What is this distributor?

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  1. 66Dirtydart

    66Dirtydart Well-Known Member

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    Externally this looks like a knockoff MSD vacuum advance distributor, but under the cap it doesn't look like any distributor I've seen. Any idea what the application of this thing is?

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    • hemi446

      hemi446 Well-Known Member

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      Without more pictures it's hard to tell. It is for a eight cylinder engine but what kind any ones guess. Does it have any numbers on it anywhere ?
       
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      Its got a part number, W1218 stamped on the body. I guess its a cast Chinese knockoff. Descriptions say it uses a GM 4 pin module, but the pins are on top of the module as opposed to 2 on each side like other GM types I've seen.
       
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      Dana67Dart Like a fine wine, only getting better with age! FABO Gold Member

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      jos51700 Hemi Orange you glad it isn't a political avatar?

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      Looks like a Chinese interpretation of a US distributor.
       
    • lead69

      lead69 hopeless car junkie

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    • 66Dirtydart

      66Dirtydart Well-Known Member

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      Alright, I guess that's it. Looks like junk! Thanks, guys.
       
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      halifaxhops It's going to get stupid around here! FABO Gold Member

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      Nailed it have seen them before, forget the brand.
       
    • RustyRatRod

      RustyRatRod I was born on a Monday. Not last Monday. FABO Gold Member

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      Actually, they work pretty well.
       
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      lead69 hopeless car junkie

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      I agree and I have to say the one I have (it was given to me) has saved me a few times. Most recently I went to fire my 410 and was on a seriously tight time frame to make a show and the brand new made in america ignition box failed to spark, threw in the chinese stand by and made the show. Now I fully admit if I ran one full time I would want another in the trunk for spare parts but I guess at $65 a whack I could lol.
       
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      halifaxhops It's going to get stupid around here! FABO Gold Member

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      Hey I am guilty also had one for my 440 when I was building it. Worked fine just do not trust them. Then again what new stuff can you trust right?
       
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      • 66Dirtydart

        66Dirtydart Well-Known Member

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        I appreciate the feedback. I'll hold onto it and see what happens. I'm a few months out, engine is at the machine shop now.

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      • RustyRatRod

        RustyRatRod I was born on a Monday. Not last Monday. FABO Gold Member

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        Mine is not the same type, it is the GM style with the big cap and coil in the cap. Real HEI. But it is made by the same chinkesium company they all are. Mine has been in the 351M in my 75 F250 for over 5 years and never missed a beat.
         
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          That thing likely uses the "down under" Holden module
           
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          • 66Dirtydart

            66Dirtydart Well-Known Member

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            Good to know in the event the module ever needs to be replaced!
             
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            RAT ROD AL I know just enough to be dangerous FABO Gold Member

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            Does the shaft spin freely on yours ? I have one and it seems kinda hard to spin.
             
          • 66Dirtydart

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            I wouldn't say it spins freely, there's some resistance.
             
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            • RustyRatRod

              RustyRatRod I was born on a Monday. Not last Monday. FABO Gold Member

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              That's the one!

              I'm going to hold on to it for the time being. I scored a box full of ignition parts today (2 MSD 6A's, 2 magnetic pick up distributors, 1 MSD bullet distributor, and a couple of coils) locally, so hopefully amongst all of that I'll find something that I can use.
               
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