Chrysler marine replacement distributors

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Re: Chrysler marine replacement distributors

Postby bobv » Fri May 06, 2016 7:49 pm

The chrysler 318 uses the same dist on both engines, There is no such thing as a reversing dist for these engines. They are a little more expensive then chevy's. Stuff for these engines are getting expensive since they stopped making the 318. The firing order is different and a spacer is user on the reverse engine.
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Re: Chrysler marine replacement distributors

Postby EWRice » Fri May 06, 2016 8:24 pm

The chevys had it right. Chrysler made it a bit more difficult, but at least it's not a Graymarine Rambler engine. They use something like 6 different distributors (prior to '64) and reversed the gear helix on reverse rotation engines. I still run the original points distributors on my 318s. I take the cap off and soak all the internals with wd40 every spring and fall. No corrosion issues.
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Re: Chrysler marine replacement distributors

Postby drgonzo » Sun May 08, 2016 12:42 am

I put MSD Distributors in my 440's with 6A boxes hiding under the black plastic main breaker cover. I believe the MSD for the 318 is a drop in unit as well. The only complaint I have is the loss of my Judson engine sync but the fuel economy clearly makes up for the loss

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Re: Chrysler marine replacement distributors

Postby Tranquilo » Tue May 24, 2016 12:45 pm

OK - I had the sleeve/spacer machined an 1/8 in deeper to accommodate the Pertronix Distributor (and other distributor replacements)

Had enough material and can now use any kind of replacement. Works well (got about 20 hours on it)
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Re: Chrysler marine replacement distributors

Postby jmonday » Fri May 27, 2016 12:49 pm

Just received the Pertronix in for my friends 67 M after sending Roger the spacer measurements it came if perfect.
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Re: Chrysler marine replacement distributors

Postby Tranquilo » Sat May 28, 2016 8:18 pm

You mod the distributor or spacer?
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Re: Chrysler marine replacement distributors

Postby barkleydave » Sun May 29, 2016 8:38 am

Now that they have the correct space dimensions for that year Chrysler engine that is great. My test units were perfect from the get go on my 1986 318 engine with log style manifolds. They started with center drops somewhere in 87 production after they used up the log styles.

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Re: Chrysler marine replacement distributors

Postby Maestro » Sun May 29, 2016 3:50 pm

drgonzo - so those MSD distributors were just a drop in replacement for both of your 440s?

When you say 6A boxes, are you referring to this item: https://www.msdperformance.com/products ... parts/6560 ???

My single 440 (RH rotation) still has the original distributor and SO FAR is working great but I'm just waiting for the day the gremlins show up...

I'm assuming the MSD ignition box replaces all of the OEM Chrysler ignition components? Thanks...
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Re: Chrysler marine replacement distributors

Postby TinLizzy » Sun May 29, 2016 10:48 pm

You have to be sure that any distributor is marine ignition protected, I don't know enough about the MSD distributors to tell you that they are or are not rated for marine use. I have seen many people drop in auto chevy dist. in gm marine motors, most not knowing that they creating a dangerous condition. Do your homework and make sure that everything that goes into the engine compartment is Igniton protected.
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Re: Chrysler marine replacement distributors

Postby jmonday » Wed Jun 01, 2016 11:13 am

Pertronix made the distributor to work with the spacer this way we can still use the old O.E.M. for a backup. In the near future the new lot of pertronix will fit all from what they are telling me. If anyone is going to order one I would take the dimensions of the spacer and give them a call before placing order. Good People to work with.
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