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Duraspark parts on standard 289 distributor

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fordmuscle has helped me with numerous things, so I'm hoping this one will get solved. Bought a duraspark distributor from a swapmeet - supposed to be 351/302/389 duraspark. It doesn't fit the distributor bore. I was wondering if I could take out the mechanical parts of my 289 distributor, and put the duraspark components in there and make it work? I'm going to get the MSD6AL with it, so that part is solved. thoughts? Thanks.
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Yes you should be able to swap the top end of the distributor out..I did this many years ago with a 429..I didn't have an electronic distributor for it so I took the parts from a small block duraspark and swapped them into the 429 points housing...Just make sure the slot for the timing advance is the same..It will have a number stamped into it...


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if it doesn't fit you need to figure out what you have before you start swaping parts.

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Re: Duraspark parts on standard 289 distributor

351W distributors are not the same as 289/302 distributors. The oil pump shaft hole in th ebottom of the shaft is a different size and the length may also be different but I'm not sure about that.

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Hello all,
fordmuscle has helped me with numerous things, so I'm hoping this one will get solved. Bought a duraspark distributor from a swapmeet - supposed to be 351/302/389 duraspark. It doesn't fit the distributor bore. I was wondering if I could take out the mechanical parts of my 289 distributor, and put the duraspark components in there and make it work? I'm going to get the MSD6AL with it, so that part is solved. thoughts? Thanks.
Thats what I run in my FE since Durasparks are hard to get for them.
Take both apart to the advance weights (clean the advance mechanism while you are in there). Test the fit of the upper shaft and reassmble.
You will need to cut a notch in the body so the wiring can go out of the dizzy. Notch should be where the wire hole is now.

Will make a very good low dollar dizzy for you.

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Re: Duraspark parts on standard 289 distributor

I did the same thing with my old truck which has a 351W. Just took the guts out of the Duraspark and put into the points and added a control module. Here are some links that might help with the wiring and such...
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