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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old Oct 21st, 19, 12:45 PM Thread Starter
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Distributor rebuild and conversion

I bought a date correct distributor to replace my numbers one matching with the hopes that Dave's small body heis would rebuild and convert it for me. Well he no longer provides services to anyone using camaros.net.

Does anyone else do this kind of work? Is this kind of work something local shops might be able to do?

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post #2 of 29 (permalink) Old Oct 21st, 19, 01:24 PM
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I bought a date correct distributor to replace my numbers one matching with the hopes that Dave's small body heis would rebuild and convert it for me. Well he no longer provides services to anyone using camaros.net.

Does anyone else do this kind of work? Is this kind of work something local shops might be able to do?
It's very easy to convert a points distributor to a Pertronix III set up. I've done a few of them. Rebuilding the dizzy is pretty easy also, but if you want to have someone do it it's a common thing to be done and there are a lot of people/business that can help you. If you were close, I'd be happy to help. I'm sure someone will be along with a recommended vendor for you. I don't have one to give because I do my own work on this kind of thing. Good luck.

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It's very easy to convert a points distributor to a Pertronix III set up. I've done a few of them. Rebuilding the dizzy is pretty easy also, but if you want to have someone do it it's a common thing to be done and there are a lot of people/business that can help you. If you were close, I'd be happy to help. I'm sure someone will be along with a recommended vendor for you. I don't have one to give because I do my own work on this kind of thing. Good luck.
It's my understanding that those conversion kits are pretty inferior to a true conversion. Any truth behind that statement?

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Re: Distributor rebuild and conversion

I prefer this conversion that connects with one wire like your original distributor.

Breakerless Ignition They are also available at Summit Racing and other distributors.

I know Dave builds a very nice points eliminated distributor. But for me, the Breakerless conversion has worked flawlessly for 10+ years. The Pertronics can provide a rev limiter if you need it, while the Breakerless unit does not. That would be the only reason I would use Pertronics instead of the Breakerless conversion.

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post #5 of 29 (permalink) Old Oct 21st, 19, 06:59 PM
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I have run both. The pertronix 2 and 3, never a failure once. Unless you need the correct numbers, they sell a brand new ready to run with points for under $60, it will cost more than that if you need a main shaft.

Let me know what you are trying to accomplish, I have a distributor machine and can set it up for you, or recommend some springs based on what you want it to do

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It's my understanding that those conversion kits are pretty inferior to a true conversion. Any truth behind that statement?
None whatsoever. The points conversion kits work very well. I can't speak for the other brands, but unlike what he probably filled your head with, the Pertronix III works very well. Ask anyone that installed one correctly and is using one. There are plenty of us around. Saying he won't sell to TC members speaks volumes.

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None whatsoever. The points conversion kits work very well. I can't speak for the other brands, but unlike what he probably filled your head with, the Pertronix III works very well. Ask anyone that installed one correctly and is using one. There are plenty of us around. Saying he won't sell to TC members speaks volumes.
I'm running a pertronix, going on 12 years. Not one issue.
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Just ask Dave nicely, I think his bark is worse than his bite, I believe he's a decent guy at heart

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Just ask Dave nicely, I think his bark is worse than his bite, I believe he's a decent guy at heart
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The Pertronix kit is simple to install and for me has worked well on my otherwise stock 67 dizzy. I pulled mine and installed it on the bench and, per instructions, needed to install the included washer (shim) between drive gear & shaft. You measure wiyh a feeler gauge as some may not need the shim but mine did. Simple to install bu just knocking out the roll pin of the drive gear and sliding it off shaft then putting in shim then re-installing gear

You do need to remove the resistor wire (white) going to the + side of coil and replace it with 12 gauge wire from either the same terminal on the bulkhead connector as white wire or just abandon the white wire (tape it back into the wire harness) and run a new dedicated wire from IGN terminal of fuse block to + side of coil. Easy
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Actually, I have done a few conversions for people on this board, and none had issues back to me during, and after the process.

Now, there is that one person, whom posted his picture two posts above this one, that no matter what, always causes trouble, so I just avoid him. It is not worth wasting my time on him.

As I have said recently, I am not doing conversions now, maybe none in the future, THE ONLY REASON IS, I was bitten on my left hand by a Brown Recluse spider on August 7th, had two surgeries to my left hand for it, 21 days in the hospital in Reno, and the hand may well never be OK enough to go back to doing my work. I'll know by the first of the year if I can do what I do by then. Pictures on request, and it is not nice, nor pretty.

So, please, don't speculate on what I do, or, what others say.....ask me, then tell the honest answer to others, it is very much appreciated.
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Actually, I have done a few conversions for people on this board, and none had issues back to me during, and after the process.

Now, there is that one person, whom posted his picture two posts above this one, that no matter what, always causes trouble, so I just avoid him. It is not worth wasting my time on him.

As I have said recently, I am not doing conversions now, maybe none in the future, THE ONLY REASON IS, I was bitten on my left hand by a Brown Recluse spider on August 7th, had two surgeries to my left hand for it, 21 days in the hospital in Reno, and the hand may well never be OK enough to go back to doing my work. I'll know by the first of the year if I can do what I do by then. Pictures on request, and it is not nice, nor pretty.

So, please, don't speculate on what I do, or, what others say.....ask me, then tell the honest answer to others, it is very much appreciated.
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Actually, I have done a few conversions for people on this board, and none had issues back to me during, and after the process.

Now, there is that one person, whom posted his picture two posts above this one, that no matter what, always causes trouble, so I just avoid him. It is not worth wasting my time on him.

As I have said recently, I am not doing conversions now, maybe none in the future, THE ONLY REASON IS, I was bitten on my left hand by a Brown Recluse spider on August 7th, had two surgeries to my left hand for it, 21 days in the hospital in Reno, and the hand may well never be OK enough to go back to doing my work. I'll know by the first of the year if I can do what I do by then. Pictures on request, and it is not nice, nor pretty.

So, please, don't speculate on what I do, or, what others say.....ask me, then tell the honest answer to others, it is very much appreciated.
Dave, I don't mean any offense nor speculation. I'm simply going off this post here by you: https://www.camaros.net/forums/1783153317-post29.html .

I also don't want this thread to turn into a drama thread. I just know that your work is supposed to be the best, so I'm looking for the runner up option. That's all.

Anyways, I'm likely going to go with the Breakerless as I want to the one wire feature. I'll also need a rebuild since I bought this used off some other forum a while back and don't even know what kind of condition it's in.

1971ls6 - What kind of work can you do/handle? Mind pming me what you would charge?

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Is the some reason you don't want to buy a new electronic dizzy and be done with it?

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Actually, I have done a few conversions for people on this board, and none had issues back to me during, and after the process.

Now, there is that one person, whom posted his picture two posts above this one, that no matter what, always causes trouble, so I just avoid him. It is not worth wasting my time on him.

As I have said recently, I am not doing conversions now, maybe none in the future, THE ONLY REASON IS, I was bitten on my left hand by a Brown Recluse spider on August 7th, had two surgeries to my left hand for it, 21 days in the hospital in Reno, and the hand may well never be OK enough to go back to doing my work. I'll know by the first of the year if I can do what I do by then. Pictures on request, and it is not nice, nor pretty.

So, please, don't speculate on what I do, or, what others say.....ask me, then tell the honest answer to others, it is very much appreciated.

That's a shame Dave. You've done two conversions for me, and I have a 45000 mile 69 Impala LM1 I want to send for conversion once I start working on the car. Let me know if you start back up. I like your work anyways.

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