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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-23-2013, 09:57 AM Thread Starter
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Which Distributor Fits

I'll be replacing my points distributor with an MSD in my 351w soon and not sure which to get. I'm looking at the all in one that does not require a box but it looks taller. Will this dist. fit if I'm using the Cobra oval air cleaner w/performer intake? Anyone have this combination?
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Curious what an all in one distributor means--never heard on that. Maybe i don't get out enough.
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Some MSD distributors require an MSD box, some do not. I'm reffering to one that does not require a seperate MSD box to be functional
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Are you talking about one of the dizzy's with the GM cap that holds the coil?

Not sure if an oval cleaner will clear that monstrosity. In my opinion, they just look out of place on a Ford.

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Some MSD distributors require an MSD box, some do not. I'm reffering to one that does not require a seperate MSD box to be functional
Don't mind me asking Why don't you just put a Pertronix set up in your original Distributor if your not going to run a MSD 6AL box or something.

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Here are the 2 different distributors. It looks to me like one (the all in one) is quite a bit taller than the other. I wanted to know if anyone has this in their car and has air cleaner 9issues.
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That on the left looks like the one I got. Yes, it is all in one and you do not need the box for it which is nice.
MSD Billet & Pro-Billet Distributors

MSD Ignition 83521 MSD Billet & Pro-Billet Distributors

I got one and I will not be using the top wire part on it as the wires I got for it won't accept it.
I want to call JEG's and see if I can get a black cap for it instead of the red cap.
I don't have mine installed yet, so I have no clue on air cleaner issues.
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From everything I've read you can't run an oval air filter with a GM-style HEI cap.

I second the suggestion of simply installing a Pertronix I or III in your existing distributor, or a reman dizzy if you think you need a new one.... unless it's the "bling" factor you're after.
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Pertronix sells a plug n play distributer you might want to check into.
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I have a pro-billet in my 351w. The cap measures about 3.6" in diameter. From the top of the block (where the distributor mounts) to the top of the wire boot (with wires installed) is about 8". from the pictures, i would guess there is an extra 3/4" on the ready to run. consider going out to your car and measuring where that would put the cap.

that's not what i would consider an HEI cap. yes, it uses that type of plug wire, but it doesn't have the coil in the cap.
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I bought a new (made in China of course) Duraspark from O'Reilly's and the MSD Digital 6 box. Looks like it is going to be a great combination. I'm trying to figure out where I can hide the MSD box.

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