Time to change the points distributor to electronic

Discussion in 'Sparky's corner' started by 71 GS, Mar 2, 2019.

  1. 71 GS

    71 GS Member

    What's the recommended electronic distributor to by online that will fit right in to my 1971 GS 350 4bbl
    Open to any advice, thanks guys
  2. BYoung

    BYoung Stage me

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  3. buick64203

    buick64203 Right wing conservative Staff Member

    No reason to change the whole distributor. An electronic ignition conversion kit like Brian mentions is all you need. That way you retain the factory distributor. The only real advantage to getting rid f the points is ease of maintenance.
  4. LARRY70GS

    LARRY70GS a.k.a. "THE WIZARD"

    Nothing wrong with points. The ignition timing advance curve is way more important.
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  5. Quick Buick

    Quick Buick Arlington Wa

    Honestly. If your points dist is not worn out ( excessive play) there is no real reason to change. OLD school will always get you home.
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    BRUCE ROE Well-Known Member

    I expect Buick had an HEI you could drop in. Cheap and easy to get
    parts for, update the advance curve if needed. That big cap plus
    wires will deliver more energy under worse (wet) conditions than
    any conversion. I had at least as much problem with points systems
    back then, as with HEI. Bruce Roe
  7. 71 GS

    71 GS Member

    If I wanted to change the whole distributor and drop in an electronic one what would be the best way to go .
    Appreciate the help guys !!
  8. LARRY70GS

    LARRY70GS a.k.a. "THE WIZARD"

  9. 71 GS

    71 GS Member

    Thanks Bruce, well my new HEI turned
    up today, had a quick look at the instructions not the best explanation but should be able to work it out . Are there any tips you could give me & do you think I need to change the spark plug gap ?
    Appreciate your time & happy for anybody's comments.
  10. LARRY70GS

    LARRY70GS a.k.a. "THE WIZARD"

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