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Old 05-30-2013, 01:43 PM
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Points to HEI > volvo penta 350

we have a 84 volvo penta engine with a gm 350. he have the distributor with new internals and were getting ready to swap them over. is there anything tricky we needa look out for ? a guy at my dads work said to ensure theres 12 volts running to it at start and just make sure the motor is on the #1 cylinder.


lastly, can i expect a descent performance change ? ive had mixed answers on this. we may just wait till winter when the boat is home to do this project

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You need to make sure the distributor is marine SAE J1171 spec. There are aftermarket Marine spec HEI's but none of the OEM's ever used them.. The Delco Voyager EST was a common one when the Marine companies went to electronic ignition..
The reason is, Marine spec engine electronics are ignition protected. The bilge can collect gas fumes ( reason for the blowers ) so if you get a leak, the ignition protected stuff will have the safest bet that you will not go boom.
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You need to make sure the distributor is marine SAE J1171 spec. There are aftermarket Marine spec HEI's but none of the OEM's ever used them.. The Delco Voyager EST was a common one when the Marine companies went to electronic ignition..
The reason is, Marine spec engine electronics are ignition protected. The bilge can collect gas fumes ( reason for the blowers ) so if you get a leak, the ignition protected stuff will have the safest bet that you will not go boom.


sadly, its not marine application.
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Ok, so if your putting the engine in a car, then you just need to make sure you have the distributor in on the #1 cylinder, TDC compression stroke. 12V switched to your ignition switch and it will run... If it's going back in a boat and the distributor is not marine spec, you need to stick with the original distributor or buy a new marine spec distributor.. You can add a Pertonix kit to the distributor which is what many elect to do but there is little performance upgrade by getting an electronic distributor beyond the maintenance end of it
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Use the Crane conversion to eliminate the points and keep your marine distributor.

There is no performance improvement from points to HEI other than the points are constantly wearing out resulting in a loss over time.
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