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#392500 - 07/20/17 07:13 PM Pertronix electronic ignition replacement WARNING*
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Registered: 01/16/11
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I normally do not write negative reviews unless I have conclusive evidence to prove it but I need to warn fellow car guys that Pertronix point replacement may end causing more harm than good. I installed their product in my stock 67 Nova 283 to free myself from points.. It worked fine for about 5 months and I started experiencing stalling.. I looked at everything but the ignition module until I was cruising down a highway and the ignition cutout completely for 8-10 secs and then came back on and caused a huge backfire and destroyed both of my new mufflers. I went back to points and the car has run flawlessly for the past 2 years.. $270 for new 2 new mufflers just to end up back where I started:(

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#392505 - 07/20/17 08:45 PM Re: Pertronix electronic ignition replacement WARNING* [Re: Brewskiehunter]
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Registered: 11/23/01
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I know exactly what you are saying! I installed Pertronix on my 1970 Impala that I owned several years ago and it lasted one week! The Pertronix quit leaving us stranded at an intersection on a major boulevard, lead car at the stop light, on a Friday night at 5:00 and the traffic behind us was horrible! With horns honking and cars passing we had to push the car through the intersection to a parking lot at a local business.

The point system is just about fool proof and easy to fix if there is a problem, which is rare. I will never, ever use a Pertronix again!

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#392512 - 07/21/17 06:14 AM Re: Pertronix electronic ignition replacement WARNING* [Re: Junkyard Dog]
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Registered: 11/22/01
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I can also add a Pertonix failure to the list. Luckily it was a test unit that had been on the road for nearly 3 years but in the shop as a test engine for carburetor rebuilds. The engine was running fine at a medium speed when it just quit. Testing proved it was the Pertonix. Past the 30 month warranty it was replaced with points that have worked for many more years. I also will NEVER use a Pertonix to replace an on the road fixable point setup.
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