This is a must for those wishing to upgrade the ignition system.
One-year warranty on this unit, regardless of street or strip use.
For those not familiar with using the GM style HEI distributor in a Ford engine, it's a very simple hookup. There are two male spade terminals in the cap. One is marked B and the other is marked T. The B terminal is to go to a power source that is active when the key is in the on position, and must also supply power when in the cranking position. The T terminal is for a tach. It's that simple.
All auto supply and hardware stores have spade terminal kits. This dist. only requires one wire to be up and running. Use at least a 10 gauge wire to the dist. If you have an old point style Ford, do not use any of the old wiring, as they are too small, and delete the ballast resistor for sure.
Many people purchase the lowest-cost unit they can find, assuming they are all of the same quality. That assumption is often wrong. Our objective is to keep our customers at our door regardless of the amount of profit we are making. So here it is, the best HEI unit made, for the new low price listed above, with the best warranty and customer service offered by any seller on the web. Now would also be a good time to shop our other listings for many other items at record low prices.
We have a full line of parts available for this distributor, including caps of various colors and styles, as well as coil cover, coil, module, rotor button, and distributor hold down. We also offer a Master Tune Up Kit. This kit is a very popular seller. It has all the spare parts you would ever need to be back up and running in minutes should a problem arise. Many people who buy our distributors purchase this kit. If you're looking for a single spare or replacement part for this distributor, we also have them listed.
Many garages and speed shops purchase these in case lots from us. Click on the purchases tab above, and you will be shocked as to how many people are buying this unit. We have noticed other units on the market, but few are of this quality. It is the no. 1 HEI on the market.
WE HAVE POSSIBLY SOLD MORE OF THESE THAN ANYONE IN THE COUNTRY. THIS IS A TOTALLY REVISED UNIT.
Read some of our past feedback on those that have purchased this unit, and you will be convinced of its quality and value.
THIS IS THE NEWEST VERSION ON THE MARKET. THIS HAS THE HIGH OUTPUT COIL AND IS ESSENTIAL ON ANY MODIFIED ENGINE.
- Fully CNC Machined - polished housing
- Adjustable vacuum advance canister to improve economy while cruising
- Premium caps with brass terminals and a low-saturation ignition module
- High output coil
- True spark alignment for instantaneous response at high RPM
This is the perfect upgrade for your vehicle, or just as part of a tune-up. Here are a few problems you are likely to encounter when using an old distributor.
- excessive end shaft play
- bushing wear
- weak coil
- work or cracked cap and button
- weak module
- corrosion build-up
- weakened advance springs
- gear wear
If going from points to HEI, this alone is a huge upgrade. All of the above issues can greatly affect the performance of your engine.
These are just a few of the things that most old distributors have going on with them. For the low cost of a complete brand new one, it just makes little sense to used the original distributor. When we rebuild any early model engine, we insist the customer purchase a new distributor. You will notice a performance difference in your engine if you have any of the above issues with your old distributor. All of the old HEI's we see have excess end play in the shaft. I'm sure the coils on them are not at full voltage. The Super Coil is much more than the OEM model. All car makers have dramatically improved the ignition systems on cars and trucks. This is an indication of how important good ignition is to an engine.
We consider this the absolute best mod you can do to your engine.
This distributor also has the performance curve setup. Do not be misled into thinking other HEI's on the market are superior to this. If anything, they are most likely the older version. We have sold more HEI's than most others around, and we do our best to provide the newest models available.
This distributor uses one wire to power it up. Be sure to have 12+ volts going to this unit. If you are installing it in an early model car that had a points distributor in it, you may have to run a dedicated wire to the distributor. Point type distributors ran on a reduced amount of voltage, and the wires going to them will have an in-line ballast resistor in them, or possibly a firewall resister. You must by-pass this.
You may run a flat tappet cam cam gear or a hyd. roller cam gear with this distributor. Cams that are aftermarket solid roller billet steel may have a billet steel gear on them, and the gear on the distributor will have to be changed to a bronze gear. Some billet steel cams have a regular cast steel gear pressed on them and some don't. Check with the company that made the cam if you're not sure. Some Ford engines did have billet cams in them, but the gear on these oe type cams allowed the use of a regular steel gear. Our distributor has never had compatibility problems with these type gears. Aftermarket steel billet cams may have a non-friendly gear on them, but as far as we know, factory Ford engines have never had a gear compatibility problem regardless of what type cam they have.
The mechanical advance span on these distributors is approximately 20 degrees. In other words, if you set your total timing at around 32 degrees, the initial timing, (at idle) without the vac. advance hooked up will fall back to around 12 degrees. These distributors have medium to stiff springs in them, and don't fully total out until around 4500 rpm. We would think that after the springs have been used for a short time they will total out sooner than 4500 rpm. You can easily change out the springs to a set of milder set if you like, and some of the curve kits also come with different weights. This distributor also has an adjustable vacuum advance, and this will allow you to control just how much advance it adds to your initial timing when it's hooked up. The effects of this can also vary depending on what source you hook it up to. Some prefer direct manifold vacuum, and some prefer hooking it up to the carburetor. Some carbs have multiple ports to choose from.
The part numbers for distributors beginning with 65 and 85 are interchangeable. The distributors are identical in every respect. We changed the artwork on the package to private labeling and our supplier had to change our part number to distinguish our private label (85 series) from the standard labeling sold to other suppliers (65 series). You may receive the alternate part number since we still have both in stock.
Very Important Note.
Our technical knowledge is limited on this product. Our sales staff are usually unable to answer many of the questions asked. Many of the questions are, "how do you install this distributor", "what model cars will this work in", "how do I wire it up" Most of the people on our sales staff simply don't know these answers, and even if we did, the time involved answering so many of these questions is what led us to writing this notice. We update info in our listings on a regular basis, and if it's not in the ad, then there's a good chance we don't know the info. There is a solution to this problem for those with numerous questions about the product. You have all heard the saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, it is, and with that being said, a video is worth a million words. If you go to YouTube and type in key words such as, "How to install an HEI distributor" you will find dozens of highly informative videos showing the complete process step by step. These video are usually very accurate. We suggest that you watch several of them because some are easier to understand than others, and some have additional info in them that may not be covered in the others. You can't possibly go wrong watching these videos. At one time, we put installation instructions in our ads, and they led to much confusion for many, and the emails and calls coming were numerous. The videos on YouTube will be all you need. They are very simple and straightforward to follow. We did a search on the key words mentioned above, and literally hundreds of "how to" videos on every aspect of installing an HEI came up. There were even videos on changing over from a point distributor to an HEI.
Universal wires do require assembly on one end. This allows for perfect custom fit.
The Accel 5000 Series wires are a much better grade than the 3000 and 4000 series. These wires have an excellent heat resistance rating: 550 degrees versus the Accel 4000 series, which are only rated to 450. This higher temp. resistance is very desirable considering the high levels of heat most plug wires encounter. The heat is what destroys wires prematurely and allows voltage loss. These wires also have a much higher level of conductivity compared the 3000 and 4000 series. Compare the ohm rating on all the Accel wires and you will see there is a great difference between the 3000, 4000 and 5000 series. We consider these wires to be an excellent grade of wire for use on any street rod or stock vehicle. We use these wires on our turn key engine packages.
The 8mm 5000 Series wires are considered a medium to high-end set of wires. As you may know, plug wires come in many different quality grades. The 500 Series is one below the top of the line offered by Accel, which has four levels of plug wires. Therefore, one below the top grade is very decent cable. Each grade up has a lower resistance rating and a higher temp. rating. The ohm and temp. rating of a plug wire are very important. A good quality set of wires is very important for proper ignition. When comparing the many wires on the market, do understand that the quality varies greatly among them.
The Accel Super Stock Spiral Core Spark Plug Wire Set offers more ignition energy to the spark plug, producing a hotter, longer lasting spark flame kernel. The result is higher performance through improved efficiency, quicker throttle response and reduced emissions. This 8mm wire is constructed of double silicone and is rated to 550 degrees F. The high gloss silicone wire jacket resists heat extremes, petrochemicals and ozone and has moisture resistance for greater durability and longer life. The high-density, high-temperature and high-durometer silicone insulation provides greater dielectric strength. The fiberglass braid adds greater pull strength and terminal retention. The stainless steel spark plug terminals provide excellent long life, electrical conductivity and corrosion resistance. They are used with pre and post High Energy Ignition (HEI) applications and are custom/universal fit.
The male and female terminals are included. You will use the ends dedicated for use with male style distributor caps. The spark plug boots are straight style. We offer a one-year warranty on the distributor and wires against manufacturer defects.
Beware of some of the 9.5-10mm low grade wires on the market. These knock-off wires have been found to be inferior in many different ways. They are composed of nothing more than a thick low grade rubber cable. Many of our competitors are offering these wires with the HEI distributor and also sell them alone. Those type wires retail for around $29-$38 and are pure junk. They capitalize on the large cable size, usually around 9.5-10mm. Truth is, any good quality set of 9.5mm or larger wires on the market would sell for well over $100.
When I refer to the low grade 9.5-10mm wires as being a knock-off set of wires, I want it to be understood that I don't have anything against so called knock-off products if the quality and value are what it should be. The low grade 9.5-10mm wires that are out there are not this way. We have firsthand knowledge with these wires, as they were sent to us for evaluation with the hope that we could offer a decent low cost product to our customers. Upon close observation, these wires were the worst we had ever seen. The copper spiral windings were micro-thin, and upon testing the ohm rating, the resistance was very high and tested worse than any wire we have ever seen. In layman's terms, the conductivity was very poor.
They lacked the many layers of protective jacketing of most high quality wires. The outer rubber jacket is made from a gummy soft rubber that has no resistance to heat. The center core in the wire was a fraction of the size of any name brand wire on the market. So don't be fooled by these low cost wires with a large mm diameter. The benefits of using a high end set of wires are many. Low quality wires will cause your engine not to perform the way it should, and they degrade in conductivity at a very fast rate as compared to name brand quality wires. We have seen several sellers offering these low-grade wires in various colors. The tell tale to spot these wires will be the fact they have an unfamiliar name, are unusually low in cost, large diameter cable size, (9.5-10mm) and have no spec ratings on the wire.
We also offer the distributor and wires in different color combos. See our other listings.
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