I had hoped to tell you how I put in my new Pertronix Flame Thrower III distributor on my 440 but instead I have another point to make that some of you who are considering the swap will want to know.
I had put in a Pertronix distributor on my 340 six pack Challenger T/A and that wasn’t a problem, but the 340, although it is situation on the rear of the block, has more clearance standing straight up and down and away from the cylinder heads (unlike a 440).
Visually the new distributor is significantly larger, but I did not expect to run into clearance problems.
The first indication my one-day installation wasn’t going to happen was when I tried to seat the distributor into the block.
Being an experienced mechanic, I did not force the distributor down into the seat. I noticed a small gap in the hold down area.
Upon closer inspection, I could see the larger distributor housing was touching the cylinder head at the point of a casting ridge.
I thought about this for a few minutes, thinking, I bet the guys on RoadKill (that amazingly entertaining show) would probably take a grinder to cylinder head and get the needed clearance but I realized I’m not set up to grind, nor can I take a risk on my driver just to put in this distributor.
Disappointed, to say the least, but saving the part of the future.
Chevy at Work
This is not a Mopar, but I just wanted to post these photos for Roger (left) at work who is a proud new owner of a 67 396 SS Chevelle. Jim (right) owns an old restored 340 Dart. I’m waiting for him to drive that to work.
Congratulations Roger, nice ride.
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