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Need to buy a dizzy for my build. What's everyone running? Just want something reliable that won't leave me stranded someday. I see cheap ones out there for $50 and see ones for over $300. Looking for something good in the middle.
 

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Original dizz with re-curve and Pertronix Ignitor.
 
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I’m running an OE type b rebuilt single advance I got from NPD reman Mororcraft by Cardone. Came with points which ran fine but I soon replaced with Pertronix I and their matching ignitor coil. No problems with the dizzy or ignitor for 1 year. Runs great.
 

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How much mechanical advance are you looking for? With remanufactured distributors total mechanical advance can be anywhere depending on what reluctor they happen to use. Many after market distributors have adjustable mechanical advance, or at least state what the fixed amount is.
 

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Factory 1970 351 Cleveland distributor. Calibrated by Dan and Mustang Barn to match the cam. Installed Pertronix III because it has a built-in rev limiter. Works really well.

Nothing wrong with aftermarket distributors, but as they change models or go out of business, getting parts can be a challenge. Once exception would be the cheap HEI distributors all over the Internet. Sure, they work, but they look ridiculous. :p
 

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I use a no longer available Crane optical trigger distributor. It has built in externally adjustable vacuum and mechanical curves.
 

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OEM spark-gap ignition is actually extremely reliable. Two stories-

Last fall I went to a camping event with a 1942 truck. 6V, electric start. Overnight, temps went down to 24°. In the morning, there was frost on the outside and inside of the windshield, and even on the fabric seats. Set choke and throttle, switch on, press starter, fired on the first spin.

One night on the highway my 66 died on the freeway just outside Miami. No tools, so I used roadside debris to pop the clips on the distributor. It's a dual point, and one of the cam followers had snapped off. Back to debris, found a small piece perfect to pinch into the broken points, drove home. Try that with dead electronics.
 

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@22GT , I have a points plate with points, condenser, and a single feeler gauge in a sandwich bag in my car I can drop in any time, any place, if the Ignitor caps the bed. I have a spare coil and a few feet of wire too.
The current Ignitor has been in since 1998, but it could go any time haha!
 

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PerTronix D134600


It has the steel gear for roller cam.
 
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I run the stock distributor and points. Simple and fixable on the side of the road.
 

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New AutoZone $70 Duraspark. It's actually a Spectra that you can get a lot cheaper on line for closer to $50. Don't let the price fool you! Very nice distributor

I'm using the small cap with the blue strain relief Duraspark. Or get the red strain relief CA version. About double the price but a better unit with a much hotter spark that will fire a lean mixture the blue one can't. You also have to buy the matching 12 volt coil.

Points are very liable too, no argument. However I found my car starts much easier especially when hot and seems to run smoother with the Duraspark. Bottom line, run what you want, that's the right choice
 

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Using an OE dual point mechanical advance from the mid 60's to match my tri-power intake. As I don't have any ported vacuum, Inside dist it has Pertronix II for last 15 years
 
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