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OEM stovebolt distributor- - -HEI internals
#1417520 Tue Jul 20 2021 07:29 PM
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I'm working on a new "Frankenstein" project- - - -I'm replacing the points and condenser in an original stovebolt distributor with General Motors HEI components, the pickup coil and the reluctor. The switching module that turns the coil on and off will be mounted remotely on an aluminum heat sink, possibly out of sight under the dash, etc. The distributor would retain the original centrifugal and vacuum advance functions with the moving distributor housing. To the casual observer who doesn't remove the distributor cap, it would look like a completely original ignition system. I'm pretty sure it would require a 12 volt electrical system to work properly, but there's a remote possibility the GM module might function on 6 volts.

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Re: OEM stovebolt distributor- - -HEI internals
Hotrod Lincoln #1417525 Tue Jul 20 2021 07:44 PM
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It might work on 6v, Jerry. On other forums, I've heard of people trying this with other distributors, but never the stovebolt ones and I don't remember how it turned out for them. As I recall, they did have to use 12v...however I think they may have been working on a 12v system from the get-go.

I've decided to work on a 12v to 6v adapter that will outperform the runtz and will be capable of handling more current than 1 amp. More to follow on that as time passes.


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