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Bruce R.
Bruce Reigle

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Rover distributor
Posted by: Bruce R.
Date: January 20, 2019 06:24PM

Is the Rover distributor an hei type, or is it dependant upon a computer ?


bsa_m21
Martin Rothman
Vancouver, Canada
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1980 TR7V8 Rover 3.9L

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Re: Rover distributor
Posted by: bsa_m21
Date: January 20, 2019 10:14PM

Depends on how old it is. There was a Lucas points version (35D8) and later a HEI with an external amplifier (35DLM8).

The HEI does not require a computer. However, it does have it's quirks. The amplifier is well known to fail, but is easy to swap for a gm remote amp. Also, I seem to remember that it does some weird stuff at higher rpm's. You would be better off with a Buick HEI or an electronic conversion.

More info at:

[www.britishv8.org]

[forum.britishv8.org]

[forum.britishv8.org]

M.


Bruce R.
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Re: Rover distributor
Posted by: Bruce R.
Date: January 21, 2019 10:31AM

Ok, Iíll get one to eliminate the points, easier to find than a 350 hei. What is the amplifier ? Is that what we call the module ?


bsa_m21
Martin Rothman
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Re: Rover distributor
Posted by: bsa_m21
Date: January 21, 2019 11:15AM

Amp = module (and Boot = trunk :) )

[rimmerbros.com]

Pertronix upgrade:
[www.jegs.com]

M.


Bruce R.
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Re: Rover distributor
Posted by: Bruce R.
Date: January 21, 2019 03:48PM

I donít like the Pertronix unit for the Buick, used one before and had a lot of problems with it. I also used one in a big block Ford and it was great, a completely different setup, much simpler.


MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
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79 MGB, Buick 215

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Re: Rover distributor
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: January 21, 2019 04:38PM

Just for the record, I have been running a PerTronix Ignitor module in my Buick 215 distributor for 16+ years without any issues.


joe_padavano
Joseph Padavano
Northern Virginia
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1962 F-85 Deluxe wagon 215 Olds

Re: Rover distributor
Posted by: joe_padavano
Date: January 25, 2019 09:48AM

Just for the record, "HEI" is the brand name for GM's coil-in-cap distributor. A Pertronix electronic conversion, or an aftermarket electronic distributor is not "HEI", it's just an electronic distributor or an electronic trigger conversion. Any small block Buick distributor will work.



BlownMGB-V8
Jim Blackwood
9406 Gunpowder Rd., Florence, KY 41042
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1971 MGB Blown,Injected,Intercooled Buick 340/AA80E/JagIRS

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Re: Rover distributor
Posted by: BlownMGB-V8
Date: January 25, 2019 03:17PM

Yes, and I can confirm that you can even use a Pertronix as the pickup in a crank trigger arrangement by mounting small magnets in the trigger wheel. BTDT. It will happily drive a coil directly in such an application, allowing you to use the distributor only for direction of the sparks. (and to drive the oil pump if needed.) You could also use it to supply a strong and stable tach signal to an aftermarket COP or EDIS but seems a bit overkill for that.

Jim


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