'68, 472 HEI Conversion?

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500, 472, 425, 368 Discussion, '68, 472 HEI Conversion? in Cadillac Engine Discussion; Hey guys, I got a 1968 Deville, with the 472, with points ignition. The motors out right now being rebuilt, ...
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    68deville&99escalade is offline Cadillac Owners Member
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    '68, 472 HEI Conversion?

    Hey guys, I got a 1968 Deville, with the 472, with points ignition. The motors out right now being rebuilt, and before i put it back in i want to switch over to hei. Im thinking about purchasing a replacement hei distributor off of autozone, that is for a newer 472 hei caddy. What else would i need to purchase / do to get it to work properly, thanks.

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    The Ape Man is offline Cadillac Owners Connoisseur
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    Re: '68, 472 HEI Conversion?

    You will need the distributor cap, rotor, ignition coil negative terminal spade (inside cap), spade terminal with clip for distributor b+, ignition wires, wire hold down clip and plastic coil cover. You can buy most of this stuff from a parts house but sometimes the screws are not included.
    The advance curve will almost certainly be off so be prepared to make changes.

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    Re: '68, 472 HEI Conversion?

    Check out this thread. It has everything you need to know with great links to install procedures. I love my HEI I installed in my 69.


    Here's a real good link with install instructions.


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    lux hauler is offline Cadillac Owners Connoisseur
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    Re: '68, 472 HEI Conversion?

    Here's a post I did a year or so ago......
    Here's the complete thread........
    Changing from points to hei on a Caddy is no different really than any other GM product. There are lots of articles on different websites that give good, detailed info on this swap.

    Good luck.
    BTW....there is a Oldsmobile site that has lots of good tech info ( http://www.442.com/oldsfaq/oldsfaq.htm ). It's not Cadillac but much of the info can be used on other GM makes, including Cadillac.
    Below is a link to their ignition page.
    The swap is covered....in detail.
    http://www.442.com/oldsfaq/ofign.htm#Ignition ......click on the Points to HEI Ignition link.

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