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Old May 10th, 2018, 07:50 PM
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Picked up a pertronix D71100 flamethrower II from speedway. The book and the tech said this will fit my 54 olds 324. I have the oil pump shaft out and it is round with a flat side. The end of the pertronix distributor is a standard gm hex. Any input? Thanks
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Old May 10th, 2018, 08:22 PM
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That distributor does not fit your car. It is for the next gen Olds 260-455
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Originally Posted by oldcutlass View Post
That distributor does not fit your car. It is for the next gen Olds 260-455

ok. Any options that do work? I can still return it for refund. Thanks
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Old May 11th, 2018, 09:35 AM
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I moved your post to the Vintage section as some installed pertronixI, II, III's in their older gen engines. They should chime in on what experiences they had.
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Old May 11th, 2018, 11:45 AM
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Interesting that every single distributor Speedway shows for the first gen Olds motors says "fits 260-455".

Morons.

Your best bet is to simply get a Pertronix points replacement conversion and install it in your original distributor. If you must have a coil-in-cap HEI, this vendor builds custom HEI distributors for less popular engines like this.
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Originally Posted by joe_padavano View Post
Interesting that every single distributor Speedway shows for the first gen Olds motors says "fits 260-455".

Morons.

Your best bet is to simply get a Pertronix points replacement conversion and install it in your original distributor. If you must have a coil-in-cap HEI, this vendor builds custom HEI distributors for less popular engines like this.
I've rolled my eyes a lot these past 10 months gathering and cleaning, spending and freaking out. The link to the hei conversion isn't any more costly than the rebuild of points. I converted my Thunderbird to hei from Skip White performance but they do not have one for olds. Thanks for the input. Time to get my $$ back from speedway (rolling eyes lol)
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HEI being bigger, sometimes does not work w/ stock air cleaners. Just went through this on my buddy's 70 Z, I had the numbers PC rebuilt at a Vett resto place, looked brand new. $85. Blasted w/walnut shells, new correct wire, greased and shimmed shaft, like new.
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Old May 11th, 2018, 03:32 PM
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There is no large cap HEI available for this generation engine. One of these points replacement applications will work on your car. 6 or 12v, etc... Disregard the full size distributors the are for 260-455 engines.
https://www.summitracing.com/search/...24%20pertronix
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Few years ago I read in the NAOC someone contacted Mallory, and somehow a person there found the blueprints they had, and made a brand new Unilite distributor for his straight 8 Olds. Looked original, but state of the art inside!

But since MSD owns them they probably threw away all the old books, and tooling?
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I was a big believer in Pertronix and had one in my 54 until it left me on the side of the road. Then I went back to points. I keep a set of everything in my ignition system in my toolbox in the trunk. There has been a lot of discussion on this issue on here. If you go back with points just be sure and get some quality ones.
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Originally Posted by redoldsman View Post
I was a big believer in Pertronix and had one in my 54 until it left me on the side of the road. Then I went back to points. I keep a set of everything in my ignition system in my toolbox in the trunk. There has been a lot of discussion on this issue on here. If you go back with points just be sure and get some quality ones.


I was about to order the Pertronix for my 56 Olds. I installed new points the other day and now the car will not start. It is not easy any more climbing under the hood. My question is - should the new points be preset close enough for the engine to start then adjust the dwell. Getting a feeler gauge while the distributor is in car is rather difficult. It has been a while since I installed points. Also the quality of the latest point set is terrible. I just ordered what appeared to be a better one.
Thanks for any suggestions.
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Originally Posted by WHIPOLDS View Post
My question is - should the new points be preset close enough for the engine to start then adjust the dwell.
Nope. You must set them with a feeler gauge after installation.
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Nope. You must set them with a feeler gauge after installation.
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