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Old 01-19-2007, 03:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok so I have a few questions for you ford guys.... The 390 I have now has the stupid ford electronic ignition with all the wires butchered up. What are my alternatives for distributors? Wouldnt it be easier to just go back to the old points style distributor since its going to be in the mud alot? Does anybody make an aftermarket HEI distributor for it besides Mallory or MSD??
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I used a Jacobs Electronics Omni Pack on my 390. It has worked well for quite some time, but it piggy backs off the OEM ignition system. If I had to do it all over again, I would use the Davis Unified Ignition distributor. It’s a complete stand alone, “Plug-n-Play” system. http://www.performancedistributors.com/forddui.htm That’s their web site for the Ford distributors.
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The guys on the FE forum have done many dyno test and found the Duraspark is as good as any to 6,000-7,000rpms. Fix the wiring goobers and recurve your Duraspark, they've always been good to me. Make sure the ignition box is mounted solid, vibration kills these things.
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Well I understand all the different types of ignition setups but I want to keep it as simple and as CHEAP as possible....
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The only way you’re going to keep it CHEAP is to fix your factory wiring, and use OEM parts. Get a wiring schematic (Chiltons or Hayes manual) and replace any worn parts with stuff from any of the national chain parts stores.
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Old 01-19-2007, 05:18 PM   #6 (permalink)
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See my problem is that somebody put that ignition system on the truck.... it ORIGINALLY had the old points style from the factory. Thats why its going to be a mess to stick with that electronic ignition. Its too bad those D.U.I. setups are so pricey or else I would go that route.
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the Duraspark is really pretty simple. search FTE and you should be able to find a wiring diagram and go from there.
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Also cheap/fast if you don't want to keep the Duraspark is restore the fawkupd point dizzy and put a Pertronixs kit in it. I think they are like $60 on ebay.

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Duraspark is better than points any day. You can also get HEI-style dizzys if you want something simpler, but it's gonna cost more than just fixing the Duraspark.
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fix the durafart It takes 3 wires in, switched power, switched cranking power, and ground. THen the wires to the dizzy. Its really simple once you fid a diagram. There is no rocket science here.
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fix the durafart It takes 3 wires in, switched power, switched cranking power, and ground. THen the wires to the dizzy. Its really simple once you fid a diagram. There is no rocket science here.

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