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Technical Pertronix Flame Thrower Distributor in 8AB

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Jellowe, Feb 16, 2021.

  1. Jellowe
    Joined: Jan 27, 2014
    Posts: 34


    Most posts on this subject are nearly 10 years old. I've heard there are some awful quality distributors on the market today, I guess you get what you pay for. It seems to me the Pertronix Flame thrower is a good choice for my traditional hotrod running a 1953 8AB with dual Strombergs. I do like the simplicity of points but a converted Chevy points distributer is about the same price as a Petronix Flame Thrower. Can I get some reviews of the Petronix verses points distributer and other options. I am not building a racer, I just want reliability, simplicity and good performance. Thanks.
  2. Elcohaulic
    Joined: Dec 27, 2017
    Posts: 2,316


    You want points then. Get vintage USA made points on e-Bay
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  3. lostone
    Joined: Oct 13, 2013
    Posts: 2,008

    from kansas

    Some guys love pertronix but I'm not one of them.

    Put one in a 65 389 4speed GTO and hated it. It ran stronger with the reworked stock distributor. I had a Mr. Gasket dual point conversion plate installed and reworked curve. The pertronix wouldn't pull as hard.

    Put a pertronix distributor in the gf's vw and hated it. I reworked the stock distributor and the almost new (50 miles) is sitting on the shelf in the closet.

    Put a kit in another pontiac 400 and again after a while I pulled it and went with a mallory dual point distributor, pulled hard again like the GTO.

    Just my experience.
  4. 427 sleeper
    Joined: Mar 8, 2017
    Posts: 1,722

    427 sleeper

    What Elcohaulic said.
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  5. 47streetrodder
    Joined: Oct 27, 2007
    Posts: 103


    I put a kit in my 65 El Camino (283/4 Speed) and could actually hear the improvement when I fired it up for the first time. That was 15 years ago. Still have the car with the same kit and it's still running strong.
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  6. 51504bat
    Joined: May 22, 2010
    Posts: 3,405


    Had a Pertronix in the 8ba in my '39 p/u. Ran OK. Installed a Buba manual advance Chevy conversion with points and it ran better than the Pertronix or the stock distributor. Engine is a stock single carb with EAB heads and alledgedly a Merc cam. Just my experience. Others may have different experiences.
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  7. millersgarage
    Joined: Jun 23, 2009
    Posts: 2,139



    I had pertronix in a stock dist and it ran great
  8. 61SuperMonza
    Joined: Nov 16, 2020
    Posts: 489


    I agree the pertronix is one I would pass on. I run a XR-700 and love it. Works great on a turbo Corvair.
  9. jimmy six
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
    Posts: 11,026

    jimmy six

    Pertronix has worked perfect for me. 7 years no plug change. Timing is always the same. With 12 volts I kept the ballast resistor and bought their coil. Since all the Fords up to 57 were Loadmatic does the Pertronixs they sell for yours have a vacuum advance and centrifugal advance?

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