Frank, I don't know if this is less than even a half step toward the marvels of
electronic ignition, but I have been using the points in the stock distributor
to fire an MSD5 box. I think it starts easier, particularly in those cold
months when the starter is pushing against 20w50 oil. The spark is always the
same intensity. And if the box fails (which it hasn't) then one wire bypasses
it all and connects the points directly to the coil again. Worked for me. An
MSD5 box is supposed to be good to 5k rpm, and other versions go beyond. For
about $80 for the MSD5, it's been all I needed.
Frank Clarici wrote:
> Well I am convinced that someone invented a micro chip that tells a part
> to fail on the 366th day if it has a one year warranty.
> My saws last one year and a week almost to the day, and now the
> electronic ignition I recieved at SS03 in May last year has died.
> But it's been 14 months!, not really, I installed it for the PA rallye
> last July. Which was July 26th (I think) Now on 7/28 I have no spark.
> It comes down to a dead electronic unit.
> Points work and can be made to work on the side of the road, I do carry
> a spare points dizzy in the Sprite but anyone who swears by these
> electronic units better carry points with them and know how to set them
> on the side of the road.
> 3 electronic units, my best time was 11 months before it fried.
> But chasing down a no start problem still beats body work on a
> Frank Clarici
> Toms River, NJ
> Two Too many Healeys