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  1. #1
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    Default Ignition Coil (Internal vs. External)

    Question:

    I just bought this
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...RK%3AMEWN%3AIT

    which it has an internal "ignition coil".
    Right now i have the "points" setup w/ an external ignition coil.
    If i want to put this new setup, do i have to remove the old external coil or do i still need it? eventhough the distributor has an internal one?

    HELP

    thanks
    Marvin Manzano
    1965 Buick Skylark-SOLD!
    1970 Skylark V8-350 - SOLD!
    1965 sportwagon - 455 with a 350trans

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    You got yourself a HEI
    You don't need anything else, just hook it up and go.
    Might wanna bypass the resistorwire from the firewall connector to the distributor so it gets true 12 volts, to get the most out of it.
    Peter
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    Now with a '79 Regal. 455 is coming soon
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    Yes, bypass/replace the resistor wire with a "real" wire. You can get the connector that goes in the fusebox from NAPA (I forget the part number). You shouldn't need one of the wires that goes from the starter to the coil, though I forget which one it is.
    Truzi
    1970 Buick Skylark Custom Convertible

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    There is an adapter (MSD I think) that allows you to use an external coil, getting rid of the junk in-cap coil.
    Scott

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marvin's65
    Question:

    I just bought this
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...RK%3AMEWN%3AIT

    which it has an internal "ignition coil".
    Right now i have the "points" setup w/ an external ignition coil.
    If i want to put this new setup, do i have to remove the old external coil or do i still need it? eventhough the distributor has an internal one?

    HELP

    thanks
    That is the distributor that ignites 200,000,000 GM cars (give or take a few). It is great for normal driving or even a mild hot rod. If you are a racer, you may want to upgrade to a better system.

    I do not see the reason to get rid of a points system in a street car, especially one that is not driven too many miles. They are reliable and easy to maintain if anything should go wrong.

    Why do you want/ need electronic ignition?

    Frank

    1966 Cadillac DeVille Convertible
    Frank Brooks, Austin, TX USA
    Many cool Buicks (sold) and another again soon



  6. #6
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    Go with the HEI. Car will run a lot better. Year one has a new pink wire with clip attached to replace the resistor wire. There is information in GS extra and http://www.buickperformance.com telling how to do the swap.
    Dino Zaccardelli
    1971 GS Stage 1

 

 

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