How often is "all the time"? If it's more than once every 15,000 miles, you've got other issues. The points in my wife's car have nearly 9,000 miles on them with no problems whatsoever. All older cars had points ignitions at one time, and they were driven daily with no problems. Not everyone was a mechanic when our Mustangs were new, yet they were dead reliable. I sure as heck can't say that about anything I've owned lately. My Suburban had 2 transmissions, a fuel pump, water pump, alternator, battery and a steering speed sensor replaced by the time it had 70,000 miles on it. By comparison, my '68 had 91,000 on it when I bought it (from the original owner) and aside from the radiator and battery, it was all as it came from the factory. I can't say I call that progress...mfp4073 said:Its that reajusting the points all the time part that I didnt like!
I have to disagree with you and Smokey. Burning fuel isn't an all or nothing proposition. There is such a thing as incomplete combustion as well.302 coupe said:in the words of Smokey Yunick- "if it burns, it burns". In other words, if you're able to ignite the mixture with your current setup, you won't notice any performance gains (from the spark itself). Any performance increase will be due to a better advance curve or wider plug gaps, not as a result of multiple sparks or higher voltage. However, multiple spark high voltage systems do have their place. They do make for easier starting and smoother idle, and they have the capacity to overcome an air/fuel mix that's a little off. I won't go into the maintenance issues with points versus electronic because its basically a wash.
IMO, properly setup and maintained stock style points are fine for a weekend cruiser or low-useage app. Points can also be used to trigger an MSD box if you desire. Electronic conversions (pertronix, crane, duraspark) are great for daily drivers and performance use. MSD, Jacobs, Mallory, etc are nice products, but are only needed if you want the rev limit, timing retard, or other special built in functions. On a typical street machine, you will not gain any performance with a complete MSD system (box, dist, cap, rotor, wires) over the stock points system(assuming good condition and same advance curve). What you will gain with the MSD is easier starting and possibly better low rpm characteristics due to the multiple sparks below 3500 rpm.
6AL boxBullittStangV8 said:For you guys running MSD 6AL boxes with the blaster 2 coil, what distributor do you run?
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