Well, it's finally happened. Gasoline prices have jumped through the stratosphere and are now over three bucks a gallon! That just burns me up, as I'm sure it does most of you. Speaking of burn, one of the best solutions to achieving an efficient burn on this super-expensive gasoline is to upgrade your old points system distributors to that of an HEI. (High Energy Ignition) Let's think about this for a minute. The engine we are looking at in this picture is a mildly modified 327 small-block still running the old points distributor. What better way to give the ignition system some serious zap than by updating it? It's out with the old, and in with the new and improved.
Nearly a year ago, I upgraded the distributor in my '88 Camaro using a Screamin' Demon coil and a set of Live Wire wires from Performance Distributors. Being a creature of habit and armed with the experience and knowledge that Performance Distributors can deliver the goods, we gave our friends in Memphis a call. We explained to them that the small-block in this wagon is not a high-end, high-horse, stump-pulling torque monster. Its intended use is to get around town and get the job done. With that information in their laps, Performance Distributors can then build a custom-curved distributor based on the information that was given to them. Performance Distributors then sent us its DUI (Davis Unified Ignition) Street and Strip ignition system, along with a set of its performance plug wires. In the June 2006 issue of Super Chevy, we ran an article on 10 common HEI myths that you might hear. So that we're not redundant and repeat the same article, all we will do is to install this high-performance distributor, get a hotter spark, which in turn leads to a better burn of that horribly expensive fuel in our tanks. Besides a hotter-burning spark, one of the big advantages of an HEI distributor is that you will never have to worry about changing burnt points again.