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Ford Duraspark on a 1968 200 CID

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Ford Duraspark on a 1968 200 CID

Post #1 by notar61 » Tue Feb 05, 2019 11:24 am

Can I put a Ford Duraspark distributor on a 1968 200 straight six engine?

I have a wiring harness and an ignition control module box. So I just need a distributor. Will any Duraspark distributor that was on a 200 CID engine work? Or do I need something more specific?


Thanks for any info!

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Re: Ford Duraspark on a 1968 200 CID

Post #2 by powerband » Tue Feb 05, 2019 1:04 pm

The Ford DSI or DSII distributor can be used on the '68 200 . The DSI uses an original Points type and size dist. cap and plug wires >T he DSII uses a larger cap with the later pin terminal plug and coil terminals. the DSII is preferred unless you want to keep the authentic earlier points 'look'. Early six engines used a distributor that the DSI/DSII will not fit due to casting and drive differences. Providing your engine is @ 1966 or newer . (castings C6DE or C8DE) DS dist should work. You didn't mention if you are swapping to a DSII type full 12Volt coil to complete setup .

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Re: Ford Duraspark on a 1968 200 CID

Post #3 by notar61 » Tue Feb 05, 2019 1:54 pm

@powerband

Yeah I actually have a MSD 8200 coil sitting around. Sounds like all I need to do is find a distributor!

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Re: Ford Duraspark on a 1968 200 CID

Post #4 by powerband » Tue Feb 05, 2019 3:17 pm

Best to confirm the 200 block' generation numbers. Should be on right side of engine behind starter if no other proof. Engine swaps are common so it's best to confirm.

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Re: Ford Duraspark on a 1968 200 CID

Post #5 by B RON CO » Tue Feb 05, 2019 3:39 pm

Hi, the easy way to figure it out is the early distributors have a 1/4" hex shaft to drive the oil pump.
The later one you want is the 5/16 shaft.
Don't pull the hex shaft out of the engine. You will never get it back into the oil pump.
Measure your distributor shaft with a 5/16 Allen key.
All later 5/16" shaft distributors interchange.
The Duraspark is very good.
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Re: Ford Duraspark on a 1968 200 CID

Post #6 by notar61 » Mon Mar 04, 2019 10:24 am

@B RON CO

What's the best way to swap the distributor then? You mentioned pulling the old one would make the hex shaft hard to get back into the oil pump......do I need to drop the oil pan when I install the new Duraspark Distributor? So I can make sure the hex shaft is engaging the oil pump?

Thanks for any info!

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Re: Ford Duraspark on a 1968 200 CID

Post #7 by bmbm40 » Mon Mar 04, 2019 7:23 pm

Good upgrade for sure. If you want to get a quality DSII quickly contact wsa111 on this forum. You can still find them in wrecking yards occasionally but may not be a good unit.
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Re: Ford Duraspark on a 1968 200 CID

Post #8 by B RON CO » Tue Mar 05, 2019 9:26 am

Hi, the hex shaft should stay in the block. Just be careful. If it is coming up just push it back down, don't take it out. Good luck
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Re: Ford Duraspark on a 1968 200 CID

Post #9 by powerband » Tue Mar 05, 2019 11:40 am

Hi, the hex shaft should stay in the block. Just be careful. If it is coming up just push it back down, don't take it out. Good luck

The loose hex shaft situation is often discussed. Having the Distributor to Oil Pump hex shaft fall into crankcase is not impossible, it is not held in place - it just sits in the oil pump. Usually/normally/typically it will stay in the oil pump below distrib block bore but if it stick in dist' as it is is removed it can fall into crankcase.

Easy retrieval of this seeming calamity is to remove fuel pump and hex shaft can easily be fished out of pan with a magnetic end stick/tool. ( how would I know? 8) )

...with a 50/50% chance of getting it right, how come I get it wrong 100% of the time ?

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Re: Ford Duraspark on a 1968 200 CID

Post #10 by chero1369 » Tue Mar 05, 2019 12:45 pm

If you're REALLY lucky,there is a reverse star washer with little fingers towards the shaft keeping the shaft in.But it's a crap shoot usually.
I put it back on when I find one,it helps later I find,since I'm always piddling with something.

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