Jan 17, 2012 update to the Shelby GT 350 project car

Installing a Distributor on Our Shelby GT 350

The Crane distributor looks right at home on our new Ford Racing crate engine.
The ignition module was easy to mount in the engine bay. We didn't even have to drill holes.

It also has a programmable rev limiter, which is important since our new engine redlines at 6500 rpm.

The Ford Racing engine in our Shelby GT 350 did not come equipped with a distributor, so we had to choose one to install. We opted for a Crane Pro Curve Billet model. This vacuum-sensing distributor has 27 digital advance curves already programmed in, letting us tune it for maximum performance. It’s billed as maintenance-free, with digital hardware and tough materials. It also has a programmable rev limiter, which is important since our new engine redlines at 6500 rpm.

We used Crane’s 8mm ignition wires and mounted their ignition box in existing holes in a subtle location on the radiator support.

The March issue of Classic Motorsports will contain the engine installation segment of the project. Find out what we did to install a 500-horsepower, 363-cubic-inch Ford Racing V8. Buy the issue today in our online store.
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