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Hot Rods HEI Distributers

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by blazedogs, Sep 15, 2015.

  1. blazedogs
    Joined: Sep 22, 2014
    Posts: 463


    When Building my 29 Model A I recessed the firewall to accomidate a HEI Distributor,a distributor that was around for years and worked very well for me in the past with other cars.Now I'm at the point where I need one. I just got the lattest Speedway catalog in the mail yesterday and they show a new one for the SBC for $69.00. I can't get one in a salvage yard for that .I wonder what gives .I have bought from Speedway in the past and usually satisfied.

    The old expression "you get what you pay for" Will I regret the seem way to cheap ??

  2. 47ragtop
    Joined: Feb 8, 2007
    Posts: 664


    They are made in the far East, that's why they are cheap. I have no personal experience with one because I use the junk yard brand !!
  3. Yeah, they are disposable anymore.
    Get 2 so when it quits you'll have one on the shelf. Cardone is a bit better at 99.00, at least I hope so :)
  4. Kerrynzl
    Joined: Jun 20, 2010
    Posts: 2,284


    Probably a "top brand" like pro-comp.

    You're better off with a used OEM HEI with a new cap and rotor.
    Put a MSD module in it [with the extra wire for the rev limiter ] and a hotter coil it is good enough for a race engine.
    A $69 dizzy plus the towing fee [when it fails on a trip] = a better HEI

  5. JeffB2
    Joined: Dec 18, 2006
    Posts: 8,671

    from Phoenix,AZ

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  6. doinbad
    Joined: Sep 17, 2012
    Posts: 323

    from celina tn

    im a fan of skip. i use his hei dizy all the time. i have installed at least 20 of them only had one to go bad,replaced it with a new one to get back on the road. When i took cap off to see what was wrong it was the ground wire loose tightened it up fired fine and its in my 51 panel now
  7. i put one in an ot. truck..........never could get it to run right.......switched back to oem........perfect.
  8. I bought a used OEM HEI at a swap meet for 10 bucks installed a new cap, rotor, and module,--so far it has 12,000 trouble free miles on it. I just don't know how good the $69.00 can be. I'd be a little nervous about the quality.
  9. aaggie
    Joined: Nov 21, 2009
    Posts: 2,531


    I bought an HEI from GM Performance for the engine in my '40 Chevy and it works fine. I also carry a spare cap, coil, rotor and module in the trunk along with a few other parts and tools for roadside repairs. Aftermarket modules seem to be less reliable that the GM OEM stuff and I have loaned out several to other stranded people. I looked under hoods at the local Pick-A-Part and most of the HEI units are gone.
  10. denis4x4
    Joined: Apr 23, 2005
    Posts: 3,642

    from Colorado

    Used a cheapy HEI from Jeg's and it crapped out in 90 days. Went to a stocker from the local Chevy dealer and it's still going strong.
  11. Well I am not a big HEI fan as most already know, but they are a 25 dollar commodity at any swap or U-Pull it. If I had to have one and wanted new I would wither go with a DUI or a Mallory, they are more pricey but they are a good distributer. I have a certain fondness for things like good distributers.
  12. I got that Speedway HEI last year and have had no problems with it yet.
  13. I don't know who makes them for Speedway, but my guess would be that they are offshore as in way off shore. The problem with *a lot of that stuff is that it is a crap shoot, you may very well get a good piece and you may just as likely get a bad one.

    *a lot of that stuff in general not a lot of that Speedway stuff specifically.
  14. rfraze
    Joined: May 23, 2012
    Posts: 2,003


    One big problem with those "top quality" cheapies is the rotor. I have helped guys with cars on the roadside who had holes burned thru the rotor. Maybe a good quality rotor would take you farther.
  15. Thanks, noted. :)
  16. mt shasta steve
    Joined: Mar 26, 2010
    Posts: 270

    mt shasta steve

    I bought a Summit Racing HEI for $100 or so. It uses OEM cap rotor and module. That way if I'm out some where, every Napa is going to have parts.
  17. Gman0046
    Joined: Jul 24, 2005
    Posts: 6,260


    If I were buying a Chinese HEI, I'd buy two. One for a spare when you crap out in the middle of nowhere. Its the old story, you get what you pay for.


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