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Pertronix - good price
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Jay Faubion
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I decided to buy a Pertronix ignition for my '49. After checking pretty much everywhere for the best price on a model #1585AP6 (correct for my 288 with 6V positive ground), I found a place that sold it for $94.

That's significantly cheaper than anywhere else I could come up with, so I checked with them to confirm the price. They say it's still current, so I've ordered one.

I never bought from the people before, so I'll report if there are any problems.

They are Helmar Parts, in New York. They appear to be mainly a truck parts supplier.

Posted on: 2011/2/2 12:54
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Re: Pertronix - good price
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Quote:
... They are Helmar Parts, in New York. They appear to be mainly a truck parts supplier.


Jay, at the moment they appear to be mainly invisible but that link will help.

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Posted on: 2011/2/2 13:10
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Re: Pertronix - good price
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www.helmarparts.com

1-800-621-3414

1585AP6--$94.00

Posted on: 2011/2/2 15:57
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Re: Pertronix - good price
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What all do you get for your $94? I'm thinking about going electronic with my '41 Clipper (282) too... What about your coil?

Posted on: 2011/2/5 16:12
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Re: Pertronix - good price
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You can use the same coil You get the digital module, pickup trigger thing, and plate.

There are 2 distributors you can have in your 288, delco and autolite i believe. The pertronix kit will only fit one of them, forget which. I put at later 327 dist in to fit the pertronix unit. The other unit has a whole breakerplate that moves to advance, and it rides on a couple ball bearings.

The one that it does work in has a stationary breaker plate.

I believe both distributors have the same curve, i couldn't tell any difference between driving with either stock.

Posted on: 2011/2/5 20:38
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Re: Pertronix - good price
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Jay Faubion
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I installed the Pertronix ignition unit last night.

After looking at the current wiring setup, and then comparing with the diagram furnished with the Pertronix, I instantly realized that they had gotten it wrong.

The physical installation was a piece of cake. Took about 30 minutes, most of that time trying to get my work light in just the right place.

Of course, the engine didn't run after I wired it up the way I knew it should go. I went to bed discouraged, then decided what I would do. I thought about it all day long at work today. Yes... I would go home and follow the directions that came with the kit.

It's amazing how lucky smart those guys at the Pertronix factory are. They got their directions right the very first time.

In a more serious note, now that the car is running again I think I need to revisit the timing. Ran out of time for that tonight. Had to help the wife drag tarps of leaves back to the burn pile. Tomorrow evening I'll time it. I thought I heard a little pinging when I took it out.

I have to say that this Pertronix seems like a good, solid, no-nonsense unit. And I'm happy to be away from the need to worry about sourcing condensers, points, etc, etc.

Jay

By the way, there's a Studebaker guy that has a nice webpage on how to install one of these on a six volt, positive ground system. Here it is...

Posted on: 2011/3/21 18:51
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Re: Pertronix - good price
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Lauren R Lampi
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I was able to purchase a Petronix Ignitor electronic ignition through the Pacific NW Region, Packards International, PO Box 205, Snoqualmie, WA 98065.
They do have a web site and provide a number of items for our Packards. They advertise in the PAC Magazine, also.
I have a 47 Custom Super Clipper with the 356 engine and the Autolite distributor. Cost was 95.00

They were able to supply me with a 356 Valve stem guage.

I haven't installed the unit yet, as I am in the process of reassembling the engine, rebuilding the front suspension and steering, redoing the wiring in the engine compartment and then re-install the front clip on the 47.

I live in Northern Minn, Still a lot of snow on the ground,
but today there is a spring snow storm on the way.
When it's cold out, I don't spend time in the garage.
It's been in the 30's this week, so am getting back to the Packards.

The Pacific NW Region does this as a Club Project. I like to support the Packard Clubs

Posted on: 2011/3/22 14:40
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Re: Pertronix - good price
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John Iaccino
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I just installed a Pertronix on my '41 160. I had to reverse the pick-up before it would fit in the distributor and had to drill out the hole for the pivot pin one size larger. The tech support from Pertronix was excelent, they seemed very knoledgeable. I get much faster starts with this unit. I think it has a much hotter spark with the matching coil. Well worth the price.

Posted on: 2011/3/24 6:01
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Re: Pertronix - good price
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yesterdaysradio
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Hello,

I call Helmar and got the price for the 1183 for the 1956 Packard 5680. $88.00 plus shipping. Thanks for the info.

Jerry

Posted on: 2011/3/24 10:14
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Re: Pertronix - good price
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Jay Faubion
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I'll be curious to know if you have any perceived performance benefits. Let us know what you think. I still have to reset my timing.

Posted on: 2011/3/24 12:29
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