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New Joe hunt Distributor

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by M.Edell, May 14, 2013.

  1. M.Edell
    Joined: Jun 5, 2009
    Posts: 4,157


    After about 40 miles of driving, the brand new Joe Hunt Distributor cut out on me on the freeway leaving my wife and I stranded for a few hours.When I pulled the distributor out I also noticed it was leaking oil out of the body and there was oil inside the distributor where the module and rotor are located.I havent called Speedway Motors or Joe Hunt yet, been busy swapping it over to the stock points distributor so I can have it on the road for the West Coast Kustoms show next week in Santa Maria,Ca.After researching, I found out that these things are notorious for cutting out.You couldnt pay me enough money to run another one again.. :mad:

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  2. mercmaniac
    Joined: Sep 17, 2004
    Posts: 158


    Could not agree with you more. I had the same problem with mine. Joe Hunt told me I had the wrong resister which in turn fried the internal coil. I sent it back and $250 latter I had a new coil and their resistor. Ran a little longer (500) miles then did the same thing. I am done. I would not trust another rebuild. Can't afford the motels (which by the way were cheaper than the distributor).
  3. nwbhotrod
    Joined: Oct 13, 2009
    Posts: 1,243

    from wash state

    I have been running one for about 10 years.
  4. Moriarity
    Joined: Apr 11, 2001
    Posts: 21,910

    Staff Member

    Points are traditional

  5. mashed
    Joined: Oct 15, 2011
    Posts: 1,474

    from 4077th

    Magneto-look at half the cost and half the reliability.

    No thanks.
  6. henryj1951
    Joined: Sep 23, 2012
    Posts: 2,304

    from USA

  7. Meyer
    Joined: Sep 9, 2007
    Posts: 379


    Hit up Jim Linder at Bubba's Hot Rod Shop.

    I hate getting stranded like that.
    Joined: Jun 15, 2006
    Posts: 3,385


    Guys the problem seems to be the overall design of the unit.

    The pertronixs module sits on top of a very low resistance ignition coil.

    The magnetic interference of the coils magnetic field interferes with the control modules function.

    The fix appears to be just disconnect the ignition coil ( cut the wires) and wire the pertronixs module for a external coil.

    The vertex style cap can be converted to a external coil wire with a part from vertex etc. ( veretex makes a external coil magneto)
    Remove the coil wire ( cut off) and install a small bolt thru the terminal ( must be drilled) and wire up the external coil wire.

    May not be what you had in mind but actually doesnt look that bad.....:eek:
  9. M.Edell
    Joined: Jun 5, 2009
    Posts: 4,157


    Joined: Mar 22, 2006
    Posts: 2,059

    from OHIO

    Sorry hear of your problem ......I've dynoed a half dozen of these things.....haven't liked one yet...,,,.now if I want the look of a mag....we only use real ones.....
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  11. Marcus. I was going to suggest sending it to Jim Linder as well. He will fix ya up.
  12. I was looking at one of these for my 8ba, now I'm looking elsewhere. thanks for the feedback!
  13. This is a case of module's being used in an environment where they really shouldn't be. The low resistance coil that is quite noisy mounted right next to the module causes all kinds of issues. Bubba's suggestion is really the best solution - get the coil out of the inside of that thing!
  14. kennb
    Joined: Jan 8, 2008
    Posts: 178


    I've been thinking of using one of these and after all the bad feedback I've read I think I'll just forget about it. Love the look, but not the hassle. I did run a JH magneto on a big twin Harley for years without a problem, but that was a true magneto. When I rode down the street my neighbors said their TV's got a little snow in the picture. I had a cop tell me to shut down once because it was interfering with his two way radio. Magneto and solid copper wire. Lol. Ken
  15. Atwater Mike
    Joined: May 31, 2002
    Posts: 10,707

    Atwater Mike

    I had Roger at Joe Hunt convert my Scintilla Vertex magneto from Olds to my Chrysler Hemi.
    At the time, I was considering one of the then new 'lookalike' ignitions.

    Naaaahhh... Love my Vertex.
  16. Jeff Norwell
    Joined: Aug 20, 2003
    Posts: 13,409

    Jeff Norwell
    Staff Member

    I had one of them Vertex units.......biggest piece of shit ever....
  17. hot rod pro
    Joined: Jun 1, 2005
    Posts: 2,709

    hot rod pro
    from spring tx.

    I have gad the magnets loose their charge in mags before too. If you want the look, keep a spare in the car.

  18. metalshapes
    Joined: Nov 18, 2002
    Posts: 10,716

    Tech Editor

    That's a Streetrod part if I ever saw one.

    Its as fake as a set of discs inside Buick drums.

    I think whats happening is, that cool Hot Rods are rejecting it...

    So they will get replaced with a real Magneto, or a distributor that's not pretending to be something cooler than it is.
  19. Ist the whole point of running one to look like a maneto, and not have an external coil? If you are just running it like a points distributor ad it looks like one....... why not save the $$$ and run a points type distributor?
  20. alchemy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2002
    Posts: 17,286


    Maybe these guys could hide the external replacement coil inside the fake 6-71 blower housing?
  21. BratRod
    Joined: Oct 10, 2007
    Posts: 51


    Hahaha! That's awesome
  22. spiderdeville
    Joined: Jun 30, 2007
    Posts: 1,134

    from BOGOTA,NJ

    Mallory Unilite for the last couple of years of daily use -excellent
  23. falconsprint63
    Joined: May 17, 2007
    Posts: 2,359

    from Mayberry

    I've been using the petronix conversion in the original distributor for going on 10 years and never a hitch. that doesn't really address your problem, just an FYI.
  24. Sorry to hear of your troubles Marcus, glad I didn't get one for my Y-Block. I have the real thing in the dragtser, that one works great.
  25. dirty old man
    Joined: Feb 2, 2008
    Posts: 8,912

    dirty old man

    I considered one when I started on the engine for my car, but decided against it because there was no vacuum advance, which helps a lot on mpg and drivability on the street in part throttle cruising. Didn't know then about the reliability problems at that time, just thought it looked Cool! Glad I didn't spend the bucks.
  26. Hefty Lefty
    Joined: Apr 30, 2013
    Posts: 170

    Hefty Lefty

    I bet if they had put a little thought into shielding this would work pretty good. After all a magneto uses an internal coil and it works pretty good (though there are those that use externals too).
  27. The difference is there are no "electronics" in a magneto.
  28. M.Edell
    Joined: Jun 5, 2009
    Posts: 4,157


    Two months since I sent Joe Hunt their distributor back for warranty..still dont have it back yet..
  29. swimeasy
    Joined: Oct 17, 2006
    Posts: 1,067


    x2 why pay big bucks for some poser B.S. like that in the first place!
  30. leadfootlouie
    Joined: May 9, 2016
    Posts: 8


    Anyone have any updated information of these Joe Hunt distributor?

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