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« on: March 30, 2014, 05:03:05 PM »
I've been wanting to get rid of the old points and coil to an updated electronic ignition.  I have a 460. I was reading about hei distributor, not crazy about the looks but very simple and inexpensive. What's everyone s thoughts on what's best and should I only get a marine type? The engine is exposed

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« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2014, 05:09:29 PM »
I bought a Mallory 85 series lo told me it was good for the price I did not get the marine version though. motor runs well with it and my engine is exposed. lets see who else chimes in
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« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2014, 07:30:39 PM »
MSD standalone

but I also had a an Patronix once on a BBC for years that was cool for the coin
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« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2014, 07:59:22 PM »
Mallory unilite on my bbf. I have the same on my 302 in my 56. Way reliable...blue caps on both

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« Reply #4 on: March 31, 2014, 01:05:44 PM »
Look at this on eBay:
FORD 351 351C 429 460 CLEVELAND HEI DISTRIBUTOR 6506-R
http://bit.ly/18HFwiN

This is one I purchased, and too it to some guy that did something to it. And it's ran for a season and a half without any issues.


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« Reply #5 on: March 31, 2014, 04:12:55 PM »
That's a great price. If you go that direction you will need to get rid of the vacuum advance and go to lighter springs on the weights.
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« Reply #6 on: March 31, 2014, 04:32:32 PM »
I don't have vacuum advance now so what springs would I have to use?

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« Reply #7 on: March 31, 2014, 04:40:59 PM »
I have a BBC and got my dist from a friend and ordered a vacuum advance block off plate and spring kit from MSD. Check out their web site for more info.
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« Reply #8 on: March 31, 2014, 05:18:15 PM »
So an automotive distributor is what most use for an open engine?

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« Reply #9 on: March 31, 2014, 05:46:39 PM »
I don't know about most but they are cheaper.
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« Reply #10 on: March 31, 2014, 06:03:28 PM »
I would be careful on that dizzy sometimes those cheap ones have like a keyway holdig the shaft to the gear end kind of like a flathead fits to a screw. Kinda junky be careful a good proven part is worth more than getting stuck or destroying an engine
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« Reply #11 on: March 31, 2014, 06:16:48 PM »
I have a brand new hei for a 460. I'm looking to get 50$ for it. If your interested let me know.


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« Reply #12 on: March 31, 2014, 06:48:33 PM »
Can you send a picture of the hei?

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« Reply #13 on: March 31, 2014, 06:49:18 PM »
I have a brand new hei for a 460. I'm looking to get 50$ for it. If your interested let me know.


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« Reply #14 on: March 31, 2014, 07:11:47 PM »
I'll take trades too


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« Reply #15 on: March 31, 2014, 07:32:47 PM »
I'd go for it accept I can buy the same new one off ebay for the same price with free shipping. I'm in New york.... Unfortunately

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« Reply #16 on: March 31, 2014, 08:04:58 PM »
Ya that's where I got it from. I got for Xmas and I don't need it.


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« Reply #17 on: April 01, 2014, 12:38:30 PM »
I did the MSD ready to run dissy for my 460, it has been trouble free and the boat runs great. The MSD also fits with a tunnel ram if you have or might get one, the HEI's will not.

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« Reply #18 on: April 01, 2014, 05:05:30 PM »
Good point. Tunnel ram is a possibility someday

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