Distributor wrench help

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  1. petty437

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    This may sound dumb but can anyone give me the dimensions for the Vim V103 distributor wrench? I am going to be making one & need the dims from the center of the 7/16 hex to the bend & how tall (or long) the tool needs to be. If you have one, please measure it up for me. THANKS!!!!!
     
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    Don't know the dimensions but I do know its 1/2 not 7/16 for small block. Buy the longest 1/2
    box wrench heat and bend.
     
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      I used a stud and a nut instead of a bolt.
       
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        whats the advantage?
         
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        cheaper and easier just to buy the right tool
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        ten bucks
         
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        • petty437

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          I have one of these but they are 9/16 & 1/2. Also, if you have an early /6 you know this style will not work!
           
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          WHAT????????
           
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          slanty, I missed that sorry
           
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            Not on an early /6. It's 7/16!!
             
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            I am saying I installed a stud and a nut vs a bolt . It has no bearing on the wrench question but it does make it easier to replace the hold down when you pull the dizzy. Then I use a shorty 1/2 wrench to tighten the nut.
            I have a few Dist wrenches but this way is easier.
             
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              The hold down is held in place by the stud instead of slipping around while you try to start the bolt in the hole in the block.

              Its not a huge deal but it is nice if you are recurving the dizzy and taking it in and out over and over again on a small block.
               
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                On a 2.3 turbo I had, it was difficult to access the bolt with a wrench or socket. I switched to a socket head "allen" bolt and bought a long hex drive with the ball end. Worked perfect.
                 
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                  That also crossed my mind.
                   
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                  Thought I had that one can’t find it readily. I’ve an older Craftsman 1/2” version. It’s about 1.5” from center of hex to the vertical shaft. The vertical shaft is 14” tall. The horizontal handle at the top is 6.5” wide. Hope that helps.

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                  Great idea Mike! My 84 D150 dist hold down was a BITCH to get to. Sold the truck lol
                  Thanks!:thumbsup:
                   
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                  Why don't you just bend up a pattern from scrap..........like a coat hanger. Yeh, I know, wire ones are hard to find. What are your fab skills, can you weld? I've bent wrenches up through 9/16 and maybe larger with a good hot propane torch. That's right, PROPANE (and pro-pane accessories LOL) That, a vise, hammer, vise grips, etc..............
                   
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                  • petty437

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                    THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!
                     
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                      DOH!!! Never thought of the coat hanger idea! I've used it for brake lines etc but didn't even think of it! Thanks
                       
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                      I just use a 1/4" swivel socket and a 12" extension works great!
                       
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                      • petty437

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                        The wrench isn't for the
                        The wrench isn't for the block bolt. It is for the adjusting bolt on the rear underside of the distributor.
                         
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                        67 Dart; Try a mapp gas torch kit. The tanks are yellow, sold in many stores, and they heat things up faster than propane.
                         
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                        If my memory is right, I believe the bolt under the distributor is for a coarse adjustment. Then use the bolt on the block for regular adjustment.
                         
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                        • halifaxhops

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                          That will be tough to make. I just put late model holdowns on and be done with it.
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                          • petty437

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                            OK, I like this! Where do I get this set up?????? :thumbsup:
                             
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                            LOL that was kinda my point, tho I did not say so. You don't need MAPP or oxy/ acet to bend smaller wrenches. In fact, just this last summer I put a glitch in an old wrench to get a carb off an outboard. Rather than string out the oxy/ acet, I just grabbed the old faithful LPG torch. I wanted a "tight close" bend right near the open end, so I clamped the open end in a big 'ol vise, heated 'er up, and struck with a BFH a few times.
                             
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