[200q20v] Bernie's "fix" and possibly a new metal distributor gear

Cordeiro, Alan Alan.Cordeiro at mts.com
Tue Nov 13 12:02:49 EST 2001

Sorry for that off the wall comment Bernie, it was just that
Allen Swett's comment triggered the "stupid humor" in me.

On another subject, I talked to my friend who owns a gear manufacturing
machine shop, and he feels that he can do the distributor gear for $32-38
in a 50 piece quantity.

Originally he thought of 1060 steel with a carburizing post process,
that such a gear would be bulletproof. I argued that we just wanted
substantially more rugged than the nylon gear presently in use.

He decided to use gear quality bronze (or bronze-aluminum alloy) save
the second case hardening step.... reduce the cost. Even this will long
outlast the nylon. He needs a gear sample to take all his measurements,
and if possible, a camshaft to look at the other side, to verify his

I told him I would run it by the group.

Let me know how many of you would be interested in having someone
build a metal replacement gear. The complete distributor is a
safer solution, less hassle, but this is a bit cheaper.


-----Original Message-----
From: Richard E. Berlin, Jr. [mailto:rberlin at feltonberlin.com]
Sent: Tuesday, November 13, 2001 11:51 AM
To: Cordeiro, Alan
Cc: 200q20v at audifans.com
Subject: RE: [200q20v] RE: 200q20v digest, Vol 1 #633 - 4 msgs

Alan is right, Bernie. But I have a better solution. Sell
the car "as is". In that way you wont have to fix

Good luck!
Richard E. Berlin, Jr.
'91 200q20v Avant, Indigo/platinum, IA III+
mailto:rberlin at feltonberlin.com
(978) 548-3737

-----Original Message-----
From: 200q20v-admin at audifans.com
[mailto:200q20v-admin at audifans.com]On
Behalf Of Cordeiro, Alan
Sent: Tuesday, November 13, 2001 12:32 PM
To: '200q20v at audifans.com'
Subject: [200q20v] RE: 200q20v digest, Vol 1 #633 - 4 msgs

Bernie, don't despair, there is a way out!!!

1) Loosen up the large (axle) nut from both wheels.

2) drive vehicle backwards or forwards a few feet

Both bearings are now BAD!!!

3) Replace both bad bearings

Alan Cordeiro
(220q20v with all original wheel bearings at 159k)

>Message: 4
>Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2001 10:00:29 -0500
>To: 200q20v at audifans.com
>From: Allen Swett <allens at mitronics.com>
>Subject: [200q20v] Bernies Dilemma......>
>Bernie writes-
> "so I may be forced to replace both sides.  Heaven Forbid!
They can't
>both be broke can they?"

>You can feel the tension building as listers everywhere
ponder the
>unthinkable question.....Will he fix something that ain't

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