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post #1 of (permalink) Old 01-15-2005, 07:19 PM Thread Starter
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My attempt at the HEI conversion

Well Here it is. I removed my MSD and installed this. Fired fight up. Now I just have to set the timing and take it for a ride. Hopefully this will fix the problem.

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Re: My attempt at the HEI conversion

Keith, your missing a romex connector [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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hehehe.. a romex connector.... i now know what that is... hehehehe... and the conduit.. but that looks like you can only have 15 conductors in that size box.. [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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Do they make one for the plasic boxes? I thought they were all pipe couplings. I hope he moves all those splices inside the box.
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The box is a good idea. I had been looking at those types at Lowe's but found something else at Radio Shack.

I'm with John on the splices, better off inside the box and a grommet would make it perfect.

Actually I don't care much for those type splices and would solder the wires together and use heat shrink. But that should work.

I see that you used a harness for the TFI coil. That makes it cleaner and more vibration proof. Didn't try the fuse holder harness thing huh (that's OK, I will).

Don't see a heat-sink in the pictures, did you cut a hole in the box so that the heat-sink is outside in the cool air?

Hope you don't mind if I steal your pictures (sooner or later).

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Re: My attempt at the HEI conversion

It is actually sitting on a heat sink in there, just can't see it in the pic. Even though the box looks plastic, it is a metal one. I'm not one for soldering anything. I've always used these types of connectors with great success. All the wires will be tapes up nice and tight.
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Great idea - the electrical box. Actually the metal box itself is probably enough heat sink. Probably better than a finned heat sink inside the box. That way the heat gets carried outside rather than just heating the air inside the box.

Interesting to note - good crimped connections are actually better than solder - according to Electrical Engineering studies. The crimp "hammer welds" the metals together - an actual molecular merge - without a third metal (solder) between them. But they have to be firmly crimped!

Looks good!
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But they have to be firmly crimped!

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Not to mention protected from the environment (like the muck and mud that will be tossed up).

[img]images/graemlins/blush.gif[/img] Dirty Dirty

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Keith, I sure hope that cures your engine problems. Bet YOU do too! [img]images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]


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good crimped connections are actually better than solder

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The operative word there is 'good', right? Crimp connections done with the $100+ multi-stage ratcheting crimp tools are (or at least used to be) the only connections approved for certain military and aerospace applications.

But that's not the same thing as a crimp done with the $5 do-everything tool from Auto Zone. I've never thought of that technique as acceptable for more than a temporary patch. Too many go bad after a few years of muddy salt water and vibration.
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