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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old Aug 15th, 02, 02:15 PM Thread Starter
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Will a HEI type distributor with the "built in" coil, lets say for a guage, the "PERTRONICS FLAME THROWER" clear the firewall and fit in a '67 - 327 Camaro without modifications? Dan
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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old Aug 15th, 02, 03:41 PM
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it should, as long as you have the 327/307 frame and engine mounts. it sits farther forward than the 350/302 mounting arrangement does. maybe try a junkyard distributor in there first before you commit to buying one.

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post #3 of 24 (permalink) Old Aug 15th, 02, 03:44 PM
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Yeah, the distance varies from car to car, I've never seen two exactly alike.

Some just drop in and clear fine, others take a little "clearancing".

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post #4 of 24 (permalink) Old Aug 15th, 02, 03:54 PM Thread Starter
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It's a stock '67 327/275. Looks like I have 3/4"-1" to the firewall with the stock cap. The new Mallory "Street Performance 8548201C" Goes for $159 with coil, is a nice set-up and the price is right. Thanks, Dan
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post #5 of 24 (permalink) Old Aug 15th, 02, 04:20 PM Thread Starter
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Would especially like to hear from all that have installed the larger cap HEI with a small block '67 or '68 Camaro. Actual installs are a bit better than "Should fit", or good guesses. Thanks, Dan
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post #6 of 24 (permalink) Old Aug 15th, 02, 04:34 PM
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I used the small body unit froms Dave'. It is the stck size so fitting is not a problem.

I researched this before I did mine and found about 80% of the hei installs had to dent the firewall.
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hey, i have a 68 camaro convert, bought bb frame mounts from ricks 1st gen, and have a dart intake and i have more than enough rooom for my large stock hei cap!! and i did not have to clearence anything, i have pics, how do i put them in a response!!
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post #8 of 24 (permalink) Old Aug 16th, 02, 02:41 PM
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<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by RickB1B:
I used the small body unit froms Dave'. It is the stck size so fitting is not a problem.

I researched this before I did mine and found about 80% of the hei installs had to dent the firewall.
<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Second on Dave's. I like the fact that I can use readily available parts to service it and it looks like the stock unit. He even polished it up nice and purdy for me. Check http://www.davessmallbodyheis.com

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post #9 of 24 (permalink) Old Aug 16th, 02, 02:59 PM
 
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Dan I have a 68 with a 350 in now {originally a 6cyl} the motor mounts are from a Nova 307 and my stock Big cap HEI needed some (adjustment) on the firewall especially when installing/removing distributor. But then again my body mounts (rubber) are shot.
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post #10 of 24 (permalink) Old Aug 17th, 02, 05:21 AM
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I HAD a GM HEI in my 350 '69 Camaro. It rubbed against the firewall and the factory cowl induction air cleaner. I didn't like the fit AT ALL. I even put a small spacer under the trans mount to give me a little clearance at the firewall. Don't hammer in your firewall to get clearance as I did because it is solid behind there and you wont get much clearance. Now I've got to FIX those dents I made . I've got my subframe out now, but when I go back with a dist., I already have an MSD billet and 6AL to go in it. My 2 cents,
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post #11 of 24 (permalink) Old Aug 17th, 02, 05:41 AM
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Yes it will fit. I have 68 with a 327 and i had all kind of problems with my old stock dis. I pulled one off a 76 bue and it droped right in. You will need to get rid of the plastic wireing harness on the back firewall but thats it. good luck
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post #12 of 24 (permalink) Old Aug 17th, 02, 07:31 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for your replies. I spoke with a rep at Mallory. He was more against the probability of a ez fit. He suggested a Mallory UniLite with a nice oil filled canister coil. He said this set up is grenade proof. I know of all the MSD guys out there that might disagree or a small number of Mallory guys that will also, but from previous experience with the UniLite, Iv'e had outstanding results with it. Remember guys...Mallory has been building these things for ever! And I'm 46. Plus, he said the UniLite has had improvements over the model I had in 1980. I decided to buy one. No spendy stuff needed to run this beautiful sparker. Dist. , coil....done. Dan
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post #13 of 24 (permalink) Old Aug 17th, 02, 08:11 AM
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Go with the pertronix. It went in mine fine and the improvement was noticeable. I have the original block 67 327/210 hp with mods.



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post #14 of 24 (permalink) Old Aug 18th, 02, 08:36 PM
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Yep! It'll fit, I put an HEI right out of a 78 camaro in my 68 with 327 mounts with no problems whatsoever.
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But remember looking at mine Donnie? Doesn't look like one would fit on mine & I have a 327 with stock mounts. There's been alot of discussion on why they will fit in some camaros & not others with the same setup.

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