Q: I have the old distributor from my car and want to convert back to points from an Accel unit. I'm cautious to use it because I don't know if it's any good. What should I look for? Or should I bring it to a professional shop and have them check it out? There is only one spacer and the shaft seems to have a little up and down movement, less than 1/8", no side play, and the vacuum advance operates when I supply vacuum. All in all, to me the old unit looks and feels much sturdier and better made than the Accel unit. So the mystery: why the change? The car is driven as much as possible, and by no means is it a " Trailer Queen." I just like to keep it as original as possible, but would like to go the electronic route. I know the conversion units are much cheaper than replacing the whole distributor and would allow me to keep some originality, but are they as good?
A: Many owners have replaced points-type ignitions with aftermarket, high-energy units over the years. The chief advantage of electronic ignitions is consistency of spark, especially on cars driven infrequently. If your old distributor's shaft is tight and the vacuum advance works, go ahead and install an electronic conversion unit (Pertronix, etc.) into it.
Second Chance Garage, THE Online Auto Restoration Resource. We show you how to take it apart, fix it up, and put it back together...all while having fun doing it. Subscribe today and get access to How-To's, Auto-Biographies, Beginner's Corner, Auto Theory, Monthly Tips, Dr. Crankshaft, and many Feature articles. All written by those who have done it for those who are doing it!
Because Eastwood/Second Chance Garage have no control over component design, processes, procedures, or over the qualifications of any user of information presented in this website, in no event will Eastwood or Second Chance Garage LLC be liable for any direct, indirect, special, or consequential damages, included but not limited to personal injury or any other damages arising out of the use or misuse of any information presented in this website.