[Healeys] Pertronix question

Bob Spidell bspidell at comcast.net
Fri Nov 3 11:40:28 MDT 2017

'Petronix sucks'

Well, that ends this conversation (but doesn't answer the OP's inquiry).  With irrefutable data and proof such as this, one should not touch them with the proverbial 10ft pole.


On 11/2/2017 8:28 PM, Jonas Payne wrote:
> Don’t do it.  Petronix sucks.   I buy condensers by the gross.  The 
> bad ones are bad out of the box or last a week, the good ones last a 
> decade.  They are cheap and easy to replace.
> Once I started using Autozone Coils instead of Bosch and Lucas, and 
> once you have  a “right”  condenser, it’s as simple as adjusting the 
> point gap every spring and forgetting about it.
> If you really must, MSD setup with the disc and brain are bulletproof, 
> but ugly to look at.
> I’ll be pulling the Petronix out of my recently purchased (and poorly 
> running) E Type over the weekend.
> Jonas Payne
> PBR Consulting Services, LLC
> 702.882.6711
> *From:* Healeys [mailto:healeys-bounces at autox.team.net] *On Behalf Of 
> *Bruce Steele
> *Sent:* Thursday, November 2, 2017 5:55 PM
> *To:* 'Healey List' <healeys at autox.team.net>
> *Subject:* [Healeys] Pertronix question
> Well, after experiencing what seems to be “condenser misfiring” on my 
> way back from Russ Thompson’s shop, I’m thinking I may end my stubborn 
> holdout and convert to Pertronix.  I’ve a few questions:
>  1. What are the opinions on the Ignitor vs. the Ignitor II?
>      1. Is it worth changing out the plug wires to go with the II?
>      2. Can you use the stock cap with suppression or spiral wound
>         plug wires, or do you replace the cap as well?
>      3. Sources for caps and wires?  I’m assuming the Pertronix cap in
>         the Moss catalogue is for the Pertronix distributor they list
>         and will not fit a DM6 distributor.  Nor do they show Cobalt
>         wires for a 6 cylinder.
>  2. Is it worth getting the Pertronix coil as well?
>  3. The connection looks straight forward—red to coil (+), black to
>     coil (–) while retaining the white and white/black connections
>     back into the harness.  Obviously the while/black from coil (–) to
>     the distributor is removed.
>  4. Pertronix website only shows a kit for the DM6A.  Is this
>     applicable to the DM6?
>  5. Looking at the shop manual, their view shows the DM6 negative lead
>     post in what appears to be a slot, while my distributor is clearly
>     secured to a hole in the housing with nuts.  I’m assuming I have
>     to remove the points plate to gain access, correct?
> Thanks in advance for the input.
> Bruce Steele
> Brea, CA
> 1960 BN7
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