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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 05-14-2017, 12:16 PM Thread Starter
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Picking a distributor

I started with some searching, but only got more confused. Maybe because I was reading some track threads too. I am building up a newly re-machined 72 302 and need to find a distributor for it. I currently have nothing as I started with a long block. It's carburated, going into my 67 with a new AAW wiring harness. My plans so far have been to keep the car generally looking classic, but adding new tech where it improves it.

If you know of a recent thread I should reed, please link it (a lot are old and I am not sure if the advice is still sound 5+ years later). If you have advice, maybe on what you used, or what you think I should be considering for a street application, I am all ears. With all the various options in this space, I need to figure out what I need to be considering vs what is overkill for me. I am leaning away from points in general.
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Being that concerned about originality go with a stock distributer and a Pertronics module, they seem to work quite well
I personally used a Crane distributer with no regards of what Ford put on the car.


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If it were me no matter what you go with the Pertronix work well and you can buy the parts off the shelf cap & rotor etc. Take it to a shop to have the advance curve set per the specs of your engine build.

If you go with something like MSD you'll have more control with more cost and a learning curve with an expensive engine to tune.

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I say send your stock distributor to Dan at The Mustang Barn and let him refurb and recurve to B302 specs and don't look back. Ask for Blue Streak components. Buy a couple extra sets of points, condenser, cap and rotor from parts geek and you're set.
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You can buy a brand new (not rebuilt) factory style distributor with points , condenser, cap and rotor for $81.
Spectra Premium FD06 - Distributor | O'Reilly Auto Parts
Run it like that or put in the Pertronix.
I'd put a timing tape on the balancer and check the advance curve with a timing light. Buy a set of lighter springs (MRG 925D) to allow quicker timing advance if necessary.
Fairly inexpensive setup to get you going.
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^and then send it to Dan because it won't be correct out of the box.
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I like Dura Spark from say a 79 Mustang
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Thanks everyone, this gives me a good starting point.
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You can buy a brand new (not rebuilt) factory style distributor with points , condenser, cap and rotor for $81.
Spectra Premium FD06 - Distributor | O'Reilly Auto Parts
Run it like that or put in the Pertronix.
I'd put a timing tape on the balancer and check the advance curve with a timing light. Buy a set of lighter springs (MRG 925D) to allow quicker timing advance if necessary.
Fairly inexpensive setup to get you going.
I have two of these distributors and frankly, they are pieces of crap. Not much of anything was in spec and it took quite an investment in new parts to get the units to function correctly. I spent about a week on each unit to get the mechanical issues straight and get a mechanical advance and adjustable vacuum advance curve in it that would work. Won't EVER do that again. Made a $500 investment in an MSD ready to run feel like a relief.
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Does anyone have experience with a complete Pertronix setup? Rather than trying to put it together myself, it looks like I can buy one from them assembled, then just add the coil and wires. The MSD seems overkill for my street setup from what I have been reading.
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+1 on a Duraspark. MSD copied the design for a reason. Pick one up at Autozone and have it recurved. You can fire it with an MSD box and it looks like a stock unit.
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Rather than trying to put it together myself, it looks like I can buy one from them assembled, then just add the coil and wires.
How difficult is it to remove 3 screws, take out the points and condenser and install the Pertronix trigger system?
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How difficult is it to remove 3 screws, take out the points and condenser and install the Pertronix trigger system?
Not having done it before, I wouldn't know what was involved. I also wonder what the difference is between the stock distributor and the pertronix that would make me choose to mix and match versus just buying an assembled one.
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Not having done it before, I wouldn't know what was involved. I also wonder what the difference is between the stock distributor and the pertronix that would make me choose to mix and match versus just buying an assembled one.
Complete Pertronix distributor:
https://www.summitracing.com/parts/p.../model/mustang

Pertronix conversion kit:
https://www.summitracing.com/parts/p.../model/mustang
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Make sure the metal of the drive gear and your cam gear are compatible for long life. The gear on the dizzy can be changed fairly easy. Most come with steel gears, fine if your cam is also steel.
I have a "Skip White" SBF electronic dizzy for a few years now. Has the control box on unit. under $100. Has a very nice curve right out of the box.I have searched many times about any problems or failings with these units and all I every come up with are reviews of praise for the cost and quality. Google for yourself
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