How to install Pertronix points eliminator module

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  1. ol' chebby

    ol' chebby Member

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    Pertronix install. Really couldn't be simpler.

    Remove dist. cap.....
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    Remove condensor and points, pass through wire block...
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    Drop in pertronix plate, locating on points pivot pin, then screw down with points screw...
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    Run wires through dist. body using grommet supplied. Push trigger over rotor shaft until seated on base, hook up to coil,...
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    Re install dist. cap and fire it up!
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    I also installed a flamethrower 40,000v coil with 3 ohm resistance. Get the black housing and mount with label facing the engine, no one knows the difference!
     
  2. vwnate1

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    Pertronix ' Ignitor '

    You'll love this up grade ~ it drives the ignition system to it's maximum efficiency and so vastly improves starting and idling cold or hot , this means your old worn out oil burning engine will run many more years just as it is.....

    You should also open the spark plugs up to .040" when you install the Ignitor

    DO pay close attention to the system you order up as they sell them not only by what distributor but also by how many volts reach the ignition coil , 6 or 12 , 8/9 if you run a ballast resistor etc. .

    You *MUST* test your coil to ensure it has the correct ohms resistance for the system you bought as using the wrong coil will cause failure after a while , that's the reason some will tell you these are not reliable : they didn't install it correctly .
     
  3. skalywag

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    This conversion was the best single improvement I made to the ignition system. After a year of trying to get a new Mallory Dual-point system to smoothly operate (cooked a coil), I followed Nate's sage advice and installed a Petronix. Sheesh this sounds like an ad. Anyways, the performance and smoothness are just another part of making my truck enjoyable.
    Thanks again Nate.
    Cheers
     
  4. Coach529

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    This is on my punch list for sure.....
     
  5. JW 54

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    I did this conversion also. It could not have been simpler.
     
  6. coralhead

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    I installed one on my old '52 Ferguson TO30 and love that it starts right up in colder weather. I also have one in my '50 AD.
     
  7. Chiro

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    Pertronics

    Hi russ,

    what is the Pertronics part number for the 235? I have a '57 engine. 12 volts with alternator.

    thanks,

    Andy
     
  8. ol' chebby

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    I don't recall. Look on Summitracing.com, they can help you find them.
     
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    Can't get any easier than that.
    Thanks for posting the install procedures.

    I take it that the vacuum advance settings remain the same ?
     
  11. ol' chebby

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    I didn't chaNGE IT AT ALL.
     
  12. coralhead

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    To further the stock look on my '50, I took the old ballast resistor and hollowed out the back and put in a solid wire, epoxied the cavity and put back on the fire wall. Still "looks" like I am running old points.
     
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    Your '50 wouldn't have had a ballast resistor until someone converted it to a 12 volt system.
     
  15. DeadZoneTruckin

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    Only drawback I can see to this system is..... if it stops working.... it can leave you broke down in the middle of nowhere.

    I would have to buy 2 of them..... one kit for the distributor & one kit for the glovebox.... just in case.
     
  16. Vigilante

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    I have heard about these. Looks like a magic trick. I cant wrap my mind around how it works? Anyone have a short version for dummies like me?
     
  17. ol' chebby

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    It is a magnetic switch. When the reluctor wheel ( the octagon looking thing arond the shaft spins, the corners trigger the switch when they pass, closing the circuit and tellint the coil to fire.
     
  18. vwnate1

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    Reliability

    Joe ;

    First , if you install it correctly they never ever break down .

    I've been running one for 25 years , not one hiccup .

    Even if it does fail all you needs do it re install the points & motor on .

    I carried the points & screw for many years in a ziplock baggie , I finally realized it was a waste of time & threw them out .
     
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    Ignition time settings ?

    Did you guys have to adjust the ignition time settings after installing the ignitor ?

    Martinius.
     
  20. Bilbo

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    I could be mistaken, but here's my take on the Pertronix ignition... It seems unlikely that a mechanical magnetic switch could operate fast enough to do auto ignition... I believe the concept is that the rotating reluctor wheel lobes pass close to an electrical coil embedded in the stationary part of the ignition module. This induces a small voltage in the coil, which triggers a transistor, who in turn sends a large voltage pulse to the ignition coil. Somewhat simplified, but that is the general principal of basic electronic ignition.
     

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