Crane Xr1 conversion

Discussion in 'High Tech for Old Iron' started by hvramesq, Feb 3, 2018.

  1. hvramesq

    hvramesq Silver Level contributor

    Lots of people seem to like the Crane over pertronix. I see the part umber to order for chevy, pontiac and old, but not for buick. which one are you buick guys using? my application is a 70 gs455?
  2. hugger

    hugger Well-Known Member

    All the same thing, Chevy kit is fine
  3. hvramesq

    hvramesq Silver Level contributor

  4. gsgtx

    gsgtx Silver Level contributor

    crane has had more problems then pertonix in last few i bought. crane is fast now owned by comp cams. directions and tech help both say different when you ask if you need 12 volts or need to run a ballast.
  5. Bens99gtp

    Bens99gtp Well-Known Member

    Got to love getting different answers.....I called comp once just to see, I called 4 times back to back to back to back. Talked to 4 different ppl got 4 different answers........makes it tuff to believe help like that.
  6. gsgtx

    gsgtx Silver Level contributor

  7. hvramesq

    hvramesq Silver Level contributor

    this is probably a good issue for a Poll on the board to see if a larger sample size gets us in the approximate 33/33/33 range I feel we are in now with pertronix, lectric and crane.
  8. Houmark

    Houmark Well-Known Member

    My vote goes to Pertronix.. upgraded coil, plugs and wires also.. run 12v and never had a problem..
  9. PaulGS

    PaulGS Well-Known Member

    I have run Pertronix in my cars for over 20 years - never an issue.

    They require a full 12 volts, so the resistor wire has to go.

    Current set up is a Pertronix III and matching coil.
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  10. 70skylark350

    70skylark350 Well-Known Member

    I have the Crane XR-I, very easy install, no issues. only been running it about four years now but I like it.
    Last edited: Apr 10, 2020
  11. 70skylark350

    70skylark350 Well-Known Member

    two wires on mine, run both to the coil, works great.
  12. bigblockbuick70

    bigblockbuick70 Gold Level Contributor

    I have run the Crane XR-I for a couple of years now and I learned it hates low voltage! Bypass any resistors and it works flawless.
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  13. bdschuch

    bdschuch bdschuch

    Same crap with pertronix, works fine till your battery gets the least bit drained from a stereo or whatever. Then you best carry a jump pack. I wish I could find an aftermarket dist that fit under my GS 455 air cleaner
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  14. Donuts & Peelouts

    Donuts & Peelouts Life's 2 Short. Live like it.

    So should an alternator swap be done too?
  15. gs65

    gs65 Active Member

    Have the pertronix ignitor and coil for like 15 years in my 65 no issues. Also converted to the 1 wire alternator from a regal.
  16. LARRY70GS

    LARRY70GS a.k.a. "THE WIZARD"

  17. buick64203

    buick64203 Just plum crazy Staff Member

    Ive put Pertronix in some of my cars. Its a points replacement. Works with the resistor wire just fine. Most people tht work for these companies dont actually know anything about the product they sell. I usually have to educate them on thier product

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