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Old 06-28-2010, 06:26 PM   #1
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I just bought a 72 Mach 1 351 2V converted to 4V w/ Edelbrock set up 600cfm.
I went to time the engine and found the distributor to be seized. I can't get it to move. I believe the 72's are clockwise. I even tried a little english with a pipe wrench and it won't budge. I took off the bolt and clip that holds it in place.

The second issue is the kick down rod from the tranny (FMX). I found it hanging. I hooked it up on the linkage with the accel. cable and it is shifting two high. Not sure how to adjust it. It seems like there is something misssing from the carb. for this set-up? There was no adjusting screw. I put one in but it didn;t seem to help. I got it to shift less hard but it wasn't coming into second until 3000rpm's.

Novice help!
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Old 06-29-2010, 11:09 AM   #2
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I had to create an extension for my kickdown rod to be adjustable for my non-standard intake/carb. The shift point can also be adjusted with the vacuum modulator set screw on the tranny.
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Old 06-29-2010, 12:35 PM   #3
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theres also a adjustment in the vacuum downshift module, its done with a tiny screw driver. i know if its been messed with that it will shift early or late, just a thought.
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Old 07-01-2010, 08:07 AM   #4
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for the distributor. remove the clamp first obviously.
when the distributor is seized in there, it is utmost important that you get the distributor to turn first. it can turn clockwise and anticlockwise. the direction you metion is only the direction the rotor in there will turn. body can (must) move in both directions to be able to adjust timing.
If it sezed one of the following usually helps:
- crap loads of antiseize oil around the base over night. I once used a completey soaked old rag around it over night
- apply heat
- brute force
however don't use any brute force up and down, it will brake in your hands. get it to rotate first! once it rotates you wioll have no problem pulling it out
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