Switching to Electronic Ignition

Electrical & Ignition

  1. VFilms

    VFilms Well-Known Member

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    I plan to switch over to electronic ignition for my '66 Belvedere 318 POLY (now 392). I have been told that the ignition switch has to be replaced as well. Is this correct?
    Also, suggestions on which EI manufacturer or perhaps later model MOPAR.
    Thanks
     
  2. Bill Monk

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    FBO is quality american made products. I have it and love mine. If you give him your specs, he will curve and phase the distributor as well. Never heard of replacing the switch, don't know why you would need to do that
    Here's the web site on a conversion kit: http://4secondsflat.com/Ignition.html
     
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    • threewood

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      Never heard of replacing the switch either. Have a look at Pertronix as well. Drops into the distributor and you can eliminate the ballast resistor. Look the the II or III
       
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      • Bill Monk

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        Same with Don's conversion at FBO. Ballest resistor is bypassed
         
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        No need to replace the switch
         
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          I put GM HEI on my poly. Starts great! Reasonable priced. Interested- PM me and I'll give you the whole story.
          Mike
           
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          Early Charging System modified for use with a 70 style VR

          There are a number of reasons one might want to upgrade a per-1970 system to a transistorized voltage regulator. The list of reason include

          • Chrysler recommends you switch to a transistorized VR if you upgrade to an electronic ignition from a points style ignition.
          • If you have to buy a new voltage regulator, the difference in cost is only about $5-10 more for the transistorized unit. Not to mention, the quality of replacement early style VR's is spotty.
          • The transistorized VR will have a longer life.
          • GOOD LUCK
          http://www.imperialclub.com/Repair/Electrical/charging.htm
           
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            Can't think of a reason to replace the switch. Good advise above.
             
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            • VFilms

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              Thanks to all. I very much appreciate the info. I've been away from building cars for about 20 years. Was just wondering what was new in EI.
              A Chevy friend told me about the switch. Didn't make sense to me either. Should probably stop listening to my Chevy friends.

              69a100... not sure about your graphic. I'm guessing it's because my question's been asked a million times before. Funny though.
               
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              I've used that more then I'd like to, there's a long dirty story behind it!
               
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              GetX'd Making Life Great Again!

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              I bought the evil empire MSD Ready to Run. No need for the additional red box. Runs great. Nothing really to maintain. Slick setup. Maybe a little pricey tho. I think it was around $500. Can’t really remember. Purchased from Summit. Worth comparing to the others.
               
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              BINGO!!!!
               
            • threewood

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              The 66 should have the black box on the firewall. I put a solid state one in each of my cars and have a few spares. Very inexpensive not to make the switch. This one... https://www.ebay.com/itm/Mopar-Volt...riorityMailPaddedFlatRateEnvelope!85367!US!-1
               
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              That's not my quote.
               
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              Where's my meme, "Here we fuckin go again"? Screw your black box, fuck that thing!!! Use what's said in the link!!!! Why are people so obtuse about this and say otherwise? When it leaves you hangin on the side of the road all borked up, don't come cryin to me!!!
              I never said it was. What am I missing?
               
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              I think it's a glitch. Post #10 starts with "Demonic said". The quote is actually from post #9. At least that's how it appears here.
               
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              I simply would go with Pertronix ignitor I or II and call it done! No hard mods needed. Replace the points inside the dist with the Pertronix module, jumper wire on ballast ( or modify ballast to remove the resistor in back and replace with a wire ) and you’ll be ready to go. Everything will look stock and will be easy to get it back if wished for some reason
               
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