Distributors

Mustang Distributors 1964-2004

Distributors

As the ignition system in your Mustang works to build the voltage that will eventually get sent to the spark plugs, there is an intermediary part that plays an important role in getting the charge to the right spark plug. Your Mustang Distributor handles this task. If the distributor, distributor cap or breaker points would need replaced, CJ Pony Parts has dozens of parts for you to choose from.

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Ford Mustang Distributors

The Mustang distributor is a vital part of the Mustang ignition system, as it serves as the gatekeeper for getting voltage to the correct Mustang spark plugs in the correct cylinder. The Mustang distributor contains several parts, including a rotor inside the distributor cap, which sits on top of the Mustang distributor shaft, yet remains grounded and isolated from the shaft. The shaft on the Mustang distributor is driven either by a gear on the Mustang camshaft or is attached directly to the camshaft, and is what turns the rotor. Most older Mustang distributors also have breaker points, which mount at the bottom of those Mustang distributors.

The Mustang distributor works by turning the rotor in the distributor cap. The rotor spins past a series of contacts, which connect to each of the cylinders in your Mustang via the spark plug wire. As the rotor in the Mustang distributor passes each contact, a high voltage electrical impulse comes from the ignition coil. This impulse travels through the spark plug wire to the spark plug, igniting the fuel/air mixture in the cylinder of your Mustang. The points do the job of breaking the current to the coil, with the ground side of the ignition coil being attached to the points within the Mustang distributor. In newer Mustangs, this process is handled by a Mustang electronic ignition or the car's ECU. In fact, on the newest Mustangs, the Mustang distributor doesn't even exist, and these responsibilities are handled by the ECU and individual ignition coils for each cylinder.

CJ Pony Parts had dozens of Mustang distributors and other related parts, including wires, points and distributor caps. While the Mustang distributor might not need replacement regularly, the points and distributor caps do wear out due to the constant electrical charges passing through them. CJ Pony Parts can easily help you replace them, too, with helpful installation guides and videos.