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Old 07-08-2006, 11:04 PM
430MEL 430MEL is offline
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Default RE: PERTRONIX II

I put in a tank full of premium gas and the pinging stopped. I have had a bad experience with Pertronix. Installed a set on my 56 Bird Y-block and was cruising along at 60 MPH when the pertronix unit failed. The resulting build-up of raw gas in the hot muffler exploded and cost me a very expensive stainless steel exhaust replacement. I switched back to points and carry a spare set in the car. I think if you do the pertronix you have to do the alternator conversion as the generator does not put out the constant juice. Sent the unit back and thats what Pertronix told me to switch to an alternator!
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Old 07-09-2006, 06:21 AM
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>I think if you do the pertronix you have to do the alternator >conversion as the generator does not put out the constant juice. >Sent the unit back and thats what Pertronix told me to switch to an
>alternator!

I personally have never used PERTRONIX. I prefer DURASPARK II but the problem (to me) is the DURASPARK conversion shows whereas the PERTRONIX is hidden and doesn't alter the appearance of the origional engine. It appears to work very well and if fails, one can substitute the origional points to get it going again.

Above is a very good point about an GEN not being able to put out enough AMPS to keep up with modernizing a car. But then if you do the ALT conversion, it detracts from the origional appearance of the car (engine compartment).

This is the reason (IMO) that if one does an ALT upgrade on one of these cars and wants to maintain the OEM appearance, to use an early FE ALT and harness to make it appear an OEM installation.

The use of a GM one-wire is taboo... :(

Another thought is to use a dual point conversion kit with a hotter coil as the points will allow a longer coil saturation time if one does not want to do the ALT upgrade.
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Old 07-09-2006, 09:47 AM
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Default RE: PERTRONIX II

In my 430 the battery hides most of the generator from view. Installing an alternator could be done without drawing too much attention to it. Would like it to put brighter lights on car for those late night cruises. What mounts are availabe to install an alternator-did the 430 ever have an alternator.
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