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  1. Hi Tom-02 Do you think the change over date varies based on climate? Meaning, some areas are colder, so they change later/earlier? Tom
  2. The stock donut was steel, as opposed to the more typical squishy composite style. The steel one will require having stock pieces mating up, with the appropriate shape for that donut. Back when I ordered a new one from Blunt, Steve said, "you know they are reusable, right?" I added one to my order anyway, but wound up just reusing the original. Some of your problem with it leaking there might have to do with the alignment of the pipes. Ideally, they are running parallel at that joint, but it allows for some misalignment. If you can loosen up those three bolts and get the pipes to line up as best you can and then tighten down the bolts evenly, trying to keep the plates parallel, you might be able to seal it up as is. The plate on the stock resonator is loose, fitting over a flare in the end of the pipe; so it is movable. If you have aftermarket parts there, the soft 'generic' donut will be the way to go. EDIT: Looking back at the OP's photo, I see that the joint is not part of an original resonator; so the original steel donut won't work. There's probably a generic soft one in there now.
  3. Okay, I will cut Nathan some slack for not noticing the transition(s). I have a stock air cleaner installed on my 32-36 and it makes it hard to see and adjust the idle mixture screw and especially hard to get at the idle speed screw (water choke version). I've considered adding a little light under there, but have been too lazy to actually do it. It'd be fun to have a little dome light on the underside of the filter housing, with a pull-chain switch to turn it on. I love those little dangly beady chains. I have this head on the bench up in the shop, which is kind of handy for mocking things up. Here's one solution for reaching that hidden idle mix screw (that piece of tubing keeps the screw driver head locked on the mixture screw) I realize it isn't often that we need to adjust the mixture, once we've settled into the happy fuel/spark combination, but it would be fun to see that little handle bouncing around as the engine vibrates. My kind of fun anyway. Maybe I should install it today.... Imagine how cool it would be to run a flex shaft into the cockpit, with a little knob in the console, for adjusting the idle mix!! Then, add a knob next to that for adjusting the dwell (non vacuum distributors only, of course) and another knob to adjust the timing on-the-fly. There's so much fun stuff to do that it is hard to choose sometimes. It is fun to dream about it anyway. Tom
  4. Obviously, you need to pay closer attention, Nathan! I recently noticed that my idle has been a little richer, down at 12 and just below that at times, so today I spun the AFR gauge around so I could see it while standing over by the distributor and turned the idle mixture screw in almost third of a turn, which brought the idle AFR back up to 12.5. I am thinking we might be done with the winter blend for the year. Has anyone else noticed a change yet? I wonder just how sharp the cut off is between them. I'll bet they just start adding the current fuel to whatever's still in the big tanks; in which case, the change might be somewhat gradual. (?) Tom
  5. I did mine without splitting them, but it makes it a little harder to clean the rust out of the ends of the bores. Still doable though. If you find that the pistons don't want to come out, the grease gun trick worked for me. Be very careful if you use compressed air to push them out. When they pOp out, they can release a fine mist of brake fluid and that stuff is really hard on your lungs. Well, hard on mine anyway. That was my big caliper surprise. Wrap the caliper up in a towel and do it outside. When you use grease it is not dramatic, they just fall out and that method applies a lot more pressure than the air compressor will. Be careful either way though.
  6. Here's a clue from the What did you do to your 2002 today ! thread-- Put a 120 miles on the baur today looking at bluebonnets in the Texas hill Country near willow city....it was 85 and sunny @BarneyT ! It's a small world!
  7. ... but what does that have to do with Porsches?
  8. I appreciate that, Ray. Just don't ask me to fix your 123 for you! I am just thinking that a new o-ring might buy you some time between leaks. Real distributors have ONE wire. (.. two, if you include the one on the condenser). Any more wires than that and it's too modern for my taste. Tom
  9. I am pretty sure they were added to the Bosch shafts prior to going through the hardening process. The shaft and weight's base ring-like-a-bell, they're so hard. There aren't grooves at the top of the 129 033, like there are on the 151 008 (and the late style shafts), but the 033 lets you ADD oil to the shaft, as opposed to those grooves trying to spin it back down. Seems like tricky business, because the shaft needs some oil, but not so much that it pushes up and floods the distributor. (someone needs to find a replacement part for the 123's little o-ring on the shaft)
  10. They're all special!! and they are all different. I have three 'early style' units apart right now and I don't think there is a universal part between them, except for one points plate. Springs, weights, shafts, etc. are all unique. The oiler on the cast iron models is a special-feature. Paul must have just filled his in that photo, because I know he'd never leave the little window open. Ed sent this one to me, along with one of Paul's proper 008, which is the 151 008, not the vacuum retard 008 (whose prefix I forget right now, but I do have an example in the shop, thanks to Toby!) I have been documenting details as I take a few apart and I am hoping to better answer your question, Ken, once I have the 008 in pieces. I drilled both pins yesterday. The center post is stepped on the cast iron style, so they take do take a special-rotor. (The two little tools in that picture are for removing and installing the little wire post clip). I'll post what I learn in that other thread. TOm
  11. Wow, that is a thing of beauty, Uli!! What a crazy coincidence, I just cleaned and reassembled one of those last night. I had been thinking it was silly for me to ask you that question and now I am really glad I did. Thank you for sharing. Tom
  12. @bianchini has one in his car. Hopefully he'll chime in. In the meantime, you can read what was said about it here Tom

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