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Discussion in 'The Garage' started by jeff l, Oct 26, 2006.

  1. jeff l

    jeff l 1/2 ton status

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    I am having problems w/ mine. and am starting to shop around does anybody recommend a certain brand or a high performance HEI. or does it not really matter.
     
  2. goldwing2000

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    Are you looking to replace the entire distributor or just the HEI coil?

    Just the coil, get an accel
    Entire unit, MSD or Mallory are both good.
     
  3. jeff l

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    the entire distributor /I will check those out --thanks
     
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    Not sure what application you are looking for.... so it's hard to answer other than my experience.

    I rebuilt my HEI for my Blazer with the MSD Cap/Rotor/Coil/in-cap Module kit (about $150).

    http://www.msdignition.com/dist_45.htm

    I then had to get a new casting (junkyard $20) because my bushing was shot. Add a new pickup coil (cracked - $19) and then I had to shim the length (shim kit $5). I then splurged and put an adjustable vacuum advance in (another $20). All over the course of several weeks..... and I'm not even sure the MSD upgrade was worth a whole lot since I'll never rev above 5K RPM..... augh.

    If I had it all to do over again, I'd jump on Summit's website and pick up one of the pre-built HEI's on there:

    http://store.summitracing.com/egnsearch.asp?Ns=P_SRE_DisplayPrice%7C0&N=700+4294881256+115&Ntt=HEI&Ntk=KeywordSearch&rsview=sku&RC=10

    Just make sure you get one with a coil (I think the cheaper ones are w/o a coil)

    That's my $0.02.

    -ben
     
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  5. BigBen

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    If you were in the market for a little more $$... you might look at these:
    (They claim to match the advance to your engine/application)

    http://www.performancedistributors.com/gmssdui.htm

    I've read some good things about them in the hot-rodding magazines, but can't give you any personal experience stories.
     
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    I rebuilt mine with a pertronics kit from summitt. Can't remember the exact price, but I wanna say around 60. Easy to do also.
     
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