New Family Member - 69 GTX - Electronic Ignition Box

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    68Charger440HP Well-Known Member

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    I picked up this GTX a few weeks ago so my Charger would have some company! It's a numbers matching 440, 4 speed Dana car.

    I'm going to be converting the points ignition to an electronic ignition so I wanted to ask for suggestions on where to mount the orange control box. Where have you guys mounted them? I'd prefer not to have to drill any hole in the car.

    Thanks!

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    • Runcharger

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      A lot of guys put then under the battery tray. On my 66 Coronet I made a little plate that mounted it behind the grille so it would be in cool air blowing in, sitting it probably heat sank from the radiator though. I have thought about putting them in the wheelhouse as well just to keep them cooler.
       
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      You might want to consider a "Ready to Run" distributor.
      No box required.
       
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        If I was doing it today , I would buy or make the adapter plate that mounts on the valley pan behind the intake manifold

        Simple , out of sight , and heat is not an issue

        Or like mentioned under the battery tray , with of course a little work on extending the wiring harness
         
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        • Don Frelier

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          Pertronix is another option
           
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          • Jerry Hall

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            Why get rid of the points? In my points cars are a spare set of points, ballast resistor, a few tools and a couple of other things. I can install points if necessary in less time than changing a tire. 20201230_143334.jpg 20200106_121557.jpg IMG_3096.jpg 20171109_094337.jpg
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            Points in all of the above. I have had more trouble with electronic ignition than points and points usually give you a warning. Just my opinion.
             
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            • Ranger16

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              If you don't drill a mounting hole, how do you plan to ground it?

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              Why?? Always interested on the reason.
               
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                Behind the manifold on the valley pan hold downs. They sell a bracket.

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                Gotta agree. Daughter's all matching 69 Charger R/T started out with a fancy all-in-one rig, installed by the engine builder. Lasted about 200mi until the AIO stranded her on a freeway. After a week or so of unproductive troubleshooting with the company tech guy, pulled it and reinstalled the points distributor/stock coil/ballast. Started right up and runs perfect.
                 
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                • 68Charger440HP

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                  I’ve got nothing against points distributors. The distributor in the car right now is an old Mallory unit and don’t care for the look of it. I had a spare Mopar Performance electronic distributor so I figured I’d change it out.
                   
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                  • 68BabyBlue

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                    We have twins, maybe, what is your interior color?

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                        What are the odds - I have only ever seen one other R6 numbers matching track pak '69 GTX, in my life, and that was on the internet, a car in Washington state that showed up in Hemmings a month after I bought the one I have now. That car also had a pewter interior like mine, supposedly only 45 built red with pewter. I spent 45 years hunting a red numbers matching 4 speed '69. I think you won the lottery! Gorgeous car!

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                          I went with the Pertronix Ignitor II. However, I used a stealth method of installation. The Pertronix requires a constant 12v to run, therefore you can't run both distributor leads to the coil unless you use my stealth method. Remove the ballast resistor and solder a heavy gauge jumper lead between the two terminals on the back side. This will now carry a constant 12v, and when bolted back on the firewall, no one can tell. This will allow you to run the two leads directly to the coil to keep the wiring as stock and sanitary looking as possible. My car is a bone stock, numbers car too, so stock appearing with date coded parts is my thing...I totally understand your concern.
                           
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                          Put it on the firewall where it belongs. I put mine there looks original.
                           
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                            Or you can just use a double ballast resistor that is recommended and i put it on both my cars. have to buy the double ballast resister separate does not come with a kit.
                             
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                            There is a guy either here on B bodies or on a mopar FB site that makes a bracket that mounts the module onto the 2 bolt threads from the heater/fan box. looks nice n tidy
                             
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                            I mounted my box behind the grille passenger side on the radiator support. You do not need to drill any holes ! I did use a special bracket that was on newer cars that was bent in a way to stand off the box away from the mounting surface. For the wiring there is a small void where the support meets the fender that you can string the wires thru it and incorporate in the harness that feeds the washer bottle and horns. That harness runs along the inner fender and turns at the firewall. As stated earlier you need a good ground and there is one on the radiator support that you can add your ground from the control unit. In this case there is no heat impact from the motor or exhaust. Hope this helps! Should you have more questions let me know.

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