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Old 02-10-2008, 07:04 PM   #16 (permalink)
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buy an offset air cleaner base. easily had for short money, and you wont need a spacer. as far as the adjustment, just index the cap. it doesnt know where 1 is sposed to be and so forth. you can have that thing pointing anywhere you want it.
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Old 02-11-2008, 12:47 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Excellent write up. Im impressed with the initial quality that you can see there.

However i too am against the GM style HEI but for different reasons.
Back in the late 80s early 90s i worked for my parents in their feed store. We eventually had 3 trucks.
  1. 1986 GMC 3/4 ton pickup 350ci
  2. 1980 Chevy truck 1 ton flatbed 350ci
  3. 1988 FORD 1 ton 14ft flatbed Econoline van cut-away 460
  4. 1985 GMC dually 1 ton 454 gas (step dads Personal truck)
The work truck chevys had to be towed back to the store at least 3 times each over the 3 years we were in business. Cause? The HEI module burned up because of spark scatter or overheating (IMO).
I got pretty good changing out the CAP, Rotor, Module, (yes Cleaned and thermal greased, AGAIN!) And i think that the coil went out at least twice in the time period.
Wasn't just the work trucks either. I had to leave from work with the FORD in Norco Ca to go to Hemet Ca to tow my step dad back home one morning. Thats 50 miles one way. When i got back that night after work i brought a module, cap, and rotor care package. Cause??? U guessed it. The Module.
It doesnt stop there either. I was on my way back from a delivery and saw the proverbial stranded mother and young child on the side of the road in there late 70s chevy truck. They said that the truck "just died" So i drove them to the nearest part store and told them that i bet its the module. Had them get the care package, Installed it with the Tools that i now carried in all the chevys and fired it right up and away they went.

And Ford has taken such a beating over thier TFI module.

To be fair though FORD had 2 issues.
Starter
Catalitic convertor.

( what a workhorse. 8000LBS on the bed Once! 6000lbs on a reagular basis!! You couldnt even feel a ton on the bed! )

Maybe the technology is WAY better with the modules Etc for the HEI systems in the aftermarket nowadays, But i can tell you after that experiance I will never go with HEI again.
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Old 02-11-2008, 04:43 AM   #18 (permalink)
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Excellent write up. Im impressed with the initial quality that you can see there.

However i too am against the GM style HEI but for different reasons.
Back in the late 80s early 90s i worked for my parents in their feed store. We eventually had 3 trucks.
  1. 1986 GMC 3/4 ton pickup 350ci
  2. 1980 Chevy truck 1 ton flatbed 350ci
  3. 1988 FORD 1 ton 14ft flatbed Econoline van cut-away 460
  4. 1985 GMC dually 1 ton 454 gas (step dads Personal truck)
The work truck chevys had to be towed back to the store at least 3 times each over the 3 years we were in business. Cause? The HEI module burned up because of spark scatter or overheating (IMO).

Maybe the technology is WAY better with the modules Etc for the HEI systems in the aftermarket nowadays, But i can tell you after that experiance I will never go with HEI again.
Now reverse your experiences, and those have been mine with Ford's TFI and Duraspark boxes. Between my parents and different buddies and relatives, I've lost count of how many times we've towed a car or truck that has burned up one or the other. The cars of the early 80's were the most problematic for us. One car, 1986 Mustang GT, would die about every 6 months. It got sold after 3 years.
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Old 02-11-2008, 07:13 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Guess its just the luck of the individual. The only tfi vehicle that is in the family is my moms 1988 Bronco. Never had and issue after over 190,000 miles.
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Old 02-14-2008, 04:10 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Chevy stuff in a ford.Hei distributors are a great cheap way to get a good distributor.If you dont like running chevy stuff then everyone who has afternarket heads on a small block ford should take them off because the valves are usually 2.02 1.6 and those didnt originally come in Fords.I have a one wire G.M. alternator on my 69 ranchero because the stock one would always take a crap on me and the duraspark ignition on my Torino would leave me stranded in the most convenient places.So if it performs better you should go for it.I currently run MSD ready to run distributors in both my cars and one wire alternators and my AFR heads on one car and World heads on the other both have chevy valves.I was raised die hard Ford but sometimes you gots to do what you gots to do to go fast and drive em every day.Maybe I will start complaining when I see Honda crap under someones hood
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Old 02-16-2008, 01:35 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Seems like all Ford would be the goal in a #s matching same as stock restoration. Otherwise, I say run what works best and what you can justify buying. Ford Motors is great, but that doesn't mean they have all the great ideas in engineering.

Great write up. Will consider this unit when I need a distributer.
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Old 03-30-2008, 11:53 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Thanks 67stang for the review,I was looking at the 351W version for my car and wondering if it didn't seem hokey,and it looks good! Although,for about $40 more(and a coil) a part like an Accel Street Billet or Mallory 42 Series ready-to-run would definitely look better. All of them have steel gears which is one of my criteria. FDF is absolutely right,buy what you can to go faster! As for the non-Chevy attitude,I gave up the chance to own a muscle car that would probably be worth 100K today for $1500 because it was a Chevy! I did own a '69 Torino Cobra that ran 12.20's so that makes up for it. Almost.
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Old 08-15-2008, 01:30 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Hi there, I just put this unit in my Cobra II.

It's a 1965 289.

The '77 cobra ignition was ok but I got a deal on the proform for $80 on craigslist, brand new, (only used to check clearance in a '68 Bronco, but it didn't clear the carb.)

However, it did fit the 289 with non-egr edelbrock performer and avenger 570.

I had to drop from 14" to 11" aircleaner though, but thats ok cause the fella also sold me a K&n 11" aircleaner for $10 that was new also.

The proform fired up right away, a little wiggle and it was set.

I notice the car pulls smoother and lights up faster now.

I just put it in about 1 hour ago so I'll have to fiddle with it and check the gear for wear too in a day or two.

if anyone is looking at this, and has a mustang II, the proform works great, the tach works, and I eliminated the ugly old coil and a nest of old temp\oil gauge wires along with the other ignition wires, that were pretty greasy and dangling.

As for chevy product on a ford, I don't mind, it cleaned up my engine bay and weight, it works great and the average human would not notice the difference.

I've got people that think my car is a '67, '73, ect, ect, but its a '77

Also the gas is $1.33 a liter!

I wanna make sure I burn that fuel the best I can so I seen the chance and it worked out.

I've been trying to post here for a few days but my activation screwed up, I was gonna ask what wire to use for my ignition source.

I couldn't wait, so I figured it out after 10-15 trips to the bathroom with my Haynes manual and combing the schematics.

I used the white\light-blue and green\yellow wires off the GREY plug that is before the ignition box.

I just unplugged the grey connector and cut the 2 wires I needed for ignition and tach.

The other end was completely discarded with the un-used endpoints.

Very accurate review, thanks.
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Old 08-23-2008, 01:56 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Hi,

Curious to see how to put a Proform HEI distributor on a 460 engine?

Check:
Installing a HEI distributor on a 460 Ford Engine

Loads of pictures incl. "water neck" and "offset aircleaner" pics AND how to solve clearance issues! , comment in Dutch...



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Please let me know if you have any remarks or questions, Ok?
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Old 08-23-2008, 03:11 PM   #25 (permalink)
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What is the 460 going in? You run LP in this? You did a great job of the fabrication.
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Old 08-24-2008, 06:06 AM   #26 (permalink)
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What does LP stand for? Low Performance?
If so "yes", the engine's home is an 72 Lincoln Continental Mark IV.
The engine has some minor performance tweaks, like a torqueier cam, exhaust ports ported, flat top pistons, but nothing realy serious.

Check the right column @ Lincoln engine rebuild (460 Ford) & Dutch US Car Meeting pictures. for all 460 engine rebuild pictures.

Hope the pictures are of some help...

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Old 08-24-2008, 06:17 AM   #27 (permalink)
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Ooooh now I get it.
LP = liquefied petroleum gas. Yep, I run LPG (what they call it over here) on it.

Reasons:
  • It is so much cheaper (1/3 the price of regular fuel)
  • Large displacement engine's run great if not better on LPG
  • Availabillity, you can buy it everywhere in Holland,
    we even cook on it!
  • I can easily switch back to regular fuel whenever I like.
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Old 08-30-2008, 01:55 PM   #28 (permalink)
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Just a follow up, I notice before alot of black soot on the back of my car, after I put in the proform, no more soot.
Better on gas too!
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Old 09-03-2008, 06:12 PM   #29 (permalink)
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I bought a Mallory HEI distributor for my 351c in my 73 Torino works great and yes it takes some getting used to looking at the GM style cap but it works way better then my Duraspark setup that was causing much grief.
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anyone notice the hei likes to turn after a bit and retard the timming?
maybe the stock distributor hold down isn't cutting it?
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