Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Austin, TX, USA
Re: Points Igniton to HEI swap
Pertronics and Dave Ray's setup are essentially the same. IMHO, the benefit to Dave Ray's conversion is that it uses a common HEI module. If you break down on the road, you can find replacement parts at almost any auto parts store. But in either case, both Pertronics and Dave Ray's setups convert a standard breaker point distributor to an HEI setup. It's a small body, thus it will fit. Also, it will look stock to the casual observer and no need to reshape the firewall.
Just about everyone who has one of Dave's units loves it. But you'll have to contend with getting a hold of him and waiting for him to rework the dist. and send it back to you. With pertronics, you probably can obtain the parts locally and convert it yourself in a weekend. Just be sure the core you use is in good shape and replace the resistance wire as Eric stated. Other than that, the conversion is pretty straight forward. Dave Ray will rebuild your distributor, convert it and put a shine on it - all for about $200.
68 Coupe, 350 w/ Edelbrock Performer RPM heads, cam, intake, 700R4, Dave's small body HEI