TA's ready to run

Discussion in 'Sparky's corner' started by john.schaefer77, Aug 30, 2023.

  1. john.schaefer77

    john.schaefer77 Well-Known Member

    Anyone using the TA "ready to run" distributor? If so how do you like it?
    I ordered myself one and waiting for it.
  2. john.schaefer77

    john.schaefer77 Well-Known Member

    Mine is on it's way, so I will write my thoughts on it once I install and run it a few times.
  3. hwprouty

    hwprouty Platinum Level Contributor

    I haven't used one of TA's, but the MSD RTR stuff is absolute garbage. Personally went through 4 of them for my F100, buddy put one on his Mustang and Impala. All quit. We did put a Summit generic RTR on the Mustang, worked fine, pretty bad when Chinamese sheet works better than MSD!!
  4. john.schaefer77

    john.schaefer77 Well-Known Member

    I have seen a lot of bad reviews on jegs and summit on the MSD. I took it as maybe some bad experiences from partly bad hardware and maybe bad install.

    The negative stuff was from a few years ago, so maybe a bad period of time for them?

    Hopefully the TA unit is reliable.
  5. Briz

    Briz Founders Club Member

    I ordered and purchased the Pro Billet from TA but was inadvertantly sent the ready to run. Only difference is the internals. Got the new internals sent and did the swap . No problems. Only Issue I see is the new dist is about an inch taller which interferes with the GS air cleaner. Now I have to make a new thicker base gasket to raise everything up a bit to clear
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  6. LARRY70GS

    LARRY70GS a.k.a. "THE WIZARD" Staff Member

    The MSD RTR distributors use a module, but they can be used to fire an ignition box. I expect the TA version can do the same.
  7. john.schaefer77

    john.schaefer77 Well-Known Member

    I have installed and now run the distributor. Put about 30 miles on.

    Install is straight forward. I have the vaccum advance limited about 10 degrees. I do not like the male cap so I installed a points cap (it fits "backwards" so the window faces engine).

    The billet distributor body is not noticeable (I find to be a good thing).

    The chart shows advance curves and bushing limits, my choice gives me 14* at idle and 34* all in at about 3000ish.

    I have no choke and notice now the car will idle cold easier and require less "feathering" of the pedal. Starting is immediate

    Driving seems the same as I didn't really have ignition issues. I like that I can run a box if I feel like I need or want to.

    Overall, so far, I like the distributor and feel it was a good purchase. I'll report my impressions as I use it more.
  8. john.schaefer77

    john.schaefer77 Well-Known Member

    I've out more miles in. My first impressions are still the same. Works great and was easy to install.

    The only thing I did do was change the vaccum advance to a B26 unit and cut a starter shim to make a limiter for 10° of advance.

    I would give this unit a "thumbs up" for anyone who needs a well-priced easy to adjust distributor.
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