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Unread 05-15-2014, 11:41 PM   #1
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has anyone used the pertronix kits for the stock distributor body? how did it work?, have an HEI right now, but after installing the airgap manifold, there is a decided lack of space to rotate the body for timing purposes, so would like a smaller base distributor to gain more clearance, but don't want to use the stock type ford ignition box.

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Unread 05-16-2014, 09:10 AM   #2
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Which stock distributor body are you referring to? Your '76 would have used the Prestolite ignition, not the Ford Duraspark found in later years.

IMO, it would be a step backwards to install a points distributor in order to use the Pertronix conversion kit. If it were mine I would use the '78-91 Duraspark distributor with a GM HEI ignition module or a Capacitive Discharge ignition module like MSD.
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Unread 05-17-2014, 04:43 PM   #3
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I currently have an HEI dizzy, but it contacts both the intake manifold and the bypass outlet on the thermostat housing, so I cannot time it properly, and it doesn't want to set all the way down in the boss, so figured I would get a pertronix kit and coil to install a smaller based dizzy for clearance.
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Unread 05-19-2014, 11:11 AM   #4
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CSP: I have just gotten an '89 Grand. We had a few full-sized Jeeps back before my sons outgrew them, so this is really great!! I am having trouble with no spark at this point and have read a couple of posts in this forum regarding resistor wire and replacing the AMC ignition module with a "GM HEI ignition module." We have a really great "ewe-pullet" junk yard not far from me that I suspect would have what I need - cheap. But I would need to know what to pull. Can you give me an idea of what I would be looking for?

Thanks ahead of time,

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Unread 05-19-2014, 11:22 AM   #5
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Check out this thread. I think it may prove useful to you. http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f8/ig...jeeps-1302352/
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Unread 05-19-2014, 11:38 AM   #6
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That thread is really geared to those with the '75-77 Prestolite ignition system or the '74 and older points systems. A good chunk of it is not-applicable to what rkent47 is asking about and it's definitely not what the OP is asking about.

rkent47 I suggest to go to Google and search on "Jeep stealth HEI". You'll find links that are applicable to the '78-91 Duraspark ignition system.
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Unread 05-19-2014, 11:45 AM   #7
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Oops! My mistake!
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Unread 05-19-2014, 01:42 PM   #8
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Great, thanks CSP. I just read the article by "Junk Yard Genius" and it was great! I am thinking that I will be doing the HEI conversion even if my OEM module is not fried at this point.

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