MonteCarloSS.com
MonteCarloSS.com

CELEBRATING 20 YEARS!

Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
#1046934 - 01/08/17 02:25 AM Distributor Qestion...  
Joined: Jun 2009
Posts: 105
DC87Monte Offline
10+ Year
DC87Monte  Offline
10+ Year
Member

Joined: Jun 2009
Posts: 105
Chester, Va.
I am leaning towards an hei distributor, but would like more info on them in an 87 application, it worked beautifully in my old 77 elco but I have no data on how it will work on a modern 383 stroker. And a good set of under header wires would help me complete the package...


87 Monte SS,built a 383,with a 70's block.all forged.Hamburger oil pan.Patriot 190 heads.2004r trans.Hedman headers coated in Hopewell Va.
#1046939 - 01/08/17 03:10 AM Re: Distributor Qestion... [Re: DC87Monte]  
Joined: Dec 1999
Posts: 11,909
86ttop Offline
20+ Year
86ttop  Offline
20+ Year
Member

Joined: Dec 1999
Posts: 11,909
Brooksville, Fl
What are you running now, the GM Performance HEI would be a good place to start, good luck.


Leo Paugh
It's not an attitude, it's just the way I am.
POW*MIA
You are not forgotten
If things improve with age, I must be approaching magnificent. thumbs
#1046942 - 01/08/17 03:24 AM Re: Distributor Qestion... [Re: DC87Monte]  
Joined: Feb 2008
Posts: 909
AkronAero Offline
10+ Year
AkronAero  Offline
10+ Year
Member

Joined: Feb 2008
Posts: 909
Akron OH
Ran an Mallory HEI distributor; came with the crate 383 I put in my 87. Added the Mallory 6AL box. Only a few hundred miles on (some were hard) when the carbon button on rotor disintegrated. Replaced with DUI (Davis Unified Ignition) and runs much stronger; something was wrong with the Mallory Distributor from the beginning. Much more reliable and stronger now. Lots of folks here running with the 6AL also....

Running MSD Streetfighter wires down the back and under headers. Nothing exciting and have to watch for header heat and contact. I have larger Moroso Ultra 40s for when I sort out routing and some kind of loom or tie up. It does get hot under there.... LOL!


#1046968 - 01/08/17 07:55 PM Re: Distributor Qestion... [Re: DC87Monte]  
Joined: Jun 2009
Posts: 105
DC87Monte Offline
10+ Year
DC87Monte  Offline
10+ Year
Member

Joined: Jun 2009
Posts: 105
Chester, Va.
86ttop, I dont have anything in it currently just been looking at different distributors.those $50 chinese dists are all over ebay and amazon and i have heard some good things about them, but sometimes you get what you pay for. And I would rather get a good one once and be done with it.


87 Monte SS,built a 383,with a 70's block.all forged.Hamburger oil pan.Patriot 190 heads.2004r trans.Hedman headers coated in Hopewell Va.
#1046999 - 01/10/17 02:07 AM Re: Distributor Qestion... [Re: DC87Monte]  
Joined: Dec 1999
Posts: 11,909
86ttop Offline
20+ Year
86ttop  Offline
20+ Year
Member

Joined: Dec 1999
Posts: 11,909
Brooksville, Fl
https://www.amazon.com/ACDelco-93440806-Distributor/dp/B0013G0J9W this one may be at the best price, good luck!


Leo Paugh
It's not an attitude, it's just the way I am.
POW*MIA
You are not forgotten
If things improve with age, I must be approaching magnificent. thumbs
#1047483 - 01/24/17 06:37 AM Re: Distributor Qestion... [Re: DC87Monte]  
Joined: Aug 2000
Posts: 3,355
Phil87SS Offline
Moderator
15+ Year
Phil87SS  Offline
Moderator
15+ Year

Member

Joined: Aug 2000
Posts: 3,355
Gilbert, Arizona
This is an older post but I prefer the external HEI coil to the all-in-one HEI, GM went to back to the small distributor not only for space concerns but they run a lot hotter cutting down power, I did use an ACEL all in one unit in my 4X4 but my 1987 Monte SS came with the small cap, I used a nice Mallory CD unit with an RPM limiter and it's great!


1987 Monte Carlo SS, '78 406, Speed Density TPI, Herbert Hyd Roller Cam, Trick-Flow "Twisted Wedge" 1st gen alum. heads, 11.0:1 compression, Sealed-Power pistons w/gapless rings, Mallory CD ignition, 30 lb Accel injectors, Edelbrock headers, Bosch external fuel pump, 36 lb Centerforce flywheel, 1993 T-56 6-speed,Hurst shifter and stock 3:73 Posi.
#1047516 - 01/25/17 03:30 PM Re: Distributor Qestion... [Re: DC87Monte]  
Joined: May 2007
Posts: 5,043
Buick Runner Online content
10+ Year
Buick Runner  Online Content
10+ Year
Member

Joined: May 2007
Posts: 5,043
Dharma station 1 the Hydra
From what I have read, there are lots of design flaws and issues caused by having the coil in the cap. Besides running hotter, the coil creates EMI that interferes with the module and pickup coil from being so close. Coil in caps also suffer voltage leakage.


SBC powered 1987 Regal with TES headers, ZZ4 intake, ZZ4 PROM chip, mini starter, THM2004R, 2500 stall converter, 2040 cam, CCC system, and 3.73 posi rear.

2008 ex NPS P71 Crown Victoria, cop motor, cop shocks, cop brakes, and Jmod.

Never argue with an idiot.
They will just drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.
#1047541 - 01/26/17 04:18 AM Re: Distributor Qestion... [Re: DC87Monte]  
Joined: Nov 2012
Posts: 607
The PC Surgeon Offline
Member
The PC Surgeon  Offline
Member

Joined: Nov 2012
Posts: 607
Salisbury Mills, NY
You also cannot phase the rotor of an HEI if needed (I've seen someone rig one together but it was crappy at best). The HEI is a good start but the weights corrode/surface rust and stick open on the Chinese models, causing you to have a high timing at idle. Running rough and stalling at idle. Get a Good HEI with good coated weights to avoid this issue. If you need to phase the rotor, HEI is not the way to go.

#1047547 - 01/26/17 08:48 AM Re: Distributor Qestion... [Re: DC87Monte]  
Joined: Aug 2000
Posts: 3,355
Phil87SS Offline
Moderator
15+ Year
Phil87SS  Offline
Moderator
15+ Year

Member

Joined: Aug 2000
Posts: 3,355
Gilbert, Arizona
Buick Runner and The PC Surgeon is on target with this one.... stay away from 'in cap' HEI coils, these were built so they could save money by having a single unit to drop in and go... nothing high tech or high performance about them!


1987 Monte Carlo SS, '78 406, Speed Density TPI, Herbert Hyd Roller Cam, Trick-Flow "Twisted Wedge" 1st gen alum. heads, 11.0:1 compression, Sealed-Power pistons w/gapless rings, Mallory CD ignition, 30 lb Accel injectors, Edelbrock headers, Bosch external fuel pump, 36 lb Centerforce flywheel, 1993 T-56 6-speed,Hurst shifter and stock 3:73 Posi.
#1047551 - 01/26/17 02:35 PM Re: Distributor Qestion... [Re: AkronAero]  
Joined: Nov 2016
Posts: 23
1owner83SS Offline
Junior Member
1owner83SS  Offline
Junior Member

Joined: Nov 2016
Posts: 23
Kenosha Wi.
Originally Posted By: AkronAero
Ran an Mallory HEI distributor; came with the crate 383 I put in my 87. Added the Mallory 6AL box. Only a few hundred miles on (some were hard) when the carbon button on rotor disintegrated. Replaced with DUI (Davis Unified Ignition) and runs much stronger; something was wrong with the Mallory Distributor from the beginning. Much more reliable and stronger now. Lots of folks here running with the 6AL also....

Running MSD Streetfighter wires down the back and under headers. Nothing exciting and have to watch for header heat and contact. I have larger Moroso Ultra 40s for when I sort out routing and some kind of loom or tie up. It does get hot under there.... LOL!



MSD makes the 6AL box, I have run a MSD billet distributor, 6AL and MSD coil for over 20 years now without touching it, not a dd though.


[Linked Image]
1983 Monte Carlo SS our first new car.

Random Images
500/thumbs/306537_10151142014953465_994827867_n.jpg
by adi
500/thumbs/CH220175compressed.JPG
by John S
500/thumbs/SS_on_22_inch.jpg
by G-bodySS
1130/thumbs/ResizedImage_1390834191345.jpg
by O.G.
500/thumbs/IMG_0552.JPG
by montesleeper83
Help MonteCarloSS.com


Recent Contributors
86BlackSuperSport
dns87ss
Authorized Vendors
Tell them you saw it
on MonteCarloSS.com!


CustomMonteSSParts.com
Dixie Monte Carlo Depot
GSI Interiors
HRpartsNstuff
Mikes Montes
Savitske Classic & Custom
Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.6.0