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Hey everybody. Just got a 1970 and it still has points in the distributer. What's the advantage of having the electronic ignition instead of points? Is one better than the other or just preference?

I think i'll stay with points!

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Spring for the Pertronix.

No adjusting, more even/hotter spark, not bothered by a bit of

distributor slop.

That said, make sure your advances work and that the thing's not TOO worn-

if it's a sloppy dishrag, it'll never run as well as it could.

hth

t

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Points have been in cars long before electronics have , I have points in one car and electronic in the other , properly set up points are great , if your adding performance goodies and want/need a hotter spark , or are not up to adjusting points , go electronic. Set and forget against set and set again some time later.

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both are EXCELLENT

.....................WHEN INSTALLED, ADJUSTED & TIMED correctly!

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I like points because it keeps my alert! If I can't install & adjust points I'm too old to drive it anymore! Ha!

Seriously, both are fine...I have two '02's with points and one with electronic ignition (Crane XR700)...but guess what I take with me on trips as a spare? You guessed it...."points and condenser"! If my electronic ignition fails I'm clueless & screwed! I'm not electronically inclined...will go to the points immediately!

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Both are good; I had a Crane XR-700 unit in one of my 2002's and also ran my 1969 2000 for 8 years on points; only adjusted the points regularly, distributor was new when I bought the NK 2000, never a problem ignition wise. I'd keep your points/condensor though, in the glovebox or

in your '02 somewhere with your spares, just in case

Tim

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Real men don't use electronic ignition.

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Points are a PITA in a 2002, but not so much so in a 1972 Chevy Suburban. Chevrolet put a little door in the distributor cap that allows you to adjust the points with a dwell meter hooked up and the engine running. Dial it in, close the door and forget about it.

I wish BMW had figured this out! I was thinking of trying to make a set of points work this way in my 02, but there is not much room in there.

Drives me NUTS to adjust point gap on the 02. Turn on engine-check dwell-turn off the engine-adjust the gap-start engine-check-turn off engine-adjust-turn on engine-check-to get it right.

Running points at the moment. Took the Pertronix out to find the cause of a stuttering issue. Pertronix was not the cause. I plan on putting it back some day. Nice that it is so easy to switch back and forth.

Tom

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Tom,

You're right about the sliding inspection door/window on the distributor cap....in the old days I owned Chevys and that was a great way to adjust the points. One thing the Germans just didn't "get" I suppose! :-)

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you'll destroy the pure integrity of your '02 by using electronic ignition. keep is at the germans intended, they didn't design it to be modified.

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you'll destroy the pure integrity of your '02 by using electronic ignition. keep is at the germans intended, they didn't design it to be modified.

lol...does your o2 have german air in its tires....?

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you'll destroy the pure integrity of your '02 by using electronic ignition. keep is at the germans intended, they didn't design it to be modified.

The sarcasm here had me rolling - good one.

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you'll destroy the pure integrity of your '02 by using electronic ignition. keep is at the germans intended, they didn't design it to be modified.

The sarcasm here had me rolling - good one.

this guy gets it ^ :D

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Nothing wrong with going to a Pertronix. I ran points for probably the first 20k I owned my car and had 2 different types of pertronix go through my hands (all the wrong ones for my car) before I got the right one and have been running it since with no issues.

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