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Is there any benifit to the kit that changes the old stlye distributor cap to the newer Duraspark style? Part #M-12106-A302, page 65 of the 2001 Ford Racing Performance Parts Cataolog. Anyone done this? How does it look? I figure it'd look nice in conjunction with blue 9mm Ford wires.

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I assume it came in blue? My motor will look similar to yours when its done. I'm painting my block black too and I've got the tall Cobra covers. How hard was it to clean that PS pump up? Did you strip it or sand it smooth and repaint? It looks great!

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They come ugly bakelite grey.

I wet sanded the ps pump, cleaned it with paint prep, and painted it with a rattle can. I used Plasticoat hi-temp "universal" black. They have a flatter black which would be closer to stock. The PS pump is just NASTY. It's about impossible to get all of the fluid out of it. I put mine upside down in the utility sink and let it sit for a full day and it still had fluid in it.

I took all the brackets all the way to bare metal with wire brushes on a drill and primed and painted them.

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It's easier to find a set of wires with the new cap and I think the spark plug type terminals give a more secure fit than the old style wires. The terminals spaced farther apart are supposed to reduce cross fires too. I just went to the autoparts store and bought the spacer, cap and rotor from a mid-seventies Ford 302. Fit right on my 289 point distributor and works great.

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I'm with you on the arcing idea. The bigger diameter puts the terminals further apart, so it's a little more accepting of high-output ingnition set-ups.

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In the late 70's when they really started cracking down on emmissions and transistorized ignition systems came along car makers really increased ignition secondary voltage. The wide cap distributors were designed to eliminate cross firing. That said, the main benefit that I can see for them is that they allow the use of the pretty blue Motorsport wires (that's why I bought and installed mine.). They come in bakelite grey, the cap has aluminum terminals and the rotor has a stainless/brass terminal. Carquest auto parts has the adaptor and the cap in their premium brand which is blue. Both the rotor and cap are advertised with brass terminals. Likewise, the adaptor/cap/rotor are also available from Borg Warner (Pep Boys) in both standard (aluminum terminals) and select (brass terminals), and Accel. When I recently replaced my cap and rotor from the Motorsport kit I asked for parts for a 1979 V8 Granada (thanks to suggestions from VMF) and everything went smooth (except that the Pep Boys parts guy gave me a wrong part and I had to go back and get the right one).
 
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