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Distributor VS Magneto

Postby slowpoke » Thu Jun 23, 2016 4:37 pm

Hello to everyone here this is my first post since reading about a 100 old posts.
I have a simple question.I just acquired a 1951 Cub that has been converting to coil ignition while retaining the Mag.
If i find a distributor from a newer cub is it a direct replacement for the mag or are the drive gears different in the front?

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Re: Distributor VS Magneto

Postby havoc1482 » Thu Jun 23, 2016 6:33 pm

IIRC the drive gears are the same.

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Re: Distributor VS Magneto

Postby Eugene » Thu Jun 23, 2016 6:57 pm

As long as the conversion to battery ignition coil with the magneto works, I wouldn't change it.
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Re: Distributor VS Magneto

Postby slowpoke » Thu Jun 23, 2016 7:09 pm

It works great but i'm concerned about the gearing that people talk about under the rotor failing in the future.Then again it's been there since 1951 so i imagine it might just go another 60 years which is a lot more than i can possibly have LOL

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Re: Distributor VS Magneto

Postby inairam » Thu Jun 23, 2016 8:02 pm

There are plenty of other things to worry about than things that are working. Sure, pick of a distributor if you can and get it ready, read up on how to do the job, but do not put it in until there is a problem with the mag. Do not look for trouble.
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Re: Distributor VS Magneto

Postby staninlowerAL » Fri Jun 24, 2016 5:29 am

You might have noticed it already but the magneto is a "one piece" part that mounts directly to the block. The distributor has a mounting base plate that connects it to the block. If you get a distributor, just make sure you get the complete unit. The mag rotor and pinion are different but the points and condenser are the same. Take a look at the GSS 1012 for all the information. Stan

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