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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2018 3:04 pm    Post subject: Electronic ignition for distributor Reply with quote

Are the electronic ignition (solid state) kits that were made back in the 80s for converting over from points to electronic ignition worth installing into the 24v distributor? I see some NOS kits being sold over seas but wasn't sure if they were really worth putting in or just stay with the old school points system? It appears to be an easy drop in system. As always thanks for input.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2018 6:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like to avoid the title "Electronic Ignition" when speaking of the basic hall effect system that does nothing but replace the contact points. This subject comes up at least a dozen times on every web site! A quick search would have exposed you to many opinions and hype. The bottom line is a Pertronix Electronic trigger or the two military kits when installed effect performance in only one way when compared to a well maintained contact points system. They eliminate the frequent task of adjusting , cleaning or replacing points every 2500 to 4,000 miles. Any other claims are pure BS. I've used the hall effect contact replacements often over the last 40 years and yes they are handy and work quite well.

The decision is entirely yours. I only ask that you not do it because of any foolish belief in hype about Electronic Ignition boosts your performance. True electronic ignition that has a brain and manages the engines is awesome and does offer improvements in both performance and economy. Pertronix Ignitions just make life easier with no percievable changes to performance.
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