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Old 09-04-2003, 07:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am currently running a stock distributer w/ points. The timing is set at 15 deg BTDC. I am at approximately 4200 ft elevation.

What would be the best distributer for my setup? See my signature below for setup, or see topic, "289 Tuning Questions."
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Old 09-04-2003, 07:54 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I run a MSD Pro-Billet and I am very happy with it. It makes it very easy to set your timing curve just how you want it. If you are not going to use an aftermarket ignition module, make sure you get the model that is a "stand alone" distributor which is capable of running with stock ignition. But hey, why not upgrade while you're at it?
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Old 09-04-2003, 08:04 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Have you guys ever heard of the Jacobs Electronic System?

I put one on my 91 Ford Explorer. It went from 19 mpg to 21 mpg, and better exceleration.

I was hoping they might have a setup I can use for my Mustang. Because it seems like everyone and their Grandmother is running an MSD of some sort.
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Old 09-04-2003, 10:13 PM   #4 (permalink)
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What about keeping your stock dist. in your car and adding a Pertronix system to it. A lot cheaper than an aftermarket dist. and you can add a motorsport cap adapt to give it that aftermarket / EFI look. Check it out, www.pertronix.com.
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Old 09-04-2003, 10:46 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Or you could go to a bone yard and pick up a '74 to'83 or so 5.0 distributor and module, cheap and work great.
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Old 09-05-2003, 09:23 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I run a 79' Ford Duraspark distributor and ignition box in my 289. They are cheap, plentiful and work flawlessly.

There was a Pertronixs in my 67 when I first got it. Luckily I was in my driveway at home when it went bad. Not like you can run to the local parts store and get a replacement. Thats what I like about the Ford setup. Easy to get parts for if you need them. But my dist and ignition module are both 1979 units and working great.

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Crane now sells a drop in electronic points replacement unit with a rev limiter. We're considering it for the Mustang.
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On 2003-09-04 19:54, Gcrowe623 wrote:
If you are not going to use an aftermarket ignition module, make sure you get the model that is a "stand alone" distributor which is capable of running with stock ignition.
I have the "ready to run" pro-billet along with the box, with connectors to allow me to easily just bypass the box if it fails, no matter where I am. The MSDs are nice when it comes to making adjustments, etc.
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I bought a Petronix for it. I put the motor back in after the rebuild and couldn't get it to start. I tried everything I knew to start it. I ended up paying a mechanic to come over to start the motor. He took one look at it, and said there is your problem. He took the old points and replaced them and got the motor started instantly. THe problem, the Petronix. He told me that was not the first time he had seen them fail.

So I have abandoned the idea of a Petronix ignition module.

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I've had a pertronix in my 66 for around 5 years. No problems. Starts better too. However, I have had experience in other cars with the electronics going. Not fun to have no engine on the freeway during rush hour. I keep a set of points in the trunk just in case.
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Old 09-06-2003, 07:19 AM   #12 (permalink)
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I ran a Pertronix in my 66 Mustang for 3 years,no problem.Just recently bought an Accel Billetproof remanufactured unit off Ebay for $135.00 shipped,looks great and easy hook up.
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I run a 79' Ford Duraspark distributor and ignition box in my 289. They are cheap, plentiful and work flawlessly.
will this work for my 64 Galaxie - 289 ?

Is the gear the same ?

[ old thread i know ]

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will this work for my 64 Galaxie - 289 ?

Is the gear the same ?

[ old thread i know ]

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Yes , the Duraspark system will work , cam gear yes as long it;s not a steel cam
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Old 11-22-2010, 10:50 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Got an E-FIre distributor (Mallory) since february 2009, works great, no issue after 4000 kilometers. (Not as the weaky Max-fire...)
Great to tune curves and rev limiter with Laptop !
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