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Tech Talk => Engine Mechanical / Electrical => Topic started by: pipes on March 30, 2014, 05:03:05 PM

Title: Ford ignition upgrade
Post by: pipes 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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Title: Re: Ford ignition upgrade
Post by: Squirrel Master 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
Title: Re: Ford ignition upgrade
Post by: jet fever 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
Title: Re: Ford ignition upgrade
Post by: Your Mom 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
Title: Re: Ford ignition upgrade
Post by: More2LifeThanMPG 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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Title: Re: Ford ignition upgrade
Post by: tunnels 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.
Title: Re: Ford ignition upgrade
Post by: pipes 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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Title: Re: Ford ignition upgrade
Post by: tunnels 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.
Title: Re: Ford ignition upgrade
Post by: pipes on March 31, 2014, 05:18:15 PM
So an automotive distributor is what most use for an open engine?

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Title: Re: Ford ignition upgrade
Post by: tunnels on March 31, 2014, 05:46:39 PM
I don't know about most but they are cheaper.
Title: Re: Ford ignition upgrade
Post by: Squirrel Master 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
Title: Re: Ford ignition upgrade
Post by: 74 SleekCraft 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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Title: Re: Ford ignition upgrade
Post by: pipes on March 31, 2014, 06:48:33 PM
Can you send a picture of the hei?

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Title: Re: Ford ignition upgrade
Post by: pipes 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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Title: Re: Ford ignition upgrade
Post by: 74 SleekCraft on March 31, 2014, 07:11:47 PM
I'll take trades too


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Title: Re: Ford ignition upgrade
Post by: pipes 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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Title: Re: Ford ignition upgrade
Post by: 74 SleekCraft 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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Title: Re: Ford ignition upgrade
Post by: 78hallett 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.
Title: Re: Ford ignition upgrade
Post by: pipes on April 01, 2014, 05:05:30 PM
Good point. Tunnel ram is a possibility someday

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