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Wanting To Go Back To A More Stock Distributor

Discussion in 'Intermediate CJ-5/6/7/8' started by Downs, Aug 25, 2021.

  1. Aug 25, 2021
    Downs

    Downs Kubota Orange Rattlecan

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    Previous owners put a Mallory HEI type distributor in at some point in the past. I'm wanting to go to a more stock style distributor.

    Are these units stand alone other than a coil? They appear to be all electronic with a 2 wire hookup.

    https://www.napaonline.com/en/p/NRD484890?impressionRank=1

    Rockauto carries them as well and the "info" tab mentions "Prestolite"
     
  2. Aug 25, 2021
    timgr

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    You don't want that. That's the Prestolite distributor that came original on your Jeep.

    Go with a Duraspark from a '78 or newer, or a Delco from a '74 or earlier. The Prestolites are fraught with problems and nothing is compatible with them but the Prestolite ignition module. Bad.

    My suggestion - go with a Delco points distributor and trigger an MSD module. Nothing but a points distributor is going to work without an external module. The Duraspark will trigger lots of different modules, but you'll need a module.
     
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    Downs

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    timgr

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    You can put a Pertronix conversion in a Delco distributor and then have a self-contained electronic distributor. That would be basically the same as that Pertronix billet distributor. Or spend the extra $ on the Pertronix billet model - up to you.
     
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    Nor Cal CJ5

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    I have the PerTronix D16700 Flamethrower in my 1972 304. Battled points in a "wet" environment for years and since the PerTronix has been installed, it has been perfect.
     
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  7. Aug 27, 2021
    dvader

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    I put a Pertronix conversion in my Delco after I had a set of points close up on me at an inopportune time. That was 15 years ago and no problems since.
     
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