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Do I need 40,000 volts?

December 20 2017 at 6:01 AM
Murph  (Login southshore990)

Response to This damage to the cap was done with Pertronix

Paul, I had an old Mallory Ignitor on my Lancer when I first bought her. Was trouble shooting some electrical gremlins when a thunderstorm moved in real fast, in my hurry to pick up tools and run for cover I left the ignition switch on. Returned the Next day and found the old Mallory ignitor was toast. I replaced it with a a Pertronix system including the 40,000 volt "Flame Thrower" coil. All is well,the engine starts within half a crank and runs like a bear. But the first season I replaced two "crab caps" within 80 hours of running time. I checked and adjusted timing a bit and so far no more problems, but the engine timing was only slightly out of spec. Do you think these older engines benefit that much from a high voltage coil? Those caps are pricey, and now I feel I always need to carry a spare. Does that much voltage raise issues with even high quality wires? And the less I remove the distributor cap to take a look the better....that hold down system is ridiculous.... hard to get the tiny little metal tabs aligned properly especially in a rocking boat.

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