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Old 10-07-2020, 04:34 PM   #1
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Has an article: "Isolating Road Troubles---" and states the ignition system causes 95%, Compression 1%, fuel 4%. How does having an electronic ignition system compare to theses finds, plz.
I now have one on my '31, just a couple months, so there's no history

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Old 10-07-2020, 06:29 PM   #2
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If you have trouble with an electronic ignition out on the road there is no fixing it. With a points system you can 9 times out of 10 fix it on the road.
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Old 10-07-2020, 08:28 PM   #3
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If you have trouble with an electronic ignition out on the road there is no fixing it. With a points system you can 9 times out of 10 fix it on the road.
You can fix it. You need extra parts, just like anything else.
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Old 10-08-2020, 11:55 AM   #4
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If a person choses to use electronic ignition it is probably best to go ahead and buy two setups to begin with , then you would have parts to fix it with when ignition failure happens on the road . For hotter spark I use the Pertronix flame thrower coil . After all , the spark comes from the coil . I've always made it home with points ignition on my model A .
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Old 10-09-2020, 08:02 PM   #5
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When I bought my new engine, I put an electronic ignition on it. Well it lasted about 5K miles. I replaced it with a stock "loaner" that had been rebuilt by one of our club members. 7K miles later and I still haven't given back the loaner.
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Old 10-09-2020, 08:14 PM   #6
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Old 10-10-2020, 05:29 AM   #7
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I had an electronic ignition in my Roadster that failed on a trip. I thought I had prepared myself sufficiently by purchasing a spare module from the distributor manufacturer. That way I figured if it failed, I could replace it with the spare and be on my way.

Well it didn’t go too good. Once I got into the distributor, I found that the manufacturer had riveted the module to the plate in the distributor. In the location I was at I didn’t have access to the necessary tools to drill out the rivets and reattach the replacement module. I ended up trailing the Roadster home. Bummer

I replaced the electronic ignition with points and original distributor now. I think if the electronic distributor had been designed to be worked on, I would have kept it as I liked the hot spark and automatic timing advance. It was very expensive and very disappointing.

That’s my experience.
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Old 10-10-2020, 07:00 AM   #8
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If you do use the electronic system, only you can fix it and supply the parts when on tour with other A’s. They can’t help you in most cases.
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Old 10-10-2020, 08:28 AM   #9
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Having run the Per-Lux Ignitor (now the Petronix) on boats, Model A's and classic cars for 40+ years, the only failure I've had was self inflicted due to a bad ground. Based on posts here, I have to figure out what I'm doing wrong!!
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