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    cullen747 is offline Cadillac Owners Member
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    Question Replacing 1976 Eldorado distributor with an MSD

    Hey Everybody, I have a 76' eldorado and ive been having a few issues with my distributor and i was wondering if anybody has tried or would recommend putting an MSD Distributor in instead of just replacing the stock one

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    Re: Replacing 1976 Eldorado distributor with an MSD

    It would be brand new and should be reliable, but I don't know if you will realize any performance benefit from it. You can buy nice new distributors for almost any other American V8 for pretty cheap, but not the Cadillac. I think a good used one would work just as well but I wouldn't pay more than $50-60 for one. Yours could be rebuilt/refurbished fairly cheap if there isn't a lot of slop in it. Most mechanics know how to work on them too so it shouldn't cost a lot to get one worked on. If money is no object, the MSD dist should work fine though.

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    Re: Replacing 1976 Eldorado distributor with an MSD

    Thankyou for your opinion, yeah the engine itself doesnt have a lot of potential stock because of all the emission control systems on it, but eventually i want to put new heads on it and run duel exhaust, ill get performance but i wanna keep it a cruiser like it should be

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    Re: Replacing 1976 Eldorado distributor with an MSD

    I have installed 5 or 6 MSD systems incl. a big block 455 Buick.
    In all cases there was substantial improvement in fuel economy as well
    as noticeably quicker starting. If the budget allows I'd pop for the
    matching MSD billet distributor. I've found their stuff to be bulletproof
    over the years and their customer service very helpful.
    Besides .... Made in USA, too

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    Re: Replacing 1976 Eldorado distributor with an MSD

    Thank you roadmaster, im going to look into it right now, i was on MSD's website earlier and they did not have distributors that matched the 76' eldorado
    though, do your MSD's have vacumn advance?

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    Well on my 70 Cadillac I went to a later year electronic ignition system. All I did was buy a used distributor off a Cadillac and buy a rebuild kit from Summit Racing. Cost $60 for the kit and it included everything. Couldn't be happier. Just try buying a kit for yours and you should be fine.

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