I really appreciate all your advice and all the advice and help from the community.first of all,do you have the Ford published shop manual ? If not get one from NPD or Amazon, etc. The other manuals are not a substitute for the Ford manual. A Ford shop manual will answer many if not all of your questions, you won’t find a better authority anywhere !!!
the reluctors are accessed thru the top of the distributor. No need to remove the distributor from the car. They control how much mechanical advance you are getting. The point plate has to come of as well as a circlip on the top of the distributor shaft. The manual has photos showing everything. Get one before you do another thing to the car.
And no matter whether you have the Pertronix or points .
I am a little embarrassed now to say that I have the ford shop manual and sometimes I struggle to interpret what it is saying. That is why I lean on this community. Maybe because I did not grow up working on these cars but I am trying to learn since I can't really find a good mechanic that knows these classic cars.
I guess what I struggle with the most is how do I know if it is running right.
What does a misfire sound like? What does it sound like if the valve lash is too loose? How do I know if the problem is with the carb or the ignition system? Basic questions that I guess just come with experience which I lack.
I rebuilt an engine and it runs so that is a major accomplishment, I would say, but now I want to make sure it runs as good as it can. Thanks again for all your help.