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I have been using it my 72 GS for a couple of years with no problems. The engine starts noticeably quicker and gas mileage improved about .5 mpg(significant for a big block). You got a very fine Xmas present.<P>------------------<BR>1972 GS 455 4-speed <BR>1990 Reatta convertible<BR>1990 Regal GS

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Ken and All, I would recommend the lobe sensing Pertronix, over the magnetic, even though I have the magnetic version in the '68 Convertible, and the '70 GSX and until I splurged this year and bought the MSD billet for the race car I had it in there too. No problems, works great, and really good for piece of mind too, not to have to worry about changin points on the road! Also look at Northern Auto Parts, that is where I got mine, <A HREF="http://www.naparts.com." TARGET=_blank>http://www.naparts.com.</A> <P>------------------<BR>Roberta<BR>BCA TREASURER 2000-2001<BR>BCA PRESIDENT 1998-2000<BR>BCA VICE PRESIDENT 1997-1998<BR>WEBMASTER<BR>Director-Michigan Chapter- Gran Sport Club of America 1989-Present<BR>http://www.geocities.com/buickracer<BR>1956 Special 2 door Sedan<BR>1966 Wildcats<BR>1968 GS-400 Convertible 4-speed<BR>1970 GSX Stage 1<BR>1970 Skylark Racecar - 11.26, 118 MPH, 7/22/00<BR>1986 GN, 4800 miles

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I have used them with good luck in cars. we build off road toys and have found they will not take long periods of slow speed rock crawling, it over heats the units. I have had three go bad on the trail including one that killed the coil. also had one give up on the way home. Best aftermarket (stock dist) unit I have ever seen was made by Prestolite. I have had the SAME unit in my 340 powered (three engines) Jeep since 1975. I still find them on AMC and IHC that used them stock in SOME models. keep a set of points, a srewdriver, dwell meter an hand cleaner in the glove box you'll be fine. JIM

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by JIMMIEB@ ns.net:<BR><B>I have used them with good luck in cars. we build off road toys and have found they will not take long periods of slow speed rock crawling, it over heats the units. JIM </B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Jim,<P>I've never heard of this problem. Were your ignition circuits modified in any way? What kind of engines were you using? Any questions I've had about PerTronix stuff were asnwered by the people on their tech line. Did they offer any explanation?

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I gave up on my Pertronix after it left me stranded 3 times in 2 weeks. One time ended in a 93-mile tow (thanks to AAA plus: 100 mile max tow). I believe the unit must have been overheating, and the hall effect sensor must have been overly sensitive. I put a good set of points back in the '66 and all has been well ever since. <BR> In response to the above post, the HEI is definitely a better unit. The Pertronix is simply a better trigger for the coil. The HEI has electronics which allow greater spark energy per cylinder fire. <BR> In all fairness, it seems that most folks have had good luck with the Ignitor kit. Not me!

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Is HEI better, YES, as stated above it's a total system with a very strong coil output and larger cap to keep down cross fires. The only reason not to use it when posible is for looks (pure/near stock) and the reason I do, we travel off road many miles and sometimes days away from parts or help its just the box of spare parts and your mechanical ability that get you home. so points and carbs are a lot easier than electronic and fuel injection to fix on the trail. I love electronic ignition but I must be able to use points. <BR> We have tried Petronx with all stock set up ( resistor wire and resistor coil). We have used non resistor coil and 12 volts. Resistor coils and 12 volts. High out put coils with and without resistors. the non resistor coil and 12 volts seem to work best. non work well enough that I will install another one. Most of the group I run with put in HEI and we carry two complet point dist and coils. <BR> We use a/c compressors for air to fill tires,run air tool, etc. can't tell you how many fuel injected rigs we have gotten off the trail using a piece 4" abs pipe with reduced pipe fittings at each end. hook one end to engine fuel in hose, fill with gas apply air to other end through a tire stem and you have a 120 lb fuel pump. got to stop a few times but sure beats walking. this unit also works great to put oil in rear ends and trans as well. the rest of the time its mounted and plumbed as part of the air storage system.<BR> We also have welders on board, drive shafts,frames,steering arms and rods, etc<BR> The best stuff made is the new quick set epoxy two part dough sticks. radiators,alum parts, plastic parts, holes in oil pans and diff covers. this is a long way from the subject at hand, sorry JIM

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Oh one other answer we run all small Buicks 4 are 300s, 2 are V6s, 2 are 340s, 1 is 350 all in Jeeps. We also run 215s in sand rails so lots of baby Buicks. JIM

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no problems yet(about 1 year/8000mi)..installed it(mallory unilite conversion)along with a MSD-6a,coil&wires all at same time.....as with any ignition instalation,make sure charging and electrical systems are 100% and watch all conections as well as those grounds.....

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We tried them 10 years ago and they didn't like dust or vibration very well. I know several Chevy guys who use them in Jeeps they like them better than Pertronix. JIM

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