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Old 09-11-2010, 03:12 PM
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Need help with distibutor and headers

Got a 64 chevy impala recently my dad and friends put in a gen V 454 bbc anyway the hei distributor is really close to the firewall and you can't put the plug wire end on the cap tower, it's that close. So im looking for any not so expensive idea for a fix. Also know that the headers were going to be an issue but if anyone can point me in the right direction that would be great, basically i had some long tube headers but i know after just looking at the compartment there is no way they'll work. So anyone with a 61-64 Impala, Biscayne, or Bel-Air do a big block swap and came across this issue ?

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For the distributor they make a small cap distributor but it not a hei or if you want to do it the ghetto way by taking a big hammer and dent the firewall a little till it fits and for the header I have block huggers on my truck they only stick out 4 inches from the block I got mine brand new a Crome pair of block huggers on eBay for less than hundred bucks.
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lol I would hate to do some shadetree stuff but the bfh has crossed my mind cause i do have to eventually do some firewall work way down the road. As for the block hugger headers never gave it a thought which is funny cause thats what was on the tired 327 that was in the in there hopefully they could work with the frame rails and the bb , thanks.
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doubt I can do the block hugger headers cause the heads have angled plugs so I think that will cause a problem. I think shorty headers will work but may have to get a smaller starter cause i think the end of the header will hit the starter....anyone at all with any of these issues doing a swap from a sb to bbc in 61-64 Impalas?
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The header companies make big block headers for these cars....check Summit or Jegs
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I'd try the smaller distributor idea first.

Another (wild and crazy idea -- one I have had myself) would be to graft in a cake pan to allow for a little extra clearance. I've seen an HEI distributor on an SBC in a truck like mine ... and it looks tight. Who knows what it'll be like with my BBC.

You would, of course have to make sure that there is adequate room behind the firewall, and that any components, wiring grommets, linkage ... etc would still be usable.

The "BFH" method would be a last resort for me.
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