Senior Tech Team
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Yerington, Nevada
Re: Distributor help request
NO HEI in 1973, NONE.
Points are easily accessible with the distributor in the engine. Simply rotate the engine until yu can see both points screws past the mechanical advance weights. then unscrew the two hold down screws to allow the points to clear their mountings (no need to remove the screws).
Then, with the points removed from the distributor, push the points spring back to allow the wire(s) to be removed, points end up free and clear of the distributor, in your hand.
Reverse to mount the new points set. Then rotate the engine over until the points are as open as they can be, and set the gap to .016 for restart. After reinstalling the rotor and cap, start the engine and set the dwell through the window on the cap, to 30 degrees of dwell on the 8 cylinder scale.
Yes, it can be a bit intimidating the first time you do this, but, persevere, use common sense, and if you have a problem, go back, think it out, and get it done right.
A couple of things to remember,
NEVER SAND, FILE, DRESS A SET OF POINTS. Points are tungsten coated to help retard burning, which ruins the points faces, sanding, filing removes the tungsten, causing faster points degradation.
NEVER, EVER, EVER use a set if "Uni-Points". These are the ones with the condenser mounted to the points set. ALWAYS opt for the separate points, and condenser, always.