I just ordered one from Rock Auto which specifically stated the gear to be steel.
I've been building just about all types of Ford engines since my first Boss 302 back in the early '80s, but over the years as the aftermarket picked up, I've just about switched over all of my builds to 351w based builds, and non being stock.
So, usually when I needed a distributor I would just buy either a brand new MSD, who makes distributors in just about any configuration, and call it a day. Also, since all of the engines I've built have been going into something performance based, I hardly use stock parts. This has been a dilemma in this 302 build as most of the stock parts I had have been thrown away over the years as I never thought I would be using something like stock stamped steel rocker arms, Also, when I threw all of those stock parts away, they really didn't have enough value to warrant selling, or hording.
Problem is, that since this is just a test engine I really don't need [must resist] any high performance parts, and I'm also trying to keep the costs down. I'm finding out many of those little parts I threw away/gave away over the years, I'm now having to buy, and danged if they are adding up. [ie rocker pedestal guides $35, stamped steel rocker arms approx $55 a set, and on, and on].
Thanks again for all of the info advice.
You CAN put a pos chebby engine into a Ford, but it will ALWAYS be a FORD. Also, it shows you're ignorant, and lack imagination.