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Author Topic:   Ford Ignition advice needed!!!
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 188
posted August 31, 2005 03:04 AM  
I am running a 351W with all stock oem ignition parts at this time. How much performance gain would I see if I upgrade to better aftermarket parts? I can't run any MSD parts at all. Looking at upgrading dist. to either a Mallory HEI style with coil in the cap, or a Mallory Unilite, or possibly an Accel billetproof, Accel billetech and upgrading coil if not the HEI style. Which would you suggest and why? Is the performance gains worth the extra money for these expensive parts??? What about wires, are the more expensive wires any better?

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 119
posted August 31, 2005 04:13 AM  
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Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 28
posted August 31, 2005 06:55 AM  
Im running a 351 windsor as well, I upgraded to HEI at the beginning of this year, in a motor similar to a bombers. I bought a Procomp off of ebay for less than a hundred bucks and it did nothing but help. I also bought some Accel wires for it, and I've won a few features this year with that combo. Hope this helps. Tyler

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 217
posted August 31, 2005 05:47 PM  
I've been running a stock 351w distributer on a msd box goes past 7000. no problems and I saved $250 on an msd dist. If your trying to save the bucks you can run an early duraspark dist.(the pickup in the stock dist. is the same as msd uses).I hear a mallory box is supposed to be better than the msd.I use a stock dist. and a used nextel cup msd box and have about 150. bucks in it . Its been workin good for about 3 yrs. now

Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 46
posted September 01, 2005 07:29 AM  
The problem with a stock distributor is that there is no bushing in the bottom, just the aluminum housing for the shaft to run on and most used ones are worn out there causing the shaft to wobble. I remove the upper bushing from a junk housing and bore (drill) out the bottom of the housing for a slight pinch fit and drive in the bushing. A little honing with some valve grinding compound and an old shaft lines up the upper and lower bushings. Lock the advance or use a spring kit to set the centrifugal advance, shim the end play with washers and you have a distributor as good as any aftermarket. when locking the advance, be sure the rotor lines up with the pin in the cap when the reluctor lines up with the siginal generator.

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 217
posted September 01, 2005 10:07 PM  
As far as performance gain, that depends
on how wore out your current iginition system parts are. If you did have an iginition problem ,you probably would already know about that as the motor would stumble.

If you are already getting 13.5 volts
at the dist and plugs look *good*,
then the parts you mentioned will buy you reliabilty more than perf.

as far as wires go, i have bought the blue
belden 8mm wire from napa and returned them
at the end of the last 3 seasons for replacement as per warantee. get new wires every year! A little pricely but well worth

[This message has been edited by avila (edited September 01, 2005).]

Clyde Torkel
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 33
posted September 02, 2005 06:35 AM  
Warning about buying Accel wires. Accel sells some wires with nice big yellow silicone jackets that look like race wires but better priced. These "wires" are carbon powder on a string just like OEM. Removed from the plug once or twice and they are junk. Read the box carefully. If it doesn't say spiral wound wire then it isn't.

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