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#1 Schulte425

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Posted 06 March 2018 - 09:51 PM

My 402 needs new points in the distributor. I wanna go away from the old points, I was looking into the PERTRONIX electronic ignition and new coil. But for around the same price I can get a Msd HEI street fire distributor. What would be the best option for reliability and performance?

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Posted 06 March 2018 - 11:49 PM

I have run both the petronix and the msd distributor. Both with great success. It pretty much depends on the look you are going for. The pertronix for a more stock look. Due to using the stock distributor housing. The msd with a hidden 6AL box is almost foolproof. If you are on a budget, the petronix.

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Posted 07 March 2018 - 07:06 AM

I have the petronix on mine for about 5 years or so and no problems.
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Posted 07 March 2018 - 05:15 PM

I used the Petronix when I first got my car, been on there about 12 years I think with no issues
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Posted 07 March 2018 - 06:34 PM

From what I read a few months back with quality control issues, I went with Accell at a much less price through Summitt Racing. Any Veterans can ask for a discount, must ask over the phone.
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Posted 07 March 2018 - 06:34 PM

Petronics has issues
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Posted 08 March 2018 - 04:15 AM

Curious what issues?

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Posted 08 March 2018 - 07:10 AM

Most of the reviews were on Summitt Racing site and was premature failure.
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Posted 08 March 2018 - 04:02 PM

I have run both the petronix and the msd distributor. Both with great success. It pretty much depends on the look you are going for. The pertronix for a more stock look. Due to using the stock distributor housing. The msd with a hidden 6AL box is almost foolproof. If you are on a budget, the petronix.

Thanks for the info. I think I may go with Pertronix for now to save money.



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Posted 08 March 2018 - 04:48 PM

You are welcome. I honestly would also.

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Posted 10 March 2018 - 11:37 PM

Pertronix is good stuff if you're gonna stay or change to a HEI setup.  If you go to ignition box and distributor, go with the MSD 6 Digital and MSD distributor mechanical advance P/N 85551. Great setup for tuning.  As always,....JM2Cents. - Dave


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