When we closed the gap to .040 with the Bosch plats and pertronix still in, it ran a little better, but still badly.
Today, Shawn replaced the new cap with his old one, set the carb as you said and we got quite an improvement. More power, but a little white smoke at the exhaust. This told me we were a bit lean. I opened the carb settings about 3/4 a turn more and it got better, but still a little missing.
We did all this without the air cleaner on it, (he is getting it prepped to paint). Next step is to install the air cleaner and make some more carb adjustments to see what we can do.
Shawn also checked the timing, (his first time with a timing light). He said he set it at about the second or third line to the advance side. That tells me 4-6 degrees when it should be 8...right? When he tried to go further it was running rough. I attribute this to the lean mixture. He also set the carb after the timing, so we'll play with both tomorrow.
One thing for sure, the new Summit brand cap is faulty. He said one of the contacts had red plastic dripping over it from manufacturing.
I also heard from another individual who said the pertronix was never designed to improve milage or power, but to simply replace points. If that is all the better it gets, we can live with points, they aren't as big a hassle for us as others find them to be. I also know that when an electronic ignition fails, guys carry points to recover on the side of the road. This doesn't sound like the best of all situations.
This fellow I mentioned also said the pertronix is not really a car performance company, they deal more in farm equipment and forklifts. Hmmmmm. Makes one wonder.
The whole purpose we wanted the electronic set up was to increase milage and performance. I installed an electronic ignition on my '77 Harley shovelhead a few years back and gained tremendous performance improvements and easier starting with no kick backs, (it's a kick start only).
If you want a look at my chopper I put in on the homepage of my "VANISHING POINT" website...
I think we are on the right track now and will know better tomorrow.
We'll scan some pics and figure out how to post the here, if that is possible, or I'll stick them in my website, or e-mail them to you. It's a white 4 door in pretty good shape.
Thanks to everyone and we'll let you know what happens tomorrow evening.
Al & Shawn
P.S. I think we are going to send this whole mess back to Summit. Even if the system was not faulty, (other that the cap), it isn't worth the price just to "not have to mess with points". I've had a lot of cars and motorcycles over the years with points that really screamed.
Anyone had experience in returning items to Summit? I realize the stuff is used, but in a conversation with a Summit rep, my son got the impression that they would take everything back, although the rep was a bit indignant, claiming their return rate on pertronix is less than 2%