Updating Distributor?

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  1. Shruted It

    Shruted It New Member

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    Hi All,

    Hope this thread topic is in the correct place..
    I have a '72 Camaro that currently has a 1969 SBC 350 engine. The motor has a points distributor and before it starts giving me trouble, I was looking to upgrade to an electric distributor. I was looking for something that would basically plug in using the existing hookups (minus the ballast resistor of course). HEI looked to be more involved than I was interested in.
    I've seen some ready to run distributors online that look to be a good replacement for points. Any suggestions on something that would match my needs? I do have an MSD 6A and coil in a box if needed as well. Motor is mild so nothing extreme needed.

    I appreciate any advice or tips from others past experiences.

    Andrew
     
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    dave@ztech Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Are you having trouble with the point? Or just have some money burning a hole in your pocket? There are easy conversion kits from Pertronics that you can convert your existing unit to, or upgrade to the better MSD unit and install the stuff that you have in the box.
     
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    COPO Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    After my Pertronix died I went with the Crane X R-i
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    You can also use an MSD distributor .with an standard style cap.So it looks fairly stock.
     
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    No trouble with it but since ill be swapping cam and intake, I figured while distributor is out I'd upgrade it as well.
     
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    Gary S Administrator Lifetime Gold Member

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    GM factory HEIs are a direct plug in except for adding a wire to bypass the resistor wire.
     
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    One of the best updates I've made to the points ignition is to trash it completely. Put in an HEI distributor and forget the maintenance and misfiring problems.
     
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    I have never had a problem with points all the way up to 6500 and beyond
     
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    One of the better companies out there building nice HEI w/custom curves with your specs and options is Steve Davis of DUI (Davis Unified Ignition)

    Not cheap, but very well built and on the money. I had a 20$ junkyard HEI for years that I modded as I went, just worn out, very satisfied with DUI.
     
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    HEI and put a mechanical advance upgrade kit in it. Make sure the vacuum advance works. Good brass terminal cap and rotor. Ignition power source that it full 12 VDC for start and run. Done.
     

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