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sideways
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 273
posted May 06, 2002 09:33 PM
I was wondering the pros and cons of a locked dist. and one with mech. advance?Which would you go for and why?All opinions appreciated.Thanks

birdcage
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 57
posted May 07, 2002 12:15 AM
locked is the only way to go. eliminates
problems with advance sticking. you rpms
shouldn't fall below where you want full
advance. just crank engine then flip on
ignition.

redneck bubbas racing
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 213
posted May 07, 2002 12:29 AM
I have to disagree. For several years we ran locked dist. Its hard on batteries, starters and solinoids. Since going to mech. advance the starters sound much better and it starts so much easier. Never had a problem with the weights sticking.

racer17j
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 1565
posted May 07, 2002 12:51 AM UIN: 54865418
i will agree with redneck it's alot better to start with the weights

dirtbuster
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 353
posted May 07, 2002 11:42 AM
We switched from mech to locked advance and I didn't notice a difference in starting the car.

Another thing about locked advance is there are fewer parts in the distributor to fall, break, come loose etc. We took the attitude of eliminating as many possible chances of failure as possible. We didn't want to miss a race because a weight or spring fell out of place and tore up the distributor. Remember this is racing and if something can go wrong chances are it will when you least expect it or want it to.

If you think it is that hard to start MSD makes a start retard switch that retards timing at startup then brings it back up. Or do like the previous post said and turn the motor over then flip on the ignition switch.

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DodgeBoy76
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 73
posted May 08, 2002 01:16 AM
I agree with birdcage and dirt. We locked our msd dist. out and havent had ANY problems with starting the car running a 12.5 to 1 350 with 39* of timing, and the car will start with ease at almost any engine temp

redneck bubbas racing
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 213
posted May 10, 2002 11:52 PM
Ok Guys, I am glad that they work so well for ya'll. Do any of you run stock starters? I have to use stock due to $$$ but wish that I could run an aftermarket. They springs do work better for me, if the locked would have worked as good for me as it does for ya'll then I probably would have stayed that way. However all of mine will have spring kits, it just works better for me.

birdcage
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 57
posted May 11, 2002 12:04 AM
Redneck. I've used stock starter in past without any problems but yes I'm useing reverse mount aftermarket stuff now. when using stock stuff on smaller c.u. engines at 14.5 to 15. to 1 I never had any trouble. no flywheel or starter nose breakage. If steve
from hedrens would get in here I bet he would recomend using locked dist or mags.
Everybody just needs to find what works best for them. what's best for one guy doesn't always work for someone else.

DodgeBoy76
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 73
posted May 13, 2002 01:24 AM
Yes we do run a stock starter off of about a '96 or so chevy 350 truck. We get them free due to the fact that our driver runs a slavage yard here in Oklahoma. So if we ever need a starter...go pull one from a wrecked truck. We have been running the same starter for 3 seasons now, and not a lick of problems.

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