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  • Skip Lackie
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    I don't think any of those early systems were very reliable. I cannot speak for the Studebaker system, but I had a 67 Corvette with the early Delco electronic ignition system. GM replaced four of them under warranty before the warranty ran out. When they die, the car stops -- wherever you are at that moment. That got kinda old after a while, and I switched to a Mallory distributor with old-style points.

    Skip Lackie
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  • 64V-K7
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    The early transistor ignitions still used the points as a low voltage switch to trigger the solid state section. I'm not sure what tolerance was needed to assure the correct function of the electronics, but with the poor track record of Prestolite distributors, it alone may have been the cause of your unit not functioning. That said, underhood heat still works against transistors, modern or vintage. Keep the look and install a Pertronix.

    Bob Johnstone

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  • 64V-K7
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    The early transistor ignitions still used the points as a low voltage switch to trigger the solid state section. I'm not sure what tolerance was needed to assure the correct function of the electronics, but with the poor track record of Prestolite distributors, it alone may have been the cause of your unit not functioning. That said, underhood heat still works against transistors, modern or vintage. Keep the look and install a Pertronix.

    Bob Johnstone

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  • Scott
    started a topic Stock electronic ignition vs. aftermarket

    Stock electronic ignition vs. aftermarket

    I've been wondering for a while about the electronic "transistorized" ignition found on later Studebakers. My 1966 Cruiser has it, but it was disconnected in the 1970s because some mechanic was servicing the ignition system on the car and couldn't figure it out. So I have no first hand experience with the stock system.

    My question is: Is anyone using the stock transistorized system on their car? How does it compare to the regular points and condenser setup of the same vintage? How does it compare to new electronic systems put into an older Studebaker.

    I have heard that the stock system wasn't really that good, but I tend to think it must have been pretty decent when new, or Studebaker wouldn't have put it in their cars.

    I don't want a debate about different new systems and how great they are. I want to know about the original setup and good IT was or is.
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