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Mopar distributor.

yvdz yvdz
User | Posts: 118 | Joined: 12/08
Posted: 01/15/13
11:18 AM

Does anyone know if the Mopar performance electronic distributor [for small blocks] is still available? I ordered one at Summit but it's now almost 3 months later so I'm getting a bit concerned. I contacted Summit but they said the 'expected delivery date' is january 12. [Now it's january 30...] Well I figured that out myself, I just like to get my Dart running again. Are these distributors out of production or something or do I need to look elsewhere?

drmopar drmopar
Guru | Posts: 1445 | Joined: 02/08
Posted: 01/15/13
12:39 PM

At the moment everyone I know is back ordered for that part number. However, the Mopar performance dist. kit is available today, #p3690426. This is the dist. orange box and wiring harness. Cost is $225.00 from Jegs or Summit.
Always nice to have a spare orange box and
wiring harness.

pepsi1 pepsi1
User | Posts: 150 | Joined: 10/11
Posted: 01/15/13
07:57 PM

Yeah I'm with you. When they start back logging any part time and time again, thats a red flag. They are having a hard time getting it for you also. Follow drmopars way. I've always had better luck with Jegs myself, but thats my 2 cents...


PS. Do you know what part or parts are bad? Some guys may have some parts hanging around.  

marcohotrod340 marcohotrod340
Enthusiast | Posts: 470 | Joined: 09/08
Posted: 01/20/13
09:01 AM

the moparperf dist. has a very quick mechanical advance. for the street get a rebuilt 1973 unit from rockauto.c  

New User | Posts: 7 | Joined: 01/13
Posted: 01/21/13
10:02 AM

Have you tried to go to your local Dodge/Chrysler service department, they can order Mopar performance parts for you direct from the source often with free shipping.  I have been surprised several times at non-MP parts they have gotten me including some NOS parts sitting in the back for decades.  

yvdz yvdz
User | Posts: 118 | Joined: 12/08
Posted: 01/22/13
01:34 PM

Thanks guys...  

SuperBee69 SuperBee69
New User | Posts: 42 | Joined: 02/08
Posted: 01/22/13
07:38 PM

Have you thought about going with another brand such as MSD?  

yvdz yvdz
User | Posts: 118 | Joined: 12/08
Posted: 01/23/13
10:58 AM

Yes, I did think about that but I'm not exactly a master at electric stuff so I figured a replacement would be the easiest & cheapest way to go.  

yvdz yvdz
User | Posts: 118 | Joined: 12/08
Posted: 04/14/13
12:12 PM

Ok, I finally got my new distributor. [I ordered the kit, so I guess I got some spare parts then] I thought I was going to get my Dart running again but no such luck.
I inspected this MP distributor and it seems that the air gap varies a bit as well when rotating the shaft.
Also there is a little play on the shaft, not much but you can feel it when holding/moving it with your fingers. I noticed the pick-up and plate assembly is a bit 'loose', it wiggles up and down when just lightly touching it. I assume this will have an effect on the air gap. The plate is so loose it jumps up by itself when slowly rotating the shaft [when a reluctor tooth lines up with the pick-up.]
I doubt this will happen when it's spinning fast [when the engine is running] but it worries me. One of the salesmen at Summit happened to have a Mopar with a small block and he told me he filed off some of the tooth on the reluctor to even out the gap...[Are you serious, is this american engineering?] I'm beginning to think these Mopar Performance distributors are a pile of crap, this thing is brand new out of the box. So should I proceed and install this thing and see what happens?  

waynep712222 waynep712222
User | Posts: 127 | Joined: 04/13
Posted: 04/14/13
03:19 PM

look carefully at it..

make sure that somebody did not swap the good parts out and return it with cheep imatation crap...

i have gotten more than one alternator... that had USED components inside..  where somebody bought it.. swapped the case with and returned it for a full refund..

do you have a  brass feeler gauge???? where you can check the gap properly...

replacement reluctors are available at almost every parts store.. please note which side the pin is located ... vs the arrows on the reluctor.. one pin location is for big blocks.. the other is for small blocks..

want to have some fun....

hook up one of your jumper cables from the Negative battery cable to the new distributer housing...  plug the electrical connector in...   turn the key on...    then spin the shaft on the distributer in your hand.... do you get spark noises inside the cap... you should..

this is a test of the electronic ignition system..

you can also check the resistance of the pick up coil.. with a digital volt meter set to 2k OHMs... around 980 ohms.. but somewhere between 500 and 1500 is possible....  if the resistance tests good...

change the volt meter setting to 2 volts or 20 volts ac...   spin the shaft..   you need to see over 1.0 volts AC ... if you don't .. then the gap is too wide or the reluctor does not retain enough magnetism. and it needs to be changed...

as for the run out of the  top of the distributer... was it protected during shipping when you opened the box... not just tossed in.. where it could bounce around against the shaft when UPS tosses the package 20 or 30 feet.. or it could have been damaged sometime prior to summit getting ahold of it..

if the reluctor HITS the pickup coil at ALL .. this is an ISSUE.... you will want to get any production info off the box.. to give to summit over the phone and also to mopar if you end up going that far.  

yvdz yvdz
User | Posts: 118 | Joined: 12/08
Posted: 04/16/13
11:12 AM

Yes, I do have brass feeler gauges. The distributor looks new all the way, doesn't look like anyone swapped anything. As far as I can tell it wasn't damaged during shipping, carefully packed.
I'll be at it again next weekend, thanks so far.  

FeatherLite FeatherLite
New User | Posts: 12 | Joined: 11/12
Posted: 04/16/13
03:30 PM

set my 360 up with the complete msd ignition, distributer and blaster 2.0 coil. Installed in few hours with no hassles(except wire loom lol). Turn key, set timing and was off driving. Have to say I'm 100% satisfied with their products. Love the rev limiter!  
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