Anyone out there know if the point cam on aftermarket T distributors have the point cam modified so # 3 cylinder is not retarded?
It is retarded.
I have never heard of a VW distributor that wasn't. However, I doubt if it makes measurable difference in performance.
This was reported, "Cylinder #3 is not retarded on the point cam as has been reported. My understanding is that the 009 is for an industrial application of Volkswagens, and this may be the difference. However, I found absolutely no intracylinder timing differences with correctly set points, .001" clearance on the bushings and a straight shaft."
Aaron: the term is special needs. So we do'nt offend anyone ;-) Jim: Thanks for the link it was very helpful. I bought a American Bosch distributor @ a swap meet and found that the distributor case is junk. (drive is OK) so I thought I would adapt a 009 to it so I can use it on my speedster. The engine has no magneto in it.
OK, maybe I was wrong. The 009 is not a special needs distributor.
The regular VW 1967 Bug distributor is retarded on cylinder #3.. The Bosch 009 is not retarded on #3
According to, VW-resource.com, the 009 (and stated as the 009) was retarded on #3 up to 2000/1, changed with the duel vacuum advance distributor and the changed position of the oil cooler. So are the copies built the same? or as Jim had found is still the question. Do I care! not really!