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Changing electric system on 2.8 engine

I'm building a model a roadster pu and I put a 1984 2.8 engine in it as well as a 3 speed trans and rear end. I was told I should change the distributor to a vacum advance type and get rid of the computer whish I did'nt like anyway. as I'm 76 years old and I don't understand those things.
Can anybody out there help me on the things I need to do.

ALTON

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    Angelo Attard May 11, 2010

    is it a carby engine or efi

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You will need the Duraspark ll ignition system from a late 70's Ford 2.8. I used the 78 Mustang ll to order the parts when I did my 84 Bronco ll 2.8.
You will need the distributor, rotor, distributor cap and adapter, and the ignition module. You can use the TFI coil that was on the 2.8. you will also have to replace the feedback carb with a non feedback one. A Motorcraft 2150 will work.
For more help TheRangerStation.com is a site dedicated to Ranger based vehicles(Ranger, Bronco ll and Explorer). They have a very extensive Tech Library. Membership to the site is free and the forums and Tech Library can be viewed without becoming a member.
Look in the Tech Library under "Ignition/2.8 duraspark conversion.

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