Lucas 45D Distributor for Ford OHV Kent, Crossflow and Twin Cam engines
At Powerspark, we offer a range of distributors for classic Fords whether yours is standard or performance.
We offer these in traditional points, electronic, electronic positive earth and electronic high energy in both vac and non vac form for road and track use.
Read on to find out more about the range, or use the links on this page to navigate to the product you need.
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The original Ford Over Head Valve OHV three main bearing Kent engine arrived in 1959 with the then brand new Anglia 105.
It widely referred to as the pre-crossflow Kent or pre-crossflow, in reverse-flow cylinder head configuration with both the inlet and exhaust being on the same side of the head.
Cars that used the Pre-Crossflow engine are as follows:
Ford Consul Classic and Consul Capri.
107E Ford Prefect
Marcos 1500 GT
Otosan Anadol 1.2 L – 1.3 L (1966–1984)
The Pre-Crossflow Kent engine was also used by Lotus on Lotus Mk.VII.
In 1967 the Kent engine was redesigned to give it a cross-flow type cylinder head, hence the name Crossflow.
Cars that used the Crossflow engine are as follows:
Ford Cortina and Ford Capri
Ford Escort Mk1 and Mk2
Ford Cortina1.6 L Mk II, Mk III, Mk IV(South Africa Only)
Ford Cortina Mk5
Ford Sierra 1.6
Ford Fiesta MK1 1.3 and 1.6
The Ford Crossflow engine (1298 cc and 1599 cc) also powered the Reliant Anadol (1968–1984) and Morgan 4/4, Caterham 7, and TVR Grantura, Vixen, and 1600M.
It has since been used by countless kit-car builders all over the world.
Our Distributors and the Ford Crossflow / PreCrossflow / Kent Engine:
These engines used different distributors, and determining which one is in your car is not an exact science.
Variations for our Lucas distributors for Ford OHV Kent, Twin Cam and Crossflow distributors are as follows:
Lucas 23D Distributors for Ford and Lotus Twin Cam with Top Entry Cap NON VAC ADVANCE:
Ford Capri Mk2 1.3 1.6 3.0, Cortina 1970-76 1600, Escort Mk3 1.3,
Lucas 23D Distributor Points with Top Entry Cap (D73PDG1)
Lucas 23D Distributor Electronic with Top Entry Cap (D73DG1)
Lucas 25D Distributors for Ford Engines AND Lotus Twin Cam Engines with Top Entry Cap:
Ford 105E and Cortina GT
Lucas 25D Distributor Points with Top Entry Cap (D33P)
Lucas 25D Distributor Electronic with Top Entry Cap (D33)
Lucas 25D Distributor Electronic Positive Earth with Top Entry Cap (D33PP)
Lucas 45D Distributors for Ford Engines with Top Entry Cap:
Lotus Elan (1962-74), Lotus Cortina (1963-66), Ford Escort Twin Cam (1968-70), Lotus Europa Type 74 (1975), Caterham Super 7 (1973-74), Mogran 4/4
Lucas 45D Distributor Points with Top Entry Cap (D74P)
Lucas 45D Distributor Electronic with Top Entry Cap (D74)
Lucas 45D Distributor Electronic High Energy with Top Entry Cap (D75)
Lucas 45D Distributors for Ford Engines with Side Entry Cap NON VAC ADVANCE:
Ford Capri MK2 1.3, 1.6, 2.0, Cortina 1970-75 1600, Escort M3 1.3
Lucas 45D Distributor Non Vac Electronic with Top Entry Cap (D14M4)
Lucas 45D Distributor Non Vac Electronic High Energy with Top Entry Cap (D14)
About Points, Electronic and High Energy Distributors from Powerspark Ignition:
Traditional Points Distributors:
The traditional ignition system used in most cars up until the 1980s.
- To be used with a Standard or Sports ignition coil, resistance reading above 1.4 ohms. OK to use copper HT Leads.
Sports Electronic Ignition Distributors:
Looks like an original points distributor but contains an electronic ignition module that uses a magnetic pickup instead of contact breaker points.
- To be used with a Standard or Sports ignition coil, resistance reading above 1.4 ohms. Not suitable for use with copper HT Leads
High Energy Electronic Ignition Distributors:
Looks like an original points distributor but contains an electronic ignition module capable of 3x the spark of sports electronic ignition.
- To be used with a High Energy ignition coil, resistance reading below 1.4 ohms. Not suitable for use with copper HT Leads
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The distributor, although different in make, was a straight and easy swap in my Mk1 Escort, despite it having a ballast ignition system. In addition, the customer service from the team was outstanding, with quick responses to questions. Thank you.
I purchased this distributor for a 1973 Cortina MK 3 car with an OHV 1600 CC cross flow engine. I was tired of cleaning and replacing the contact points and wanted an upgrade. Went with the D74 electronic distributor.
Observation: I find the electric spark between the spark plug points are much wider (about 3 mm) and denser with the electronic ignition distributor than with the distributor with contact points for the same ignition coil.
Installation: Very simple: Red wire to positive terminal of the coil and black wire to negative terminal on coil.
Make sure to set the ignition timing with an timing torch.