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Triumph TR6 - Lucas or Delco distributor
I own a '75 TR6 with a lucas distributor and it needs distributor overhaul, normal as it's only 30 years old. I found someone selling 2 models of distributor, old brand new stock...
A Delco-Remy and a Lucas. I do not know the best choice between these two regarding performance.
Thanks for your help..
|J. G. Catford|
|The TR6 was only fitted with Lucas units. My guess is that the Delco unit is for a GT6 application if it is a points/condensor distributor. Many of the herald based cars used Delco distributors instead of Lucas. If it is a modified Delco HEI unit, tell me more. I have had the thought of modifying a Delco HEI distributor and running it in TR applications.|
|Steve- I have also had those same thoughts and have talked to people about feasability. They all nixed the idea and said stick to the Dark side and add EI. I am not deterred from this Quest!|
|What kind of Tacometer drive provisions do Delcos have? Remember the tac is driven off the distributer.|
|Never said that I was interested in maintaining the mechanical tach drive. Tachs can be converted to electrical or replaced with other types.|
Moss Motors list a couple Mallory distributors, spendy but worth looking at.
|Dual points, Not for me. Thanks|
|Same here, from the been there, done that files; dual points are more trouble than they are worth. The advantages of the Delco HEI are that they are:|
1) they work well
2) rather reliable
3) reasonably inexpensive
4) you can get stuff for them just about anywhere in North America
Are you shure you could get parts everywhere. A friend owns a Spit with a Delco dist. and it is a pain in neck to find parts for it. As I understood in my case it is a point type delco distributor.
|J. G. Catford|
Why not just get your original distributor rebuilt and performanced tested?
I highly recommend a rebuild, Rob Samara rebuilds and then completes a full set up for you. It made a big difference on my 76 6
|I was referring to Delco H(igh)E(nergy)I(gnition) distributors, the Delco distributors used in the Spitfires, Heralds, Vitesses and GT used points and predate the HEI distributors. By the time BL went the pointless ignition route in the Spitfires, they used the Lucas Opus system (Hall effect triggering with an amplifier). The 1975 Spitfires (and MG Midget 1500s) had the amplifier fitted to the distributor. These had a high failure rate due to overheating of the amplifier. For 1976 and later plus a replacement distributors for the 1975 cars, the amplifier box was moved from the distributor to the shelf with the master cylinders.|
Who is Rob Samara?
IMHO, I would think a rebuild would do. Then add the Pertronix.
Yes a rebuilt one will be fine but it is always a costly matter to send it to the states.
|J. G. Catford|
Rob S is a genius in ?ohio who spends has a side hobby of rebuilding and tuning Lucas distributors...his link is above as well as in another thread
This thread was discussed between 26/07/2005 and 02/08/2005
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