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HEI Distributor problems

Hey guys I have a band new HEI distributor in my 1990 chevy small block 350. I hooked up 12v from the battery and tried to fire the car up. There was no spark at all, and after about 15 minutes I noticed that the coil on top of the distributor was very hot as well as the wire running to the battery. I am confussed because these are pretty strait forward. You just hook up 12volts and go. Any advice would be great. Thanks, Dustin.

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I bet it ain't a Delco.

If there's any doubt, don't burn it OR your wiring up- box it back up and return it after getting a return confirmation number or whatever that may be required to return it if it was bought online. Or trot it back to the parts store if that's where you got it. But bottom line- return it- IF you hooked the battery voltage up to the correct terminal and get no spark (and everything else is correct).

Has this engine ever ran- previous to THIS HEI?
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It has before, I just got done rebuilding the motor and bought a new distributor. I'm 100% sure I have it connected to the correct terminal. Thats why I'm so confused. They are just so simple. I will bring it back for a delco one and let you know what happens. Thanks
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It has before, I just got done rebuilding the motor and bought a new distributor. I'm 100% sure I have it connected to the correct terminal. Thats why I'm so confused. They are just so simple. I will bring it back for a delco one and let you know what happens. Thanks
A new Delco will cost a lot, and isn't what I would recommend- it was brought up as a dig on it being offshore.

Please, check around for another good aftermarket distributor like an MSD, etc. or even a good, used OEM unit- I do not want you to spend any more than necessary!

I'm glad the engine was already broken in- there's nothing much worse than a "no-start" condition when trying to start an engine for the first time.

Good luck.
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