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Old 07-11-2003, 09:25 PM
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Hey, I'm a younger guy and don't know a whole lot about the older type points systems. I do know however, they are much more reliable for me. I had a '63 ford once with points and NEVER had a problem with it. Every other car I've had has had elecronic ignition and I've had nothing BUT problems.:p I just got done putting a 327 chevy into my 1985 trans am and would like to run a points system. I have the coil and a duel point distributer but don't know how I should go about hooking it up. My car has a stock tach too and I'm not sure how that hooks up either. If anyone out there can help me, I'd be greatful!!!

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Old 07-13-2003, 02:05 PM
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I will try to recall the system but having been out of the hobby for 25 years or so it is a bit blurry. However the electronic ignitions offer more precise timming and hotter spark for best fuel burn and power output. So you will not get as good fuel economy with the points I don't think. They are a little easier to troublshoot.
They basicly consist of a 12V source to a coil and a condensor (i think acts as a kind of Capacitor) and a set of points to open and release built up energy from the coil to the plugs through the distributor cap (8 mm wire from coil to the center of distributor cap) In the old days made it easy to "hot wire" your car. Simply jumper a wire from battery to positive side of coil and you had an ignition source. This is just basic as point gap and duration (dwell), plug gap etc all act in concert to produce an effective spark
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