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Posts: 2255
From: Senoia, G.A. USA
Registered: Jul 2002

posted 10-06-2002 04:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for indyphil   Click Here to Email indyphil     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Refer to my bad vibrations thread.
A big headache

I was so sure it wasnt the pertronix system because it was only a few rides old. I bought it in august and the car spent most of the time on axle stands while i did the rear springs.

The engine started shaking under load a week ago and ive been to hell and back trying to find the misfire. Now i found it, the Pertronix ignitor was bad. I was using their coil too.

So... Hands up who else had this happen? This is not good. I cannot recommend the ignitor to anyone, maybe the ignitor 2 is better? Perhaps it was bad luck, the inspector was smoking some good stuff on the day mine rolled past on the line, or maybe they are all like this. Who knows. I know my old points work better and they are old and worn out themselves.

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posted 10-06-2002 05:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastymz   Click Here to Email Fastymz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Call then they will make good on it.I had mine go out after 4years.I went out and got the new ignitor II.It seemed to work even better then the org did.I've heard plenty of storys both good and bad about the ignitor unit.I have yet to hear any bad about the ignitor 2.I think they have a 90 day warranty?


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From: Okla.City,Okla.
Registered: May 2002

posted 10-06-2002 07:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 66bluefb   Click Here to Email 66bluefb     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I too had a pertronix go out after about a year.It just wouldn`t start one day.I now use the duraspark distributor and box and I`m real pleased with it.The cost is about the same too.Tony


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From: Far East, currently in Japan
Registered: Jun 2000

posted 10-06-2002 08:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sigtauenus   Click Here to Email sigtauenus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Originally posted by Fastymz:
Call then they will make good on it...I think they have a 90 day warranty?

Mine went out after about 12-18 months. I called them up and they said send it back. They never asked me how long it had been since I bought it, so I didn't tell them. About 2 weeks later I got a brand new one in the mail, postage paid, with a statement saying the one I sent in had been tested and found defective. That was 4 years ago and the new one still works fine.

Since you already spent the money, give them a chance to make it right.

I'd like to go with a duraspark myself on this next engine, but I'm not smart enough to understand the wiring diagrams on how to splice it in.

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From: New Orleans, La. M&M member # 1752
Registered: Dec 2001

posted 10-07-2002 12:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 73trials   Click Here to Email 73trials     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That does it! I'm keepin' my points.


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From: Batesville,MS. , U.S.A.
Registered: Mar 2002

posted 10-07-2002 12:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jsracingbbf   Click Here to Email jsracingbbf     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Could you switch to an MSD set up, with a late model Distributor? Just a thought.

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From: Ardmore, Ok. USA
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posted 10-07-2002 08:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for PONYMAN   Click Here to Email PONYMAN     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've had my ignitor for five years and no problems at all. Also have one on the wife's MGB, and that one has been fine also.

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From: Ont, Canada
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posted 10-07-2002 05:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mustangboy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
bought mine used a couple of years ago and its still working great.The nice thing is you can keep your points in the glove box,if it ever lets you down your only 5 minutes away from having the points back in and be running.If your MSD box or Ford Duraspark goes on ya you'll be walking.I'm not knocking those products I just like the simplicity of the ignitor.

1968 mustang j-code sprint.13.69@101 1963Falcon waiting for a rebirth.

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From: Folsom, CA
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posted 10-07-2002 05:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for I65Stang   Click Here to Email I65Stang     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I had two of them go out on me . What was the point of the thing when I carried a spare set of points so I could fix the car if it went out? Put my points back in forever after the 2nd one. I actually still have the brand new in box replacement for the 2nd one (I bought a 2 year warranty from where I got it) sitting around here somewhere. The ones I hear going bad for the most part seem to be the I6 ones for some reason.


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posted 10-08-2002 12:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 71RESTO   Click Here to Email 71RESTO     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I, just like sig, had mine fry (only 1 wwek after installing) and they replaced it no questions asked. It's been in the car 3 years, with no problems.

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From: So. Fl.
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posted 10-08-2002 03:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
True. Durasparks are known to take a sh*t also. Remember my 77 Maverick on the xway ramp suddenly dead! Car was a year old. And it happened to a neighbor years ago who had a Fairmont-more than once. Modules are cheap, though, so keep a spare in the car if you do choose Duraspark.

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posted 10-08-2002 03:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hell_Fish   Click Here to Email Hell_Fish     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sound like what my 69 is doing. Thanks for the heads up.

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