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Old 08-18-2010, 05:56 PM   #61
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Default Re: IHC Vehicle Distributor Identification

Ain't it great when stuff works Bob??

The vacuum canisters used on the Holley distributors are a weak link always. We haven't been able to source those through conventional auto parts sources for many years.

I can't check the actual inventory at the primary shop in Grass Valley from my location. But...we "should" have a few of those vacuum canisters on the shelf for your distributor that are remanufactured for us. We send 'em to our rebuilder in batches of ten at a time, they only tool up to do vacuum motors in a production run once per month if they have enough cores to justify a setup. And, they deal wholesale only. Here's a link to the distributor cans in the online store:

remanufactured vacuum advance unit for Holley distributors - International Scout parts
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Old 08-18-2010, 06:30 PM   #62
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Old 10-02-2010, 11:14 AM   #63
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continuing on here with distributor I.d., here's a delco cast iron body distributor. These units were used in both I-4 and sv applications, only difference is the breaker point cam lobe configuration (either four lobe or eight lobe). In some cases, the vacuum advance can and overall advance curve varied so for positive id ya need the number off that aluminum band wrapped around the lower distributor body. That number can then be crossed over in the specifications charts in the appropriate service manual for details regarding the setup.

I personally think that these distributors were the best units used, extremely durable as compared to a Holley. The top bushing is lubricated periodically from the oil cup as shown.

The breaker point gap/dwell is adjusted with the appropriate hex key through the sliding window in the cap.
What is the proper oil to lubricate the bushing with?
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Old 10-02-2010, 02:29 PM   #64
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Use standard engine oil.
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Old 11-01-2010, 01:45 PM   #65
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I have the gold box ignition - replaced wires-plugs-cap-rotor-coil-cond-installed ho-181 pet - can not get fire to plugs- have not pulled dist- is it possible the dist is loosing ground via hold down clamp being dirty/oily - also the just discovered the diaphram in vacum advance is leaking - - what can I try next
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Old 11-01-2010, 06:28 PM   #66
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Welcome to ihon chig!

With the pertronix conversion, the distributor ground is not important. However, the rest of the wiring for a gold box-equipped vehicle is completely different compared with a pertronix installation in a breaker point vehicle/distributor.

And...unless p-tron changed the instructions for the gold box install recently, the instructions are very ambiguous.

Did your p-tron kit have a black delrin "spacer" segment that is separate from the magnet wheel that you placed over the original reluctor? If so, then it goes down over the reluctor first, followed by the magnet wheel. That properly locates the magnet wheel in relation to the p-tron pickup module.

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Old 11-07-2010, 12:57 PM   #67
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this thread will be a repository of information regarding any and all forms of ignition distributors used in ihc vehicle applications over the years. We'll discuss both breaker point-triggered inductive units, along with the electronic trigger units which were phased in during the early/mid 1970's.
Hello - have the Holley/elctronic gold box setup- could not get fire to plugs aftr replacing cap-rotor-coil-plugs-wires still no fire - went with pertronix ho-181 - still no fire - vacum advance cann now leaks - so I feel the best thing to do is just replace yhe distributor and upgrade - do you have have any recomendations on which one - I thank you in advance for your help
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Old 11-07-2010, 06:33 PM   #68
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Yes, vacuum advance cans for any Holley distributor are not available new, but we have remanufactured units on the shelf in the store right now:

remanufactured vacuum advance unit for Holley distributors - International Scout parts

Why give up on a pertronix-converted distributor??? No doubt something is wrong with your wiring setup if you can't make it operate correctly. Thousands of these units are in service every day.

New distributors for IH applications are available from mallory in both point-type and in the unilite electronic unit. However, they do not come with a drive gear installed, you have to supply the drive gear and set the endplay at the time of installation.

Remanufactured/converted delco hei distributors are available under the dui (davis) brand in our online store also. These are hei upper portions married to an IH-pattern lower:

performance dui hei distributor - International Scout parts
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Old 11-09-2010, 08:08 AM   #69
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next up we have a Holley "gold box" electronic distributor system (IH model 1530 designation).

The gold box label can be a misnomer...depending upon which IH platform these units were installed in, the electronic module could also be either silver or black in color.

The distributor body, shaft, and mechanical advance is essentially the same items as used in the Holley breaker point distributors (cast aluminum body). However, a "reluctor" is present in the electronic distributor which takes the place of the breaker cam component in the points unit.

There were many different part number distributors used throughout all IH applications, the differences are in the mechanical advance curve, and in the vacuum advance canister calibration.

This design is referred to as a "hall effect" trigger and that trigger must be used in conjunction with the properly matched electronic module, the hall effect sensor in the Holley unit will not trigger an aftermarket ignition box such as a mallory 6 series, msd 6 series, etc.

Regarding the distributor in the pic, the vacuum can is dead...a common fault regarding Holley distributors as found on IH stuff in general. New cans are not available any longer, however, a few companies do "rebuild" non-func vacuum cans routinely.

The electronic module is currently available as a new replacement as well as the trigger/sensor.

This is an edit to correct the air gap spec previously posted:

if the trigger is ever removed from the body for either cleaning or replacement, then the "reluctor air gap" must be set using a non-magnetic thickness gauge, that spec is 0.008" +/- 0.002".
Thanks in advance for your help
I have a dist just like the pictured here - installed the ho -181
ignitor - still no fire to plugs - saw a pic that showed I believe a prestolite a ground wire from sensor - to dist - ok do u think I could have the wrong cap? Have the Holley style - please feel free to call me -cell 432-296-8991 - work 800-677-2747 anytime !!
Thanks again
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Old 11-09-2010, 10:14 AM   #70
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Please post a pic of your actual distributor.

Yes, it's possible that it has the wrong cap, that would certainly lead to mis-identification. But...a Holley gold box system also has the electronic module mounted on the firewall. A prestolite electronic distributor has the electronic module inside the distributor.

I sometimes use the prestolite cap on a Holley distributor, but a few modifications must be performed in order to do that in a correct manner.

A prestolite electronic distributor has a pigtail coming out of the body with three wires, the third wire (normally white with a female single connector) which you referred to as a "ground" is not a ground, that is the sensor lead that goes to another electronic item on the firewall known as the "dtm" module and is part of the emissions system and has no functionality actually as far as the basic ignition system is concerned.
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Old 12-11-2010, 06:52 PM   #71
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The fsm calls for .030" end play of the distributor shaft. That sounds like a lot.
I found a brass friction washer that fit and reduced the end play to .012" hoping to get more accurate timing.
I still have not started the engine and now have second thoughts about my modification.
Should I try it or take out the shim and go back to .030" ?
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Old 12-11-2010, 07:13 PM   #72
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the fsm calls for .030" end play of the distributor shaft. That sounds like a lot.
I found a brass friction washer that fit and reduced the end play to .012" hoping to get more accurate timing.
I still have not started the engine and now have second thoughts about my modification.
Should I try it or take out the shim and go back to .030" ?
I know what the "manual" specs are, and I totally disagree with 'em. In fact, that same "spec" goes back into the stuff produced prior to wwii which has nothing in common with the stuff we're talking here!

And...the expansion rate of a cast iron delco or a cast iron Holley distributor is virtually nil at normal engine temps! The aluminum distributors maybe expand a slight amount. But...I've heated a scrap Holley distributor with a torch nearly to the point the aluminum surface oxidation layer was weldable (with proper flux) and measured only a 0.002" decrease in end play, that is a far higher temp than any distributor will ever see!

The Holley, the prestolite, the aftermarket mallory, are all cast aluminum, not billet material. The prestolite and mallory are simply finish-machined a little nicer and "appear" to be billet material, the prestolite looks like a high pressure die casting to me.

All the distributors currently running in my rigs are set up with 0.010" endplay. The mag trigger converted units we'll hopefully be able to offer through ihon in the future will be set up at 0.010>0.015" endplay when they leave the shop.

The prestolite also uses a "thrust washer" between the mechanical advance and the top body bushing. That bushing has a stamped shoulder in it to center it in the slight chamfer at the top of the bushing. Likewise, between the gear and the end of the body, the selective fit washer also has a shoulder to "center" it, then the actual shim is inserted after selective fitting, most have at least two washers in that location, many have three.

A brass shim/washer will work ok for awhile, but no doubt they will wear fairly quickly. I see steel shim washers in the prestolites that are significantly worn also, don't know why other than the material used was not a proper hardness to serve as an endplay shim.

Overall the cast iron delcos are by far the best as far as "endplay" and retaining proper spacing. But they do have major issues with corrosion since the mechanical advance stuff is on top and the access window for the breaker point dwell setting is usually missing or stuck in a position that allows moisture and grunge to enter.
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It's a gold box Holley.
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Old 12-22-2010, 05:01 AM   #74
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I'm trying to identify the correct replacement vacuum advance unit for my distributor. The vehicle is a 1968 Travelall 1000 with a 304 and automatic transmission. The distributor is a Holley 1510. I've read on this thread that there should be a number pressed into the arm of the vacuum advance unit but on mine the arm is absolutely devoid of markings on both sides. The outer housing of the unit, however, is stamped with "677-5". Does that mean it would be 5 degree unit?
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There is a cast-in "pad" on the side of the distributor body which will have the ihc part number for that distributor stamped in place, along with a series of other numbers. If you will post the number, I'll make a positive id of the distributor in question, and be able to refer you to the exact specifications for that unit by part number.

Not every vacuum advance unit has a single digit number stamped on the actuator arm. And if there is a number present, it refers to the point at which the vacuum signal begins to overcome the internal return spring. In other words, it refers to the point where vacuum advance just starts to operate the breaker plate.

The slight variations in the vacuum advance unit calibrations came into being most generally with the more stringent federal emissions requirement circa 1968 and again in 1973. That is why the variations in vacuum advance callouts. In actuality, in the real world of engine operation a slight difference in vacuum advance "kick-in" is totally un-noticeable.

In virtually all part number occurrences of the 1510 distributors of the era you describe, the initialization of vacuum advance is given as a 5-7* "tolerance".
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