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Old 12-05-2004, 02:31 PM
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What HEI distributor to get?

I have a stock, mid 80's 350 in my Scout. I've been using junkyard HEI distributors for the last few years and it's time to treat this unit with something new. This is a stock motor, 87 octain, DD that sees 20,000 miles a year. I'm looking at a stock dis from GM Performance at $225 and a Mallory at $160. Will the Mallory accept the stock cap? Give me some pros and cons on both. If I break down out of state I want to get parts easy. Thanks!!

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Old 12-05-2004, 02:39 PM
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What's wrong with a junkyard distributer?

Been using them for years without a problem.

They are practiclly indestructible in my opinion.

Why spend $225 when you have a perfectly good unit.
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Old 12-05-2004, 02:46 PM
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You might not want to spend the money that I did on a Probillet MSD distributor but I love mine. My engine hasn't missed a beat but my wallet was missing a few bills
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Old 12-05-2004, 04:17 PM
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I tell you. In my years of working on cars for a living> Its real hard to beat a stock GM hei unit, If you have a stock or mild engine. Unless you making some serious h.p. I thnk you would be throwing your $$ away. Keep the HEI.
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Old 12-05-2004, 06:14 PM
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I will be staying with the HEI. The MSD is a real nice unit but for this project a stock HEI would work just fine. I'm leaning towards the GM one at this time. I can remember when they were $120, now their $225.
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Old 12-05-2004, 06:54 PM
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mallory HEI unit is like 150 bucks comes with everything even the tuning can and the springs. Top notch unit, fires my ~425 horse smallblock off without a hitch.

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HEI

I prefer the GM units on daily drivers. They supply more than enough voltage. Parts & Warranty is easier to handle if you get it local.
Have you priced GM HEI distributors at Summitt? I thought the GM performance that's their brand was about $189.
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For your application Id just freshen up your stock unit at most
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I've always had good luck with stock GM HEI. I've got one in a BB Olds and I took one precaution. I spent a whole $20 for a junkyard spare.
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The Summit HEI is $159. I'm not sure of the quality of it. If I knew it was a non-import and the same as the GM unit I would get it.
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I suggest you save your money and keep your current Hei. Put a 10.00 advance kit in it. clean it up. and send me whats left over
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If you didn't have a distributor to begin with, which one would you recommend?
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For the application that started this thread, Id go to the junkyard & pick one up for 20.00 & freshen it up
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Pertonix makes a good rebuild kit for GM HEI.Make sure that the shaft is not worn.If you are buying one from the boneyard,check the play in it there before you throw the money down on it.If you get a bad one then you can move on to the next car.Man I feel the need to go to a yard soon.
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