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I need to replace my 302's single-point distributor. Which would you choose?

1. Another single-point
2. Ford electronic
3. HEI-style electronic

Engine is stock and is used for cruising only.
 

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send it to the mustang barn. nothing beats a stock AL dizzy.
 

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I've nothing against points distributors, they look correct and are correct for our cars. That said I like to "improve" things. My choice is a Duraspark II setup. Not because it's the best or prettiest but because any single piece I need for it is as close as the nearest parts store should I have an issue. I just have to tell them it's a 1984 Mustang 302 instead of a 1968 (or whatever) and bam, the parts I need are in stock.
Some folks want to keep the stock look but don't want to mess with points. A stock distributor with a Pertronix then.
If you want something that looks really sharp and modern, MSD makes a fine "all in one" electronic distributor. Or if you want something more racy, a different MSD distributor and a control box.
Durasparks aren't nearly as big and obnoxious as a GM style HEI distributor but they aren't all that pretty. MSD sells a distributor cap for Durasparks that makes them look a little more performance oriented. I don't care for MSD red on my blue distributor so I painted my MSD cap wrinkle black. I didn't like the looks of the control box so I hid it up in the fenderwell. You can the smaller Chrysler ignition box or the much smaller GM HEI controller with a Duraspark distributor instead of the stock Ford box if you want. Also apparently a teeny tiny Japanese ignition controller the details of which I'm trying to track down now.
 
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The engine appears to be a hodge-podge of years -- 1980, 1984, 1970, 1969 -- so there's nothing special about the original distributor. It has shaft play and the points cam is worn, so it is impossible to get the dwell in the specified range.

Is the Duraspark taller than the single-point? I have a straight Monte Carlo bar, but can switch to a curved if I go with anything other than the single-point.

I do not wish to send mine off, as I have waited a year to enjoy this car, and fall will be here before you know it. A friend at Carquest can get me a brand new complete, ready-to-drop-in single point for his cost of $58. What parts would I need for the Duraspark?
 

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Rebuilt distributors are usually (not always) garbage, and that is not even getting into how they're curved out of the box.

For pure information on what you have, is your distributor marked Autolite or Motorcraft? It should have a part # on the housing to get more specifics on it ie. C9__-12127-_. Might be original to the Mustang and that is one way to find out. They're also date coded.
 

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I tried to get the part number last night, but it is pretty illegible. It does start with "C8" though, so I'm sure it is original.

I can get a remanufactured Cardone for $42, so I think this one at Carquest is new.
 

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if you send it out youll get it back in 10 days and it will be dead on correct and fully working.

ask me how i know this. best $80 i ever spend on the car
 

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CARDONE SELECT 842809 {#C2OF12127F, C2OF12127H, C2OF12127J, C2OF12127S, C3OF12127A, C3OF12127B, C3OF12127D, C3OF12127E, C3OF12127F, C3OF12127G, C3OF12127H, C3OF12127J, C4OF12127A, C4OF12127B, C5JF12127C, C5OF12127E, C5OF12127L, C5OF12127M, C5OF12127T, C5OF12127U, C7OF12127D, C7OF12127E, C7OF12127F, C7OF12127J, D2OF12127AA, D2OF12127JA, D2OF12127RA, D3OF12127HB, D3OF12127JA, G7OF12127B} Includes Cap & Rotor (Point Type) Info
With single vacuum

A-1 CARDONE 302809 {#C2OF12127F, C2OF12127H, C2OF12127J, C2OF12127S, C3OF12127A, C3OF12127B, C3OF12127D, C3OF12127E, C3OF12127F, C3OF12127G, C3OF12127H, C3OF12127J, C4OF12127A, C4OF12127B, C5JF12127C, C5OF12127E, C5OF12127L, C5OF12127M, C5OF12127T, C5OF12127U, C7OF12127D, C7OF12127E, C7OF12127F, C7OF12127J, D2OF12127AA, D2OF12127JA, D2OF12127RA, D3OF12127HB, D3OF12127JA, G7OF12127B} Reman. Distributor (Point Type) Info
With single vacuum

Hodgepodge built generics...
 

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It's hard to wait for the right part, but worth it in this case. Maybe Dan has one in stock he will sell you outright, then send in yours for a core refund.

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What's the cost to go this direction (total rebuild)? To be quite honest, my uninsured wife just made two trips to the ER last weekend which included cat scans, so I am probably facing a $10K bill that I never anticipated. My vacation starts in two weeks, and I really want to get this car on the road by then.

This it?

(215)-723-3722
 

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What's the cost to go this direction (total rebuild)? To be quite honest, my uninsured wife just made two trips to the ER last weekend which included cat scans, so I am probably facing a $10K bill that I never anticipated. My vacation starts in two weeks, and I really want to get this car on the road by then.

Contact info?
Then Dan is your guy. Barring floods and hurricanes, probably a two-day turnaround.
 
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