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imracin68j
05-29-2012, 09:04 PM
put the points distributer in the trash. Use the + and - and get an HEI ignition for 45 new off ebay. You will never have to adjust points, you will never overheat a coil, you will never even have to think about your ignition again. Plus it doesn't drop spark and higher RPM's like standard coils do. Mine runs like silk all the time.

EBAY CHEAP> (Updated)

http://www.ebay.com/itm/FORD-351W-WINDSOR-HEI-DISTRIBUTOR-50K-6510-R-/350508517320?pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&hash=item519bef87c8&vxp=mtr#ht_6605wt_1262

j.mccreight@hotmail.com
05-29-2012, 09:23 PM
Ok great, but your link is NOT for the 351 WINDSOR and our mastercraft marine engines do not use a vacuum advance nor does the ebay ad say it's approved for marine use, ok maybe you just copied and posted the wrong link, but who knows I could be wrong...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/FORD-MARINE-V8-ONE-PIECE-H-O-HEI-IGNITION-DISTRIBUTOR-/120593850409?pt=Boat_Parts_Accessories_Gear&hash=item1c13f42029&vxp=mtr

1redTA
05-29-2012, 09:41 PM
performer manifold

imracin68j
05-29-2012, 09:42 PM
I did grab the wrong one but the one you posted is wrong as well. Don't worry about the advance. you can plug it off or lock it down. We lock our racing HEI's down all the time. Sometimes they come with the plastic lock down but running that cap over the vacume will work. This is a simple 20 minute swap out. Changing an intake is a lot of work and if you still have the points, then your stuck with the points. It doesn't need to be marine, that's a gimic unless the HEI is in a jetboat outside the boat. I've run these in my dirt car and sprayed water directly on the cap to clean the dirt and mud off. A MC engine would never get such a wet treatment. This is all you need.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/FORD-351W-WINDSOR-HEI-DISTRIBUTOR-50K-6510-R-/350508517320?pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&hash=item519bef87c8&vxp=mtr#ht_6605wt_1262

j.mccreight@hotmail.com
05-29-2012, 09:45 PM
I did grab the wrong one but the one you posted is wrong as well. Don't worry about the advance. you can plug it off or lock it down. We lock our racing HEI's down all the time. Sometimes they come with the plastic lock down but running that cap over the vacume will work. This is a simple 20 minute swap out. Changing an intake is a lot of work and if you still have the points, then your stuck with the points. It doesn't need to be marine, that's a gimic unless the HEI is in a jetboat outside the boat. I've run these in my dirt car and sprayed water directly on the cap to clean the dirt and mud off. A MC engine would never get such a wet treatment. This is all you need.


http://www.ebay.com/itm/FORD-351W-WINDSOR-HEI-DISTRIBUTOR-50K-6510-R-/350508517320?pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&hash=item519bef87c8&vxp=mtr#ht_6605wt_1262

Wow your saying that the boat does not need to have ignition protection from a gasoline engine, how about you read the United States Coast Guard regulation 33 CFR 183.410 sometime, and it's not the water damage the coast guard and we are worried about it's explosions...

http://www.uscgboating.org/regulations/boatbuilder_s_handbook/electrical_part3.aspx

imracin68j
05-29-2012, 11:30 PM
The distributer I pulled out of this deal (which I will assume is stock) has about as much chance at a spark as the HEI I put in. It was not sealed. The coil melting down and cooking itself while we were in the middle of the lake had a much higher chance of a fire than an HEI. HEI's don't get hot, coil's do. If you're really concerned about it you can silicon the base of the cap. There is no components inside that are different than a standard. The bottom is sealed as it's an aluminum casting.

TRBenj
05-30-2012, 12:38 PM
The original distributor was in fact sealed. Any venting in the base or cap is flame arrested.

Installing a non-USCG approved ignition component like those cheapo automotive HEI distributors is a foolish move. Its a huge safety hazard on a boat, and for the sake of anyone you bring out on your boat (friends, family and god forbid, kids) hopefully you remove it ASAP.

A proper marine HEI distributor will cost a good bit more than $45:

http://www.performancedistributors.com/marinedui.htm

pbgbottle
08-15-2012, 10:43 AM
Bump subscribed.

pbgbottle
08-15-2012, 11:26 PM
these guys sell them also .

http://www.aaamarine.com/servlet/the-2267/FordCruiserMarine-HEI-marine-electronic/Detail


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