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Old 12-21-2002, 06:54 AM
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Question changing from points dist. to electornic dist. what to change?

i have changed from a points dist. to a electronic dist. i have a problem with something getting on the inside of the cap and im having to scrape the inside terminals once a week.i have been told alot but i finally got a answer i havent heard yet. i was told that the main lead wire will only give my dis 9 volts instead of 12 and this would cause the lack of fiere and make stuff form inside the cap. ever heard of this one? i havent so i need some feed back on others who have converted over to elec. from points.

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Old 12-21-2002, 10:20 AM
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Points systems used a ballast resister or resistance wire to drop the ign. voltage to keep the points from burning up. The first thing I did when I converted to electronic was to check with the manufactures to know who needed 12 volts and who needed 9 volts. Malory Unilite requires only 9 volts to its distributor, whereas MSD required a full 12 volts. If you took your ignition system out of a car with a 12 volt feed and didn't rewire yours that's a definate problem. You're going to have to run a new 12 volt feed from a switched source. As a test you can run a jumper lead right from the battery with a toggle switch to turn on/off to the distributor and disconnect the factory lead momentarily. You'll have to open the hood to turn switch on and off when starting or shutting off car but it will tell you if that's your problem.
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