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Advice Needed - Replace Distributor?

LSS - Mechanically challenged and alternator seized. Got the car home, studied the 101 projects book and searched this forum for help on the issue. While taking out the old alternator I decided the fan and fan housing needed to be cleaned and painted. Then I decided it just wouldn't look right unless I painted the fan housing strap so I searched this forum and discovered that in order to remove the strap the distributor had to come out which leads me to my question.

I don't have a problem with the distributor but it is +/- 24 years old. Should I replace it since I have it out?

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The shaft side to side play seems to be the heads up on a rebuild. Measure yours in .000

A new one is big bucks.
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Fixing something that ain't broke is a good starting point for a black hole.

Might as well send it and a check to me and I will send it back in the same box looking like new.

Nobody seems to know what the specs are to replace, not even in the Spec Book.
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"I don't have a problem with the distributor but it is +/- 24 years old. Should I replace it since I have it out?"

As stlrj points out, if it ain't broke ......

But you can add a few drop of oil into the lube area, even if you haven't done that in 24 years.
And if you're a few years late in the above, you can check the shaft-to-housing clearance and fix that if it's now too sloppy.
And you can check for full mechanical advance with a timing light.

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Nobody seems to know what the specs are to replace, not even in the Spec Book.
Warren has posted that .005 is max shaft to housing clearance before rebuild.
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I think I would look for a second opinion.

Nothing worse than spending lots of money on parts that are perfectly good based on one persons opinion that may or may not be valid.
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The shaft side to side play seems to be the heads up on a rebuild. Measure yours in .000

A new one is big bucks.
There doesn't appear to be any or at least not measurable by me. Not going to replace it. Thanks for the input.

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