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Just put a brand new MSD ignition system in, 6A. Put the box under dash by the steering wheel because I don't like the look of those big red boxes under the hood. Well it was running for about five minutes when for some reason I reached under the dash and fooled around with it. Then it slips over towards the fuse box (wasn't firmly attached to anything yet) and shorted out to the fuse box. Big spark, motor stops. That's it. No go. Are these boxes like that, it seems awfully sensitive not to be able to take an accidental spark to the casing! When I'm working on the car I often get fireworks, like wrenches welding between the battery and engine, or elsewhere. But nothing ever broke before :(
Was I just unlucky or stupid, as in 'it's obviously going to blow if you spark to it...'

Didn't like it under dash anyway, its too buzzy. Do you think I can send it back to Summit under warranty to get a new one? What a pain, I just sold my good old GM HEI, I regret switching over already.
 

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youd have to see if they can replace it, but if you dont want it under under dash id put it under seat maybe
 

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Ya, Those are fragil when it comes to 12v charges striking the case. If you dont get to far w/ Summit , call MSD direct and try to get a 'RA' or 'RMA'.

Good Luck,
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Berliner Bel Air said:
Just put a brand new MSD ignition system in, 6A. Put the box What a pain, I just sold my good old GM HEI, I regret switching over already.
Why did you not just remove your HEI module and keep your distributor? That way, in the event of the MSD box failing, all you had to do is add your module back, and you are good to go.
 

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My old HEI had problems, plus I wanted a fully adjustable unit, so I replaced it with a new MSD 8361. That one, however, is not a 'ready-to-run' unit, it needs the box to work. It was cheaper than the ready-to-run, I thought I'd save some money, now I regret that too. What is a RMA or RA at MSD anyway? Some kind of return number?

My old HEI had problems, plus I wanted a fully adjustable unit, so I replaced it with a new MSD 8361. That one, however, is not a 'ready-to-run' unit, it needs the box to work. It was cheaper than the ready-to-run, I thought I'd save some money, now I regret that too. What is a RMA or RA at MSD anyway? Some kind of return number?
 

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Personnally, I would have gone back to the HEI, or just purchased a Mallory unit HERE at an awesome price, new unit, with high performace coil, just plug and play. If you didn't like a red cap, just put your original one on.

Then if you needed or had to have a digital box, then HERE is one from the same vendor very cheap. Multiple sparks till 3000 rpm, etc.

I think since Mallory has been around so long, and that they have a good reputation of their products, it would be a wise choice. Also, if the digital box is out of warranty, they will repair it, regardless of what is wrong, for only $25. Can't beat that deal.

RMA usually mean "Return Material Authorization".

Hope this helps.
 
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