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Old 08-03-2003, 04:59 PM
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I have a 289, holley 600, mild street cam, in need of info. on updating my distributor. Any help or suggestions would be appreciated. If I knew it all I would not be asking.

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Old 08-03-2003, 05:39 PM
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how much slop do you have in the dist. you now have? if its not too loose, I'd go with a pertronix unit, unless its for pure performance..... thats a whole nuther post.....
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Old 08-03-2003, 06:20 PM
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I have met some people happy with their Pertronix units and some not so happy. If you are looking for performance I would suggest the Mallory Unilite distributor. If you can install a distributor and connect three wires you can do this swap. If this is a street driven car I would suggest a vacuum advance distributor. The only things additional I recommend is a Mallory Power Filter and a ballast resistor if your ignition system doesn't have a resistance wire already. Mallorys directions are pretty easy to follow. There are other options out there, I am happy with my Mallory.
You can see my set-up in my photo gallery here.


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if your wanting cheap, a junkyard duraspark would be a way to go.
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Old 08-04-2003, 07:32 AM
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I agree with dmorris1200, Mallory has proven it's product`s to me from experience over the year' from using them and the other's and always going back to Mallory.
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I have had a lot of luck with pertronix. Unilite is also very good and dependable. It would depend on your budget. I have one of each.
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Thanks to all. I think I'll follow dmorris1200, as I feel my old dist. is worn. If you are still out there morris. I would like to know which model/ pn you used and which coil??? btw thats a nice set up. I think it would look good under my hood too....
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Thanks to all. I think I'll follow dmorris1200, as I feel my old dist. is worn. If you are still out there morris. I would like to know which model/ pn you used and which coil??? btw thats a nice set up. I think it would look good under my hood too....
This is my breakdown (summit part numbers)...

MAA-4755101 = Vacuum advance Unilite Distributor, $215.95
MAA29216 = Mallory chrome coil (recommended), $34.95
MAA29351 = Mallory Power Filter (recommended), $33.95

I didn't need to use a ballast resistor since my ingition wire is a resistance feed from the factory. I'm running 3.70 gears with only 25.5 inch tires maintaining about 2,800-3,000rpms steady while cruising and she screams from gear to gear with no hesitation. It's a simple install and once installed it's a piece of cake to upgrade with a Hyfire Box. Also with the HyfireVI-A or HyfireVI-AL box you use don't need a ballast resister.

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It depends on how much you want to spend, from a HEI type to a Comp9000 with a separate coil and control box ( that's what I use).
Then the better system the better the plug wire. A catalog is the best place for prices and know the different units available for your ride.
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Old 08-04-2003, 10:03 PM
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I really appreciate all the help. This place is great, for someone like me who's been out of the hotrod loop for almost 20 yrs. Raising my daughter and going through 2 homes and a divorce, takes it out of you. But now im back and ready to make my 63 Fairlane run like a scolded dog. I look forward to any future help you guys can provide, as I clean the cobwebs and catch up to the times. The Mallory set up is what I had been leaning towards and feel much more confident about it now. I do have pictures of my ride up on the web site if you would like to see it. I am running as stated before a 289, holley 600, 3 speed with 4:11 gears. I hope to upgrade to power breaks, 5 speed trans. and add air soon. So I am sure I will be needing more help. Thanks, again.
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