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Username Post: HEI Distributor        (Topic#361581)
41wildthing 
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06-30-20 07:14 PM - Post#2797587    

I finally bought an HEI distributor and plan to replace the stock dist. Am I correct in assuming that I can eliminate the ballast resistor completely? Thanks for the help.......Phil



 


2blu52 
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06-30-20 08:09 PM - Post#2797593    
    In response to 41wildthing

V-8,66 cyl, 6V,12V?

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

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41wildthing 
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07-01-20 03:43 AM - Post#2797602    
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1941 Chev with 216 cubiv inch motor 12 volts.



 
1971BB427 
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07-01-20 06:46 AM - Post#2797611    
    In response to 41wildthing

On a factory Chevy HEI it wont need an HEI, but you didn't mention what brand you have? I converted my V8 to an Accel electronic and it clearly states in the instructions to use the ballast resistor, so I had to on mine.


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


 
41wildthing 
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07-01-20 09:15 AM - Post#2797639    
    In response to 1971BB427

It is an after market unit. Probably Chinese.
I bought it from Amazon and it came from a company
called A-Team Performance. I think they hail from
Arizona.



 
pauldian 
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07-01-20 12:18 PM - Post#2797649    
    In response to 41wildthing

Did it come with instructions ? If not I'd give them a call or a e-mail and ask.



 
2blu52 
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07-01-20 03:35 PM - Post#2797667    
    In response to 41wildthing

I used Pertronix, stock wiring, no resistor needed. Still on the car and new owners have it installed on a 54, 235 Pickup engine which replaced my 216. I had no problems with it and did not miss setting points and replacing them at all. With 12V you will need a resistor and a coil with built in resistor would do the trick.

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

THOMAS JEFFERSON


Edited by 2blu52 on 07-01-20 03:36 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
1971BB427 
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07-01-20 04:38 PM - Post#2797669    
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  • 41wildthing Said:
It is an after market unit. Probably Chinese.
I bought it from Amazon and it came from a company
called A-Team Performance. I think they hail from
Arizona.



If it's one of those that looks like an Accel, then they'll tell you to use the Accel instructions, which say to use the resistor. Contact the seller, and they should have instructions, or direct you to a site.
I ran into this with an Amazon points conversion kit I did for a friend, and that's what they told me to do.

PS-They have a Facebook page I found, so you can contact them and ask for instructions.

https://www.facebook.com/ATeamPerformanceParts /


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


Edited by 1971BB427 on 07-01-20 04:45 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
41wildthing 
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07-02-20 04:02 AM - Post#2797693    
    In response to 1971BB427

Thanks guys for the help. I will let you know how it all turns out....Phil



 
gcrkfrd 
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07-02-20 10:54 AM - Post#2797727    
    In response to 41wildthing

I have one of those. Hook a wire to it from the switch, and drive it.

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IgnitionMan 
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07-02-20 02:20 PM - Post#2797740    
    In response to 41wildthing

Large coil in cap HEI, 12 volts, MUST be negative ground system, no resistor needed.

SPARK PLUG GAP NO LARGER THAN .045.

A PerTronix drop-in points replacement IS NOT AN HEI. PerTronix does sell a Chinese knock off coil in cap large HEI also, that IS an HEI.



 
41wildthing 
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07-05-20 08:43 AM - Post#2797960    
    In response to IgnitionMan

I don't think the unit I have is Pertronix unless
it is made by them, but I have no idea. Appreciate
the help.....Phil



 
IgnitionMan 
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07-05-20 08:50 AM - Post#2797961    
    In response to 41wildthing

There is a white sticker on the ignition unit inside the distributor, but I can't read it from the picture. What might it say on the sticker???



 
1971BB427 
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07-06-20 07:17 AM - Post#2798036    
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  • 41wildthing Said:
I don't think the unit I have is Pertronix unless
it is made by them, but I have no idea. Appreciate
the help.....Phil



Maybe post a picture of your unit, and it might help identifying it?


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


 
41wildthing 
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07-06-20 09:20 AM - Post#2798041    
    In response to 1971BB427

I will post a link, but if you google
www.ateamperformance.com one of the urls I think it says in the description distributor for early 6 cyl
Chevy and up to 60 something. That is the one I have.....Phil



 
IgnitionMan 
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07-06-20 03:11 PM - Post#2798061    
    In response to 41wildthing

I finally got the website linked to open.

Chinese, same factory that made the old Pro-Comp stuff that was dubious.

Yes, full battery voltage, NO ballast resistor or resistor wire, negative ground only.

Plug gaps .045 MAXIMUM, no variation.



 
41wildthing 
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07-08-20 05:41 AM - Post#2798200    
    In response to IgnitionMan

Thank you Ignition Man for the guidance. I figured it was made in China. I just hope it works properly. I guess time will tell....Phil



 
1971BB427 
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07-08-20 08:58 AM - Post#2798214    
    In response to 41wildthing

Hope you have good luck with that distributor. Pro Comp was very sketchy, and I've not heard anything on these labeled under newer names.
I had a buddy who bought a Pro Comp distributor for his 350 SBC in a '56 Chevy, and two weeks after he installed it the car coughed to a halt. We were headed to a car show, so I helped diagnose it. I tested power to it, and it was fine. I pulled the cap and told him to crank the engine over, and the rotor kind of wiggled, but didn't turn! It had sheared the shaft inside the distributor, and he had to tow it home. He bought a replacement distributor of another brand and got it going again. I don't think he even tried to get his money back on the bad one?


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


 


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