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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old Nov 14th, 01, 01:43 PM Thread Starter
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I have a s.b. 350 in a 67 with hei. Could any one please tell me if it is normal for oil to make its way into the top of the distributor ie. around pick up coil. If not normal is this a sign of worn dist. body
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old Nov 14th, 01, 02:57 PM
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Only the lower bushing is exposed to engine oil; the upper bushing is lubricated by special lubricant enclosed in a well in the top of the housing under the segment ring - the well has a plastic seal and felt pad between it and the pickup coil. The plastic seal has probably worn out, allowing lube into the housing area. Usually the lube in the upper well just dries out and wears out the upper bushing, as almost nobody knows this lubrication well is there and doesn't last forever, unless they've read the distributor portion of the Service Manual.

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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old Nov 14th, 01, 03:42 PM Thread Starter
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Thankyou John. I see wear you mean. The dist. I'm looking at is an old spare that I never used. I'll strip mine tomorrow, just hoping wick & cover are replacable.
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