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    Pertronix or Crane?

    I want to replace my points with an electronic ignition on my '74 2500M, but am not sure which to use. Any opinions?

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    Re: Pertronix or Crane?

    I've used Petronix and it worked just fine with my MGA.

    I found out first hand though that once your battery is dead the Petronix won't help you in push starting your car. It has to have some juice to do anything....So, I went back to points. On the rare occassion my battery goes dead again, it's easy to push start it all by myself.

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    Re: Pertronix or Crane?

    I use Pertronics but carry a set of points in the gin box.

    Also....I use a battery switch....ALWAYS!

    Didn't know about the push start/Pertronics deal.
    That is a bit of a disappointment.

    Ever try hand cranking your MGA GBB?


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    Re: Pertronix or Crane?

    Yes, I put in a battery cut off shortly after that episode as well. I have no other complaints about Petronix, it worked without any issues otherwise. I got a good deal on a Mallory distributor w/points so I use that now.

    Although the handcrank is an option, I'm a little afraid of trying. It might take my hand off ;-)

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    Re: Pertronix or Crane?

    I hear there are 3 rules to making sure you don't get messed up w/ a kick-back.

    1) Keep your thumb on the same side as your fingers.
    2) Retard it a bit by spinning the little dizzy wheel.
    3) I forget the 3rd one.

    Elva's rad is in front of the crank pulley nut anyway.
    (So I have to push & hop in)



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    Re: Pertronix or Crane?

    Nice Elva!!!
    I had a bad experience with Pertronics and I relate the experience with buying on ebay. If you buy on ebay do not expect sevice if there is something wrong. My kit probably fell off a truck and its just will not work so I put my old points back in.
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    Re: Pertronix or Crane?

    bailee2,
    Yea... I like cars where you can reach out & touch the ground also. [img]/bcforum/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/grin.gif[/img]

    I have heeded the warning re: NOT leaving the Pertronics/coil on while servicing the car.
    I installed a spade terminal on the hot side of the coil instead of the ring terminal so I can pop it off quickly.
    Haven't had any problems w/ mine so far.


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    Re: Pertronix or Crane?

    Hi,

    I have had the Pertronix in my TR250 for over five years without any issues at all. It was very easy to install, and I have never babied it in any way. The Crane systems have a great reputation, but I like the fact that the Pertronix is almost invisible once installed in the car.

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    Re: Pertronix or Crane?

    I've had the Petronix in my racer for about 5 years. I run pretty rich mixtures and the thing *never* fouls a plug.

    The points system is simple, but it's not capable of making the type of hot spark that a solid-state system can make. When I ran points, I would get mild fouling under some conditions....no more.
    I always bring a spare distributor with points "just in case", but I've never needed it...kind of a belt and suspenders thing, I guess.

    The Crane may have a rev-limiter on some versions; a nice feature.

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