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Old 08-22-2020, 01:41 AM   #21
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i moved away from points because ive had two failed distributors and several sets of points. that being said it very well could be the quality of the parts. ive bought them all from the early ford store.
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Old 08-22-2020, 02:15 AM   #22
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I cant see how one of your dist caps that has rotated slightly because the locating lug is broken would have any effect at all on your ignition timing. How do you know that the ignition timing is retarded? Also are you 6 or 12 volts? Original coil on top of dist or an adaptor coil used? If points are out of adjustment then that will effect ignition timing and so if your Pertronix pick up unit is fitted slightly out of position that will alter timing. As others have stated it would be advisable to stay away from electronics. These Ford V8 distributors have worked very well for the last eighty years so what are you trying to improve on? Regards, Kevin.
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Old 08-22-2020, 07:46 PM   #23
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Oh boy I just ordered this from petronix from what I'm reading I need to call them Monday will let people know what they have to say I have a 41 helmet dist I'm dealing with
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Old 08-22-2020, 08:16 PM   #24
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Has anyone addressed this issue with pertronix ie: tab in wrong location & failure rate if so I would like to know what they have said. I'm calling them Monday but the more information I have the better.

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Old 08-23-2020, 12:09 PM   #25
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Bob it’s been five years years since I’ve used one on a helmet and I should have stated that from the get go. Back then I called and explained both issues give a “gee you are the first to complain” response.

Maybe they have since fixed the issues, but in the past year I have at least five sent In to the shop to convert back to points due to failure. Not sure how old each unit was though.

I personally think on the early flatheads were the distributor mounts to the front of the wngine, the my absorb a lot of heat and that may be the issue. As for strombergs electronic distributor though, I personally haven’t seen a failure out of those yet.
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Old 08-23-2020, 06:17 PM   #26
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They look cool, anyone have any experience with one?
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Old 08-24-2020, 11:09 AM   #27
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Noticed a thread on these distributors, guess looks aren't everything!!

https://www.fordbarn.com/forum/showthread.php?t=261218
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Old 08-25-2020, 08:25 AM   #28
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I'm waiting to hear reports on the Mallory distributor for 3 bolt engines and I don't think I've seen one here yet. Has anyone here used one?
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