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Old 12-31-2005, 08:08 PM
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Conversion chevy 350 to HEI from Points.

I've got a 350 from a 73 Camaro that was rebuilt in '91 with standard points. Runs good, but I would like to consider change-over to HEI. Is it difficult, and is there a simple do it yourself manual somewhere? Engine is in a custom handbuilt '34 mecedes replica (full size) and is lightly driven (car shows and rallies and a few short trips). Or should I just leave it alone?? It is a very smooth running car, with 2 bbl carb. Only has 6k on it since rebuild. rap

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I did it in my 71 Chevelle. You need to get rid of the resistor wire and put 12 volts on the Dist. I bought the one summit sells for around $150 but I know you can get them cheaper or even from the junk yard. The Summit one is supposed to be "blue printed", so I went that way. It runs good and I have had it to 6500. No misses. The old dist. was a Mallary comp 9000. Its not a bad dist. but I wanted something that if I was in that famous town in Egypt and broke a cap or lost a coil I could buy a new one. This way any parts store will have a part.
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Doc here,

Yeah, Good information..

I agree with 454 on the stackable parts availbility...If your not racing Why not?

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When going from the stock distributor to an HEI Distributor, What do you have to do?

Do you still have a coil? It's been so long I can't remember. How do you wire the HEI Coil?

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Doc here,

On the Stock HEI the coil is located on the Cap...No need to mess with it.

A pre 1980 HEI is so simple , it takes almost nothing to wire it...

First, Find your old ignition wire, (Coil +) and should it have a section of resistor wire, or a coil resistor, remove it..

Wire that wire directly to the "BATT" terminal on the HEI Cap...

Check with your meter, and see that the 12 volts does not drop out on that line during cranking cycles..If it does you may have to add or locate the secondary Ignition wire from the starter solenoid, and parallel that into the "BATT" wire..

If you have a Tach, the terminal for that will be right next to the "BATT" terminal on the Cap..hook your input up there..

That's about it..

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