In Reply to: Distributor dust cover posted by Don U ( IN ) on January 31, 2018 at 09:27:17:
Near as I could tell the 53 dust cover and gasket is different from the dust cover that was in the 51-52 side mount 8N. This is based on the replacement dust cover I bought that was supposed to fit "51 and up". No way. The 53 dust cover will go in there but it takes the index slot, so the only thing holding the distributor cap in the right place are the two spring clamps. That is just wrong. The original 51-52 dust cover was all plastic and fits down inside the distributor body so the cap still locks into the index slot. I could not find the correct dust cover, so I made a mold from two broken ones and cast a new one using a two-part urethane. The mold is silicone, so it was easy to peel the finished dust cover out. It isn't black but it works as it should.