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Old 02-19-2011, 05:20 PM
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68 chrysler points system help

Just started tackling the ignition on my 68 chrysler newport custom. Worked the circuit down to the points in the distibutor and it looks like one of the points is burnt up. Lookin online at replacement parts and it looks like a viable option is an hei conversion kit. Just wonderin what the better option is, just replace the point and get by for a while or swap it over? If i do the swap will just one of the kits from somewhere like orielly's work or will I have to change anything else? Forgive the vagueness just lookin for some info to get started.

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Old 02-19-2011, 05:27 PM
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Check with these guy's i have used this 3 or 4 times and it really does work well and you can keep the stock look and stock looking wires also takes about ten minutes to install . JMO .http://www.pertronix.com/prod/ig/ignitor2/default.aspx .
and Jegs/Summit and about any place like these should have it. I got mine from summit or jegs . Some people like them and some don't but i would use them again if i needed to.IMHO

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Old 02-19-2011, 05:39 PM
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That is a good conversion, seems people like them and they are easy.Eliminates having to readjust the points when the block wears down.

The points cam gets chewed up by dirt and wears the cam and that wears the points block down faster than normal,making the whole thing snowball into a pain in the arse
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on the points system, it sounds like a bad condensor. check the points plate for ground in the dist. also. the pertronics is the best way to go but if you stick with points (they are simple) always replace the points and condensor as a pair and adjust the dwell at 28 on a v8, as the rubbung block on the points wear it will move towards 32 and retard the tining. i really liked GM cars back then, pull the little window on the dist. cap, shove a 1/8th allen in there and bring the points back to 28. FORDS were a pain--pull the cap and rotor, use a flat blade screwdiver after loosining the points screws and guestimate the gap (i got really good at that) if you were off on a ford it was a reassemble/disaasemble to readjust the points once again to get the right dwell...
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just reread your post, the pertronix is the way to go. but if you have dual points on a chrysler and want to keep them put a match book cover in between the first set of points, set the other set of points to 28 degrees dwell, now put the match book cover between the second set of points and set the first points at 28 degrees dwell. this will give you a combined dwell of 34 degrees. now set your timing. this is a lost art, but this is how it was done on all hi-performance cars with dual point distsributors back in the 60s. it sounds complicated by description, but after doing a few i could adjust and time any dual point car in under 5 minutes (every once in a while with some stupid car maybe 10)...
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