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Old 09-11-2010, 05:26 PM
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looking for help;1976 mustang 2

hey evereyone,i just spent all day working with my son on his 76 mustang.i will try keep this to the point.he has brung this car back to life after 10 years sitting under a tarp.car has family history,he found it and it was his dream car as a child.our problem,does anyone out there know about the distributors on those cars.i can't time this car at all,readings are so far off it's not funny.i think the people who had car changed dist.(distributor only has 1 clamp screw for cap???)all help or info is welcome.......i'am lost thanks..joe...ps i'am not a ford guy,just trying to help my son.

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hemi joe,

Yeah I think we can help but first some questions.
Is this dream car a V8 or straight 6?

Be sure you are timing from the number one cylinder on the V8. It is the front cylinder on the passenger side. If the timing "jumps all around" then I believe the timing chain and cam gear will need to be replaced(again on the V8)

When you say it has only one hold down for the cap makes me think that the other side has broken. I have never seen a cap held on the distributor with only one screw or clamp. If you can post a picture that would sure help with the answers.

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Old 09-11-2010, 06:36 PM
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car is;1976 mustang 2 2.8L 171ci vin#z.we have had car running good.not perfect.what i'am asking is does anyone know what the distributor # is for that car,or a oem replacement #.i have looked up and found cardone;30-2691.all replys welcome....
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hemi joe,

There are two listed for that engine. One is a dual diaphram the other is a single diaphram Both are listed without a module so you will need to add that on to the total cost. I would GUESS that the dual is for a smog control engine.

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Old 09-12-2010, 02:17 AM
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thanks scholman,the distributor we need is the single dia. cardone part#30-2691.also car seems to have no vacum at all.any thoughts???
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If it has very low vacuum, I would fix that first. Look for broken vacuum lines. It will never run right until you get the idle vacuum to 17 or better
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Old 09-12-2010, 03:27 PM
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this is where i get confused,i can't feel vacum pull from any hoses!!not even at distributor??????
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Like said above, do some tracking on the vacuum hoses. Sounds like a leak somewhere. Better yet, replace all of them you can easily get to....one at a time.

Some of those cars of that era didn't really show much of any vacuum at idle. It came up as the rpm's increased.

We had a 74 with that engine, but I can't remember if it was single or dual.
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thanks to everyone who said check ALL vacum lines.my son was way ahead me.he went out and bought hose of every size to replace his old.BINGO found the problem.thanks again for all responses,and when looking for a problem keep it simple,don't overlook the basics..........
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