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    the TFI tool pictured has the proper size hole in the end of it. Its basically a single-size finger ratchet, minus the ratchet. Most sockets are too fat to get into the TFI module, otherwise a finger ratchet would work. =Most of the time, even that tool is too big to fit without spinning the distributor around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miamibob View Post
    I included the photo of the last tool because sometimes you can get in there without removing the dizzy. The finger ratchet may not enough clearance.
    "The finger ratchet may not HAVE enough clearance". Sorry for leaving out "have" originally. Yes, English IS my first language!!!


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    FYI: the finger "ratchet" doesn't actually ratchet. It's a solid part

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    Quote Originally Posted by sly View Post
    FYI: the finger "ratchet" doesn't actually ratchet. It's a solid part
    True 'nuff!!


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    They do make them with ratchet mechanisms. Not sure the purpose, but it exists.

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    Exactly the same thing happened to me today, while i was driving, the car was coasting down like you turn the ignition off while driving. So i pulled the gear lever into N and rolled out on the driveway side. Called a friend who pulled me to the shop where i can use the equipment, we tested the MSD coil which i built in half a year before… so no spark when we grounded it manually… put a coil from a wreked fox-mustang in, and it fired right up (engine was hot at this moment). Today we had 40°C and the AC was running - first i thought it was the TFI module, but luckily it wash´t.
    btw: now i got the chance to do a HO conversion
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris84 View Post
    we tested the MSD coil which i built in half a year before… so no spark when we grounded it manually… put a coil from a wreked fox-mustang in, and it fired right up
    Those newer MSD coils are known for failing, I've heard numerous horror stories about them.
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    I know some of the Mustang guys say it stands for Might Suddenly Die. I've been running an MSD clone for years. I think it came from Summit or Jegs. Pretty sure its just your standard replacement coil but with red plastic. Looks exactly like any parts store coil other than the color. Its also been on the car probably 8 years now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phayzer5 View Post
    I drive a Lincoln. I can't be bothered to shift like the peasants and rabble rousers

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