vacuum advance

First of all, I'm not the owner of the car, but hopefully I can explain this without sounding too vague:
My boyfriend just bought a brand new distributor (sorry if I spell
anything wrong) and it was beautiful. Was, being the op word. He wanted to wait for some warm weather to replace it in his 83 Honda Accord 4 cyl. Today our dogs knocked it off the counter. It's only about 2 feet up, so we're not worried about the interior of the unit. The question I have is:
his vacume advance inch long end, the one the tube goes on for the carb broke off in the fall. We can't find the other end anywhere and it's clean off. You can see the hole, it's just flat against the unit. New vacuume advances arn't too expensive, but are they easy to replace? It holds on with what looks like 2 screws. I'm sure there are many springs in the advance. Can this be done with basic screwdrivers, allen wrenches and socket sets or does this maybe require some special (as my boyfriend states) "feelers"?
Any help would be greatly appreciated. I can't find any information about this on the internet anywhere. Only people talking about the fact they replaced the unit, not how they did it.
Thanks for your time in reading this any any help would be great..
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Alfie wrote:

That's probably because they're easy to replace. As you've noticed, the vacuum advance is held to the distributor by 2 screws. The other attachment point is under the distributor cap. There's a metal rod that exits the vacuum advance and attaches to a pin on the distributor's advance plate. Sometimes the rod is held to the pin by a small clip. The first step is usually to remove the small clip, being careful not to lose it, and then the two screws that mount the vacuum advance to the distributor.
Eric
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my boyfriend was able to fix the part that broke on the vacume advance. He had some part.. i don't even know what it is called, but it looks exactly like the part that broke off. He put a tooth pick in the hole to keep stuff out of it and put on the new peice and put about 5 layers of some kind of glue on it so it was air tight. If that didn't work he'd get a new vacume advance. Needless to say after installing the distributor at 16 degrees btdc and using our friend's timing light she purrrrrrs like a kitten! This car has been over a year in the making. Now I have a car to practice in for my lisence! YAY. She's my baby - and she was free.. just had to put $300 in parts and $100 in tools into her
1983 tan honda accord 98k miles, 4 cyl
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