Available from dealers, anyone know the quality of this unit?
I got the first of the new design batch about a year ago after being Lang's longest backorder customer ever (some 18 months).
No problems with it at all, apparent good quality, and was even surprised that the bolt heads were the right height and not the previously reported too high/not work kind. I thought the bend tab washers to be a little stiff to work...but with the right duckbills was able to get the tab set.
I 'did' have to fit the Woodruff key by polishing it to size, which to me should be a requirement anyway.
Make sure you are buying a set from a vendor and not a kit from e-bay or yard sale...there was a maybe 2 year period where the kit was in fact absolute garbage!
Ah, thanks George. That was what I wanted to know.
Sure looks nice. The previous version had serious issues. I wonder if this is a new vendor for Langs?
Does this one have the little screw and spring on the counter weight?
The formal name is "anti-drift pin".
Ron the Coilman
I lived it through with Ashley Lang...don't know if it was a new vendor or not, but they kept rejecting load after load and the time line followed the shipping time back and forth. Don't know who was the QC guy/broker for Lang's, but there were a series of rejects/retries and to Lang's credit, they suspended sales until whoever was their guru said the time had finally arrived.
They had most of it solved 6 months before...but the threaded part was the toughest and I 'think' they finally got it right.
I bought the previous version from Langs a few years ago. It came in a Snyder's bag so I assume it was made by Snyders. I had to grind the flats on the #2 piece on the top row to make it fit between the flats on the lower part. The bolts were soft and not the right length so I did not use them.
I bought that same unit from Lang's last summer when one of the bolts came off the bendix. I pulled the cover off and the bolt fell out. The new unit fit perfectly, the tabs were hard to bend down but I got them in.
Ron, I find it slightly amazing that neither the Ford service manual nor the MTFCA electrical manual show, mention, or acknowledge the existence of, let alone the function or installation of that mysterious "anti-drift pin". I know it is real, but why the lack of coverage?
Oh dear, see the starter noise question thread for my new concern regarding the A.D.P.
i hope it is better than mine which has been repaired over and over and over.
Problem solved, see the starter noise thread.