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#1053166 - 09/01/17 06:24 PM Converting '88 CCC distributor to HEI-Wiring Q  
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I have a 1988 MCSS that I plan to de-computerize with a non-CCC Quadrajet and HEI distributor. All of the emissions equipment had been removed from the car before I bought it and the carburetor needs to be rebuilt, badly, so since I'll be messing around anyways, I'd like to clean up the engine bay and simplify tuning and troubleshooting.

My question is how to wire up the new HEI. My car is an '88 so it has an external coil and smaller distributor cap as opposed to the typical "large cap" HEI with internal coil.

As you can see, there's a fairly thick pink and white wire running from the main harness to the coil, and then thinner pink and white wires from the coil to the distributor. Would I simply splice the heavier wires (currently going from main harness to the coil) to a pigtail for the HEI battery/tach wires?

Is there a way to do this without cutting up the harness? I plan to keep all the CCC stuff in case I ever want to go back to stock.

I read the sticky and didn't see this covered.

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Thanks in advance.

Last edited by Diamond Dave; 09/01/17 06:25 PM.
#1053172 - 09/02/17 03:43 AM Re: Converting '88 CCC distributor to HEI-Wiring Q [Re: Diamond Dave]  
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to start with, it's already HEI, why not get the carb repaired, I have the perfect place, I've had two E4ME carbs done there and they both were basically bolt on and go, click on my link and give the place a call, the owners name is Phil and he answers the phone and good luck!!

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#1053183 - 09/02/17 05:48 PM Re: Converting '88 CCC distributor to HEI-Wiring Q [Re: Diamond Dave]  
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See the big pink wire there. That's your power wire that you need to put the the HEI. You need to change the terminal on it. Just crimp a spade on it or get the proper one from summit. Many companies make them.

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#1053339 - 09/11/17 02:16 PM Re: Converting '88 CCC distributor to HEI-Wiring Q [Re: Diamond Dave]  
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It's very simple, Yes, just splice those wires from the main harness with a new connector and connect it to the new coil. Summit, Jegs, and Speedway all sell the pigtail connector to make it a quick swap. I think Accel makes the connector. It's pretty cheap. HOWEVER, as Leo said, stick with the computer and the CCC Q-Jet and HEI if you can. For one, you've already got them, and two, they work great. Only heavily modded motors with low idle vacuum really need to ditch the computer.

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1991 GMC Sierra 1500, 355 w/ Edelbrock cam, headers
1973 Mercury Montego MX, BBF 460, AirGap Intake, 800 cfm Q-Jet, Voodoo cam, low ratio C6, 9" 3.25 posi, 3" exhaust, Flowmaster 40s(the wife's)

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