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Unread 04-11-2013, 03:09 PM   #1
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What type of distributor(s) will work in a V6 225?

After a few quick searches I couldn't find any threads that pointed my specific question. Hopefully this isn't a re-post......my apologies if it is.

Here's what I have:

1971 CJ5 with the V6 Buick 225 (Dauntless) motor.

I need a new distributor, but come up short everywhere I look. Can you tell me what (if any) will work with my current configuration?

Snap shot of the distributor:


Thanks in advance......any input is welcomed as I am new to the Jeep world!

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Unread 04-11-2013, 03:22 PM   #2
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There are a lot of threads over at Early CJ 5 on what will work, including this one from this morning (has a part number for HEI version):
http://www.earlycj5.net/forums/showt...ibutor-failure
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Unread 04-11-2013, 03:23 PM   #3
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Personally I would go with the HEI used in '75-76 Buicks with the 231 (3.8l), which is also an oddfire engine in those years.
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Unread 04-11-2013, 03:32 PM   #4
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Do your self a favor and go to NAPA and get an HEI from a 76 Buick Regal(or any 75-76Buick 231 oddfire engine). It will take a little massaging to get in there, including grinding the manifold bolt and a small wiring change, but once it is set, you will never have to set your points or timing again.
http://www.rockauto.com/catalog/x,ca...%2B231cid%2BV6
http://www.napaonline.com/Catalog/Ca...693_0271587418
It is also provides a much hotter spark, which gives multiple benefits, such as quicker starting, wider plug gaps and the GM electronic ignition is virtually bullet proof.
As far as standard distributors, both Delco and Prestolite made a model. I believe yours is a Prestolite.
http://www.rockauto.com/catalog/x,ca...,parttype,7108
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Do your self a favor and go to NAPA and get an HEI from a 76 Buick Regal(or any 75-76Buick 231 oddfire engine). It will take a little massaging to get in there, including grinding the manifold bolt and a small wiring change, but once it is set, you will never have to set your points or timing again.
http://www.rockauto.com/catalog/x,ca...%2B231cid%2BV6
http://www.napaonline.com/Catalog/Ca...693_0271587418
It is also provides a much hotter spark, which gives multiple benefits, such as quicker starting, wider plug gaps and the GM electronic ignition is virtually bullet proof.
As far as standard distributors, both Delco and Prestolite made a model. I believe yours is a Prestolite.
http://www.rockauto.com/catalog/x,ca...,parttype,7108
Greatly appreciate the responses.......

Care to note what the wiring change will be if I go with the HEI ? I will probably go this route.

Thanks!
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Unread 04-11-2013, 04:22 PM   #6
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get a 225 Delco points distributor, install Pertronix, save money over HEI and be happier.
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Unread 04-11-2013, 05:39 PM   #7
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get a 225 Delco points distributor, install Pertronix, save money over HEI and be happier.
That's what I did with mine, too.
Your current one is the Prestolite, which is getting tough to find parts for.
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i got a hei out of a skylark in mine but i think the prestolite kit be easiler to find, buy and install than finding a odd fire hei
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Greatly appreciate the responses.......

Care to note what the wiring change will be if I go with the HEI ? I will probably go this route.

Thanks!
Easiest is to simply bypass the ballast resistor. Best case is to install a relay, which will feed the dist directly from the battery.
As for the Petronix, you will have to find and purchase a complete Delco distributor, then buy and install the Petronix kit.
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I have a similar problem... my distributor drive gear is torn up. I'm working in the dirt here, so I haven't gotten the timing cover off to see if the cam sprocket is loose or damaged. Oil pump turns fine, no real endplay in the distributor drive. New rig to me, no idea what the prior owner did to it, or how old things are in there. There was a claim at time of sale that the engine was rebuild only 20K miles ago. Maybe 20 years ago.

Any ideas where to pick up just a gear?

Thanks,

Sarge
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