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Mallory Ignition 5027501 1949-53 Ford Flathead Electronic Distributor


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Tried and true Mallory electronic distributor for your 1949-1953 Flathead Ford. Features magnetic breakerless ignition technology for greatly improved accuracy versus points-style distributors. For 12 volt systems only.

  • Easy 3-wire hookup
  • Adjustable mechanical advance
  • Self-lubricating bushings provide years of trouble-free service
  • Includes Mallory Super-Duty Cap and Rotor with brass terminals
  • Distributor drive gear not included (sold separately)

Note: This distributor requires 1.4 ohms of coil resistance. If you are using a coil with less than 1.4 ohms, you must use a ballast resistor that will achieve the required 1.4 ohm total resistance. If you are using coil # 447-45001, no resistor will be required.

500-5027501 Instructions (PDF)

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