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Old 10-01-2012, 12:47 PM   #1
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454 distributor thoughts

Any thoughts on this distributor? Price just seems to good to be true

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Old 10-01-2012, 12:55 PM   #2
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" You pays yo money and you takes yo chances." For $40 I'd try it.
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Old 10-01-2012, 01:12 PM   #3
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" You pays yo money and you takes yo chances." For $40 I'd try it.
That's kinda what I was thinking. It was surprising to find so many distributors (some even with cables) for not much more than this one. I suppose for spares you could just buy a couple of them so when one one fails all you have to do is swap in another cheap one!

I knew small block and big block chevy parts were cheap but $40 really surprised me.

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Old 10-01-2012, 01:27 PM   #4
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Looks good to me, and you could make an lower offer if you buy 2!
Shipping a little more, but additional item is $8...


With 65k v coil I would but some good fat HT leads and open up the plug gaps a touch!
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Looks good to me, and you could make an lower offer if you buy 2!
Shipping a little more, but additional item is $8...


With 65k v coil I would but some good fat HT leads and open up the plug gaps a touch!
Makes me wonder just how good these things really are. Grated the technology is pretty mature by now and it seems everyone and their brother makes chevy parts.

Even though my Argosy 454 engine is built and sitting on the stand, when I look at the prices for some of the new parts that can be had like billet cranks, roller this and that it makes me think about tearing the engine apart and starting over...and then I look at my bank account and realize that is just a fantasy

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Old 10-01-2012, 04:29 PM   #6
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Makes me wonder just how good these things really are. Grated the technology is pretty mature by now and it seems everyone and their brother makes chevy parts.

Even though my Argosy 454 engine is built and sitting on the stand, when I look at the prices for some of the new parts that can be had like billet cranks, roller this and that it makes me think about tearing the engine apart and starting over...and then I look at my bank account and realize that is just a fantasy

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You've stumbled upon the ultimate performance accessory, the roller VISA Card!

Of course, not as good as the turbo VISA.
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Old 10-01-2012, 04:33 PM   #7
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You've stumbled upon the ultimate performance accessory, the roller VISA Card!

Of course, not as good as the turbo VISA.
Mind sending me your cards? Either the roller or turbo would be just fine...
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Mind sending me your cards? Either the roller or turbo would be just fine...
I would, but all I have is a flat tappet with worn-out lobes.

Hardly any lift left at all.
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Wow, if thats real it's a good deal. I paid $119 for a stock distributor (no coil) from Auto Zone on mine.
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I have the very similar 455. I am running the points version in the Buick and have had no problems. My Jeep has a 455 and runs with a HEI....no problems. I also had 2 other 455s with HEIs.... Just waiting for my current points distribitor to hickup.......if it ain't broke don't fix it.

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Dang, I'm beginning to think this might not be a bad deal I might just have to order one when I get closer to sticking the engine back in the motorhome.

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If that cheesey Chinese distributor with it's remarkably fragile cap was going into my motor, I would be ABSOLUTELY sure the old one was in the rig somewhere, just in case. Shaft runout from bad bushings/lube is a sorespot.

Completely worth $40 and definitely not the best you can do.
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If that cheesey Chinese distributor with it's remarkably fragile cap was going into my motor, I would be ABSOLUTELY sure the old one was in the rig somewhere, just in case. Shaft runout from bad bushings/lube is a sorespot.

Completely worth $40 and definitely not the best you can do.
Andy, great points about the cap and potential run out problems. Getting and using chinese parts is sort of a crap shoot. Sometimes you can get a really good item for next to nothing and then along comes something that you wonder why you ever bought it.

Fortunately for me the need for a distributor is still down the road and between now and then I could just possibly win the lottery (of course I do need to buy a ticket now and then)

When or if I buy one and use it I'll definitely report back on the quality and performance. Right now I have to figure out how the heck to replace the wood floor in the motorhome as I've just found that it is more rotted than I expected

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I think the first thing I'd do on a motorhome engine would be to add an MSD box. I put one on an Olds 455 and it made a big difference at low rpms...
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