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HEI ignition module. Stinger distributor
Posted by: fred bagnall ()
Date: January 04, 2018 08:17AM

I took my Corsa for a drive yesterday and while returning home my car just died. Luckily I was not far from home and with a quick pull from the tow strap I was back home and trouble shooting in no time. Simple things first I made sure that I had fuel. Good squirts from accelerator pumps. Battery has a good charge. In -line spark checker shows no spark ,or very weak spark. My thoughts are the module is going bad. Seeing as this is a Stinger distributor the module is supposed to be easily replaced. When I go to the parts store what year and model ignition should I ask for? Chevy 6 cylinder ( What) ? I looked in the instructions that came with distributor and couldn't find any answers.
Thanks in advance. Fred


64 Greenbrier std -110, 4spd,barn find on the road again after 46 year hiatus.
66 Turbo Corsa, 180hp,posi-trac, quick steering HD suspension,AM-FM-multiplex,soft-Ray glass all around
Floridian currently residing in Nor Cal

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Re: HEI ignition module. Stinger distributor
Posted by: Kyle_in_Mich ()
Date: January 04, 2018 08:52AM

Before you dive into replacing the entire ignition module, is it just a bad coil?

CORSA Member
Traverse City,MI
Daily driver- Bicycle
Fun driver/project- 65 Corsa 140/4 speed

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Re: HEI ignition module. Stinger distributor
Posted by: steve c goodman ()
Date: January 04, 2018 08:54AM

Fred probably best to email Seth and see what he has
to say for troubleshooting and parts replacement.

best wishes, Steve
Rear Engine Spec. Inc. Golden, Colo.

1962 spyder 3.0L turbo 1965 Crown V8
1967 monza 110/4 1968 monza 110/4
1971 amante gt 110/4
CORSA/RMC/PPCC

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Re: HEI ignition module. Stinger distributor
Posted by: fred bagnall ()
Date: January 04, 2018 09:13AM

I did swap out the coil with my other Stinger ignition on my Greenbrier and had same results. Thanks again, and I will send Seth a pm regarding possible avenues to pursue.


64 Greenbrier std -110, 4spd,barn find on the road again after 46 year hiatus.
66 Turbo Corsa, 180hp,posi-trac, quick steering HD suspension,AM-FM-multiplex,soft-Ray glass all around
Floridian currently residing in Nor Cal

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Re: HEI ignition module. Stinger distributor
Posted by: DAVECS1 ()
Date: January 04, 2018 09:16AM

I would need to see under the cap, but my guess 8s it requires a 4 pin HEI ignition module. Those came on anything in the late 70s with a V8 and carb, like a C10 pickup. The ignition module just gets a pulse from the pickup in the distributor so it does not matter the cylinders. The pickup is reaponsible for cylinder count. It plugs into the IM?

1964 Monza Convertible
110 4 speed
Peoria, IL

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Re: HEI ignition module. Stinger distributor
Posted by: Wagon Master ()
Date: January 04, 2018 09:25AM

DAVECS1 Wrote:
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> I would need to see under the cap, but my guess is
> it requires a 4 pin HEI ignition module.

Nope.

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Re: HEI ignition module. Stinger distributor
Posted by: DAVECS1 ()
Date: January 04, 2018 10:24AM

Well if I had a pic I would probably know.

1964 Monza Convertible
110 4 speed
Peoria, IL

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Re: HEI ignition module. Stinger distributor
Posted by: Wagon Master ()
Date: January 04, 2018 11:10AM

I've pulled the plate on a Stinger dist. It's definitely not a GM style ignition module.

'64 Monza Coupe 140 4 speed
'61 700 Lakewood 95 4 speed
'69 Monza Convert. 140 Auto.

Been aircooled since 1973
Northwest Ohio

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Re: HEI ignition module. Stinger distributor
Posted by: bnoggle ()
Date: January 04, 2018 01:18PM

If it same one as found on a c-10 my recommendation is to replace the distributor. I went through 10+ ignicion coils, until I figured that out. Since replacing the distributor I have had no problems.

Carlisle Pennsylvania
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1962 Corvair 95 Rampside
1983 Chevy C-10

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Re: HEI ignition module. Stinger distributor
Posted by: Seth Emerson ()
Date: January 04, 2018 01:25PM

I am addressing the situation with Fred. -Seth

Seth Emerson

Check my new Performance Corvair Web site [www.perfvair.com]

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Re: HEI ignition module. Stinger distributor
Posted by: davemotohead ()
Date: January 04, 2018 01:31PM

Seth, do you have a parts replacement list for your distributor? Will you revisit this thread with the conclusion / Solution to Fred's problem?





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1960 4dr sedan caveman car
1961 Rampside (Chetside)
1962 Rampside (Barnside)
1962 Short Rampside (Shortside)
1962 Monza 700 Wagon
1963 Monza 900 coup (General Nader)

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Re: HEI ignition module. Stinger distributor
Posted by: DAVECS1 ()
Date: January 04, 2018 02:19PM

All you need for a HEI ignition is a good pickup for six cylinder that is well synced with the cap. I took my stock dizzy and added two bushings to it then retrofitted it with a Chrysler slant six pickup, and ran that to a GM 8 n ignition module outside the distributor. You can see it in my sig kind of. There is a thread. I thought about using Seth's dizzy but it was not on the market when I started my project. If my dizzy ever breaks I am ordering one.

1964 Monza Convertible
110 4 speed
Peoria, IL

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Re: HEI ignition module. Stinger distributor
Posted by: Seth Emerson ()
Date: January 04, 2018 03:24PM

I will post the conclusions. I do have replacement electronics modules. replacement involves disassembly of the dist. I have done this - the same work is needed to convert to a direct magnetic out conversion. Although that is designed to plug into an MSD box, it would work as well with Dave's GM unit or a Chrysler box or most other external boxes.

Seth Emerson

Check my new Performance Corvair Web site [www.perfvair.com]

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Re: HEI ignition module. Stinger distributor
Posted by: fred bagnall ()
Date: January 05, 2018 08:13PM

I finally had a chance to properly troubleshoot the ignition system on my Corsa. I briefly went through the troubleshooting steps before and came to an erroneous conclusion. I had intermittent power to the distributor and to the coil. Upon closer inspection I discovered that my 12 volts switched wire that I connected at the firewall connection had worked itself partially loose. The connection still looked serviceable, but was suspect. I wiggled the connection and was able to replicate the intermittent starting problem with multiple wiggle/start attempt cycles. After I was satisfied that I found the actual problem, I fixed it with a proper repair I thought initially that I had a problem with my distributor, but come to find out I had a problem with my power supply. I want to thank everyone that keyed in ideas. It just goes to show that you can miss things when you are in a hurry.


64 Greenbrier std -110, 4spd,barn find on the road again after 46 year hiatus.
66 Turbo Corsa, 180hp,posi-trac, quick steering HD suspension,AM-FM-multiplex,soft-Ray glass all around
Floridian currently residing in Nor Cal

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Re: HEI ignition module. Stinger distributor
Posted by: Wagon Master ()
Date: January 06, 2018 01:39PM

davemotohead Wrote:
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Seth, do you have a parts replacement list for
your distributor? Will you revisit this thread?

Here's my scenerio, I'm at a car show 150 mles from home. I have a Stinger ignition with hei pin style cap. I suspect my magnetic pickup and ignition module need replacing. There's an Advance Auto across the street and I see a Auto Zone within walking distance. I have a basic tool kit. How do I get home?

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Re: HEI ignition module. Stinger distributor
Posted by: DAVECS1 ()
Date: January 06, 2018 06:18PM

Advanced auto carries quite a bit of MSD stuff.
Or keep the stock setup in a box.

1964 Monza Convertible
110 4 speed
Peoria, IL

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Re: HEI ignition module. Stinger distributor
Posted by: Seth Emerson ()
Date: January 07, 2018 11:39AM

Wagon Master - I will revisit the issue. Stay tuned.

Seth Emerson

Check my new Performance Corvair Web site [www.perfvair.com]

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Re: HEI ignition module. Stinger distributor
Posted by: rodnokn6 ()
Date: January 15, 2018 07:56AM

Seth Emerson Wrote:
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> Wagon Master - I will revisit the issue. Stay
> tuned.


I had a failure of my stinger module and determined that even though it is called HEI it is not a true GM HEI. I ended up calling Jeff at ca corvairs. He suggested I remove the distributor and he would take a look at it for me. He ended up sending it in to Seth for repairs and I had it back in about a week or so. Now the vacuum advance canister is starting to leak. What canister do I order from an auto parts store please ? Thank you for your help

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Re: HEI ignition module. Stinger distributor
Posted by: Seth Emerson ()
Date: January 15, 2018 04:35PM

PM sent (PS any of about 50 different Vacuum advances will work.)

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Re: HEI ignition module. Stinger distributor
Posted by: Seth Emerson ()
Date: January 16, 2018 11:03PM

New vacuum canisters, and instructions shipped out today.

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