Another dead Pertronix story
This could have been worse than it was, but the moral of this story is the Pertronix failure's you hear about are true, and I just learned it. I know there are some out there that work great, and mine was too. Lesson learned on my part.
So last Sunday I had to make a 200-mile (round trip) drive, and everything lined up that I could take a Mustang. The weather was nice, I wasn't on a deadline, I only had my wife as a passenger, and didn't have anything big to bring back home. I was really looking forward to it too, because I haven't had much time to drive one this summer, which has been disappointing. Shortly before my wife and I planned to leave, I drove it from its parking spot (fired right up), and parked it in front of my house. I gave it a quick waterless wash to get the dust off of it, then about 20 minutes later, the car was shining, and we were ready to leave. I got in, tried to start it, and it absolutely refused to fire. I didn't spend much time cranking it because I knew something was wrong. This car is a pretty mild build, and extremely well behaved. Thinking either ignition or possibly flooding, I grabbed a spark plug socket, pulled the #1 plug, and it was a nice light tan with no sign of problems. I had my son crank it over while I grounded the plug, and nothing, no spark whatsoever. Defeated, I then got my other son and the three us us pushed it back to its home. There went the Mustang drive.....
Because of what I've read, the Pertronix was the first place I targeted. I called Dan Nolan, because I knew he would be able to supply points and a condenser that weren't some of the junk ones I've also heard stories about. They arrived in the mail a couple days later, and I just got them installed. Before I touched anything, I verified the car still wouldn't start, and it was just as dead as it had been. Out came the Pertronix, and in went a set of points. At first try the engine started with a vengeance. I'm now going to set the timing, then cross this off my task list.
The only good part of this story is that it failed before I left my house. The way things usually work, I should have been stranded at the furthest possible point from home, so I was really lucky there. Also, for reference, this was a Petronix II, purchased 1/18/14, on a mostly stock 351W, it was fed without a resistor wire, and it had just a tad under 3000 easy miles on it. I bet these points last a lot longer.
Last edited by mqu02; 08-25-2019 at 03:00 PM.