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project66
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posted 04-26-2001 11:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for project66   Click Here to Email project66     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I inherited some real old school stuff on the Fairlane I got from my bro-in-law. Included is a dual-point Mallory (DuoLite?) distributor, and a square, Accel supercoil. Have a MSD 6A box firing it.

I'd like to move to an electronic ignition. Spoke to Pertronix this AM. I didn't have the number off the distributor but she didn't think they'd have a conversion kit. I have emailed Mallory/Mr. G. Tech to see if they do (didn't see it listed at their site though).

If I can get a kit, is this distributor worth modifying or should I move on. If the latter, to what? Heard y'all talking about the MSD billet unit, what about other options?

And what about my big yellow coil?

Thanks-
JimO
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steve'66
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posted 04-26-2001 11:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for steve'66   Click Here to Email steve'66     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Jim,

My opinion is, just put a Ford duraspark distributor in it to trigger the MSD box and supercoil. Used ones are about $25, and rebuilt ones are about $70. Application includes 1977 Ford Granada w/ 302 and a ton of other late '70/'80s Fords. Get the big cap for it too. It's a lotta "bang for the buck".

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posted 04-26-2001 12:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for project66   Click Here to Email project66     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the quick comeback, Steve.

I'll head to the junkyard this weekend. So, was it standard issue on those 302-containing Fords, or will I have to discriminate between it and others? Also, is it an easy rebuild?

JimO

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posted 04-26-2001 02:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for steve'66   Click Here to Email steve'66     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Jim,

Yeah standard stuff. You shouldn't have to rebuild it, but you might want to re-curve it depending on your engine. If the bushings are sloppy, find another one. I think I have one in my garage if you can't find one, might be missing some parts though.

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posted 04-26-2001 03:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for project66   Click Here to Email project66     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I appreciate it, Steve-

Think I should fair well at my local junkyard.

(Got your pony painted yet? What did you decide for a scheme?)

JimO

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cpmaverick
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posted 04-26-2001 03:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cpmaverick   Click Here to Email cpmaverick     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I used a reman Duraspark distributor to trigger my Holley Annihilator box. It was only like $85. If you go the junkyard route (The reason I didn't is because I needed a 85 Mustang dist with the steel gear for my roller camshaft) look for 1983-1984 Mustang 302 cars. They will have the best distributor curve for performance.

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Ryan Wilke
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posted 04-26-2001 04:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ryan Wilke   Click Here to Email Ryan Wilke     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
JimO,
Mallory does have a conversion kit, it's a Mallory Unilite conversion kit [a photo-optic, infrared LED electronic setup (that should not wear out)]. The kit is Part #504. It's about $95 from most places. I'd say if you KNEW that the dual-point wasn't run much (meaning that the dist. bushings are still in very good shape), then you may consider going in that direction...rather than installing a dang-near worn-out junkyard distributor that you'd regret installing too soon. Just my 2 cents.........
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project66
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posted 04-27-2001 11:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for project66   Click Here to Email project66     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ryan-

Good point (at least a dime's worth). The distributor has not been run long and I'd like to stay with it.

Funny. Just had mail from Mr Gasket tech who told me the distributor is obsolete and there is no conversion kit. Wrote him back to ask about #504.

Thanks for the tip, George. If I end up in the junkyard, I'll target those Mustangs. Does that mean I'd be unable to use one out of an 85?

Thanks again, guys-
JimO

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Ryan Wilke
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posted 04-27-2001 12:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ryan Wilke   Click Here to Email Ryan Wilke     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
JimO,
Your right; unless you are running a roller cam you wouldn't want to use an '85 Duraspark distributor. The '85 5.0 HO-4V were the first year OEM with a roller cam and would have a steel gear on their dist. Non-roller cams require a bronze distributor gear; so you'd probably want an earlier dist. if you were to go the Duraspark route....
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posted 04-27-2001 01:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Troy   Click Here to Email Troy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There is also a Pertronix conversion kit for the 25/26 series Mallory distributor. The Summit part # is PNX-ML-181

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posted 04-27-2001 02:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for project66   Click Here to Email project66     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Troy-
Saw that earlier. Apparently, there are multiple models of these dual-point distributors. Gave the nice lady at Pertronix my part number (YC-449-HP) and she said she didn't see it. I'm double checking with Mallory, but am thinking I'll be heading to the junkyard tomorrow.

Appreciate it though-
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posted 04-30-2001 09:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for project66   Click Here to Email project66     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well, got the Duraspark from a 77 Maverick. Bushing felt good but the inside is rusty. Something else to clean up!

I'll be sticking this distributor in with a new cam. Should I replace the distributor gear? Any tips on how to do that?

Coming soon: how do I wire this to my MSD box?

Good day-
JimO

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