The Lucas Sport coil is not really conidered an HEI type coil. An HEI coil
puts out 60k+ volts, has I believe a very low ohms rating, and is not used
with a points-type system. The Lucas Sport coil, which can be used with
points (obviously) only puts out 40k. MiniMania sells both the Lucas Sport
coil and the Ignitor and they emphatically state (3 minutes ago on the
phone) that the two work together fine.
Again, from the Pertronix info: "The Ignitor is compatible with any "Point
Type" after-market or OEM coil regardless of voltage output."
I suspect the real issue is the current (as reflected by the ohms rating
warning), but this is just a guess.
PS: As interest seems strong on this topic, I will keep you apprised of the
performance/reliability of this combo. I can say that already the plug gap
is fine at 0.045" and I might go wider. The car fires right up under
admittedly summer conditions and runs smoother. BUT, I may have gotten the
same gains from a new set of points anyway. Hey, my wife liked the Sport
Coil look and needed to buy me a gift. What can I say?
At 11:58 AM -0500 6/24/98, RossOvercash wrote:
> If you continue reading the next paragraph of the General information it
> goes on to state:
> CAUTION: NEVER use a "HEI" type coil with the ignitor. This type of coil
> will provide too much current to the ignitor, causing it to butn out and
> I don't know what an "HEI" type coil. But maybe someone on the list does.
> I have had no probelms with the ignitor, using stock coil and standard pulg
> gap. So personally I wouldn't change a thing unless I was guaranteed
> significant improvrement in performance!
> Safety Fast!!
> Ross Overcash, 74B, NAMGBR 2-1172, Ayer, MA
> -----Original Message-----
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> Behalf Of Jeff Boatright
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> Subject: Re: Pertronix, was: 73 MGB
> Short answer: No problems.
> Your note made me re-read the warning carefully. "The Ignitor is compatible
> with any "Point Type" after-market of OEM coil regardless of voltage
> The paragraph with the phrase "40,000 volt coil" is an advertisement for
> _their_ high performance coil.
> The only considerartion is whether the Lucas Sport coil has the minimum 1.5
> ohms of resistance across the the "+" and "-" poles that the Ignitor needs.
> I just checked with my multimeter and the Lucas Sport coil has 3 ohms of
> resistance across poles.
> Thanks for the concern. Hope this helps,
> >But the instructions with the unit warned of using it with a 40,000 volt
> >coil, right?
> >Any problems?
> >Dave Houser
> Jeffrey H. Boatright, PhD
> Editor-in-Chief, Molecular Vision
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