Even better, the Aeromotive kit we installed comes with all of the necessary components, including their A1000 fuel pump, -10 AN braided fuel delivery line, a 10 micron and 100 micron fuel filter, fuel pressure regulator, return line, and -6 AN carburetor supply lines. The A1000 fuel pump is amazingly quiet given the volume of fuel it can deliver, and the fuel return provision on the Aerospace regulator returns any unused fuel to the tank during part throttle operation so that the carb always sees a fresh supply of cool gasoline from the fuel cell. Overall, this fuel system is a huge improvement over the car’s stock system, and will give us room to grow if we chose to put a more powerful engine in our Dodge.
As for the ignition in our car, the stock single-breaker point style ignition system our Dodge came equipped with, is also woefully inadequate by modern performance standards, so we decided to upgrade with a selection of parts from MSD. Breaker points are limited in terms of rpm and spark energy, so this upgrade makes complete sense, not just for performance applications but for stock cars as well. In addition to providing higher spark energy, modern electronic ignition systems like the ones available from MSD are also far more reliable than breaker points, and require almost no maintenance. Looking at the variety of ignition components available from MSD, we decided their Digital 6 Plus ignition box would be a nice match to our car, along with a Pro-Billet distributor, Super Conductor plug wires, and Blaster SS ignition coil.
MSD’s Digital 6 Plus ignition offers many of the features found in the tried and true original MSD 6 ignition, with some great additional features. The Digital 6 Plus gives great spark energy, and features “multiple spark discharge” at low to moderate rpm for a more complete burning of the fuel mixture, just like the original. This ignition system also offers two separate rev limit adjustments, and a high speed retard feature for use with nitrous oxide injected or boosted engines. Even better, there are no replaceable “chips” for adjustments, just simple rotary switches on one end of the unit that are conveniently adjusted using a small flat-blade screwdriver, which MSD includes with the ignition box.
The Digital 6 Plus ignition is compatible with any electronic distributor or even points-style distributors, but we chose MSD’s Pro-Billet distributor along with an MSD Blaster SS coil and 8.5 mm Super Conductor plug wires for our application. The Pro-Billet distributor is available as a direct bolt in for our low-deck 400 block, and features a variety of adjustable advance curves which are selected by interchanging a single bushing and dual springs attached to the counterweights. We’ve used this type of MSD distributor before and found it to be very accurate in terms of the advance curves. Along with the rest of our MSD ignition components, this system will generate plenty of spark energy for our 451-cubic-inch big-block.
Now that our ’64 Dodge has the proper fuel and ignition system installed, we’re that much closer to getting our car on the road, and more importantly, to the track. This is turning out to be a fun project to work on, and we’re sure it will be fun to drive and race as well. Be sure to follow along in future issues of Mopar Muscle as we upgrade our car’s suspension and install the necessary safety items to make it legal to race. We’re hoping to have the car at the track in the near future for testing, so we’ll be sure to let you know how our Dodge runs, and we’ll post videos of our Dodge making its first passes on moparmuscle.com. There are lots of racing events in Florida featuring the Nostalgia Super Stock classes, so we look forward to seeing you at the track as well!
|Aeromotive Fuel System
|Quick Fuel 1050 carburetor
|MSD PN 6520 Digital 6 Plus ignition unit
|MSD Pro-Billet distributor
|MSD Blaster SS Coil
|MSD Super Conductor Plug Wires
|Summit Racing Equipment 10-gallon fuel cell