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Re: Distributors...

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Subject: Re: Distributors...
From: Max Heim <>
Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2001 20:06:36 -0700
OK, I'll bite... what's the "point" of buying a dual point distributor if
you immediately replace the points with an optical trigger?

It seems to me you just threw away the only justification for the
expenditure -- the timing and spark is going to be exactly the same as with
a stock distributor using the same optical trigger kit, no?

The argument that " get a new dist.  which means new bushings etc" is
rendered meaningless when you go to the optical trigger, which doesn't care
if the bushings are wobbly. And, as someone noted, you can always re-bush
your Lucas, for far less money than a new Mallory.

I mean, I can accept that a dual point distributor is an improvement over a
single point distributor (heck, my Plymouth has one). But it seems obvious
that you erase that distinction as soon as you remove the points from the
equation. I'm sure your set-up works fine, but I certainly wouldn't
recommend it as a general practice, if only from cost/benefit

on 4/26/01 6:13 PM, Chad Cooper at wrote:

> The absolute best thing I ever did was to convert to a mallory dual point and
> before I even put it
> in I added a uni-lite kit to it.  This is a conversion kit to make the dual
> point into an optically
> triggered distributor.  The car runs better than it ever has with this set up.
> Mallory makes 
> distributors for older american cars with this optical trigger already in it.
> These are called the
> Comp 9000 series.  The problem is that they do not make this series of the
> distributor for the MGB.
> So I ordered a regular dual point from Moss, then as I said, bought the kit to
> convert it. There
> are Several advantages to this as compared to one of the other conversion kits
> for the stock dist.
> One is that you get a new dist.  which means new bushings etc.  The other is
> that the Uni-lite kit
> is made for mallory dist. by mallory.  And the fit and installation is
> perfect.  On the other hand
> some of the optical units that are made for the stock dist. seem a little
> hoaky to me.  The mallor
> website is  I don't know of any other place to get the kit.  I
> got mine from a VW bug
> not rodding place here in Dallas, because the kit is the same for all of the
> mallory 4cyl 
> distributors.


Max Heim
'66 MGB GHN3L76149
If you're near Mountain View, CA,
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