What wrench/socket configuration to adjust distributor?

Discussion in 'Wrenchin' Secrets' started by Canadian GS 350, Aug 12, 2018.

  1. Canadian GS 350

    Canadian GS 350 Well-Known Member

    im looking at my 72 gs 350 wondering what combo gives you access to adjust the distributor. Thanks
     
  2. mrolds69

    mrolds69 Still restoring!!!

    Personally, I have an army of Snap On, Mac, Craftsman + KD distributor wrenches. It's difficult to get at that bolt easily unless you have different length extensions, a swivel or swivel socket. If I could have only 1 60's 70's distributor wrench, it would be this one. It's like my very fiirst wrench.
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/K-D-104-Distributor-Box-End-Wrench-1-2-9-16-3-8-Drive-12-Point-Vintage/263860651771?hash=item3d6f5206fb:g:vXMAAOSw0HFbZzD2&_sop=15&_sacat=0&_nkw=kd+distributor+wrench+104&_from=R40&rt=nc&LH_TitleDesc=0

    The beauty of this thing, is that it comes apart in the middle, so you can turn it any direction you want, or put a ratchet on it. Because each end is different, it does mostly everything except metric. I carry one in some of my cars. Early KD 104's were made in USA. Later are not as good but still ok. There were a lot of cheap imported variants, too. This will do BOPC, Mopar, Ford, whatever. You can maybe find a clone on ebay or Amazon for like 10.00 new.
     
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  3. mrolds69

    mrolds69 Still restoring!!!

  4. buick64203

    buick64203 Right wing conservative Staff Member

    I use a 3/8" ratchet, an 11" extension and a crows foot wrench . Works perfectly
     
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  5. Mike B in SC

    Mike B in SC Well-Known Member

    AutoZone sells them. Around ten bucks I think.
     
  6. buick64203

    buick64203 Right wing conservative Staff Member

    I have a distributor wrench in my toolbox for a Cadillac HT 4100 engine. Used it once about 25 years ago. Still there....
     
  7. Canadian GS 350

    Canadian GS 350 Well-Known Member

    Thanks gents. Very helpful. My car has 3:42 non Posi....I was impressed that it would do a brake stand and a 2nd gear chirp when it shifted under hard acceleration. I need to open quadrajet up this winter and see what primary circuit is .....as the secondary circuit was super lean.
     
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  8. hdpegscraper

    hdpegscraper Well-Known Member

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  9. lemmy-67

    lemmy-67 Gold Level Contributor

    3/8" drive crow's feet on a 6" or longer extension should work fine.
     
  10. john.schaefer77

    john.schaefer77 Well-Known Member

  11. Canadian GS 350

    Canadian GS 350 Well-Known Member

    Thanks Gents
     
  12. BadBrad

    BadBrad Got 4-speed?

    Dad always used the distributor wrench on the 350. The 455 is much easier to access.
     

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