[200q20v] Re: Dist. Gear. was Bernie's "fix"

Bernie Benz b.m.benz at prodigy.net
Tue Nov 13 13:03:03 EST 2001

Hi Derek,

> From: "Derek Pulvino" <dbpulvino at hotmail.com>
> Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2001 10:59:57 -0800
> To: b.m.benz at prodigy.net, Alan.Cordeiro at mts.com
> Cc: 200q20v at audifans.com
> Subject: Re: [200q20v] Re: Dist. Gear. was Bernie's "fix"
> Sounds like you've got some headway on me here.  Didn't get a chance to talk
> to Seattle Gear Works yesterday, but if you've got somebody that will
> willingly manufacture one of these gears, I'd go there.  It's not worth
> twisting somebodies arm to get it done.
> Sounds like the dist. gp has gone through as well.  Too bad there, seems
> like a real wasteful way to alleviate the plastic gear problem.
On the 20V list also, as I recall.  But there will be many who would not
spring for $250. but will for $25.
> Bernie, instead of sending one of your distributors, why don't we see if we
> can get Kevin to send over my old distributor?  Reliability might come into
> play here but worth a shot.
It's your distributor, so you should request its return.  Apparently he has
dropped the project, so let's get it back into an active project.  Thanks.
> Also, had somebody ask about a gear for his 10v turbo.  To my knowledge
> that's not an issue, and I'm guessing the distributors on that car already
> has a metal gear.  Any comments?
Yes, metal gear, and a totally different pitch.

> Derek P
>> From: Bernie Benz <b.m.benz at prodigy.net>
>> To: "Cordeiro, Alan" <Alan.Cordeiro at mts.com>
>> CC: Derek Pulvino <dbpulvino at hotmail.com>,   200q20V mailing list
>> <200q20v at audifans.com>
>> Subject: Re: [200q20v] Re: Dist. Gear. was Bernie's "fix"
>> Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2001 12:08:20 -0800
>> Alan, I love stupid humor.  Keep it up, I'll play straight man.
>> Re:  Dist. drive gear.
>> I can furnish a sample of the dist with plastic gear.  If someone else does
>> not volenteer a spare intake cam with gear, I will be able to do so soon,
>> when I take the cover off of the 7A for my 3Bing project.
>> As to materials, tell him to use any free machining steel that he likes to
>> work with.  No post hardning necessary, as it is a very low load
>> application.  Just needs to be a good fit, small back lash.  I'll forward
>> my
>> gear specs to you, in case that you did not see them.
>> Where are you located?
>> Bernie
>>> From: "Cordeiro, Alan" <Alan.Cordeiro at mts.com>
>>> Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2001 12:02:49 -0600
>>> To: "'rberlin at feltonberlin.com'" <rberlin at feltonberlin.com>
>>> Cc: 200q20v at audifans.com
>>> Subject: [200q20v] Bernie's "fix" and possibly a new metal distributor
>> gear
>>> 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,
>>> suggesting
>>> that such a gear would be bulletproof. I argued that we just wanted
>>> something
>>> 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
>>> measurements.
>>> 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.
>>> Alan
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