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Username Post: Chevy 216 cu motor        (Topic#357607)
41wildthing 
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08-11-19 08:08 AM - Post#2772951    

I need to replace the distributor in my 41 Chev with 216 cu motor. BTW the car has been converted to 12 volt. I was thinking of using a stock type dist but I don't know what will interchange. Can anyone point me in the right direction on what will work. I know that I could go with an aftermarket unit but I am concerned about the real large distributor cap and clearance issues. Does a unit from a 1955 and up work? They would be 12 volt. Thanks in advance.......Phil



 


2blu52 
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08-11-19 10:19 AM - Post#2772959    
    In response to 41wildthing

The 12V only matters to the points condenser and coil.You should have a resistor in line somewhere that reduces voltage to the coil to 6V. Any 216 distributor should work, the vacuum advance for 1952/54 is different due to engine mounting.The distributor numbers are stamped on the plate on the interior of the distributor and will gude you in finding a correct distributor. I may have access to one from a 50s pickup of you cannot find one. There is a difference in the material from which the spade is made so be sure and get one that matches your distributor.

"PEACE IS THAT GLORIOUS MOMENT IN HISTORY WHEN EVERY ONE STANDS AROUND RELOADING"

THOMAS JEFFERSON


Edited by 2blu52 on 08-11-19 10:21 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
1971BB427 
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08-11-19 01:36 PM - Post#2772970    
    In response to 41wildthing

A 235 and even a 261 distributor will drop right in your 216 and work without any issues. They do have slightly different weights, but that wont affect how it runs and drives.


1969 Suburban 2wd 350
1939 Chevy passenger coupe
1937 Austin gasser 327/TH350


 
Rusty Heaps 
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08-19-19 02:08 PM - Post#2773579    
    In response to 1971BB427

  • 1971BB427 Said:
A 235 and even a 261 distributor will drop right in your 216 and work without any issues. They do have slightly different weights, but that wont affect how it runs and drives.


You are correct. The 216 in my '50 has a 1953 235 distributor and runs fine

I invest my money in precious metals, mostly rust!


 
41wildthing 
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08-23-19 12:08 AM - Post#2773853    
    In response to Rusty Heaps

Thanks guys for the info. However I doubt if I have any coil resistor as I believe my coil is also 12 volt. So I don't know which one is the best choice to make. Thanks for any help.....Phil



 
pauldian 
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08-23-19 09:54 AM - Post#2773882    
    In response to 41wildthing

You'll be just fine !



 
1971BB427 
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08-23-19 09:34 PM - Post#2773927    
    In response to 41wildthing

12 volt coils and distributors use a ceramic resistor to keep from burning up the points. If you switch to a 12 volt distributor, or have a 12 volt system, you should add one.

https://www.partsgeek.com/gbproducts/AC/14317-0 541...

This says "Farmall" but this is typical of GM and where the ceramic resistor needs to be installed between ignition switch and coil.





1969 Suburban 2wd 350
1939 Chevy passenger coupe
1937 Austin gasser 327/TH350


Edited by 1971BB427 on 08-23-19 09:36 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
41wildthing 
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08-26-19 06:33 PM - Post#2774111    
    In response to 1971BB427

Yes thanks. I have one of those mounted on the firewall. I didn't realize that was the resistor that was being mentioned previously. Thanks again.....Phil



 
Rusty Heaps 
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09-17-19 12:03 PM - Post#2775726    
    In response to 41wildthing

You can also purchase a 12V coil with an internal resistor. I went that route when I converted to 12 volts on my '50 Fleetline.

I invest my money in precious metals, mostly rust!


Edited by Rusty Heaps on 09-17-19 12:04 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
bowtiefan 
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10-20-19 07:27 PM - Post#2778360    
    In response to Rusty Heaps

I'm late to the party here, but I put an HEI on my 57 235 and it was the best thing I've done. More power, easier to start and it was only about $130. Well worth it in my opinion. Simple install.
Ken

36, 38 & 39 2dr sedan, 41 coupe, 54 convertible, 56 Nomad, 57 210 2dr sdn, 70 Camaro RS, Corvettes; 57, 61, 65 396 coupe, 67 427 convert, 72 T-top, 88 coupe,91 ZR-1, 07 Z06, 16 Z06, 07 Silverado, 09 BMW 135i vert.


 


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