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Old 10-29-2019, 08:28 AM
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need distributor and advice

got newly built 360 back in 76 j-10
shop says current dist.,.... mallory 2560001 is not sending signal to coil.

so they say I need a new one

I learned
Holley bought out mallory
and discontinued the distributor

is this a good time to upgrade iginition system

or just what do y'all recommend ?

thanx
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Old 10-29-2019, 09:45 AM
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I went with MSD. Distributor, coil, wires and 6al digital box.

No problems 10k miles so far.
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Old 10-29-2019, 12:49 PM
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Shaggy,...

I went with the set-up you have.

thanx for the advice.

dave in NC
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Old 10-29-2019, 02:31 PM
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I use Skip White HEI in a couple 401s. They were cheap enough to buy 2 and have a spare. I see they aren't listed at Skip White web site any more. There is a very similar if not the same product on Amazon I would try if I was shopping.

https://www.amazon.com/Top-Street-Pe.../dp/B006CRVRHK
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Old 10-30-2019, 07:55 PM
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Hard not to like the price on the Amazon distributor.
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Old 10-31-2019, 08:42 AM
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holy crap,....

that is a big difference.

a MSD setup with distributor, box, coil, a little over 6 bills.

I know high price does not always mean it is better

and low price does not always mean poor quality

but that is a big difference,....

if the amazon one is as good as MSD, I am an idiot, but no news there.

thanx for the responses.

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Old 10-31-2019, 10:41 AM
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For $70, that's worth giving it a shot. I was more impressed with an HEI conversion on a 258 than a TFI conversion on a 360 that I had experience with. Doesn't mean that's a universal experience, but I would lean HEI if I were to do another conversion in the future. I have no experience with the MSDs, so can't comment there.
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Old 10-31-2019, 10:54 AM
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I have an HEI like that Amazon one. It might even be the same one but I can't say for sure. I've been running it since shortly after I got my truck with no problems. I think it has around 8,000 miles on it. I am using an MSD cap because I dropped the original cap when working on the engine and broke it and the MSD cap at Autozone was much better quality than the other caps they had.
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Old 10-31-2019, 10:54 AM
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if the amazon one is as good as MSD,




it is not.
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Old 10-31-2019, 12:54 PM
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Quote:
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got newly built 360 back in 76 j-10
shop says current dist.,.... mallory 2560001 is not sending signal to coil
That sounds like a bad pickup or points. You shouldn't need a whole new dizzy for a bad pickup. I googled the part number and found the manual for your dizzy here:
http://www.catalograck.com/ImgVD/MAL...r_23_25_27.pdf
In that manual, on page 2 it tells how to troubleshoot a "no signal to the coil" condition.
Page 5 has a parts list so if they/you find something wrong with it, you can order parts.

I say fix whatya got...
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Old 10-31-2019, 02:33 PM
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Looking this up online, it says that a 2560001 is a Mallory Dual-Point for an AMC engine. As i understand it, "dual point" means that it has two sets of points that open/close at half the speed of a regular single point distributor, like the Delco points distributor used in these engines before 1975. I don't think there's anything exotic in the way it functions - your shop should be able to figure this out. This is a vintage speed shop part, but it still should not be complicated.

If you want, you could buy a reman Delco points distributor for a '74 AMC V8 and run that. https://www.rockauto.com/en/moreinfo...184093&jsn=383

You have lots of choices for this engine.
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Quote:
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got newly built 360 back in 76 j-10
shop says current dist.,.... mallory 2560001 is not sending signal to coil.

so they say I need a new one

sounds like you need to find a new shop.
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Old 11-01-2019, 08:39 AM
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appreciate all the comments

got a good laugh from babywag, thanx I needed a laugh.

you prob have a point

it is a very young mechanic that works on mainly newer vehicles

that may be a factor,...

but he is doing a good job, I am no mechanic at all

and I just appreciate them willing to even do the body work and mechanic work

all at one shop, a task most shops would not touch for any amount of money.

and I wanted all new components anyway.

thanx again for the advice and the laugh.

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Old 11-02-2019, 08:18 AM
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and I wanted all new components anyway.





that used to be a good way to look at it,but more and more the new stuff is worse than the old worn oem stuff.


i'd keep the mallory over a cheap chinese hei.


id actually find a stock motorcraft setup.
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Old 11-02-2019, 09:50 AM
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I'm sorta in the same boat. My Wagoneer ran (poorly) before had the complete drivetrain rebuilt. Its all back in and I'm now putting all the bits back together. I had the original Prestolite distributor. Is this thing horrible? My plan is to spend the least amount of money to get her up and running after that start to replace things that need replacing.

Ristow you have mentioned the stock motorcraft before. Any model? Admittedly
I have not take the time to research this topic yet.

Hope everyone is having a nice weekend.
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Old 11-02-2019, 10:29 AM
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prestolite had issues. i have a complete one here somewhere.



Jeep went to motorcraft in '78 i believe. find one in the junkyard and grab the distributor,box,and wiring. easy install. you don't even have to swap the gear out.



ive run the cheap HEI's,some worked,some didn't. quality varies wildly from poor but operational to dumpster fodder straight out of the box. the gear they come with cannot be used. but some won't take the stock gear without redrilling the pin hole.


i wouldn't put one in place of a mallory or msd,altho i aint big on either of those but they at least have a reputation at stake in what they sell.
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Old 11-02-2019, 01:56 PM
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There are so many posts on this forum about dudes fighting HEI issues. Another nice thing about morocraft stuff is Ferd used it for decades and there is TONS of support for it.

Dave, if you still have that Mallory dizzy, I would hold on to it, too. Someone will need it. Honestly, if I ever buy another AMC V8 I would buy it from you.
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Old 11-03-2019, 03:42 PM
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Old 11-04-2019, 08:39 PM
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Was reading up on the performance DUI distributors. They are forsure spendy but might be one of those buy once cry once parts. They sound impressive but what do I know.
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An old points distributer with Petronix conversion. Cheap and reliable.
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