it will go, and it still won't clear the firewall. My only option is to cut the firewall or drop the engine and transmission. I think cutting the firewall would be the way to go. Can anyone tell me how to do this so that it still looks good when its finished??
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Old 09-05-2002, 09:29 PM
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hehe, for a minute there I was about to tell you wrong topic.

Is the firewall cromed? Polished or anything other than painted? If not, then its an easy job. If you can weld your 75% of the way there. Now I'm not sure of the firwall your speaking of, but if you can get a picture to me or direct me to one I could get a better understanding. Now if I'm thicking this correctly all you need is a peice of sheetmetal the same gauge as the firwall, a large tomato juice can (46oz campbles) and a welder.

Cut the sheetmetal to about 12" square. Cut both ends out of the can clamp one tip of the square flush with one side clamp the other end securely cut flush (flat) with the end of the can and bend the sheetmetal around the can cut the sides at an angle to produce a half cylender or more depending on the depth you want(or half of the can) Now cut a hole in the firewall the same shape, weld in the sheetmetal, point pointing to the sky. This will give you a channel to lift your distributor out and still look good.

Yes the can itself can be used but since it has the ribs in it you would have to do some smoothing. I didn't go into detail but if you need more help e-mail me, or respond through here, glad to help.

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I like your idea about the juice can. I think that will work fine. To make a precise cut in the firewall I was planning to use a jig saw unless you know of a better method. Let me know and thanks for the tip.
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A jig saw will work fine with a fine metal cutting blade. Or you could use a plasma cutter if you have acces to one. A cutting wheel on a grinder will work well too.

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I think I'd loosen the motor mounts, tranny mounts and slide the engine forward before I'd go hacking on the metal. But thats just my $.02 worth.

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