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View Poll Results: What Ignition are ya running and what have you had issues with?

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  • Mallory Unilite

    28 9.72%
  • Mallory 9000

    6 2.08%
  • MSD

    103 35.76%
  • Other

    151 52.43%
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  1. #51
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    Default Re: Ignition Poll.. What ya running?

    Quote Originally Posted by Daves72 View Post
    Do the points last longer just being used as a trigger for the MSD box?

    Also, I saw the MSD 6AL-2 on the summit racing site. What do you think about that one?

    When the points are used to trigger the MSD box, they carry very little current, and they last a lot longer because of that.

    The 6AL2 is digital, so it should be good.
    Larry
    1998 "Fully Optioned" SC3800 Riviera
    70 GS 455 Stage1, TSP 470, 602 HP@ 5900, 589 TQ @ 4900
    TA Hyd Roller Cam, 230*/238*, 112, .544"/.577" lift, 4-7 swap
    MSD Digital 6+, Ignitionman Distributor w/MSD trigger
    THM400 with Ultimate 258mm converter, Gear Vendors OD
    AED 1000 HO Carb, 800 CFM 7042240 Quadrajet
    8.5 10 bolt, 3.73's Race weight 4025lbs.
    Best E.T. 11.54 Best MPH, 116.06
    Larrymta@verizon.net, GSCA #291
    BPG # 1063
    N.E. GS/GN Club Assistant Director

  2. #52
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    Default Re: Ignition Poll.. What ya running?

    69Skylark 500cu in. 200r4/355 12bolt
    72LeSabre 455/200r4/342 Cruiser
    70GS455 Convertible Survivor!! 464/200r4
    BPG#1504
    Thanks
    Nick White

  3. #53
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    Default Re: Ignition Poll.. What ya running?

    does using something other than stock points and coil make you go down the track faster? if so by how much? Im using stock points and coil. Cheap reliable, regular maintenance item. nice.
    1971 LeSabre Custom 4 door hardtop
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  4. #54
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    Default Re: Ignition Poll.. What ya running?

    Quote Originally Posted by garybuick View Post
    does using something other than stock points and coil make you go down the track faster? if so by how much? Im using stock points and coil. Cheap reliable, regular maintenance item. nice.
    I would say no, especially for a stock motor. With a modified engine, a CD ignition can significantly improve drive ability, allowing you to use bigger plug gaps and keep the plugs cleaner in the process.

    The correct spark advance curve will DEFINITELY get you down the track quicker if you have the traction.
    Larry
    1998 "Fully Optioned" SC3800 Riviera
    70 GS 455 Stage1, TSP 470, 602 HP@ 5900, 589 TQ @ 4900
    TA Hyd Roller Cam, 230*/238*, 112, .544"/.577" lift, 4-7 swap
    MSD Digital 6+, Ignitionman Distributor w/MSD trigger
    THM400 with Ultimate 258mm converter, Gear Vendors OD
    AED 1000 HO Carb, 800 CFM 7042240 Quadrajet
    8.5 10 bolt, 3.73's Race weight 4025lbs.
    Best E.T. 11.54 Best MPH, 116.06
    Larrymta@verizon.net, GSCA #291
    BPG # 1063
    N.E. GS/GN Club Assistant Director

  5. #55
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    Default Re: Ignition Poll.. What ya running?

    I suppose points could float in an engine built to shift significantly higher than 5000 RPM.

    Stock? Stay with points all the way.


    Frank Brooks, Austin, TX USA

    Empty garage again...
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  6. #56
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    Default Re: Ignition Poll.. What ya running?

    Pertronix electronic ignition and I love it. I have only run it for about 4 months.
    BCA 45142
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  7. #57
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    Default Re: Ignition Poll.. What ya running?

    anyone have MSD 6AL boxes just suddenly stop working on them, or would this be a very rare occurrence?
    Paul VL
    1970 Skylark Custom 350-4bbl w/ Stage 1 intake, Carter 750cfm AFB, MSD ignition, Hooker Super Comp Headers to 3" H-pipe exhaust, rebuilt TH350, Hurst V-Matic ratchet shifter, etc...

  8. #58
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    Default Re: Ignition Poll.. What ya running?

    Quote Originally Posted by bostonbuick View Post
    anyone have MSD 6AL boxes just suddenly stop working on them, or would this be a very rare occurrence?
    Word on the street is that it's happening more often lately. If my old 6AL ever dies (been running it for just under 20 years) I'll probably go Mallory.

    Devon
    Fuel & Brake Systems Engineer
    "I can live with doubt and uncertainty and not knowing. I think it's much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers which might be wrong." - Feynman
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  9. #59
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    Default Re: Ignition Poll.. What ya running?

    Msd Billet,6al

  10. #60
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    Default Re: Ignition Poll.. What ya running?

    Stock distributer and coil for now. MSD Street fire wires.

    Tim
    1971 Buick Sportwagon 350/4
    2013 Ford Focus ST. factory pro-touring car. " Pugsley"
    2015 Harley Street Glide, 103 CI.

  11. #61
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    Default Re: Ignition Poll.. What ya running?

    Points on a stock motor. Ditched the Pertronix.
    David

    '64 Skylark Convertible 300/355 Wildcat TH350 Trans

  12. #62
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    Default Re: Ignition Poll.. What ya running?

    I run an MSD 5 box on my '71 GS350 triggered by the stock points as an HEI wouldn't clear the air cleaner cups. The points carry very little voltage and wear is minimal. I have a Davis Unified Ignition HEI going on our '70 Skylark 350, really like their product.
    As far as problems I have had horrible luck with MSD's ready to run series of distributors. I bought one for my shop truck('76 Ford F100 390) it quit within weeks..sent it back 3 times to get repaired, would not last more than a month and quit again! After 3 times of trying to fix it they sent me a new one, it lasted 300 miles and quit! I sent it back and purchased a DUI HEI for the 390 and it has ran better than it ever did before. I was doing a tuneup on a friends Mustang and he had bought a MSD Ready To Run for it, guess what? lasted maybe 20 miles and quit, sent it back and it started once after being repaired and quit immediately!! He sent it back to Summit for one of their in-house brands and never looked back. Not sure what is up with MSD but will not touch their line of Ready To Run stuff!
    Harold Prouty
    1970 Skylark Custom
    1971 Skylark GS350 clone
    1970 Camaro RS
    1976 Ford F100 4X4 ( Shop Truck )

  13. #63
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    Default Re: Ignition Poll.. What ya running?

    Pertronix with coil. No issues no problems.
    Eagleguy

  14. #64
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    Default Re: Ignition Poll.. What ya running?

    MSD Pro Billet distrib (new 1 year old now), MSD blaster 2 coil (10 years old), MSD 6AL (10 years old), (hidden) under glove compartment (chipped at 6800rpm for now), Taylor 8mm wires.

    Used to run a mallory conversion distrib unit (10 years old), it still works and sold it with my 464 engine.
    Robert Noeken
    72 Buick GS"X" TSP Build 475CID TASTAGE1TE 350CFM/TA SP2A/950CFMcarb/TA308S/Eagle H-beam BBC Rods/Stock Crank/Diamond forged pistons/Moroso external oilpump+relocated oilfilter/grooved block+bearings/oil line to rear of block/ 3/4 block fill/MSD Pro Billet /Meziere electric waterpump/ 649HP@622Torque
    First testruns: 10.76@117MPH
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  15. #65
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    Default Re: Ignition Poll.. What ya running?

    Quote Originally Posted by DaWildcat View Post
    MSD 6AL circa 1993. Bolted it on and forgot about it.

    Devon
    Ditto. With a 5200 chip for the limiter, + a '75 HEI distributor with MSD internals, an Accel Supercoil, Accel cap and rotor and Taylor wires with AC plugs.

    I plan on replacing the cap/rotor with MSD parts when the time comes, and maybe some non-solid core wires so I don't get so much whine over the radio.
    Project: Warbird - Zero deck '72 block bored .030, 10.25:1 Hyper slugs, '75 crank and rods, Poston GS114 (.480/.495), Comp Cams rockers and shafts, TA Stage 1 350 Intake, Q-Jet, 1" open spacer, Holley Blue pump and regulator, MSD 6AL, Accell HEI Super Coil, Taylor wires, AC plugs Melling HV oil pump, Hooker Super Competition Headers, Supertrapp 5A Stainless suppressors. B&M kitted TH350, 2800 TCI converter, 8.5 w/lockright locker and 3.42 gears.

  16. #66
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    Stock points and GM dist on the stage 1 and on Terrys car Stinger S4
    John & Terry Kemper
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    70 Sportwagon

  17. #67
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    Default Re: Ignition Poll.. What ya running?

    Mallory Comp S/S 42 Series (part #4264311), Mallory "chrome" coil and Accel wire set. Distributor features adjustable mechanical advance, plus vacuum. Fits my 350 perfectly, works great. My only gripe: if you want to alter the mechanical advance curve, you have to completely disassemble the whole distributor to get to the weights and springs. It comes from the factory with a "2-step" advance curve that gives 24* max at about 2500 rpm, which worked fine for me (stock 350). The vacuum can had about 14* max, which was too much, so I made a "limiter" device to cut it back to 10*. The vacuum advance runs off "manifold" vacuum, not "ported". I run the initial timing at 11*, plus the 24* degrees mechanical gives me 35* at full throttle, and 45* (including the vacuum) at light throttle cruise. Engine cranks easy even when hot (with fresh battery and mini-starter), idles smooth, and runs great!

    Last edited by Chuck Avery; 11-06-2010 at 09:11 AM.
    Chuck

    (EX) 1970 Buick Skylark (sold it)

  18. #68
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    Default Re: Ignition Poll.. What ya running?

    I put the Petronix Ignitor II back in with an Accel points coil. The car idles better (more consistently) compared to the points.
    David

    '64 Skylark Convertible 300/355 Wildcat TH350 Trans

  19. #69
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    Anyone use the Proform HEI set up, part number 67088 or the Accel pointless conversion kit?
    Eagleguy

  20. #70
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    Default Re: Ignition Poll.. What ya running?

    Stock points and condenser. Had a Pertronix in it and did not run right at all. Maybe I got a bad one, but with points I know what I've got.

  21. #71
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    Default Re: Ignition Poll.. What ya running?

    Daves small body HEI conversion...pulled Petronix sold it on ebay.
    Mark Webb

    70 GS STAGE1
    71 Skylark/GS 455 Rag top

  22. #72
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    Default Re: Ignition Poll.. What ya running?

    Useing a Accel Billet Dist. gutted use as a trigger ,with Mallory Hifire 6 Programable Box .hiden in the glove box .works great , and was way cheaper than a MSD set up
    72 GS 755 4sp my first Buick Sure do miss Her
    72 GS 455 / GSX CLONE 8 year restomod ! Custom paint , 455 .30 over , TA Performance 413 cam , performer intake QJet by John Osborne , Kb 2 'Pulse headers , 3' x pipe exaust Th 400 Sp 3200 High stall PAE converter Cast 70 Stage 1 heads worked , 3:42 posi Cant beleive it is almost done ,If there is such a thing

  23. #73
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    Default Re: Ignition Poll.. What ya running?

    Bad distributor caused me to remove the unit and my Petronix ignition and coil. Replaced with ProForm performance HEI unit. Perfect fit and car runs well. Gonna list the Petronix ign and coil on the For Sale thread as it can no longer be used and maybe can be of use to someone else.
    Eagleguy

  24. #74
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    Default Re: Ignition Poll.. What ya running?

    Anyone running the Breakerless SE or the Crane conversion? Any likes/dislikes?
    68 Skylark

  25. #75
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    Default Re: Ignition Poll.. What ya running?

    Funny.


    Frank Brooks, Austin, TX USA

    Empty garage again...
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