With LGL at British Classic Cars having the once over before the safety test on 15.05.18, a bank holiday in Switzerland yesterday and nothing much to do as it was pouring with rain, I ventured into the garage…
For the last 2 years or so, there’s been a Land Rover to put together but that’s done and the garage was looks totally abandoned. There must be something fettle with in here…
Oh, yes, here’s something… The original Lucas 25D distributor.
I’ve fitted a new distributor from Accuspark but the quality isn’t all that good when compared to the Lucas. So the idea is to tidy up the old Lucas, replace the points with an electric ignition kit and refit it… at some point. But for the time being, a strip down and clean will keep me occupied for a few hours.
To remove the base place beneath the bob weights, there’s a pin that needs to be drifted out of the end of the shaft… about where my little finger would be in the picture above. Once the pin is out, the drive gear can be removed and the shaft with the base plate pulled out of the unit. Even with a 12 tonne press at my disposal, I couldn’t press the pin out! The bearings don’t have any play in them, so I’ll leave that for now.
I also learnt there is a great deal of effort required setting up distributors, to the point of it being something of a dark art.
I was unable to find any Land Rover specific info on Lucas distributors but did refer to an article on the Jaguar Club of North America. If you want to read more on exactly what’s going on inside a distributor, ignition curves, spring rates and such erotica, the article is… HERE.