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  1. Bronco648

    Duraspark conversion.

    I have a re-man Cardone distributor (part # 30-2691, if memory serves). The LX212 pick-up is for a late 70s Pinto/Mustang II distributor (and looks like the one that's in the distributor in the engine in my Ranger). I also told the shop, that's working on the truck, to treat the engine like a...
  2. Bronco648

    Duraspark conversion.

    I haven't ordered anything yet. I'm just trying to help the shop identify what might be wrong by mining the Collective's mind. Everything is solid state except for the distributor pick-up. Even though that's new, it's possible it's failing when it heats up.
  3. Bronco648

    Duraspark conversion.

    Yes, but according to the post by @franklin2 , that stator is correct for a stock '85 Ranger whereas the modifications made by the Duraspark II conversion mean that parts should be sourced for late 70s Fords (Pinto, Mustang II) with the 2.8. At least I believe that was his point.
  4. Bronco648

    Duraspark conversion.

    OK. So, with respect to what might be the current problem, are you saying to (possibly) look for a distributor pick-up for a late 70s 2.8? If so, that would be the SMP LX212 that AndyB posted:
  5. Bronco648

    Duraspark conversion.

    That SMP LX212T part is available from Amazon for $20, too. Well, I guess I can pass this info along to the shop.
  6. Bronco648

    Duraspark conversion.

    @AndyB. It's interesting that the Light Truck Manual image doesn't show a listing for the stator for the 2.8. Both sixes shown are the 300ci and 230ci. Otherwise, it's V8s or 4 cylinders. The note above the listing says "item is serviced in 12127 assy." if it's not listed. Any idea what the...
  7. Bronco648

    Duraspark conversion.

    @AndyB. Sorry, I thought that was a distributor part number.
  8. Bronco648

    Duraspark conversion.

    @AndyB. What part number did you search for on that site? I found aftermarket ones from SMP. But, NOS might be nice to have if they're not spendy.
  9. Bronco648

    Duraspark conversion.

    Well, it appears as if the pick-up, inside the distributor, is still available from Standard Motor Products. and it's about $40 shipped. That's not bad. Of course, I'm not sure if that's the problem. I do have a spare distributor that needs rebuilding but I'm not sure if anyone rebuilds them...
  10. Bronco648

    Duraspark conversion.

    No EGR anymore. Carb is 1.08. Pointer was at TDC when I inserted the distributor and I verified that by checking that the piston was up and the valves were closed. Correct. That's kinda the conclusion I was coming to. If true, that would be a bummer because the distributor is new and they seem...
  11. Bronco648

    Duraspark conversion.

    OK an update: Got the carb dialed in (I think) and the vacuum and transmission issues are fixed. There was never a proper lack of vacuum (my bad) and the modulator, that I received from the PO, was wrong. So, the tranny now shifts properly. The remaining issue seems to be the ignition system...
  12. Bronco648

    Free 4.0 V6 & 4.6 V8 Belt Tensioner

    No worries. It's time to clean off the work bench and the the tensioner is just sitting there. Either someone wants it or it's getting recycled.
  13. Bronco648

    Delete 3-into-1 Header Collectors - GONE

    No one wanted these so they have been recycled.
  14. Bronco648

    Duraspark conversion.

    I had someone that knows carbs better than I take a look. He made some adjustments, to lean it out, that has it running pretty nicely now. He also told me to remove the cap on the float bowl vent (and plumb it into the air cleaner). :) He's also going to check into the vacuum issue. He says...
  15. Bronco648

    Duraspark conversion.

    Hmm, OK. The carb rebuilder says he checked it with an Air-Fuel-Ratio gauge and it registered at 13:1. Optimal for a vehicle with a cat is 14.7:1 and a little leaner is supposed to be best for fuel economy. However, it also results in higher engine temps and higher NOx emissions.
  16. Bronco648

    Duraspark conversion.

    Any chance you know what auto parts stores refer to this as? The only one I find is the one from Painless and it's $86. Never mind: Dorman Electrical Wire Connector 85848 ~$12
  17. Bronco648

    Duraspark conversion.

    Fair enough. It has the 1.08 Venturis but I do not know the size of the jets. I can ask. Do you know what jets it should have in it? I do know that it does not have chunks missing near the pointed end of the idle screws. I definitely would have noticed that (cracks on the other hand....).
  18. Bronco648

    Duraspark conversion.

    (y) This is what's confusing me. There are two "pointers" bolted to the timing gear cover; one is clearly a pointer, the other is like a tunnel sight on a rifle barrel. I marked 12* BTDC on the harmonic balancer and tried to set the distributor so that the mark on the balancer lined up with the...
  19. Bronco648

    Duraspark conversion.

    Like from a '77 Pinto/Bobcat/Capri II with the 2.8 V6? I am running a ballast resistor, the same one recommended in this thread (BWD RU19, O'Reilly 2015-05-01): And, interestingly, the Accel 8140 is listed as a replacement for the Duraspark coil (on the O'Reilly & AZ web sites). I must not...

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