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Mechanic said it was the distributor...

Actually he told me it was an ignition problem, found the whole distributor at the junkyard in good condition. Replaced it, it drove around, but then started with its former symptoms: shuddering when it gets about 30 mph, dying, restarting and driving, then shuddering more. It's been doing this for a couple of months and before replacing the distributor it completely died and wouldn't restart.

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Are all of the vacuum hoses intact, if not it could be sucking air and leaning out them motor, usually causes overheating as well and a lack of power.

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