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#389571 - 05/22/17 02:08 PM Looking for electronic ignition conversion
Bill P. Offline

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Registered: 03/22/02
Posts: 44
Loc: Annandale, VA
Does anyone know of an electronic ignition conversion kit for a 1926 superior-v with a 171cu engine?

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#389574 - 05/22/17 02:40 PM Re: Looking for electronic ignition conversion [Re: Bill P.]
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Registered: 11/23/01
Posts: 28629
Loc: Eagle Point, Oregon
Stay with you have since the electronic conversions usually cause issues.

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#389599 - 05/22/17 07:49 PM Re: Looking for electronic ignition conversion [Re: Junkyard Dog]
Bill P. Offline

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Registered: 03/22/02
Posts: 44
Loc: Annandale, VA
Thank you.

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#389606 - 05/22/17 09:50 PM Re: Looking for electronic ignition conversion [Re: Bill P.]
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Registered: 11/22/01
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Loc: The Great State of TEXAS
I had an electronic ignition on a '28 Chevy as a test from a manufacturer. It worked well until a complete failure with absolutely no warning. Luckily the engine was in my shop at the time. I carried a spare points distributor just in case. Installed the points dist and haven't looked back. Those can be fiddled with to get you back home. When the electronics are dead so is your car.
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#389646 - 05/23/17 08:51 AM Re: Looking for electronic ignition conversion [Re: Chipper]
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Registered: 05/23/02
Posts: 4174
Loc: Goulburn Australia
I have been there, electronic worked well until it died. The modern computer controlled system is an even bigger pain.
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#389655 - 05/23/17 01:46 PM Re: Looking for electronic ignition conversion [Re: tonyw]
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Registered: 11/23/01
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iagree

I installed an electronic ignition in my 1970 Impala. It lasted one week! The electronic ignition failed at a stop light in a major intersection on a Friday evening at 5:00 PM. A major traffic jam formed because of the failed electronic ignition in the vehicle. In 57 years of driving I have never had the point system in any of my vehicles fail.

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#389703 - 05/24/17 12:46 AM Re: Looking for electronic ignition conversion [Re: Junkyard Dog]
Bowtie Bob Offline

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Registered: 10/26/02
Posts: 998
Loc: Rochester, N.Y.
My advice would be to heed the above comments, but if you just HAVE to try electronic ignition, check out Summit Racing's site:

https://www.summitracing.com/search/bran...-kits/volts/6-v

They're a reputable dealer,
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#395376 - 09/23/17 02:37 AM Re: Looking for electronic ignition conversion [Re: Bowtie Bob]
wesb Offline

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Registered: 08/19/08
Posts: 205
Loc: KS
I am working on a breakerless ignition for 6v 6cylinder applications. My '35 will be tested

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#395383 - 09/23/17 08:07 AM Re: Looking for electronic ignition conversion [Re: wesb]
tonyw Offline




Registered: 05/23/02
Posts: 4174
Loc: Goulburn Australia
Years ago I found a electronic assisted contact system. Basically it was a transistor that controlled by the original points and the transistor switched the coil. It worked well until the points oxidized and werent connecting, only had to rub fine emery paper between the points. The points didnt burn like standard systems as there wasnt the current flow in through them.
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#396174 - 10/09/17 06:44 PM Re: Looking for electronic ignition conversion [Re: Bill P.]
brino Offline
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Registered: 05/14/10
Posts: 547
Loc: Northern California, USA
Bill,

Here's how to do it using GM HEI parts:

http://www.hotrod.com/articles/convert-a-ford-or-chrysler-ignition-to-gm-hei/#wiring-diagram-2

It can also probably be also done using Mopar components from an electronic distributor.

Pertronix and Crane Cams conversions have failed in many applications. The ultra reliable OEM electronic distributor components may not be 100% failure free, but nothing is. Once, decades ago I was driving a company vehicle with point ignition and the point rubbing block broke off leaving me stranded. Nothing is perfect

Part of the fun of this hobby is tweaking the sensibilities of the originality purists with "stealth" modifications that make the antiques safer, more pleasant to drive and more reliable. The purists don't care about that because it irrelevant in a show-only trailer queen.

.Ray W

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#400895 - 12/31/17 09:00 PM Re: Looking for electronic ignition conversion [Re: Bill P.]
Vila Offline

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Registered: 06/14/10
Posts: 53
Loc: PA
I agree with the other comments above.

The electronic ignitions conversions for antique cars work great until they fail and then they are dead, whereas the good old points tend to slowly fade into the sunset and provide warning they need replaced.

On a Triumph website I participate in there have been numerous individuals report failures of the Pertronix units in Triumph TR4s while on the road and they end up needing a tow to get home.
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#401987 - Yesterday at 12:05 AM Re: Looking for electronic ignition conversion [Re: Bill P.]
brino Offline
Oil Can Mechanic

Registered: 05/14/10
Posts: 547
Loc: Northern California, USA
Bill, check this out.

http://devestechnet.com/Home/HEIgnition

It's a conversion a hobbyist can do using a Mopar slant 6 reluctor and a GM HEI module. Those components have been in use on millions of engines for decades and have none of the reliability issues of the aftermarket junk like Pertronix and Allison electronic conversions.

Ray W

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