Hello - just signed up for this forum - looks like a great resource!  I perused the posts and did some searches.  I see most of the posts related to my questions are about doing away with resistance wire and opting for electronic ignition.  However, I am keeping my points system for now.  I had a no-start situation for past couple of days.  After much diagnosis and replacement of plugs, cap, rotor, points, condenser and even the starter solenoid, it was found that the resistance wire from switch to coil is bad.  I hot-wired the coil from battery - started right up and ran fine.  However, I would guess that running is this way will be burn up points eventually.  So - need to replace resistance wire.  Thoughts?  replace with regular wire and run a ballast resistor of 135 ohms in-line or find the correct wire?  I searched the net - no luck on a find.  Thank you so much!

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Above post should  read ——- laid out  

The pertronix one and possible the two will burn up the the unit in the dist if you leave you ignition key on for to long ( possibly when trouble shooting a repair ) 

 In a puff of smoke —done 

The pertronix 3 is the newest one and does not have that problem and some other good features 

Do gap the spark plugs for that ignition and use the ignition wires recommended 

i know from a very reliable source that pertronix ignition does not make for much better performance than the point system but is just more reliable not requiring constant point maintenance and a great feature for that reason 

i think your  stock ignition could have had other issues for you to be experiencing such a  big difference in performance going to the Pertronix two 


Thanks for the tips and info. Good to know.  Agreed, the resistance wire could have been subpar for sometime or something else.  Although the hotter spark of pertronix at the higher RPM's is an improvement over stock configuration. 




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