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Old 02-06-2020, 07:27 PM
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Electronic ignition?

What is the cheapest way to swap in a new distributor?


I know MSD and others make aftremarket ones but is there a cheaper way?


Just a OEM HEI unit that will bolt in?
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Old 02-07-2020, 09:31 AM
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What is the cheapest way to swap in a new distributor?


I know MSD and others make aftremarket ones but is there a cheaper way?


Just a OEM HEI unit that will bolt in?

I grabbed this HEI one off of Amazon and it's been working great for me.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B06XY...b_b_asin_title

It replaced the old prestolite ignition that was still on the waggy.
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Old 02-07-2020, 10:53 AM
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I grabbed this HEI one off of Amazon and it's been working great for me.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B06XY...b_b_asin_title

It replaced the old prestolite ignition that was still on the waggy.




That's for the 8cyl., sorry I didn't specify but I have the 258.


They may have one for that also, I will check. Thank you.
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Old 02-07-2020, 10:57 AM
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The only OEM HEI that will work is from a 250 Chevy inline 6. The original gear won't work but you can use a gear from an AMC V8 and that's supposed to fit if you turn it upside down(??)

There are many options, including the 250 distributor and aftermarket HEI (not OEM!) I would not go with an aftermarket HEI. What year is your Jeep?
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Pertronix conversion, or '78-up OEM Jeep Duraspark from a 258.
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Old 02-07-2020, 11:32 AM
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Ah, looking at your profile, it's a '74.

The OEM Delco distributor is a good one. You could keep it with the Pertronix conversion. Or, the MSD 6A module can be triggered by a points distributor. This uses the points to trigger the module and the module takes over the coil switching. You'll get a much hotter and longer spark, and the points will last a long time, until the fiber block wears out.
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Copper Polly: '75 CJ-6, 304/T15, PS, BFG KM2s, soft top
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