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Rebuilt distributor?

My Porsche mechanic (no not me -- the real one) has diagnosed that my 2.0's distributor bushing is badly worn causing significant changes in the dwell. He is suggesting a rebuilt distributor. Any opinions on the use of a quality rebuilt dizzy instead of a new one (read big $$$$'s)?
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I haven't heard of any horror stories with rebuilt distributors (which are more "reasonably" priced), as opposed to "new" distributors (which can cost a small fortune).

Also, while the mechanic is installing the refurbished twirler, you might consider having him install a points-free/breakerless module. Something in the guise of a Pertronics Ignitor, Crane, Permatune, or MSD; personal preference considered.

Nothing is more irritating than to have a set of points back off or fail, and the module totally eliminates the need for points and adjustment ever again (except for the internal points module used to trigger the FI).
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You might consider having your distributor "rebuilt" locally. Look in the yellow pages under automotive electrical repair for a place that does generator rebuilds, many of them stock the bearings and can press one in for you. Viola! Rebuilt distributor. (you provide new cap, rotor, condensor, and points as needed).

By the way, don't forget to put a tiny bit of grease on the distributor cam lobes. It keeps the distributor from whining as it winds up. I just use wheel bearing grease, but bosch sells a special grease just for the purpose.
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I like the idea of a breakerless ignition. Brian, do you have a part number for the Crane-Allison and a suggested supplier? What should I expect to pay for the unit, and is it pretty easy to install by a DIY'er?
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