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Old 05-07-2012, 07:24 PM
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Pertronics conversion

I am running a 67 Chevy points style distributor in my '51 Merc flathead in my '36 Ford roadster. I have been thinking about installing a Pertronics module in it since an HEI will not clear the aluminum cylinder head. Does anyone know how reliable they are? I would rather keep the points than have a dead module on the side of the road.

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check with this guy also. I believe he been doing it for over 20 years.
http://www.davessmallbodyheis.com/
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I use Pertronix conversions in everything I do for street rods because I like the look of the stock distributor. I have never had one fail. You just have to do a decent job of wiring and be aware of coil resistances and voltage at the primary coil terminal. They want 12V not 9V at the coil and I always use their coil with the unit even though other coils with the same resistance values will work. AND.. you can keep a set of points and condenser in your tool kit and if it ever did fail, you could put the old stuff back in and get to town. Without a balast resistor, the points would only last a couple hundred miles, but would get you out of a jam. The BBC in the photo has Pertronix II in a chevy distributor as HEI, etc. won't fit with the tunnel ram.
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I had to recurve the dizzy for the flathead. I assume none of that would have to be altered. If it is possible to change back to points on the side of the road it probably makes sense to do it.

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Just make sure your point set is the Chevy type that has the condenser attached or else screw the condenser screw back into the distributor plate so it can be used if needed and keep the point pigtail attached to the points as it will have to be reinstalled with the points if ever needed. To be honest, I don't even carry them anymore.(hope I don't jinx myself) Nothing changes with your advance curve and the conversion is a breeze to install.
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Really good information. Thanks for the post.

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I use Pertronix Ignitor and Ignitor II in my 68 Camaro as well as my old 6 volt '48 Cadillac.

In the past I used them on my 69 442 as well.

Never a day's worth of trouble from any of them.

However, if something should go wrong you won't be able to revert back to the points system while you are on the road very easily. So I always carry a spare Pertronix module in the glove box just in case of emergency. Have never had to use them yet.

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I had to recurve the dizzy for the flathead. I assume none of that would have to be altered. If it is possible to change back to points on the side of the road it probably makes sense to do it.

John L
I have use pertronix conversions several time without any problems.
just don't leave the key on and walk off or or put the battery cables on the wrong post something and it will be fine. IMHO


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i use pert's also for yrs and no problem.. till i changed the coil to a hi perf and didn't realize it had almost zero resistance... and i smoked tested the ign sys.. changed back to oil coil and i'm runnng mallory points replacemt and its working great too.. just make sure u got some res in the coil or use a ballast..
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I've been running mine for about 10 years. No problem.
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Yep i think they are a great thing myself, easy to install i mean like 5 min or so and you don't have to remove the distributer, well unless you don't have much room or just want to do it that way. JMO


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like they all said
10 yrs in my sons 68 elcamino with no problems
he's had 3 motors in the elco, but only 1 pertronixs unit
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Thanks to all who who have replied. With 100% positive feedback it sounds like the way to go.


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The original Ignitor had an issue if you left the key in the ON position, it would cook the unit. I believe the Ignitor II and III don't have this issue, however, to be prudent, don't leave the key ON for a few hours at a time.

My old man used to keep points and condenser in his glovebox (for the first 10yrs). He finally gave em to some kid that was having points issues with his r@t rod. I said 'why'd you give up hope on going back to points'. His response? "I have car insurance with a roll-back, and I can get an Ignitor II at any parts store these days
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If they can be bought at a parts store there is no reason not to run them. That is a big plus.

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