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    Sorting out wife's new rod

     



    The wife bought a 54 Ford...has a '66 289/C4 combo. No history on the car, but it has been played with...runs really well, and easily spins the back tires.

    I will probably have lots of questions....eventually...

    First, it has a "Cobra" air cleaner...10" by 12" oval....I can't find a source for filters....any ideas??

    Two distributor questions: It has an Accel dual point distributor....I'd really like to go electronic if anything is available...

    Also, baffled that distributor cap has a locating notch...but the distributor does not have a corresponding locating lug....can't see how the timing can be set if the cap can easily move around.....

    Thanks in advance...

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    Well there is the problem right there, a Ford in a Ford..... surely a dying breed and to solve all issues replace one old Ford engine with a Chevrolet and enjoy endless happy miles from then on....
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    This should help you on the air filter, unless you don't like K&N
    K&N Search by Dimension - Oval Air Filter
    I'm not a big fan of anything that has Accell stamped it, but Petronix should have a unit to fit the dizzy. I have a Petronix unit in a Mallory dual point in a 289 powered 66 Mustang and it works great.
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    Another option on the air cleaner - http://www.summitracing.com/parts/KNN-E-1960/ and welcome!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rspears View Post
    Another option on the air cleaner - http://www.summitracing.com/parts/KNN-E-1960/ and welcome!

    Wow! They sure are proud of that, at that price I believe I'd go to 14" round.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NTFDAY View Post
    Wow! They sure are proud of that, at that price I believe I'd go to 14" round.
    Yep, I can't disagree, but I simply Googled "Cobra Oval Air Cleaner Element" and it took me to Club Cobra, where the first post had the link to Summit. Can't say I'd pay $81 plus shipping....
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    Quote Originally Posted by rspears View Post
    Yep, I can't disagree, but I simply Googled "Cobra Oval Air Cleaner Element" and it took me to Club Cobra, where the first post had the link to Summit. Can't say I'd pay $81 plus shipping....
    Guys, replacement oval air filter assemblies are $17.95 plus shipping

    Oval Air Filter Element

    Tall ones (K&N style) are $59.95
    http://www.cobranda.com/sbovairfielt.html


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    Bill beat me to the air cleaner info so all I can offer is a welcome aboard, glad to see you here!

    And a Ford in a Ford makes a few of us smile 'round these parts.. that southener? he's still playing with his belly button!

    And now that I think of it.. I can't say we've ever seen a real pic of it!...!..! Maybe he really has a rod?!?! Or maybe not!!

    Yep, pics are almost a requirement 'round here! (hint,hint,hint!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrmustang View Post
    Guys, replacement oval air filter assemblies are $17.95 plus shipping
    Oval Air Filter Element
    Tall ones (K&N style) are $59.95
    S&B Oval Air Filter Element (Tall)
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    Sorry, didn't take time to notice that the one I linked at Summit was a K&N permanent style.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TiredVet View Post
    Also, baffled that distributor cap has a locating notch...but the distributor does not have a corresponding locating lug....can't see how the timing can be set if the cap can easily move around.....
    So, if you grab the cap and twist, does the cap move and the dizzy body stays where it's at? I'll bet not.

    Did the wife invite you to begin changin' stuff on her car? Again, I'll bet not. No offense intended, but did you ask?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 34_40 View Post
    that southener? he's still playing with his belly button!

    And now that I think of it.. I can't say we've ever seen a real pic of it!...!..! Maybe he really has a rod?!?! Or maybe not!!

    Yep, pics are almost a requirement 'round here! (hint,hint,hint!)
    Had a quiet chuckle to myself over that...still pokin' the bear I see!
    There have been pics of our cars on here, some of you have even seen them 'in the flesh' as it were.
    When are you coming to see them? (Hint, hint, hint.)

    And welcome to CHR Tiredvet, hope you enjoy it here...the '54 Ford was/is a good looking car.
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    “…..Two distributor questions: It has an Accel dual point distributor....I'd really like to go electronic if anything is available…….”

    As far as electronic, a couple of options come to mind. One would be to convert the Accel to electronic with a Pertronix kit.

    Another option would be a stock Ford electronic distributor from a mid 70’s 302. The downside of the Ford unit is you would have to also have to mount the control modular (they’re about 4” X 4” X 1”) and wire it in. Neither is really that big of a deal and an advantage of using an OE type unit is that replacement parts like cap and rotor are readily available at almost any part store and cheap.

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    Welcome aboard. You might want to drop in and meet Lennie (either one) at SoCal Speed Shop, they can be very helpful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by johnboy View Post
    Had a quiet chuckle to myself over that...still pokin' the bear I see!
    When are you coming to see them? (Hint, hint, hint.).
    I do have a reputation to uphold.. Don't I?

    Coming to see them? OOOOoooo.. sounds like fun! I'll have to ask Mr. Spears about costs... maybe.. just maybe.
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