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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old Jun 5th, 00, 05:03 AM Thread Starter
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Want to hear feedback on points versus hei. Got a big block which is running a points type ignition. Runs real strong and am wondering if the switch to HEI is worth it. Also if I switch to an HEI am I better off going with a coil mounted on the HEI itself or an external coil. Thanks!
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old Jun 5th, 00, 06:56 AM
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Always remote mount any coil, even with stock coil-in-cap HEI systems. Gets at least 40 degrees under-cap temp out of there, gives oil-filled coil, capable of much more sustained higher voltages. ALL coil-in-cap coils are epoxy filled, run hotter than oil filled, will fail easier, bleed off voltage when hot.

Can you tell I'm an HEI fan?, just not like GM built it. I like to re-arrange mine a little. MSD is only other ignition to consider.

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old Jun 5th, 00, 08:21 AM
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Definitely go with electronic. The main disadvantage of points is that that performance drops off as they wear. Electronics never wear. Also, you get rid of one pain in the butt item of maintenance - replacing the points.

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old Jun 5th, 00, 01:59 PM
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Just a couple of counterpoints from the local performance shop.First, HEI's with on cap coils are run at the track at 6000 RPM's with no difficulty from the heat.The racers put a couple of small holes in the cap for ventilation. Second, MSD amoung others are starting to go with epoxy based coils and recommend changing an oil filled coils every three years. I was ready to change mine but with this conflicting info I'll stand pat.
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