If anyone is interested, I converted my very poor Chrysler ignition system to a High Energy Ignition. It Was very easy and about $125.00 dollars. It has made a BIG difference: faster starts, more power and better MPG. Also all parts are readily available at any auto parts store as they are all GM except the distributor. Email me if interested and I will give you the details.

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Now it's a one wire ignition system. All it needs is 12 volts. Should be very reliable. Please let us know how it works over time.

I have made two trips and I love it. About 1/2 mpg increase, but when I first installed it, it started so fast that it scared me.


Send me the info on how to & parts needed..




Hi Jack I'm new to this site. I have a 1978 Dodge Midas sportsman 20ft and have been trying to find a service manual for the engune. I got it given to me in pieces and I need a reference to put the motor back together. All the bolts and parts are there I just need some sort of guide or manual, do u know where I can get a 78 manual or motor diagrams. It can we with the owners manual but that has nothing about the motor. I hope I can point me in the right direction, I've been trying for weeks.... Thank you

Assuming yours is a class C on a Dodge chassis any after market manual for a similar chassis and same size engine that is a full tear down manual 'should' suffice. Haynes, Chiltons etc.

However, I offer the below based on an additional assumption ie you may not have ever built or rebuilt an engine. If I am wrong I apologize.

No manual will give you the size of any of the numerous bolts required in an engine. They may give you the bolt rating required and the torque spec. Both are critical.

Should you use a grade 4 bolt for a head rather than a grade 8 expect to be towed at some point.

Should your torque value be off, same thing.

If the crank is out you have to be experienced to install. Clearances are critical, as well as the above.

If the camshaft is out you can very easily destroy it when installing.

Along with the cam are the timing gears and chain. Correct installation and set up are critical.

Assuming you have a mechanical fuel pump, incorrect installation means no start.

In a rebuild correct lubes, clearances, torques etc. MUST be used.

This is a very small list of problems you 'may' encounter. Believe me, there are many more.

If you are not confident check around with car clubs etc. for someone willing to guide you. May cost you, but a replacement engine will likely cost a lot more.

Not trying to dissuade you from doing it yourself. Anything you undertake like this is a beneficial learning experience. Just trying to ensure you understand the enormity of the task.

Again, if you have the experience and ability ignore the above.

Hi Kris, I have a Chilton Repair Manual 1967-1988 Dodge and Plymouth truck Book. It covers Engine overhaul if you are interested. $17.50 plus shipping.




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