The main difference between the Pertronix and the Crane (aside from the price
and the remote box) is the way they work.
The Pertronix uses a magnetic pickup whereas the Crane uses an optical one.
Either of these technologies work fine. I have had a Crane on Huxley the spit
for three years and can't find any fault with how it performs. But the
adjustments and fit of the shutter and emitter pair leave something to be
desired. Once it is finally installed and secure, it does work flawlessly.
I have heard others rave about the performance of the Pertronix and I am sure it
does perform up to its reputation, but if you have a Delco Distributor, the
adapter kit makes the installation significantly more expensive than the Crane.
My 2 cents worth!
Paul Grafelman wrote:
> Thanks to all who offered help and/or information regarding my ignition
> problems. Using all this, I am fairly sure that I have a bad
> amplifier/pick-up. Instead of replacing the setup with an original, I am
> hoping to
> upgrade to an after market system. What are the performance differences
> between the Petronix Ignitor and the Crane Fireball? The Crane has a remote
> box, while the Petronix does not. The price difference isn't really a
> factor, since I would like the best performer. What do you all think?
> Paul Grafelman