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PostPosted: Sun Jan 12, 2014 4:53 pm    Post subject: TO-30 distributor oil Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Doing a tune up on a TO-30. The manual says to check the oil level in the distributor housing. How does one do that?
 
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 12, 2014 6:01 pm    Post subject: Re: TO-30 distributor oil Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Some distributors have a small tube coming out of the side with spring loaded cap to oil distributor. Only takes a little. Most older distributors had these. Use engine oil.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 12, 2014 7:15 pm    Post subject: Re: TO-30 distributor oil Reply to specific post Reply with quote

The Delco disributor has a screw in plug on the side of the distributor. It has a screwdriver slot in it. You remove the plug and put oil in it every 100 hrs i believe per the Owners Manual.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2014 9:06 am    Post subject: Re: TO-30 distributor oil Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I appreciate the replies, but I'm still not getting it. It is a Delco-Remy distributor housing (original). There are 4 screws near the top that hold a plate with gizmos on it. And there are two bolts that attach to a bracket that fits between the distributor housing and the engine block.

A picture would help tremendously. Second to that maybe somebody could tell me something like "Look an inch up from this and half an inch left of that".
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2014 7:14 pm    Post subject: Re: TO-30 distributor oil Reply to specific post Reply with quote

The plug is located on the outside of the distributor body, right below the large diameter section that houses the points. I'll try to get a picture. Do you have a parts manual.It's shown there.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 18, 2014 3:29 pm    Post subject: Re: TO-30 distributor oil Reply to specific post Reply with quote


Here's a picture of the screw in the oiling hole.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 19, 2014 2:04 pm    Post subject: Re: TO-30 distributor oil Reply to specific post Reply with quote

As currently installed on my TO-20, the oil plug (and the Delco-Remy label) are facing toward the engine block, making access to the oil plug almost impossible.

Can the distributor body be rotated 180 degrees so I can get to the oil plug? What else would need to be changed?
 
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 19, 2014 3:38 pm    Post subject: Re: TO-30 distributor oil Reply to specific post Reply with quote

thanks
 
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 20, 2014 8:42 pm    Post subject: Re: TO-30 distributor oil Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Tom Bowman wrote:
(quoted from post at 15:04:14 01/19/14) As currently installed on my TO-20, the oil plug (and the Delco-Remy label) are facing toward the engine block, making access to the oil plug almost impossible.

Can the distributor body be rotated 180 degrees so I can get to the oil plug? What else would need to be changed?


Tom, you'll need to "rotate" the wires on the distributor cap after you rotate the distributor body and make a longer wire from the - coil post to the distributor. Of course, you'll need to check the timing again.
My guess is that the distributor was originally mounted the way it's on your tractor. The manual says that the oil in the distributor is good for 1500 hours, so it's not something that's done very often.
You could remove the distributor cap and points wire, loosen the clamp, rotate the distributor around to get to the screw and check the oil, then rotate the distributor back to it's original position. If you used a scribe to mark the original position of the distributor, then you wouldn't even have to check the timing.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 21, 2014 5:20 am    Post subject: Re: TO-30 distributor oil Reply to specific post Reply with quote

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Tom, you'll need to "rotate" the wires on the distributor cap after you rotate the distributor body and make a longer wire from the - coil post to the distributor. Of course, you'll need to check the timing again.
My guess is that the distributor was originally mounted the way it's on your tractor. The manual says that the oil in the distributor is good for 1500 hours, so it's not something that's done very often.
You could remove the distributor cap and points wire, loosen the clamp, rotate the distributor around to get to the screw and check the oil, then rotate the distributor back to it's original position. If you used a scribe to mark the original position of the distributor, then you wouldn't even have to check the timing.
BillL[/quote]

Thanks, Bill. I think I'll try to check/fill it as is.

1,500 hours will outlast me, then the next guy can worry about it!
 
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