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can you use a distributor without a vacumm advance on a non computer controlled car? The engine that was in there previously had a distributor with no vaccum advance.. it is a hei for reference sake..
 

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Yes, but for a everyday street car you are better off with the advance.
 

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A vacuum advance reacts to changes in the engine's load to advance timing. A mechanical advance will react to an increase in rpm to advance timing. A vacuum advance kicks in quicker than a mechanical advance. You'll need both to get your full distributor advance.

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The thing is that i have an hei distributor but it doesnt have the vaccum advance..can that be used on a non computer controlled car?
 

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If it doesn't have a vacuum advance then it certainly doesn't have a mechanical advance either. Pop the distributor cap and rotor to check it for yourself. Your distributor uses the computer to control the timing advance. If you use a computer controlled HEI without the computer to advance the timing curve then your engine will only have the base timing and it'll run like crap. A good aftermarket HEI will run around $200 or you can pick up a used late-70's/early-80's HEI from a junkyard for $25-50 and rebuild it for another $50-75.

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