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Hei....or points

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by convict, Feb 21, 2013.

  1. I went with the Pertronix setup for my '58 chevrolet, both the original 235 6cyl and when I swapped in a sbc. Fits under the stock cap and looks bone stock on the outside except the wire, but peace of mind and relialiby were top of my list, hated doing the walk of shame when the old points shot craps.
  2. And there are so many systems that are much better than the HEI. The HEI has inherent design flaws, starting with the coil in the cap which not only is a bad environment for it but it leaks voltage all over the inside of the cap. GM realized this flaw and went away from the coil in cap design as demands on the ignition system became greater.
  3. 68vette
    Joined: Jul 28, 2009
    Posts: 306


    What is wrong with these points put in this car in 1993?<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
  4. 40FordGuy
    Joined: Mar 24, 2008
    Posts: 2,907


    Pertronix or a hidden HEI

  5. Depends if you prefer to drive or have your head under the hood . For my daily driver - electronic . For my toys - points have more play value . I love uni-points
  6. Don's Hot Rods
    Joined: Oct 7, 2005
    Posts: 8,319

    Don's Hot Rods
    from florida

    One thing I don't miss is point bounce. I remember all too well having to cut up an old set of points and double springing the set of points to give it more control. Dual points helped somewhat, but still were not great at 7,000 rpms.

  7. Engine-Ear
    Joined: Jun 12, 2008
    Posts: 706

    Alliance Vendor

    my daily driver - '62 Bonneville - has points. I think I put new ones in about 30,000 miles (and 10 years) ago. Ye, I have had to adjust them -twice since installation.

    "point" is (pardon the pun) is that simple works.

    On my more demanding cars, what also works WELL is a Dave's Small Body HEI conversion...Points distributor, modern internals.

    Hope it helps...
  8. Dooley
    Joined: May 29, 2002
    Posts: 2,720

    from Buffalo NY

    some of you guys act like you have to check your points once a week...

    I like to tinker and 350 has had a gm single point and now I am switching to a Accel dual point. I can change the advance curve if I want,and all I have to do is check the dwell once or twice a season...i check my oil more than that.

    Yes an HEI is a set it and forget it, but it looks like leat the ones with the big cap with coil in it.

    i also stock extra points and condenser in my tool box in the car in case i need them for some reason.

    with a good set of points and a good dizz you can get the same performance as one of the ugly HEI's
    Last edited: Feb 23, 2013
  9. Moedog07
    Joined: Apr 11, 2011
    Posts: 188


    Points for show - HEI for go!
  10. foolthrottle
    Joined: Oct 14, 2005
    Posts: 1,108


    A friend made several H.E.I.'S for my early hemis, the big block hei's seemed to work best something about the engines reving at about the same rate, he also made them for straight 6's and inline eights. For me the larger size of the GM H.E.I. looked right on the early hemi and worked great.
  11. falcongeorge
    Joined: Aug 26, 2010
    Posts: 18,341

    from BC

    short piece of windshield wiper hose jammed in between the point arm and the outside of the distributor body, unless its a chevy...

    And with the stock module, the HEI isnt ''great" at 7 either...
  12. falcongeorge
    Joined: Aug 26, 2010
    Posts: 18,341

    from BC

    Its like whenever theres a thread on solid cams. I'll tell you a little secret, the guys that are saying that have never set points or valves...:eek:

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