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Distributor problem/question

Discussion in '308/328' started by kclimbs, Jul 22, 2020.

  1. kclimbs

    kclimbs Rookie

    Sep 8, 2018
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    While timing my ‘78 308 last week somehow the distributor shaft snapped in half. I spoke with Tom at Marelli Services and he said my best option would be to keep an eye out and buy a used one that someone may have laying around. Apparently, this specific part isn’t available? Does anyone have an extra S159B laying around that they would be willing to part with? Or advice? Thanks in advance for any help!
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  2. mike32

    mike32 F1 Rookie

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    Do you have a pic of all the broken bits- looking at what i can see you should be able to get one made
     
  3. kclimbs

    kclimbs Rookie

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    That is the only broken bit. Clean break of the shaft right where it meets the cup
     
  4. mike32

    mike32 F1 Rookie

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    Hard to make out with the plastic bit on- should be easy to make
    What is the pt no ?
     
  5. 308 milano

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    Ferr Parts in Sacramento. (Ferrari dismantler) should be able to help you out.:)
     
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  6. Irishman

    Irishman F1 Rookie

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    The last time I timed my 78 as I recall there were two timings: idle and 5000 RPM. I had a lot of issues
    - could not get it dialed in on the timing marks at both RPMs (likely mechanical advance issues)
    - inconsistent idle in general
    - hard starting
    - lots of carb "pops"

    I'm not a pro, but figured it was more than parts to get the distributors sorted - ie Sun machine or similar. I switched to Electomotive electronic ignition. It made a *world* of difference in performance. The car starts much faster. The idle is near perfect. The advance also seems near perfect, though I have not double checked it with a timing gun.
     
  7. kclimbs

    kclimbs Rookie

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    Thanks for the suggestion! Ferrparts came through with a great price! Should have it sometime next week and hopefully finish up this process and get this car back on the road!
     
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