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Re: Starting problem

To: Paul Hunt <>
Subject: Re: Starting problem
From: "Paul T. Root" <>
Date: Wed, 04 May 2005 08:09:05 -0500
Back in college with my first 'B. I had it professionally tuned before
my cross country trek to California. It had never run better.

I had a shakeout trip of a couple hundred miles to pick up a friend. 
Going around a corner, it died. Joy. Popped the hood and there the
dizzy had come out. It was cracked at the base. I don't know if it was
cracked before hand or if they did it. It was 13 years old at the time.

We loosened the bolt, put the dizzy in, adjusted it to ear, and drove

I took it back to the shop, and he put in a used good dizzy at cost, and
I was on my way.

Left the car in Denver with my brother to sell, and bought his TR7 a 
week later. It never would have passed California emissions anyway.


Paul Hunt wrote:
> Absolutely.  The slots in the plate give quite a lot of movement relative to
> the block, more than enough for any timing adjustments if the clamping plate
> is positioned correctly on the distributor.  It is very easy to overtighten
> the clamping bolt, and repeated use is usually the cause of deforming the
> base of the distributor which renders it scrap.
> PaulH.
> ----- Original Message ----- 
>>  The point of all this is that the distributor should be set into the
>>clamp plate once, then adjustments made of the vernier or the plate
>>itself, as this procedure minimises wear on the soft metal base of the

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