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Old 06-06-2018, 10:46 AM   #1
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Default Stromberg eFire Dizzy

Has anyone tried the new eFire distributor? It looks like another top-quality part from Stromberg, though at nearly $400 I question whether it's worth the upgrade over a stock crab unit with mechanical innards. You can buy A LOT of points and condensers for that much scratch!

http://www.stromberg-97.com/carburetion/efire.asp
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Old 06-06-2018, 06:15 PM   #2
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I'm sure that is an excellent unit, but why not just convert your crab using a Pertronix trigger. Save a few hundred bucks
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And the crab has the vac brake
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Old 06-06-2018, 08:20 PM   #4
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Very little info on the unit; what kind of trigger? electronic pre-programmed advance, no advance??
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Old 06-07-2018, 09:45 AM   #5
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I'm sure that is an excellent unit, but why not just convert your crab using a Pertronix trigger. Save a few hundred bucks
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Kahuna, currently I have no plans on replacing my car's tried-and-true crab-style distributor. I was just curious if anyone here on the Barn had tried this new unit and what its benefits might be. Looks like another great piece of engineering from Stromberg.
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Old 06-07-2018, 02:10 PM   #6
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Very little info on the unit; what kind of trigger? electronic pre-programmed advance, no advance??
Mechanical advance 22 degrees just like the factory crab, uses a electronic module in lieu of contacts. Looks good , i ran a few when they were in development, success will depend on coil being used by end user.
Quality looks very good.....
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Old 06-07-2018, 04:32 PM   #7
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I have done about 1000miles on mine and I can pull toward 4000rpm, which I couldn't manage on the divers helmet I have here. I'd like to find a stock crab for comparison.
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Old 06-08-2018, 07:08 AM   #8
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I didn't see any coil options on the website, what coil is used for 6 volt?
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I wanted one 4 or 5 months back, but couldn't get solid answers. I bought a stock crab.
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Old 06-09-2018, 01:24 AM   #10
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Instructions say coil with a resistor in circuit but it wouldn't fire so Clive at Stromberg said try removing it. So I'm running a regular Bosch blue 6v coil. You also need modern plug leads, no copper cores.
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Any updates, looking into one of these...
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Old 08-26-2018, 07:26 PM   #12
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"You can buy A LOT of points and condensers for that much scratch! " The issue now is are they any good..??
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Old 08-26-2018, 07:36 PM   #13
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What advance curve do they have? The page says "The advance rate (and max total advance) is tuned specifically to suit the flathead V8 motor".
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Old 08-26-2018, 10:51 PM   #14
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I´m curious why someone would take the time and money and develope a product that is less advanced then the original...
If they did a new crab distributor with a modern vacuum advance system that would be one thing.
I wouldn´t spend the money when rebuilding the original crab takes less money and you end up with a better distributor.
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Old 08-27-2018, 02:36 AM   #15
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I agree, i rebuild, test and run the 1942-48 "crab" distributor, for people and myself.
It`s hard to see any gains in this new unit, why replace the best distributor ever made for a modern unit which is hard to trace errors in, pluss it is missing the vacuum load brake.
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Just installed one on a 3.9l, with isky max 1, was running great for 10 min and died...
Stromberg still not respond to me. I use a 1.5 ohm pertronix coil, with carbon spark plug wires. wired from the coil with good 12volts... don t understand what went wrong...

Any help will be appreciated

thanks
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Just installed one on a 3.9l, with isky max 1, was running great for 10 min and died...
Stromberg still not respond to me. I use a 1.5 ohm pertronix coil, with carbon spark plug wires. wired from the coil with good 12volts... don t understand what went wrong...

Any help will be appreciated

thanks
No ballast resistor? I would guess you need 3.0 ohm in that circuit, 1.5 ohm is normally for a 6v system. You can get 3.0 ohm coils or use a 1.5 ohm coil with a 1.5 ohm ballast resistor.
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