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Old 12-26-2007, 04:21 PM
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couple of dumb questions

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Too lazy to pull distributer how long is a sbc dist with the cap off? In other words when notching a firewall to accomadate a sbc dist how much room do u need to account for in case the dist ever has to come out?
also how many inches of fanbelt should be on the WP pulley ?

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Old 12-26-2007, 04:28 PM
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Too lazy to pull distributer how long is a sbc dist with the cap off? In other words when notching a firewall to accomadate a sbc dist how much room do u need to account for in case the dist ever has to come out?
also how many inches of fanbelt should be on the WP pulley ?
A HEI is about 12.5'' (long.Without cap) It don't take much to turn a water pump.I had about 2.5'' on one of my cars,work out great.and never got hot.Hope this helps you.
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Thanks a lot,Thats what I wanted to know
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Old 12-26-2007, 10:18 PM
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On knoching the firewall, there is no way in hell I would ever not pull that distributor to CONFIRM that I had enough room. Unless you have a FULL 12.5 or 13 inches straight up above it and behind the block the width of the cap I wouldn't just guess. Anything less than that could get you into trouble.

On the belt riding on the pully, how many belts? How wide? What you are really talking about is "surface area" of the belt on the pully. I have gotten by with only a small amount, by running two belts (bought in matched pairs).

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I probably will pull the dist once I get the engine positioned exactly where it has to be,Im still lining up for space between rad,etc,etc. I'm running single pulleys,no PS or air just crank,alt,and WP . Just looking for ideas & measurements now
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Old 12-27-2007, 08:07 AM
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Here is an article on trial fitting parts that may help out. Trail fitting parts is one of the least understood steps in building a car. It IS a part of building a car, the more experiance you have, the more its importance is understood.

The time "wasted" bolting something on and off is just a fraction of the time you will spend if you don't trial fit and later run into a fit or clearance problem.

The article is geared towards body and paint but the philosophy is the same.

Click here for the "Basics of Basics" to trial fitting parts

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I have to remove the cap and the rotor to remove the HEI distributor ... in my 32 ... even with this much of a recess ...
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Since my cars are always FORDs with a distributor in the front ..... , (I have other minor clearance problems), but wouldn't using something like a small diameter MSD distributor alleviate a lot of the problems Chebbie owners alway have with firewall space in a Deuce? It always seems as though everyone that I know with the '32/Chebbie has this problem UNLESS he goes with that aftermarket part. Or, better yet, why not use a SB FORDwhich is shorter, narrower, not as tall and weighs less (sorry - I had to get that in !!)

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I'll agreewith irelands child on one point, you have to have less clearance with any distributor that has an external coil as the height is less on a msd or petronics type with the early style coil design. get your measuring tape out and clearance whatever type distributor you feel comfortable with.(and while your at it, measure a small block chevy from the tranny mounting face at the back of the block to the edge of the crank pulley, and then measure the same on a small block ford!! the chevy is shorter!!) I come from the school that I need to be able to fix my streetrod with locally available parts so I dont have to get "stranded" because of a custom driveline component failure,whenever possible! and time spent to clearance a distributor or other factory piece during initial assembly is time well spent!!
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I have the small cap dist Never did get used to the UGLY gm hei Fords ARE longer than sbc I had a choice of either one,but chose the chevy because if I had the ford then I would have had to buy a trailor to haul the car on because it would always be broke HA Ha
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Actually the SBF can be as short as a SBC with a later 5.0 Thunderbird water pump set up. The SBF also weighs less. It is also more narrow than a SBC. I just prefer the Chevrolet engine. My 32 Roadster had a 427 - 435 Hp Tri-Power Corvette engine in it back in the late 60's and early 70's ...



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Good looking car Deuce!!!! And that is a good set up.
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Good looking car Deuce!!!! And that is a good set up.
It rides, drives and does SO MUCH BETTER now with a 430 HP SBC ..





It is actually quicker NOW ... with the SBC. It was nose heavy with the 427 and with all that low end power ... it would haze the tires easily. It was 60/40 on the front ... now it is 50/50
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That's very nice!!!!Alot lighter.And still can get up and go. :thumbup
and some people won't know what's under there.(surprise).LOL

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