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Midget 1500 electronic ignition?

Joelb

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I was looking at getting a new distributer with electronic ignition for my 79 Midget. Does the 79 Midget come with electronic ignition? I am 7500 miles away from my car or I would check it myself.

Would I benifit much from installing a new distributer?

Howdy to Jack and Mickey, it's been a long time.
 

jlaird

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Hi guy, thought you disapeared.

I would suggest that you need to check the old dizzy to determine its condition before jumping over the moon.

However, check with Jeff for a rebuild. He of course does excellent work for a reasonable price. In fact your old dizzy should be in top shape before installing an electronic unit as well. After 30 years your dizzy is ready for a bit of expert maintance in any case.
 
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Joelb

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Thanks Jack, I didn't dissapear, I'm just on an extended vacation in Afghanistan.
 

Morris

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The '79 originally came with electronic ignition, but it was so crappy and unreliable that almost all stock ignition systems have been replaced. Soooo... you will have to send a buddy 'round to figure out what you have.

I agree with Jack's comments.
 

jlaird

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In any case, welcome back. Hope you had fun :smile: I know you did, nothing like the real thing.
 
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Joelb

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Ahhh, if only I was back Jack, got a few more months in me yet!
 

jlaird

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Ha, okies. Try to enjoy the time left. I know, I know you are away from your family but this is what you train for and work toward.
 

SAMidget

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Down here in sunny Johannesburg

With reference to Jack's comments - I had my distributer (1977 1500) repaired and standard points put in. I then came across the electronic conversion kit and it took me about 5 minutes, including washing hands afterwards, to replace the old points. This was about 3 years ago and I have done no maintenace nor timing since. For the life of me I can't remember the name of the kit but it works like a charm.
 
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I bought one of these ignition

have had no problems with this and the car has never run better.


mark
 
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Joelb

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I went ahead and bought a new dizzy with electronic ignition. I got the flame thrower model for a 1500. I also bought some headers and will put them all in at the same time so I can get the weber carb jetted correctly. Thanks for all the input. It will be a few weeks before I am home to install, but will post with results.
 

Midget78

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Joelb, I did exactly what your going to do on my 78 1500. Runs like a champ and gets up to speed really quick. Kinda surprising.
 
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