Thursday, May 30, 2013

Stamp of approval: Finishing the distributor

Re-building and detailing the distributor has been a real labour of love. After all it sits right on top of the engine in plain view so we wanted to make sure that it was as perfect as we could get it. To that end the case was carefully detailed, the fasteners re-plated, and the external wiring brought back to its as new condition. Below are some photos of the finished product along with details of a final project that we are most proud of. First is a before photo.

Now for the real detail work. Originally Marelli distributors had an ID tag on them. Some blog followers will remember that we have perfectly replicated these:

In addition to the tag there were some original stampings. One was a little arrow like marking that was not specific to the distributor while the other was a manufacturing stamp showing the date of production for the unit. Matching the artwork and getting the stamps done was a mountain of work but is one of those tiny details that puts a smile on my face whenever I look at it.


  1. Do you have a go-to place for fasteners during this restoration? For example, the machine screws that hold the condenser to the distributor.

    1. Fasteners are bought from some local harware suppliers. Really no place special. I only wish I had McMaster Carr the way you have in the US. That would be my primary go to place.