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351W Ford HEI Distributor

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Specs
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Advance Type:
Mechanical/Vacuum Option
Shaft Diameter:
.51
Cap Terminal Style:
HEI / Male
Gear Material:
Steel
Ignition Box Required:
No
Notes
This distributor has an o-ring seal that makes initial installation a tight fit. We suggest lubing the o-ring (Vaseline, silicone lube, lithium grease) to ease the initial installation.
351W Ford HEI Distributor
351W Ford HEI Distributor
351W Ford HEI Distributor
351W Ford HEI Distributor

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Reviews

Q & A

What's in the Box

Finally an affordable distributor for you Ford guys!

Basically this is a GM HEI distributor that fits 351W Fords. It is fully self-contained and requires only one wire to hook-up. No need for an MSD box. Comes complete as shown. Just drop them in and go!

  • Main shaft is 5/16" I.D. in hex pattern
  • Housing of seal area is 1.560" O.D.
  • Distance from flange at seal area to end of shaft is 4-15/16"
  • Gear is 1.23" O.D.

It uses the GM HEI cap, rotor and module, and includes mechanical and vacuum advances.

High Performance HEI Distributor Installation Instructions (pdf)

Application

This "HEI" style distributor for 351W comes with a drive gear that works "flat tappet" hydraulic and solid lifter cams. This gear is not compatible with roller cams, and because of the "hybrid" nature of the existing gear, there are no brass or bronze gears available.

Customer Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by 5 reviewers.
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RECOMMEND THIS PRODUCT:

Kevin
Verified Purchaser
Connersville, IN

will use again

July 19, 2015
Put this in my 72 F-150 to replace the points. Had to change a heater hose fitting because of the large cap.
Pros:
  • Easy To Install
Yes, I recommend this product.
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BroncoMan
Verified Purchaser
Apache Junction, AZ, USA

1985 Bronco

March 25, 2015
Works well, removed entire dura spark system. Cleaned up engine bay. Will need a spacer for air filter after install. I used a 2" spacer so the air filter would clear the top of distributor. I have a stock 351 motor.
Pros:
  • cleaned up engine
  • works with stock motor
  • Easy To Install
Cons:
  • had to get spacer because distributor site higher.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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BroncoMan
Verified Purchaser
Apache Junction, AZ, USA

1985 Bronco

March 25, 2015
Works well, removed entire dura spark system. Cleaned up engine bay. Will need a spacer for air filter after install. I used a 2" spacer so the air filter would clear the top of distributor. I have a stock 351 motor.
Pros:
  • cleaned up engine
  • works with stock motor
  • Easy To Install
Cons:
  • had to get spacer because distributor site higher.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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GROG
Verified Purchaser
georgia

simple to install, car starts, runs and

March 24, 2015
I got this to overcome an interference problem with the distributor and an aftermarket 4 barrel manifold. Tho is tall enough to clear the manifold. I have never done a 351 Windsor before, but having experience with Chevy HEI this was a breeze. The only drawback is the size of the cap assembly, i could not use a regular 14" air filter but a small triangular foam filet fits well and looks great. I will do this again if i have another 351W.
Pros:
  • coat effective
  • Simple
  • performs great
Cons:
  • large cap
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Crewsr
Verified Purchaser
Beckley, WV

I woild buy this product again.

August 23, 2011
This product was installed very easily into a 1965 Mustang. Proformance and easily starting this vehilcle was greatly improved. A good product.
Pros:
  • Increases Power
  • Easy To Install
  • Improves Engine Efficiency
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Product Q&A

9 questions : 10 answers

1 answers

Will I need to change the gap on my spark plugs after installing this HEI?

Excaliberprime
Midway Ga
October 06, 2014

Will I need to change the gap on my spark plugs after installing this HEI?

Answers

October 06, 2014
EricM
No you should not need to change your spark plug gap. Typical gap when using this distributor is .030" to .035"
1 answers

cam have a 351w5.8 with a rv cam?? work??

1954willyw
Boise, ID, USA
October 06, 2014

cam have a 351w5.8 with a rv cam?? work??

Answers

October 06, 2014
EricM
If your 351 has a flat tappet cam then this distributor will work for you.
1 answers

does this have the stock module in it?

RS1978
July 17, 2014

does this have the stock module in it?

Answers

July 18, 2014
EricM
Yes these have a stock replacement module.
2 answers

Can I use the same 8mm wires and plugs I used on the standard Ign?

Glasdude
June 05, 2014

Can I use the same 8mm wires and plugs I used on the standard Ign?

Answers

March 25, 2015
GROG
You can use the same wires but need to convert to the male HEI end for the cap. I used an MSD kit, and also bought the proper write stripper and crimper that made it easy.
June 05, 2014
EricM
You need to make sure that your spark plug wires are for a terminal end cap like this HEI has and not the socket style cap like many of the older points distributors used. If your current distributor has the terminal ends sticking up then your wires will work fine.
1 answers

I HAVE A PERFOMANCE ROLER CAM WILL PART#5478585 FIT THIS DISTRIBUTOR? HAVE 351W WINDSOR WITH ROLLER LIFTERS

ROGE
April 25, 2014

I HAVE A PERFOMANCE ROLER CAM WILL PART#5478585 FIT THIS DISTRIBUTOR? HAVE 351W WINDSOR WITH ROLLER LIFTERS

Answers

April 28, 2014
EricM
No the MSD distributor gears will not fit this distributor. Sorry there is not a bronze distributor gear available to fit this distributor. If your engine requires a bronze gear then I would recommend a different distributor such as MSD.
1 answers

my drive gear for this distributor was missed placed by other people how do i get a new one my distributor has never been used it is for 351

Chris
Cheyenne, wy
May 18, 2011

my drive gear for this distributor was missed placed by other people how do i get a new one my distributor has never been used it is for 351

Answers

May 19, 2011
Jason
Part #5478585
1 answers

my motor is a 1984 ford 351w..will this product work for me?

perry,fla
August 06, 2011

my motor is a 1984 ford 351w..will this product work for me?

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August 08, 2011
Jason
This product should fit your application with the following restrictions. THIS HEI STYLE DIST FOR 351W COMES WITH A 'CAST' DRIVE GEAR. IT WILL WORK FOR 'CAST' CAMS. (HYDRAULIC OR SOLID LIFTER). IT'S ((NOT)) RECOMMENDED FOR 'ROLLER' CAMS AS THEY ARE BILLET STEEL.DUE TO THE 'HYBRID' NATURE OF THIS DISTRIBUTOR, NO OTHER DRIVE GEARS ARE AVAILABLE. This distributor has an o-ring seal that makes it a very tight fit for the initial installation. We suggest a bit of lube on the o-ring (vaseline,silicone lube,lithium grease) to ease the inital installation.
1 answers

My 1988 F150 351w OE distributor is approximately 5 9/16" from the base to the end of the shaft. Will this distributor work?

Goose
Asheville, NC
May 22, 2015

My 1988 F150 351w OE distributor is approximately 5 9/16" from the base to the end of the shaft. Will this distributor work?

Answers

May 22, 2015
Zach
Expert
I'm sorry to say this distributor would be to short for your engine.
1 answers

I have a 94 ski nautique with a 351W inboard engine and due to prop rotation needs a reverse cut gear. Looking at converting to electronic to eliminate points/condenser and don't want to use duraspark module harness distributor etc.. #1 is the advance ramping comparable to a marine spec engine? #2 can they be ordered with reverse gearing? #3 does the vacuum advance require manifold ported vacuum or a carb volume vacuum port (i.e. venturi) off the carburetor because the holley4160 on the engine doesn't have a port and only 1 existing port for manifold vacuum under the carb spacer plate tied to PCV valve. thanks

troy
waverly, fl
July 22, 2015

I have a 94 ski nautique with a 351W inboard engine and due to prop rotation needs a reverse cut gear. Looking at converting to electronic to eliminate points/condenser and don't want to use duraspark module harness distributor etc.. #1 is the advance ramping comparable to a marine spec engine? #2 can they be ordered with reverse gearing? #3 does the vacuum advance require manifold ported vacuum or a carb volume vacuum port (i.e. venturi) off the carburetor because the holley4160 on the engine doesn't have a port and only 1 existing port for manifold vacuum under the carb spacer plate tied to PCV valve. thanks

Answers

July 22, 2015
Eric
Expert
Sorry we do not have any info about using this distributor in a marine application. The vacuum advance is typically connected to ported vacuum (venturi vacuum as you put it).
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