1973 232ci / Pertronix Ignitor 1162a

Discussion in 'Intermediate CJ-5 and CJ-6 Tech' started by PGHCJ5, Feb 17, 2017 at 10:17 AM.

  1. Feb 17, 2017 at 10:17 AM
    PGHCJ5

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    Hi All. This spring I am planning to replace the points and condensor with a PerTronix unit.

    My objective is to maintain a stock looking appearance while gaining the advantage of the upgrade. The Jeep has a 232 AMC I6. The link below is the unit I am considering. Does anyone have experience with this unit? Hoping to hear if the unit has been dependable. Looks pretty straight forward to install as well.

    https://www.summitracing.com/parts/pnx-1162a/applications/make/jeep/engine-size/3-8l-232

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  2. Feb 17, 2017 at 10:32 AM
    timgr

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    Hi - I have not installed the Pertronix unit, but those that have them report that they are very reliable. The application data at Summit indicates it will fit your Jeep.

    You realize that all you will get from this upgrade is lower maintenance? The Pertronix replaces the points with a transistor that turns on and off in response to magnets in the black collar that fits over the distributor cam. It does not change your spark timing or spark intensity in any way - it simply removes the mechanical contacts that wear out.
     
  3. Feb 17, 2017 at 10:55 AM
    PGHCJ5

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    Thanks for the response Tim. Good to know others have had success with them. I understand that I won't gain anything with actual spark/timing. I am interested in the reduced maintenance as my Jeep is really a summer time use vehicle and is stored over the winter months. My thought is this may help when I go to break it out in the spring time.
     
  4. Feb 17, 2017 at 3:10 PM
    steve1973

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    I got about 3 years out of mine in a 258 and it just stopped working one day. Instead of replacing, I went to the MSD complete distributor and have not had any issues.
     
  5. Feb 17, 2017 at 5:58 PM
    sterlclan

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    be sure to notch the cap to clear the wires or it will pinch em and fail.
     
  6. Feb 17, 2017 at 9:45 PM
    timgr

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    You can run the factory Duraspark distributor from 1978 and later, and it will look like factory equipment ... because it is. You'd need an electronic control module, which would be located somewhere outside of the distributor. You can also run your existing points distributor with an MSD module, and the points will last a loooong time. Plus you will get a performance boost from the MSD module. Again, you'll have to hide the module somewhere if you want to keep a factory look. And! ... you can run the Duraspark distributor with the MSD module and have a very hot spark and factory look... lots of combinations possible with these engines.
     
  7. Feb 17, 2017 at 11:34 PM
    PeteL

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    Eighty bucks to reduce maintainance? Setting points is a five minute job.

    I store my '57 under an open shed every winter, and it never fails to fire up come spring.
     
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  8. Feb 18, 2017 at 7:25 AM
    PGHCJ5

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    Tim - Thats a neat idea running a distributor from 78. Hadn't thought of that.

    Pete - I hear you. Appreciate the response.

    I think I'll keep researching and reading up on it. I put new points and condensor in last year so I'm not in a rush.
     
  9. Feb 18, 2017 at 4:58 PM
    Rick

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    I have a complete kit for a jeep 6 cyl from Montgomery ward that's been around my Jeep stuff for about 10+ years. I did install a Pertronix on a 153 Ci in chev 4 cyl in one of my boats and have had no problems whatsoever for over 15 years.
     

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