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#836835 - Tue Mar 20 2012 02:07 AM 250 HEI
rc356s Offline
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Registered: Wed Nov 05 2008 01:24 PM
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Loc: California
Hi All,

On ebay I see they have new 250 HEI distributors for sale. Hey look a bit cheap, has anyone used these particular units before? I was going to try to get one from a wrecking yard but these seem reasonable and they are complete I believe. Any experience?



Edited by cletis (Tue Mar 20 2012 01:03 PM)
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#836836 - Tue Mar 20 2012 02:08 AM Re: 250 HEI [Re: rc356s]
rc356s Offline
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I also should have mentioned that I want this to modify it for a Chevy 235 engine.
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#836914 - Tue Mar 20 2012 10:02 AM Re: 250 HEI [Re: rc356s]
Joe H Offline
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I have used one of the reproduction HEI's on a Pontiac, I suspect they come from the same country. It worked OK, but the design is not 100% copied correct, licensing laws are still in effect. The shaft was bigger so only the gear supplied would fit, the upper shaft seal didn't work which overtime let the whole housing fill with oil, and we replaced the module with a high performance limiting unit. I corrected the upper seal, and the unit has been fine every since. If you need to modify the gear or shaft, check the diameter before cutting or modifying.

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#837007 - Tue Mar 20 2012 03:25 PM Re: 250 HEI [Re: rc356s]
BC59 Offline
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Most 235 convert HEIs start with 2.8 v6 distributors.
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#837022 - Tue Mar 20 2012 03:58 PM Re: 250 HEI [Re: BC59]
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Loc: Pocomoke City, MD
Pulled a hei distributor out of a 81 250 and it works fine in my 38 216. Tried it in my 54 235 and it didn't engage oil pump properly. Tried a hei distributor out of a Stepvan of undetermined year it didn't work on the 54 either.


Edited by kb3csw (Tue Mar 20 2012 03:59 PM)
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#837316 - Wed Mar 21 2012 12:11 PM Re: 250 HEI [Re: kb3csw]
rc356s Offline
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Hmm, I thought the v6 distrubutors did not work and it had to be a inline 250?

Is there a difference in a 216 and 235 distributor? I would think that they would be very similar.
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#837318 - Wed Mar 21 2012 12:32 PM Re: 250 HEI [Re: rc356s]
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The flange on the HEI needs to be cut off to allow the housing to drop in a little deeper than normal. Otherwise the oil pump drive won't engage properly.
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#837662 - Thu Mar 22 2012 10:39 AM Re: 250 HEI [Re: Hotrod Lincoln]
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If the shaft diameter plays any part of the swap to the early engine, measure close as they are different coming out of China.
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#838651 - Sun Mar 25 2012 10:11 PM Re: 250 HEI [Re: Joe H]
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I have now bought several of those distributors from Skip White in Tennessee. They appear to be exactly like one I pulled out of a truck last summer, (but a LOT cleaner! ;>}) Anyway I got in to a discussion on another board where folks were saying that all the cheap distributors were made in china and they weren't going to get screwed like I had been, etc. I opened one I had loose and to my surprise it didn't say China anywhere, it said "HOLDEN" in raised letters. As I'm sure everyone knows, Holden is GM Australia! I don't know about you, but that's good enough for me. I can't speak about ALL the 6 Cylinder HEIs on e-bay but the Skip White ones have been good for me!

Best wishes,

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