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Unread 03-16-2012, 05:19 PM   #1
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CJ7 HEI upgrade no spark

I just installed a GM HEI distributor in my 86 CJ7 258 and I can't get a spark. I had the stock electronic distributor in with no spark and figured it was a module issue. Had the module tested and it was bad. Tired of replacing modules with it and took it out to replace with what I thought was something more reliable, but I still don't have spark. I spliced the BAT wire from the solenoid and have 12v at the coil. Am I overlooking something??

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Unread 03-16-2012, 06:56 PM   #2
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You didn't hook the wire up to the tach terminal on the distributor did you?
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Unread 03-16-2012, 07:18 PM   #3
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No sir. Def. on the battery side.
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That's a great upgrade and I've done it twice myself. It should fire right up. Where did you get the HEI dizzy?
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Unread 03-16-2012, 07:45 PM   #5
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Bought from Autozone. Ordered one for an 83 Chevy I6. reused my dist. gear
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I always used the dizzy gear for an AMC V-8 on the Chevy HEI dizzys. .
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Unread 03-17-2012, 11:42 AM   #7
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Im not sure if the 6cyl dist gear works for that swap, like said above I always used the amc v8 gear. You might pull the dist cap and turn engine over to see if its spinning the rotor. That is a good swap though, it woke up my 83 when i still had the 4.2 in it.
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Im not sure if the 6cyl dist gear works for that swap, like said above I always used the amc v8 gear. You might pull the dist cap and turn engine over to see if its spinning the rotor. That is a good swap though, it woke up my 83 when i still had the 4.2 in it.
Im not 100% sure but is the distributor rotation the same on a 6 as an 8?
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Unread 03-17-2012, 05:21 PM   #9
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Yes the rotor is spinning while I try to crank it
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