New Distributor for 254 Flatty

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New Distributor for 254 Flatty

Post #1 by sammywayne23 » Thu Jan 11, 2018 4:41 pm

Hello everyone, I am new to the forum. Currently I am working on a 254 Flathead six in sort of heavy duty pickup Ford might have built in 1950. Right now this truck just has a stock 254 flatty with a T98 behind it. I thought it might be fun to play around with the big 254 and do something different. Anyways, I would like to upgrade my load-o-matic distributor. I would like to upgrade to something with mechanical advance, as I would like options for carbs. Does anyone know where a good place to start for this sort of swap would be?

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Re: New Distributor for 254 Flat

Post #2 by bubba22349 » Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:02 am

Welcome to the best Ford Six Forum. Many people in the past have swapped in a number of different Distribitors like the flathead or later model six cylinder MoPar, 200 Ford six 1968 up point or electronic, or a GM six point or electronic Distributor essentially modding the shaft and Distribitor body as needed to fit in your 254 flathead six (and also fits the Ford 226 six'es too). In general any six cylinder Distribitor that turns the same direction as the Ford and has a centrifugal advance (with or without a vacuum advance) could be made to work plus going with one that's also a later model electronic system also helps. Most of these distributors with the exception of a MoPar flathead six will also need to have the advance cruve modded too. Check below link for some more info see the below link!

As for carb's there are numerous ways to upgrade, are you wanting to stay with a single or muilti carb system? Good luck :thumbup: :nod:

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I am still hunting for a project car to build but with my current low budget it's not looking so good. My Ex- Fleet of Sixes these are all long gone! :bang: 1954 Customline 223 3 speed with O/D, 1963 Fairlane project drag car with BB6, 1977 Maverick 250 with C4, 1994 F-150 a 300 with 5 speed.

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Re: New Distributor for 254 Flatty

Post #3 by mojojojo78 » Mon Jan 15, 2018 12:59 pm

What distributor is the easiest to modify, or most straight forward, for the 226?
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Re: New Distributor for 254 Flatty

Post #4 by bubba22349 » Wed Jan 17, 2018 7:05 am

If you want a point type then probably the flathead MoPar Distributor. Good luck :thumbup: :nod:
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I am still hunting for a project car to build but with my current low budget it's not looking so good. My Ex- Fleet of Sixes these are all long gone! :bang: 1954 Customline 223 3 speed with O/D, 1963 Fairlane project drag car with BB6, 1977 Maverick 250 with C4, 1994 F-150 a 300 with 5 speed.

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Re: New Distributor for 254 Flatty

Post #5 by mojojojo78 » Tue Feb 13, 2018 3:22 pm

Hey Bubba,
This question is for you. Do you have the advance curve for the stock 226 H-Series?
I am looking at a different ignition so I can use different carburetion. CB Performance makes an ignition box that you can program a timing curve into. It even has a MAP sensor that can be used for vacuum advance. And it is pretty cheap.
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Re: New Distributor for 254 Flatty

Post #6 by Vintage Copper 47 » Fri Oct 19, 2018 10:29 pm

Curious about swapping my 226 G engine for a 254.. Is it true you can modify a Mopar distributor to make it work? :idea:

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Re: New Distributor for 254 Flatty

Post #7 by bubba22349 » Sat Oct 20, 2018 12:25 pm

Yes and there are several other Distributors that can can be modded to fit in the 226 and 254 inch flatheads. Good luck :thumbup: :nod:
A bad day Drag Racing is still better than a good day at work!

I am still hunting for a project car to build but with my current low budget it's not looking so good. My Ex- Fleet of Sixes these are all long gone! :bang: 1954 Customline 223 3 speed with O/D, 1963 Fairlane project drag car with BB6, 1977 Maverick 250 with C4, 1994 F-150 a 300 with 5 speed.

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Re: New Distributor for 254 Flatty

Post #8 by wsa111 » Sat Oct 20, 2018 3:00 pm

What is the best total advance on those engines??? I'm sure the compression ratio is very low, but the flatheads have poor flame travel in the chambers.
I'm sure i could curve one on my Sun Distributor Tester. But would need specs.
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Re: New Distributor for 254 Flatty

Post #9 by bubba22349 » Sat Oct 20, 2018 6:40 pm

The advance cruve used on the stock Mopar flathead six Distribitor is near to the ideal for a Ford flathead 226 or 254 six. :nod:
A bad day Drag Racing is still better than a good day at work!

I am still hunting for a project car to build but with my current low budget it's not looking so good. My Ex- Fleet of Sixes these are all long gone! :bang: 1954 Customline 223 3 speed with O/D, 1963 Fairlane project drag car with BB6, 1977 Maverick 250 with C4, 1994 F-150 a 300 with 5 speed.

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