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Need to buy a good distributor #3095968
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I am having a 470 put together and need to get a good distributor. It has been many years since I purchased one and would like to ask what is out there now that is not junk? Thanks for your time!

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I like the MSD pro billet distributors. twocents


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Originally Posted by an8sec70cuda
I like the MSD pro billet distributors. twocents


Agree

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Originally Posted by Dabee
Originally Posted by an8sec70cuda
I like the MSD pro billet distributors. twocents


Agree


Double agree....My Firecore one exploded when somthing came lose in it. Never seen an MSD do that.


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Re: Need to buy a good distributor [Re: hudsonhornet7x] #3096040
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Originally Posted by hudsonhornet7x
I am having a 470 put together and need to get a good distributor. It has been many years since I purchased one and would like to ask what is out there now that is not junk? Thanks for your time!
Which block, B or R/B?
What application and ignition being used?
I like to use a stock looking aluminum Mopar factory with vacuum advance recurved by me, especially on street and strip cars to make most folks looking think confused It be stock, honest whistling

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Re: Need to buy a good distributor [Re: Dragula] #3096041
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do the msd's still have the "rusting" problem of a few years ago, where after a short time and the cap was pulled, there seemed to be a lot of rust build up on the internal parts ?
beer

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Originally Posted by Cab_Burge
Originally Posted by hudsonhornet7x
I am having a 470 put together and need to get a good distributor. It has been many years since I purchased one and would like to ask what is out there now that is not junk? Thanks for your time!
Which block, B or R/B?
What application and ignition being used?
I like to use a stock looking aluminum Mopar factory with vacuum advance recurved by me, especially on street and strip cars to make most folks looking think whistling It be stock, honest whistling



B Block. Street/Strip, need to buy a whole ignition.

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Originally Posted by Cab_Burge
Originally Posted by hudsonhornet7x
I am having a 470 put together and need to get a good distributor. It has been many years since I purchased one and would like to ask what is out there now that is not junk? Thanks for your time!
Which block, B or R/B?
What application and ignition being used?
I like to use a stock looking aluminum Mopar factory with vacuum advance recurved by me, especially on street and strip cars to make most folks looking think whistling It be stock, honest whistling


Same! I pull apart originals, clean them up, lube the centrifugal weights, add Mr. Gasket #925-B lightweight springs, and add the Hillman nylon collar since I usually destroy the stock ones taking them apart. I use them with an analog MSD 6AL and add a dial rev limiter and timing controller and the system has been flawless.


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Pump gas, n/a, through the mufflers on street tires with 3.54's. 3,600 lbs.
10.01 @ 133mph with a 250 shot of nitrous an a splash of race gas. 1.36 60 ft. 3,700 lbs.

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https://progressionignition.com/shop/ols/categories/chrysler

Haven't used 1 but I been considering it. I'm also running a 470 street strip


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I've never had issues with the O.E. stuff. When I built the racecar it was getting a crank trigger. I was just looking foe something to spin the rotor to the cap. I bought a 440 source clearance part that had no electronics for $25. Billet aluminum, polished, ball bearing, brass cap terminals. Diameter isn't bad either. I did have to clearance the edge of the cap to fit against this intake. Been running it for 10 years with MSD 7AL2. Flawless.
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Re: Need to buy a good distributor [Re: hudsonhornet7x] #3096128
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I'm not sure which brand and model ECU to use, sorry confused
I buy all the MSD older race boxes like the MSD404b,404C, MSD7, MSD7C and so on to use on my street and strip builds along with the proper Mallory or MSD race coils up
I've had one MSD7 die on me while racing years ago on my old pump gas Duster whiney
Only one luck


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Thanks all for your experiences. It seems as though there are more options than I thought previously. Some of them are pretty trick! I wonder who makes the Summit brand? Also, does anyone here use Davis Unified Ignition (DUI)? The MSD unit is probably what I will buy, but I want to educate myself.

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Pretty sure Summit distributors are Firecore. Haven't heard much good about those. I have a BB Chevy stroker that I built...the owner brought me a Summit distributor for it. It looks ok, but we'll see when I get it running. Good friend has a Summit distributor in his B1 motor, but it's just a gutted unit used w/ a crank trigger.

Those DUI distributors are ridiculously HUGE. I suggest looking into them closely before getting one. They may work ok, but holy crap are they huge and ugly. I'm surprised they fit under some hoods, lol.

Even w/ the rust "issues" people complain about w/ the MSD distributors, I've never had a problem from one of them.


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Halifax Hops is on the mopar boards and he has a pile of cores. Can build one up with any curve you want and all fresh and tested. I needed one about a year ago and he set it up for me. Been perfect.


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Originally Posted by GY3
Same! I pull apart originals, clean them up, lube the centrifugal weights, add Mr. Gasket #925-B lightweight springs, and add the Hillman nylon collar since I usually destroy the stock ones taking them apart. I use them with an analog MSD 6AL and add a dial rev limiter and timing controller and the system has been flawless.


Same here. Mr. Gasket spring kit and use the mag pickup to trigger a 6AL, and I have a start/step retard for when the nitrous is activated.

If I ever go non-sequential EFI I'll weld the advance weights and continue to use it.


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has anyone taken the chinesium "billet" distributors with the ball bearing shaft and replaced the guts with factory parts ?
maybe not worth considering.
beer

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The Firecore distributors have evolved to be a very reliable and impressive distributor. There have been a lot of updates and upgrades.


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Originally Posted by SomeCarGuy
Halifax Hops is on the mopar boards and he has a pile of cores. Can build one up with any curve you want and all fresh and tested. I needed one about a year ago and he set it up for me. Been perfect.
He's on A bodys only quite a bit.

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I recently went with the Summit brand distributor. It has the std mopar magnetic trigger & is slightly smaller on the cap than the MSD which I found was a pain. It's probably not the flashiest distributor on the market but is user friendly. Someone mentioned they fall apart but as yet, mine has been great.

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