Best Distributor Cap Rotors and wires for use with Pertronix III

Hello everyone. My 63 Series-62 convertible left me stranded this weekend.  I traced the issue down (I believe) to weak and inconsistent spark. I made the terrible mistake of letting someone else put a new Distributor Cap, rotor, and plug wires in about 2 months ago because I was super busy and didn't have time. When I actually got to taking stuff apart and trying to diagnose it, I realize they put a cheap piece of crap Cap, rotor, and plug set in there. I messed around all day on the 4th trying to adjust the cap, dwell, etc, nothing would get it running smoothly. Badly inconsistent firing and running so rough it is not drive able. Weirdest thing was it was a completely sudden onset issue, I was driving along the freeway just fine, and it started acting like it was running out of gas and running so rough I had to pull off the freeway. Needless to say, now I am swinging way the other direction, and I have purchased a Pertonix III ignition and Flamethrower III coil, and a good timing gun. Now I want to order the best Cap, rotor and plugs money can buy to use with the new Pertronix III systems, can you please make a recommendation with Brand names/part numbers? I would greatly appreciate it. If the issue turns out to not be ignition, I will have to keep digging, but at least I will have that all upgraded.  Thanks!! -Tim

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Comment by Randy and Helen George on July 9, 2013 at 1:22pm
I never liked the electric ones except in emergencies. The noise was always annoying to me.
Comment by Randy and Helen George on July 9, 2013 at 1:18pm
The one I got from Oreilly auto parts was made by Bosch
I believe Carter makes one and you can send yours to a rebuilder service many who advertise in Hemmings. Terrill machine shop is one I have heard good things about. You also need to make sure all the screws are tight around the body of the pump.
Comment by Tim Riley on July 9, 2013 at 2:01am

Thanks for the tip. What type of fuel pump do you all recommend? I just looked on Summit, Rockauto, autopartswarehouse, and many others, and they all ONLY have the Airtex one you said to avoid. JCwhitney has a few universal Electric fuel pumps listed for use with the 63 series-62, but that seems less than ideal.


Comment by Randy and Helen George on July 8, 2013 at 11:40pm
For what it's worth I would replace the fuel pump if you haven't for a while the old ones don't do well on ethanol gas and develop air leaks reducing fuel pressure. seems to get worse as you drive long distances. Acts like vapor lock. Pay extra for a good one avoiding Airtex brand. Pertronix systems work great. I have them on all mine. I don't remember if the ignition switch lead wire to the coil is a resistor wire on the 429 like it is on the 59/60 390 but you have to provide a full 12 volts from the switch to the coil to work right. All the problems I have ever seen with pertronix systems is less than 12 volts and not using the proper coil.
Comment by Russ Austin on July 7, 2013 at 1:24pm

If your using a stock coil, do not use high resistance plug wires. You will get a hard starting motor, and poor performance. 

Onto the crud in the bottom of the fuel filter bowl.  Drain the tank, through the drain plug in the bottom of the tank. Sounds like the gas tank has lots of sediment.

Comment by Tim Riley on July 7, 2013 at 12:07pm
Thanks guys. The fuel filter is only about 3 months old. There was a fair amount of crap in the bottom of the filter bowl though (Car sat for 33 years before I got a hold of it 6 months ago). I did take the bowl off and clean it out though. I have a spark plug test light you connect between plug and wire, and the light flashes very weak, inconsistent, and sporadically, which led me to believe the issue is spark related, as when I hook that light up to a working car, the light is much brighter and a timed, consistent pattern as it should be. I went and bought a new coil, but that didn't help, same results.
Comment by Tony and Ginny 429 on July 7, 2013 at 9:37am
If you find that the points surfaces are burnt ( pitted ) after only two months , you may have a bad point condenser
Do be sure the condenser on the coil has a good ground , or that will cause the points to wear faster than they should
This applys to the stock dist , with points
I would change the cap and go from there
Comment by Tony and Ginny 429 on July 7, 2013 at 9:29am
I think you should be able to find BlueStreak produces on google ,and have it sent to your door
Any brass tip dist cap you can locate should be fine
I silicone the caps inspection door closed with silicone because it is right behind the fan in the 64
Comment by Jason Edge on July 7, 2013 at 7:01am

I use Duralast Gold available thru AutoZone and the 8mm Accel Super Stock Spiral Core plug wires as seen below with good results for probably 10 to 15 years now. 

Comment by David Murray on July 7, 2013 at 5:47am

I'm in no doubt that the Pertronix kit is a positive move (I have Pertronix III myself).....but it seems odd that you went from running (I presume) smoothly to the car being completely undriveable. If you buy the Pertronix along with a new coil and leads/cap/rotor then I'd guess that you'll resolve the issue through effectively changing everything. But, also make sure there are no fuel starvation issues too. How's the fuel filter look?


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