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Pertronix Ignitor gap and Engine Restore stuff....

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I searched the forum for the info on the gap for the Pertronix Ignitor and only found 2 posts that stated the gap, both said .030. I assume that was in inches. I set the gap to that before coming to class and WOW, I can't believe the smoothness of the engine and the power. Odd thing is that now it smokes more on accelleration, actually I guess it is just more noticable. I just hope it starts better now.

Of course it might be running a little better too because I decided to put 89 octane gas in at lunch.

As for the Engine Restore product, has anyone used this on a engine that is slightly worn with success? I know it won't help with the rear main seal problem but hopefully with the smoking, until I can get in there and replace the rings and whatever else.

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Although the recomended gap for the Pertronix module is .030", the unit seems to be fairly tolerant of larger gaps.

When I was troubleshooting some initial Pertronix installation problems, Pertronics tech support told me not to worry too much about the gap, advising that it should function with a gap as large as .070" !

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The installation issues I had were all wiring/hookup related... nothing wrong with the pertronix itself.

Connecting the black wire from the Pertronix directly to the -ve terminal on the coil resulted in a weak spark.... so weak that the engine didn't even fire or sputter when I attempted to start it.

I overcame that problem by connecting the black wire directly to the two black wires that originally were attached to the points. It immediately fired and runs great. This approach also means less extra wire cluttering the engine compartment, and retains a more stock appearance for the ignition wiring harness.

I never did figure out why connecting directly to the -ve terminal was causing a problem.

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connected to the coil. The one that connected to the condensor is taped up so it doesn't accidently short out.

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connected to the coil. The one that connected to the condensor is taped up so it doesn't accidently short out.

Right... that is the typical "by the book" installation. For some reason mine was problematic.

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Changing oil might help you smoke problem some. A couple of brands of oil, like Valvoline and Castrol?, have a version designed for high mileage engines. Use 20W50 if there is a choice. Using Mobil One 15-50 might help also if the extra cost doesn't bother you.

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I normally use the Castrol 20W50, didn't know they had a high mileage version also.

I adjusted the timing today to try to solve the hard starting issue and it smokes less now. Must be getting a better burn.

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