Originally Posted by 68DaveV
I want to replace my points...
Anyone want to write a little Ignition for Dummies post that actually explains the various options? It would certainly be appreciated by me, and probably others wanting to convert. Thanks in advance.
Here is a good past thread about the conversions - https://www.camaros.net/forums/showthread.php?t=77471
Any of the conversions will install and work well in most uses.
The installation procedure varies slightly by the type of system and it's options. Some require the distributor to be removed, some don't.
IMHO, if you're going to install a system you don't intend to service in the near future (sort of the reason for doing this conversion in the first place isn't it ??? ) then NOW is a good time to pull the distributor and check the Drive Gear, Bearings/Bushings, Advance mechanism and other items - then you won't have to mess with the thing for years...
Each of these systems has slight differences in set-up and function, but they all provide a good reliable replacement to your original point system and require little or no follow-up adjustment or service.
The factory HEI systems are also a very viable way to go 'pointless' and, as stated above, there are several flavors of systems availble from both the OEM and aftermarket suppliers.
As an additional EIS (Electronic Ignition System) "101" - the systems all basicly use an transistor to couple the ground path for the Coil through the distributor and trigger it with a Light or Field (you can read 'magnetic' sortta here if you want) signal amplified via internal circuitry.
Some are wired directly to the original wiring and some require bypassing the original ignition ballast device to provide higher line voltage to the module - the instructions will tell you which way to go.
Hope this helps;