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Username Post: Electronic Ignition        (Topic#355572)
jeff198901 
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03-11-19 11:57 AM - Post#2761840    

I am looking at the PerTronix electronic ignition that goes in the distributor cap. Does anyone have a link to the kit I should use for a 427 BBC?

What wires do you recommend?

Also, how do I tell if my car already has an electronic ignition kit installed?




Thanks!

Jeff



Edited by jeff198901 on 03-11-19 12:01 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
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03-11-19 12:02 PM - Post#2761841    
    In response to jeff198901

I ordered mine from jegs.com

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toro455 
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03-11-19 03:43 PM - Post#2761861    
    In response to jeff198901

I installed one which I bought from Summit Racing. I don't recall the difference but there were 2 PNs which were nearly identical at the time for the same application. The difference I think had to do with how parts of the kit were mounted. When I phoned Summit even needed to dig deeper... Too long ago to recall the specific difference unfortunately but I do recall I was glad I found out what the difference was before buying. I also recall I did need to shim the distributor to get the clearance the instructions wanted to see.

Scott



 
Oshawa65SS 
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03-11-19 09:55 PM - Post#2761900    
    In response to jeff198901

I have the Breakerless SE and it's a great upgrade.
Single wire hookup so it looks 100% stock and it's easy to install.
Just have to file down the rotor a bit underneath as per the instructions.
Super forgiving with no shiming or gaps to set or concerns about distributors that are showing their age and getting a little sloppy.

Ryan

65 Impala SS convertible 283 2V with Powerglide and 10 bolt 3.08 open
Build date Dec. 21 '64 Oshawa


 
Texasray 
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03-12-19 03:39 AM - Post#2761903    
    In response to Oshawa65SS

Jeff, first to your Question "how do I tell if my car already have electronic ignition installed"

Pop the distributor cap off and check for points and condenser. Check images online if you are not sure what they look like. If you don't have experience with distributors you may want to pay someone to install it for you.

I installed my #1181 on our '72 vette back in about 2000 when we bought it. Easy to install, good system and no problems since. The 1181 comes with a ring that bolts under the rotor & the control replaces the points & condenser set up. I did shim my distributor to remove some of the play from the years of wear but the timing is rock steady. I also replaced the stock coil with the Pertronix coil in 2002.
Now on the Impala, in 2015 I bought a aftermarket dist and control box that cost way too much. I can't use a typical timing light with it. I thought since I was building a serious street motor I needed it. I have found no difference in the function or output of the two systems. Just the expensive system is harder to modify the advance, and it wants you to buy their timing light.
Live & learn I guess. Anyway I have been using the 1181 for 18 years now and if you didn't know to look for two wires coming out of the dist cap you wouldn't know it wasn't stock. I do like not having to replace points every year or so.

Good luck, Sam



 
66cayne 
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03-12-19 07:02 AM - Post#2761916    
    In response to jeff198901

It does not sound like you are familiar with distributors. Do you know if you have a stock type or HEI distributor installed? If it is a stock type, remove the cap and see if it has a set of points installed. If no points then it has been converted to electronic. One advantage of the Pertronics system is you will not need to remove the distributor to install it. Get the Pertronics II or III kit.



 
jeff198901 
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03-14-19 08:02 AM - Post#2762057    
    In response to 66cayne

I noticed two wires coming out the bottom of the distributor. One black and one red wire. I assume this is the electronic ignition



 
jeff198901 
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03-14-19 08:11 AM - Post#2762058    
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https://www.flickr.com/photos/159670980@N02/ 473780...



 
Oshawa65SS 
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03-14-19 10:33 PM - Post#2762109    
    In response to jeff198901

Looks like you're already setup with a Pertronix with the red and black wires coming out, although you've got a later distributor with the numbers on the body.
Original year distributor would have the numbers on a metal band wrapped around the bottom stem of the distributor.
Stock 65 distributors or Breakerless SE conversions are single wire.
Look under the cap to see just what it is though, or post a pic of the numbers and the cap view of the distributor.


Ryan

65 Impala SS convertible 283 2V with Powerglide and 10 bolt 3.08 open
Build date Dec. 21 '64 Oshawa


 
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