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220 SEb. Ignition Upgrade. Pertronix?

Hello: I was wondering what is recommended if I want to upgrade my ignition, which "non-points" kits are the best?

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I use Pertronix in my 108. It took me all of a half hour to install, and it made the car run much better.
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Thank you. I will look into it. How much did it cost you?
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... I don't remember. I think it was $110 or so. You can't get them from the manufacturer directly though, they only sell to their distributors. I bought mine thru NAPA Auto Parts.
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... I don't remember. I think it was $110 or so. You can't get them from the manufacturer directly though, they only sell to their distributors. I bought mine thru NAPA Auto Parts.
Best place to buy, is Retrorockets. They have good technical knowledge of Pertronix and will get you help from Pertronix if needed. Contact Carl at:

Retro Rockets - PerTronix Electronic Ignition Conversion Kits and HEI Components

Won't do much more than a new set of points, but never needs adjustment.

1972 350SL 4.5L - MBGraham, near Kingston, Ontario
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Thank you. I coincidentally came upon retrorockets when I searched for "Petronix".

Wouldnt this also help the engine run better (better sparks) - better combustion?
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Thank you. I coincidentally came upon retrorockets when I searched for "Petronix".

Wouldnt this also help the engine run better (better sparks) - better combustion?
that you tackle one issue at a time. Your conventional ignition will be adequate to get the engine running, as an initial step. The advantage of an electronic ignition system is foregoing the routine maintenance that goes along with the conventional ignition system, e.g. installing, gapping the points and setting the timing, etc. It is true that an electronic ignition system produces a hotter spark, but that is a secondary matter.

No offense, but I get the feeling that you are trying to tackle too many issues at once, without the requisite knowledge to do this... a "scattergun approach"... get the engine running first, and then worry about refinements.

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Thank you for your input. I will do as you say, get the engine running and then the rest.
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