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View Poll Results: What Igniton System Do you prefer? And Why? (specify in a post after voting)
Stock HEI System 60 45.80%
Stock Duraspark system 9 6.87%
Other (And please specfy in a post, and why..) 62 47.33%
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Old 02-16-2007, 06:11 AM
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Which Ignition System Do you Prefer? And Why?

I really like MSD, they are USA built ,reliable, powerful and have good tech assistance. I run a MSD 7AL2, MSD coil, MSD RPM switch, MSD ignition wires & Mopar Performance (Direct Connection) magnetic distributor. I couldn't ask for a better ignition system. Your ignition system is no place to be cheap.

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Old 02-17-2007, 08:19 AM
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In the race cars we run Crane boxes, coils and dist. In my '51 I run a Mallory Hyfire VI-al with a Crane coil and an MSD pro billrt dist. This combo seems to work quite well. I'd run all the Crane stuff, but it costs way to much.
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Stock Distributor

I've had a stock GM Delco distributor in my '62 Corvette for over 30 years with no problem at all. The engine is a '70 250-LT-1 short block. Dart Iron Eagle Platinum 200cc Heads. Stock LT-1 Cam, Edelbrock Torker manifold, 750 Holley, and headers. H.P. is over 400. I like the distributor which is a dual point from a 340 hp '62/63 corvette. It has a great advance curve and is a mechanical advance (no worrying about vacuum problems). Coil is a MSD blaster and wires are Moroso Blue Max. Always starts with about 1 spin, never misses and will get up to 7,000 rpm in a heartbeat. I can't see any advantage in any other set-up
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deisel powered '57 chevy

Just curious, anyone ever done this? It would solve ignition problems. I use Mallory Unilite in my '57 Chevy Bel-Air and '73 GMC. The coils are Mallory, but so many years and miles have gone that I won't try to identify them. They still work. They are both just crate GM 350. GMC works hard and the '57 can nearly fly! No complaints.
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I see not too many of us use the Crane ignitions.
I use the Crane Hi6 ignition box with the modified HEI and a MSD in cap coil.
im on my second Crane box because the first one i shorted it out somehow.
(MY FAULT)
But i took it back to the store i got it from and he called Crane direct and they ask him if he had any in the store and he said yes so they told him to give me a new one and send that one back and they would replace it.

the reason i chose the Hi6 is because i can change the rev limiter by turning a dial.
at our shop i see allot of the guys run MSD they always have this little box of chips they carry around.
no chips to carry with the Crane box just turn the dial and thats it
and thats what i wanted when i got mine
i bought it new in 1997 for my Elcamino then when i parked it i put the box in my Trans am then when i sold the Trans am i put it in my Monte and its now 10 years old and this one hasn't let me down.
the next one i get is going to be a another Crane im happy with there product
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Old 09-23-2007, 10:21 AM
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I've got an MSD 6AL and the billit distributor with Taylor wires. This works great on my system. I also have a firewall pass thru for the coil so the coil and box are inside mounted on the firewall. It makes for a totally clean under the hood.
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Old 12-06-2007, 10:34 PM
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hei, they dapt them to work on all types of engines, must be a reason for it
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I run a MSD Pro billet dizzy, Crane HI-6 ignition module, Crane PS-91 coil.

A brainstrain to work out the total ignition and curve for my car but since then ive had no probs with this on a SBC. I think next time ill get it set up on a vehicle dyno .... whilst im present !!
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MSD ignitions all the way!
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I used a Mallory HEI that was terribly inaccurate. Evidently the shaft wasn't strong enough because it dropped 2 full degrees at redline with the mechanical brazed closed. It was fine otherwise; good electronics, but the dizzy itself I didn't like.

I just bought a Pertronix ignitor 2 for a vortec SBC in my boat. LOVE it. Accurate spark, inexpensive, and great reputation.
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Ignition

I've raced 11.0 and quicker GM cars since 1979 with home made dual point distributors. In 1981 my first wife bought me an MSD 7AL box to use with a Delco single point and no condensor. Too bad MSD doesn't make wives because that box lasted twice as long as my first marriage.

MSD rules for any vehicle!
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haha that's funny. If my 2nd marriage lasted as long as my 1st MSD box I'd be having someone build my Willys for me. haha 3 months for the box and 20 yr for the #2 marriage
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For a efficient way to go, modify the hei dist where it will take a MSD 6AL box conversion. Other than that MSD is the way to dist. an all.
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I guess I'm one of the few going backwards.... I just pulled an MSD 6AL out and I am in the process of putting in a Joe Hunt Vertex Magneto in. (It performed flawlessly in a supercharged street BBC). It must be my antisocial side that likes buzzing radios....

Plus, there's nothing quite like the site of one of your buddies holding a magneto and out of habit giving it a spin..... and (thankfully) managing to not drop it as it nailed him over and over.

In the spirit of the thread - I have had nothing but great performance out of MSD: The "banana" chip upgrade for the HEI (stock engine), 6AL (10:1 street motor) and 7AL2 (13.5:1 race motor). Once you invest in all those little rpm chips.....
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Hard to beat A Joe Hunt mag for looks. We ran them back in the old days on everything. I don't recall one ever going bad.

I learned about spinning a mag in your hands the hard way too hahah
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