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Ford Y-Block Ready to Run Distributors

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 Ford Y-Block 272-312 1955 thru 1960's Thunderbird's all Cars and Trucks
Almost any Ford or Mercury Y-Block even the 368 Merc-We just need your core to build one.

Tired of the poor running condition, rich idle, stumble off idle, poor fuel economy, general lack of power 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! ......R.I.P. Henry, we got you covered!

Complete kit to convert your Classic Y-Block over to a Modern Electronic Ignition System and still maintain the stock appearance
Now with a 5 Year Workmanship Limited Warranty

Today's fuel formulations requires that your Y-Block use both Mechanical & Vacuum Advance, they just can't burn today's fuel without both!  I think you'll agree that fuel quality is not going to get any better in the future so we need to think down the road to preserve our American Classics.
These distributors feature a lower bearing to stabilize the lower shaft and 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! Now you'll have a dependable 40KV going to the plugs on demand to ignite and burn today's so called gas..... I call it camel spit.
Pertronix Ignitor III technology in a stock appearing Distributor custom built for Y-Blocks and ONLY available from FBO Ignition
$569.00 + $200.00 Refundable Core Charge
(We Have to get the old ones back!)
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 set to your RPM spec.
These Distributors have controlled Mechanical Advance curve and Vacuum Advance Limiters for optimum fuel economy and performance whether your Y-Block is stock or performance application.
Available only from FBO Systems Your #1 Source for Quality Ignition Products
This distributor upgrade brings your classic Ford Y-Blocks ignition into this century, enabling it to achieve good fuel economy, maximum power and still run on current and future modern fuel formulations.  Today's fuel is formulated to burn in the very hot combustion chamber environment of new lean burn emissions engines.  We can't duplicate the design efficiency of a 32V injected and computer controlled combustion chamber with our Y-Block cylinder heads but we can sure help it keep up.
The original Y-Blocks had a very poor Mechanical and Vacuum advance system one or the other and some had none! Even Ford new this and tried several combinations and when the FE Motors were released one of the features was a Vacuum and Mechanical advance distributor for "Greater Fuel Economy and Performance"
We've stepped up even further and using today's technology and incorporating it into a distributor that fits in your Y-Block with no modifications and connects simply with 2 wires.... Simple, Efficient, Reliable, simple to install with outstanding results that you'll hear, see and feel as soon as you turn the key and step on the loud peddle!
Compare to MSD 83831 with a coil at $539.00 now add the 6AL box at $285.00 it still needs to be set up by a experienced Technician costing another $135.00 and a NON-Emissions adjustable Vacuum Canister installed but the question remains.....   will MSD and the Chinese knock offs 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 ordering all the components to get the equivalent to the FBO  Complete distributor you'll be into that red beast for well over $900.  Can you guess where it's made? Yup, comes in folding waxed box with a fortune cookie.... Now look at their warranty, call them for tech help you'll see the difference.
These distributors are not an off the shelf imported "one size fits all" each one is custom built to not only fit your Y-Block but all elements are considered in the set-up and curve to optimize the performance of your engine. Detonation free, best fuel economy and power.  We (there's just 2 of us old guys) take care to make sure everything is correct and take the time to rigorously test each distributor to ensure perfection, we take pride in our products and apply over 100 years of combined experience to ensure you get the best product we can build each and every time. Mediocrity is just not in our vocabulary, perfection is our business standard.
Better product, better warranty, better tech support, better appearance and American Made .... everything you want and should demand for your hard earned money.

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This is a custom built product that requires time in our machine shop and distributor shop please allow us 10-14 days to ship.

Tech Notes

Today's fuel formulations demand that the complete ignition system be upgraded, unless you have a source on 1957 leaded fuel and if you want it to run properly and last a few years.  If anything has been changed in the induction system (carb, heads, headers, intake) those old obsolete distributors will not run today's fuel, even if it's all original it won't be able to burn the fuel.  Ford was well aware of the issues of these distributors and they were discontinued with the updated FE Engine that ran both mechanical and vacuum based distributors.  Don't waste your time and money trying to rebuild any of those Y-Block distributors and expect them to run properly ****UPGRADE*** to this century.

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 or OEM stock 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.  Only Y-blocks use a 13 tooth cam gear.

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

Compare to MSD?

MSD 83831 Comparison to FBO-YB-1 Y-Block Ignition System

MSD-As Listed at Summit


Price (Summit)


FBO-YB-1 Ford Y-Block



Part # 83831 MSD Distributor that fits some Y-Blocks without beating the firewall seam with a hammer.


No Coil-No Set-up

Non-Adjustable vacuum Can!


*83831 Dist.-$479.95

Adjust. Vac Can - $42.00

*MSD blaster 2-$55.88

*MSD 6al- $285.00

Set-up Cost $135.00

Total Cost $997.83







Complete Ignition System with coil and FREE Shipping

Custom curved to your application.

$569.00 + $200.00 Refundable Core

With Rev Limiter set, Coil, Custom Curved & Phased, Delivered

MSD R2R # 8383 1 Year warranty from Summit


No Coil-No Set-up

Non-Adjustable vacuum Can!


*8383 R2R Dist. - $525.95

*MSD Blaster coil - $55.88

Set-up Cost $135.00

Total $716.83




  The FBO YB-1 System is Ready to Run Blueprinted to your application with a fully adjustable Vacuum Can. For Non-Emissions Vehicles Coil Included

5 Year Warranty


$569.00 +

 $200.00 Refundable Core

Trigger Style:  Magnetic     Hall Effect trigger    
Advance type Mechanical (It's also got an emissions style vac advance but they don't mention its NON-Adjustable     Mechanical and Adjustable Non-Emissions Vacuum Canister Both Mechanical and Vacuum advance set-up with positive stops


Cap Style Male Pin Type/HEI -MSD Only

Replacement Chevy style Cap special order- Don't go too far from home

2/5 day delivery + tax


  Black Female Ford Cap

Replacements at any Parts store $10-$20

Period Correct Female cap available at any auto parts store anywhere. Brass contact Black cap/rotor $18.00

Available from any parts house.  Must be Brass contacts.

Mechanical Tach Drive No     No    
Cap Color Red


  Various from Auto Parts store. Just Always use any Brass Contact Cap for early Ford application. Black Cap and standard Ford Rotor Service parts $18.00
Housing material Billet     As Cast OEM style Keeping that stock appearance Standard
Marine Use No     No Marine units require a USCG Approval sticker N/A
Dimension Height 7.562 motor to top of cap May hit firewall seam on '57-'59 full size cars, modification of firewall may be required.  (get a big hammer out of the tool box)

Diameter N/A at this time

  6.75 motor deck to top of cap

Standard Ford OEM diameter cap and body

Nearly 7/8" of an inch shorter than MSD. No Clearance issues. Will fit in 55-57 T-Birds!  
Ignition box required YES- Rewire for 6AL CD Ignition Box


  No Box Needed - Pertronix Ignitor III technology R2R with simple 2 wire hook-up Internal Pertronix III Module
TECH NOTE This distributor is 9.187" from block deck to top of cap

Cap Diameter 4.110"

At Hold Down 5.0"

Check your clearance.....

"Size Does Matter"

  This distributor is 6.750 from block deck to top of cap

Cap OD is 3.990

Warranty Summit MSD Warranty 1 year

Additional 1 Year Assurant warranty from eBay



Assurant Warranty $55.00



  5 YEAR Warranty on our Workmanship

30 months on Coil and Module-From Pertronix

Our product is so well machined and assembled we can easily offer our

5 YEAR Warranty


Tech Support Can you get hold of anyone who knows Y-Blocks...Good Luck if you can find anybody who even knows what a Y-Block is?

eBay will give you a 10 minute call with a so called "Expert"... Let us know how that works out for you




  Best Tech Support in the industry.  100 combined years of setting up distributors for all makes and applications I'm almost always available during reasonable hours, even on weekends if your in a jam. You can also just text me and I'll answer as quick as possible.


Custom Curve and Phased Not Available from MSD...  Supposedly "THE" Distributor Company?... Says Who?

$? Not available

  Fully custom Curved/Phased to your specs with mechanical and vacuum advance limiters installed. Between the 2 of us we back our products and workmanship with over 100 years hands on experience.


$0.00 included in price from FBO Ignition

Send us your MSD Unit for curve & Phase $135.00 + Shipping

We will not work on the Chinese copies

REV Limiter Yes With 6AL box


  YES: integrated in the PTX III module. Accurate to +/- 50 RPM.  Easily adjustable We set the rev limiter as part of our set-up service.



Country of origin (CoO) China or Mexico     A few Imported Components (can't get away from it these days) All modifications Made in Oregon by Ignition Experts  
Adjustable Vac Canister   $23.99   Included Adjusted and limiters set properly


Adaptive dwell NO     Yes Adjusts to slew rate  
Start Sensor Technology NO     Yes, reads RPM and increases dwell time to boost cranking Voltage by 30-50%-Quick clean starts everytime  


Included in the Ignitor 3 module


Multi Spark Only to 3000 RPM With 6AL box but only to about 3000 RPM   Yes Full Multi Spark System From cranking to 10,000 RPM Standard feature
Total Cost Plus Shipping to get it to us and back

Actual Comparative Cost


Plus $55 1 year Assurant Warranty from eBay

  Fully Blueprinted to your engine

Ready to drop in with FREE  Shipping and $399 less


Better Product, Better Fit, Better Tech Support, More reliable, Lower cost by $399, More features & with an unbelievable..

5 Year Warranty


Plus a Refundable $200.00 Core Charge

NET $569.00

With your old core $569.00

Chinese knock off's WHY? would you even consider using a low quality, poor performing with No  tech help or parts available distributor in your classic early Y-Block Ford?  When you start installing those low grade Chinese parts you might as well just bolt in a 350 Chevy/350 trans and a 3.50 gear and build a belly button car.

Do you really want that Chinese distributor with Chevy cap starring at you every time you open your hood.... call me a purest but that would be way to embarrassing for me.

We will not work on the Chinese Import fake distributors, no repairs, no set-up or curving and we have no parts for them.

In this industry the last guy to work on it is responsible for it... we will not take responsibility for tech information or be a  warranty dump for Imported low quality products.

Because of the inconsistency of MSD R2R distributors we offer no warranty on our workmanship on any MSD R2R distributors


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