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  • Ignition: Prestolite Vacuum Canister

    Hello, I am in need of a replacement vacuum canister for my single points prestolite distributor in my 63 cruiser 289 V8. I have only been able to find information on the Delco window distributor. Any part numbers (NAPA, etc) would be extremely helpful. Thanks, Steve
    Steve Nowicki

    Davis, CA

    1963 Studebaker Cruiser
    289 V8 2bbl
    Flight-o-matic
    Twin Traction Dana 44
    Factory front power disc brakes
    Rose mist with Chestnut interior

  • #2
    My info for a 1963 Studebaker V8 is as follows
    Prestolite Distributor P/N IBP-4108 (P44-58)
    Vacuum Advance P/N IBP2023LE (P6-59 8 inches to start advance Full advance 13 inches Max Advance 8 degrrees
    Information from AEA tune up chart July 1963
    Ron

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    • #3
      Originally posted by rstrasser View Post
      My info for a 1963 Studebaker V8 is as follows
      Prestolite Distributor P/N IBP-4108 (P44-58)
      Vacuum Advance P/N IBP2023LE (P6-59 8 inches to start advance Full advance 13 inches Max Advance 8 degrrees
      Information from AEA tune up chart July 1963
      Ron
      I wish that I could find an interchange part number for IBP2023LE. I keep seeing that the replacement is out of stock. Is there a work around or another way to get this part?

      Are all of the connection/mounting tabs the same for all of the canisters? Am I just looking for on with a max advance of 8 degrees at 13" of vacuum? Has anyone used an adjustable can?

      Thanks,
      Steve
      Steve Nowicki

      Davis, CA

      1963 Studebaker Cruiser
      289 V8 2bbl
      Flight-o-matic
      Twin Traction Dana 44
      Factory front power disc brakes
      Rose mist with Chestnut interior

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      • #4
        Lots of sources for MOPAR Prestolite distributors find one on line with the post on the arm and mounting base that looks like yours including the cap locating tab. I'm sure there is a Standard Motor Parts unit that will work but don't have a number for you.I believe that all the MOPAR units are adjustable up to 15 degrees, by using an allen wrench 5/32 (?) inserted thru the vacuum port. I bought a wrong one without the pin by mistake, but SI had one for the dual point unit. https://www.google.com/search?q=mopa...IQsAQIQQ&dpr=1 try one for a 273 or 318 not a hemi dual point type.
        Also this link is a big help in cross referencing parts http://www.northstarwheel.com/resources/interchange.pdf
        You might call Studebakers West in Redwood City they show one online --a bit pricey though. http://www.studebakerswest.net/categ...categoryId=119
        Last edited by karterfred88; 06-15-2016, 07:25 PM.

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        • #5
          I just received a great email from Dave Thibeault and I will be going with a rebuilt Prestolite to get everything firing smoothly. I guess a rebuilt one will out live me over the next 50 years.

          I appreciate your help.

          Thanks,
          Steve
          Steve Nowicki

          Davis, CA

          1963 Studebaker Cruiser
          289 V8 2bbl
          Flight-o-matic
          Twin Traction Dana 44
          Factory front power disc brakes
          Rose mist with Chestnut interior

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          • #6
            New Prestolite vacuum advances are available, and we stock N.O.S. R-series ones too (the replacement ones are junk).

            Chris.

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            • #7
              It turns out that it actually works. I did not realize that Studebakers were ported vacuum. I did not see a difference when setting my timing at idle with or without vacuum. Newbie mistake. Once I discovered that, then all is well. I get a total advance at around 2500 rpm at 34*. Does that sound about right?

              MSD box going in this weekend, now that I now that my dizzy is working reasonably well. I am going to still have Dave rebuild mine once I get to the point to let it sit for a week or so with out a distributor.

              Thanks for all of your help.

              Thanks,
              Steve
              Steve Nowicki

              Davis, CA

              1963 Studebaker Cruiser
              289 V8 2bbl
              Flight-o-matic
              Twin Traction Dana 44
              Factory front power disc brakes
              Rose mist with Chestnut interior

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              • #8
                The Prestolite distributor in your car has been rebuilt. (By the former owner.)

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                • #9
                  Thank you so much!
                  Steve Nowicki

                  Davis, CA

                  1963 Studebaker Cruiser
                  289 V8 2bbl
                  Flight-o-matic
                  Twin Traction Dana 44
                  Factory front power disc brakes
                  Rose mist with Chestnut interior

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Studebakercenteroforegon View Post
                    The Prestolite distributor in your car has been rebuilt. (By the former owner.)
                    Do you know if Dave rebuilt it?

                    I would love to know what else has been done.

                    Thanks.
                    Steve Nowicki

                    Davis, CA

                    1963 Studebaker Cruiser
                    289 V8 2bbl
                    Flight-o-matic
                    Twin Traction Dana 44
                    Factory front power disc brakes
                    Rose mist with Chestnut interior

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Mcwicki51 View Post
                      Do you know if Dave rebuilt it?

                      I would love to know what else has been done.

                      Thanks.
                      I know that I rebuilt it. Distributors are not challenging if you have the parts.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Studebakercenteroforegon View Post
                        I know that I rebuilt it. Distributors are not challenging if you have the parts.
                        Awesome! I was confused and I thought that you were indicating that it was rebuilt by an owner previous to you.

                        I put in the MSD box and coil. Now she is smooth as butter at idle and there is improved acceleration!

                        4BBL conversion is next.

                        Thanks,
                        Steve
                        Steve Nowicki

                        Davis, CA

                        1963 Studebaker Cruiser
                        289 V8 2bbl
                        Flight-o-matic
                        Twin Traction Dana 44
                        Factory front power disc brakes
                        Rose mist with Chestnut interior

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