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Want To Permanently Throw Away Those Points? We Thought So
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August 01, 2000
Is that distributor packing points, or has it been updated to the reliability of an electronic ignition system conversion?
Is that distributor packing points, or has it been updated to the reliability of an electr
From MSDMSD has several alternatives to using points-based ignitions. While none are stealthy enough to be considered for full-on show cars, these pieces work great in street-driven V-8s. The MSD Ready to Run Pro-Billet distributor for Ford V-8s is a drop-in unit that simply hooks up three wires to operate. It is a completely new distributor assembly with oversized mainshaft and sealed bearings. The mechanical advance is adjustable and has a vacuum advance to increase economy. The distributors are available for the 289-302 (PN 8352), the 351W (PN 8354), and the 351C-460 (PN 8350) engines.
From MSDMSD has several alternatives to using points-based ignitions. While none are steal
If you want the zero maintenance of electronic ignition but the adjustability of a stand-alone control box, then you can use the MSD Pro-Billet Ford distributor for the 289-302 (PN 8479), the 351W (PN 8478), or the 351C-460 (PN 8477) engines with any one of several control boxes offered by MSD.
If you want the zero maintenance of electronic ignition but the adjustability of a stand-a
By far the most popular ignition control box from MSD is the MSD 6AL unit. This unit is of the capacitive-discharge style with multiple sparks for proper combustion. The 6AL also has a built-in Soft Touch rev control that is adjusted by using different RPM chips to keep your engine from over-revving. You can use the 6AL with the distributor mentioned in the above caption or with your original points distributor, but you will still have the mechanical wear of the points and the breaker plate.
By far the most popular ignition control box from MSD is the MSD 6AL unit. This unit is of
The all-new MSD Digital-6 Plus is a completely digital ignition control with several additions that put it a step above the 6AL. The 6 Plus comes with a standard rev limiter to protect the engine, as well as a two-step rev limiter for launch control and two different stages of ignition retard. The first stage is a start retard for high-compression engines (with the ignition retarded, the engine cranks easier) and the second retard can be wired into an RPM switch or for nitrous use. All these features are in one box. Again, you'll need an MSD distributor to have a fully electronic ignition with no points, but the Digital-6 Plus will work with a stock distributor.
The all-new MSD Digital-6 Plus is a completely digital ignition control with several addit
For those of you who may have upgraded your vintage Mustang to a do-it-yourself Duraspark conversion a few years ago, MSD can still help you. MSD's Ford Adjustable Timing Ignition Control is contained in a stock-sized Duraspark-type control box and even has Ford-type connectors for a plug-in installation. This increased-output ignition can be used in place of any blue-, white-, or yellow-colored, strain-relief Duraspark control and comes with a dash-mountable knob to manually control ignition timing.
For those of you who may have upgraded your vintage Mustang to a do-it-yourself Duraspark
When you step up to electronic ignition, you need a higher voltage coil assembly to fire the hotter sparks available with electronic ignition. The MSD Blaster 2 coil is a great addition to its distributor and ignition control boxes when converting your Mustang over to electronic ignition. It will drop right into your OE coil bracket-and if you desire, you can paint it black to keep it on the down-low.
When you step up to electronic ignition, you need a higher voltage coil assembly to fire t
From CraneCrane has a pair of points conversion ignition systems. Both the Crane XR700 (shown) and the XR3000 allow you to convert your vintage Mustang from points to maintenance-free electronic ignition systems in about an hour. The heart of the system is the XR housing that contains the electronics. This small aluminum housing can be easily mounted out of sight (if you wanted to) and is fully encapsulated for weather resistance.
From CraneCrane has a pair of points conversion ignition systems. Both the Crane XR700 (sh
The XR700 and the XR3000 use the identical optical trigger assembly. The trigger and shutter wheel take the place of the OE points to allow for firing of the spark to the cylinder heads. Simply remove your old points and install the optical trigger per the included instructions, and then connect it to either the XR700 or the XR3000.
The XR700 and the XR3000 use the identical optical trigger assembly. The trigger and shutt
The PS20 coil from Crane is the perfect addition when you upgrade to one of its electronic ignition conversions. The PS20 coil will fit in your stock bracket and deliver a hotter spark to your engine, allowing for larger plug gaps and better combustion.
The PS20 coil from Crane is the perfect addition when you upgrade to one of its electronic
The Pertronix Ignitor has been held in high regard in the Mustang community. And why not? The value-priced electronic ignition conversion drops in place inside your stock vintage distributor and is stealthily hidden beneath your Autolite distributor cap. To the keen eye there is one extra wire exiting the distributor, and I am sure you can hide that quite well. New releases include dual-point applications for the Mustang.
The Pertronix Ignitor has been held in high regard in the Mustang community. And why not?
From PertronixPertronix makes its own Flame-Thrower high-performance coils to work with the Ignitor, though stock Ford coils will work too. From left to right is Pertronix's chrome coil, stock black, and epoxy-filled black (for vibration resistance). These coils will provide 40,000 volts to your spark plugs and fit the stock coil bracket.
From PertronixPertronix makes its own Flame-Thrower high-performance coils to work with th
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