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 Active 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 Active 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 Active 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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