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Old 04-23-2005, 12:56 PM
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HEI wires ARRGGH!

Alright ya'll might think Im stupid for posting something like this but here goes.

On a Hei distributer, the original clip on mine for the wire labeled BATT broke and I replaced it with another electrical connector since the people at autozone and oriellys looked at me like I was an idiot when I asked for one that clipped on the distributor cap. It seems to work, sometimes. I can't seem to get it to stay on the clip that goes to the coil, so sometimes the engine will fire and sometimes it won't. My question is, What has everyone else done in this situation? I have been unable to find an original clip that will snap on to the side of the distributor cap, Does anybody know where I can find one?
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Old 04-23-2005, 01:24 PM
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Doc here,

No question is Stupid! Provided it's an honest attempt to Seek knowledge of the problem at hand...So Always...ask away!

On The Battery Clip on the HEI, you probably put a blue slide terminal on it right? and it falls out at the most inopportune times? Like Freeway merge?

If You Can't find one locally, (Try a Mom and Pop auto parts store..These folks Don't believe in computers..or actually (Uggh) The dealer should still have them if you don't mind giving up your savings & first born male child to them) I assume you looked on the "HELP" tree at the superstore with no luck too..Then I usually head out to the local Bone yard, and find any Chevy with an HEI and Cut the clip and as much wire as possible out of the donor harness..

Next go back to your car and expose as much wire as practical on your harness, cut the wire from there and match your new wire to reach (allowing slack for full advance/retard movement) cut it, and If you have a soldering iron solder the two together, use shrink tubing, or if you have none, clear tubing over the joint and a tight tie wrap on each side of the tubing. then cover with black tape.

If you don't have a Soldering iron, use a yellow Butt splice , and crimp tightly , pull the wire (within reason) to be sure it's a good crimp, then cover with black tape.

That should Cure the problem..

Until you get around to it, you COULD take a tie wrap around all the connectors on the cap right now, and tighten it down, just below the cap plug...that SHOULD hold it temporally until you can replace the clip..But don't consider it as a cure...someday you may need passer..WOT... to get out of some idiot stick's way...and the thing falls out...Crunch...

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I use a regular connector, just give it a gentle squeeze with pliers and it
holds okay. Or you could go to the salvage yard and get a dozen and butt connect them or you can get one at Summit with 8" length of cable part
SUM-5210 @ $5.50, a bargain
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I'd try Painless or Dick Francis. If I remember correctly one of them sold OEM style connectors.
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Thanks for all your help guys, Tomorrow Im gonna go find a good one in a junk yard, since there are no mom and pop stores around here that I know of (thanks to autozone and orieillys). And there is no way I am going to dealership, becuase of a past expeirience when I tried to get a distributer hold down clamp there (I had an arguement with the guy at the counter that a 70s sbc can replace and 86' sbc and use the same parts!)
And just to let ya'll know, those regular connectors wouldn't work worth a flip on this problem. I couldn't even keep the engine running long enough to set the timeing on it because the wire kept coming loose.

Thank you for all your help guys

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