i too had the pertronix distributer that decided to go bad in a parking lot 50 miles from home. i got a small set of tools and a $40 cheapo points distributor and did a 105-degrees-outside middle of the afternoon distributor swap and got home fine. i sent the ignitor portion to pertronix and it was bad. sounds like yours is starting to go bad as well. i ended up ditching the pertronix billet distributor because it has no stops for the mechanical advance and i ended up breaking some springs. so, i wasted 300 bucks on a distributor that's sitting in my garage and taking up valuable space. i went with the msd plug and play for the same price, much better distributor, imo. i still run the second strike box, though. good luck and i hope this helps!