When Mopar built a high-performance engine during the supercar era, lighting the fire was most often handled by the venerable Prestolite dual-point distributor. Using this instead of the normal single-point unit gave additional spark output and stability, and at the time, this high-tech distributor was a must if you wanted to optimize the available horsepower in your ride. The downside was the power-arching points inside the cap would burn out, lose dwell or spark, and deteriorate-requiring regular replacement. This would usually happen at the most inopportune moments, such as when you're in the final round and winning by three hundreths of a second or driving down the road while taking your wife to dinner; Ka-blooey! It begins to rain and your points fail.

While Mopar Performance offers one of the best values for ignition upgrades, the need to add boxes and drill holes can be a detriment to those going the restoration route. Pertronix of San Dimas, California, has been manufacturing points-eliminating conversions for years and have introduced an ignitor kit to fit the dual-point Prestolite distributors. They also offer Ignitor I and the higher-performance Ignitor II kits for other Mopar-points-type applications as well as the early electronic units.

The claim is that these replacement parts go in easier than the good ol' points, so we decided to see for ourselves. We ordered the entire kit complete with wires and coil to make the conversion look stock but outperform the OE parts. As you'll see, this particular installation was indeed as easy as stated and, in fact, burned fuel so much more efficiently that the jetting in the primary carb of our Plymouth 440 6-BBL needed fattening up. Follow along as we show how even the novice Mopar enthusiast can "never have to change points again."(tm)

A final note: Pertronix welcomes your inquiries about which outfit will fit your application. While we needed to rejet our carb outfit, every engine is different, and the level of modification already present may preclude needing these changes. In a single word, this outfit is great!

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Pertronix Inc
440 E. Arrow Hwy.
San Dimas
CA  91773-3340
800-827-3758