I have a couple questions. I have a stock 327 2bbl with stock points/condenser ignition. I would like to convert to the electronic points systems; i.e. Pertronix. Questions - is it worth it? Will I get better performance? And if so, which Pertronix Ignitor do I need? The original II, or III?
I swapped years ago on another car. I used the LS series of Pertronix. LS stands for lobe sensor which basically was a true bolt on and go system. If I recall, the original Pertronix unit recommended pulling the distributor in order to correctly install the system. The LS series of unit doesn't require a distributor pull. It was a bolt on and go system.
I used it on my 68 Firebird, because I was concerned with an HEI distributor having clearance issues with my firewall. My Firebird had a 475HP 428 in it and the Pertronix unit handled everything I threw at it.
There are many different conversion systems out there all depends on if you want the original dizzy look, wire config etc.
But in general the upgrade is one of the yes you should just as the upgrade to solid state Voltage Regulators is.
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I agree with Mike, with a stock 327, your points are fine. If you are going to do an HEI conversion, go with Pertronix. I dont know what the diff is between II and III, but if you do a search on this site, there is plenty of info available.
6 cylinder, 307, 327, 350, 396, 427 all will benefit from electronic conversion.
That is the benifit is the same whether it's a base 327 or a high performance motor
John, Can you specify what those benefits are? I'm not trying to be difficult and you are way more knowledgeable than me on this stuff, but points don't seem like a major problem that needs solving for the average street car.
Points/Condensor work fine when set up and adjusted correctly. They do need more attention and changed once in a while. Setting gap, dwell and timing is not that hard. Points like spark plugs wear and the gap changes over time. The contacts also get burned from the arcing and will need to be filed and re gapped occasionally
Electronics are for the most part trouble free and will last a long time without attention.
The point I was stating was a high performance engine compared to lower performance makes no difference on the decision to convert.
One does not necessarily provide a "hotter" spark spark over the other depending on the coil used.