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Ford Y-Block Ready to Run Distributors


 Ford Y-Block 272-312 1955 thru 1960's Thunderbird's all Cars and Trucks

Tired of the poor running condition, rich idle, poor fuel economy of your Y-Block?
MSD and Mallory units are too obtrusive and don't fit properly in your Baby Bird?

The SOLUTION!........... Keep it Looking Ford!

Complete kit to convert your Classic Y-Block over to a Modern Electronic Ignition System

Today's fuels dictate that your Y-Block use both Mechanical & Vacuum Advance, they just won't run properly without both!
These distributors feature a lower bearing to keep the shaft running true to the Ford blocks, No More points to change, No More shaft wobble, OEM Ford finish for stock appearance, No Ballast resistor required, Simple 2 wire hook-up. NO External Box!
FBO Exclusive! Pertronix III technology in a stock appearing Distributor custom built for Y-Blocks.
Includes Fully set-up phased and curved NEW Distributor, Ignitor III Coil and REV Limiter for safety.  Multi Spark throughout the full RPM Range, not just to 3000 RPM REV Limiter, We set to your RPM spec.
Distributor has Mechanical and Vacuum, Advance for optimum fuel economy.
Available only from FBO Systems Your #1 Quality Ignition Source
This distributor upgrade brings your classic engine ignition into this century, enabling it to achieve good fuel economy and burn today's modern fuel formulations.
These Y-Blocks had a very poor Mechanical and Vacuum advance system and some had none!
We've taken today's technology and incorporated it into a distributor that fits in your Y-Block with no modifications and connects with 2 wires.... Simple, Efficient, easy to install with outstanding results you'll hear, see and feel as soon as you turn the key!
Compare to MSD 8383 with a coil at $434.00 that will still need to be set up by a experienced Ignition mechanic costing another $80-150.00 and the question remains.....   will it really fit? Do you really want that billet distributor in your classic? Will your plug wires work with their cap?  By the time your done with set-up and a wire set you will be into that red beast for well over $600.  Can you guess where it's made? Yup, comes in folding waxed box with a fortune cookie.... "Buy AAA towing insurance before using import parts in American Classic Car"

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This is a custom built product that requires time in our machine shop and distributor shop please allow us 14 days to ship.

Tech Notes

Early Y-Block distributors were vacuum only units referred to as Load-o-matic. These distributors  picked up a vacuum signal from the carburetor and varied advance based on engine demand. The Load-o-matic distributors will not work with modified engines! Usually the early distributors have metal tags to identify the part number. When the cap is removed the advance springs are visible. These distributors were used from 1954-1956. 1956 4bbl. cars used a dual diaphragm advance unit.

Beginning in 1957 centrifugal advance was added. The body of the distributor is thicker and the springs are no longer visible with the cap removed. The rotor can be turned and will then spring back to it's static position. Part numbers are stamped into the body . These distributors used a full diameter breaker plate which rotates on ball bearings. The vacuum advance arm is straight. Points cap and rotor will not interchange with the '54-'56 distributors.

About 1959 the ball bearing breaker plate was replaced with a hinged plate which pivots on a single pin. The vacuum advance arm is curved. These units use the same points, cap and rotor as the '57-'59 units and later 289-302.

12127 is the identifier for a distributor. The last two digits indicate actual application.

YEARS                      PART NUMBER

1957-59                    FEK  or  FEH          12127     Ball bearing breaker plate

1959                          B9AF  or B9TF       12127     Hinged breaker plate

1960                          C0AF  or C0TF      12127                  "

1961                          C1AF  or  C1TF     12127                  "

1962                          C2AF  or C2TF      12127                  "

1963                          C3TF                       12127                   "

1964                          C3TF                       12127                   "

Late and service replacement distributors use the 289 style triangular body with o-ring seal.

Not all of these numbers may actually exist.

FIRING ORDER 1-5-4-8-6-3-7-2

Passenger side 1234

Drivers side       5678


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