Guys, I'm a total amateur mechanic, I'm much more of a sheetmetal/welding guy, so be gentle and I won't be offended if you explain things like I'm 10 years old, in fact, I'd prefer it. My T roadster has a '38 flathead in it with the "helmet" distributor. I bought the car running good and driving, but needing complete paint and bodywork and such. What should have taken a year tops ended up almost complete and sitting in my garage for like another 5 years and now it looks nice but I need to get it started again. I tried to get it started last year and it would run a bit but very poorly, ran like the points were corroded. I tried to file them with the distributor in the car but that's hard to do, decided to buy new points and replace them completely with the distributor out of the car. I'm just getting to the project now, and I have questions. First off, the distributor came off real easy to work on the bench, and that's what I read was the way to do it, so I pulled it off. But the first thing that stuck out at me is that this big bolt thing is loose, like I just unscrewed it by hand. The adjuster screw with the jamb nut isn't loose, but the big section was. It's got a spring inside, I assume it puts tension on something, but what does it do and is it supposed to be loose? I've got a couple other old distributors that have that piece on them and they're tight in the housing. Second, I had bought a new points set from Midwest Early Ford off of eBay, and when I put the two pieces in place, they clearly do not align, not even close. Would it be normal to have to bend the plate to a proper 90 degrees on new points to make them line up, or is this just a poor quality set of points? Both sets of points seem like that plate is way off from 90 degrees. I also noticed that the little sleeve inside the other half of the points doesn't seem like it fits right, there's a gap around the little insert on one side. I have the whole day set aside to work on this project and now I feel like I'm dead in the water with this points set, unless I should try bending the tab to 90 and just using this set. I would just try to clean/sand/file the contacts but the one side looks like it's got a pretty big pit on it and I was hoping not to half-ass this. Hard to see in the pic. Long story short, my questions are 1. What is the big bolt/tensioner thing for, should the big bolt piece be tight, and does it need some kind of adjustment? 2. Are my new replacement points junk, or should I try to bend them into shape and make them work? Or am I better off trying to sand and file the old points back into shape? Or send these new points back and hope for better replacements?