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Old 06-16-2003, 02:03 PM
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Best way to change ignition?

I have a 67 mustang, I would like to make it a whole lot more reliable on starting and running. I want to change the ignition system to something a whole lot more modern. Anyone done this? What did you need? How much did it cost?

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Re: Best way to change ignition?

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I have a 67 mustang, I would like to make it a whole lot more reliable on starting and running. I want to change the ignition system to something a whole lot more modern. Anyone done this? What did you need? How much did it cost?

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I like to keep the stock distributor, assuming bushings are good and shaft is solid w/ no wobble. Remove points and condenser and get the star wheel and magnetic coil from a Chrysler electonic distributor at the junk yard. Also get that funky ignition module rubber plug. Turn down the points cam on the Ford distributor so the Chrysler star wheel is a firm press fit. Drill and thread holes for mounting screws in the points plate to mount the Chrysler pickup coil. Cut the side out of an old Ford distributor cap so you can index the rotor on the shaft properly. A spur on the rotor should be in proximity of the mag pickup when the ignition rotor is just coming in contact with a sparkplug lead terminal in the cap. Locktite the star wheel onto the Ford shaft in that position and you now have a pointless electronic distributor. Now wire in a Chrysler ignition module and the system is complete. I do mine for about $50 - $5 fo the star wheel, magnetic pickup, and rubber plug at the junk yard and $45 for a new electonic module.
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Well no one can argue that willys way is the most economical way to convert for sure but for a bit more money there is always the nice pro-billet look. In about as much time as it takes to hook up three wires and drop in a distributor I switched to a Mallory Unilite distributor. The Unilite uses a photo-optic infrared LED, self-lubricating bushings, and fully adjustable mechanical and vacuum advance mechanisms. It's definately more money but it's performing excellently in my 302 and it's a nice piece of eye candy. Total cost
Distributor = $215
Chrome Coil = $35 (looks nice)
Power Filter = $34 (highly recommended)
To see this set-up click on this link to my photo album .

What you decide to do is up to you, the options are endless.


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Thanks, both seem to be good ways of accomplishing this. I am going to look into both approaches!

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Look into Pertronix. I know a guy who put a Pertronix in his Cougar (68 I think) & he said it starts easier & gets 2 or 3 more mpg also. It fits completely under the stock distributor cap & costs less than $100.
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holy cow

are unilites that much money now?? let's thumb thru the ol summit cat: oh yeah, you said FORD, wow, they really did go way up!!191/mech adv; 215/vac. msd:200; accel 200 make sure if you get a unilite you run a ballast resistor and the voltage regulator is req'd for the warranty which is good cause a new module is 100.. course you could go for the msd magneto at only $1,239.95!
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Thanks!

Thank you all, your suggestions will help me decide how to approach this.
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Thumbs up Ignition change to electronic

I just got finished building a 66 Fairlane and a 71 Linc. I used the stock distributor and changed the ignition out to a Pertronix unit. It took 15 min. to install. They both run great with this unit. I never have to adjust anything, and the power is MUCH better. I would honestly recomend this to anyone. If you check on E BAY, You can get one for around 60.00. That is where I got both of mine, and that is what I paid. It is an upgrade that can't be beat. Cheap, easy, and a great power builder. I hope this helps.
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I agree with dmorris1200, the Mallory Unilite is the simple way to go and get great performance. I was going to go the HEI Proform distributor way, but the HEI's cap is too big and was hitting the air filter and rubbing the A/C compressor on my 65' Mustang. If not for that the HEI would have been the easiest with the one wire hookup and providing 50,000 volts!

I do have a question for dmorris1200. What is the Power Filter for?:)
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