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Date:         Mon, 7 Nov 2005 12:05:27 -0500
Reply-To:     Dennis Haynes <dhaynes@OPTONLINE.NET>
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From:         Dennis Haynes <dhaynes@OPTONLINE.NET>
Subject:      Re: What are the 2 studs that block the distributor?
Comments: To: Michael Diehr <md03@XOCHI.COM>
In-Reply-To:  <E3D933D5-0719-4584-B270-940B8629BD5D@XOCHI.COM>
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Those two studs are from the days of the mechanical fuel pump. They are long enough to accommodate the pump rod block and spacer and the pump. If you go to carburetors, a beetle fuel pump set up can be installed there. If the distributor gear is where it should be there is more than enough room to turn the distributor to set the timing. There is no reasonable diagnostics that should require turning the distributor 90 degrees. Be careful not to drop the shims under the drive gear when removing it. Set it where it belongs and leave it.


-----Original Message----- From: Vanagon Mailing List [] On Behalf Of Michael Diehr Sent: Monday, November 07, 2005 11:34 AM To: vanagon@GERRY.VANAGON.COM Subject: Re: What are the 2 studs that block the distributor?

I agree, something is definitely wrong with this van. It may be the loose nut behind the wheel? :)

The reason I'd want to cut those studs is it would allow me over 90 degrees of distributor travel which would make diagnostics easier. The alternative, which i've been doing, is to remove the distributor then remove the distributor drive gear again. I'm a little reluctant to keep doing with my custom-built-distributor drive gear removal tool (i.e. a philips head screwdriver jammed in and wiggled) is not the most elegant method.

But it's mainly curiosity : why did VW put these two studs there, what are they for, why are they so friggin' long, etc. They really get in the way and I can't see what purpose they serve.

On Nov 7, 2005, at 8:13 AM, John Lauterbach wrote:

> Mike, I think that you have something wrong if you cannot get time > w/o cutting bolts. > > John > ----- Original Message ----- From: "Michael Diehr" <md03@XOCHI.COM> > To: <vanagon@GERRY.VANAGON.COM> > Sent: Monday, November 07, 2005 10:53 AM > Subject: What are the 2 studs that block the distributor? > > > >> On my 1.9l engine (automatic, air conditioning), there are two studs >> to the right of the distributor that hold a plate onto the block. >> The plate is about credit-card sized, but not square. These >> studs are each 2 inches long, and to my eye they would work just fine >> if they were 1/2 inch long. Being so long, they block my >> distributor from rotating in a full arc. Is there any reason not >> to cut them shorter with a hack saw? >> > >

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