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    I have a Delco in my 55 259. I'd like to convert to Chrysler electronics or a Pertronics. A few questions.

    Anybody running a Pertronics with a generator for an extended period of time? I seem to remember reading of early failures (flathead Fords) blamed on voltage spikes caused by generators. If that is still a problem I'll go Chrysler. I won't be using an alternator.

    If I'm right and all dizzys interchange in the V8s, is there a prefered dizzy to convert? and why? Any consistent problems that I should pay particular attention to in the advance system? I'll be using the car like the factory intended so I'm thinking the factory advance curve should work well for me, but I'm open for ideas.

    I'm not building a race car ignition with MSD boxes etc.. Just a nice street system.

  • #2
    The generally accepted choice among what the factory used is the 60-61 Delco "Window" distributor. "Window" doesn't mean it's tuned using Microsoft software, it simply refers to the little metal door on the distributor's cap that provided access to adjust the point dwell while the engine was running. GM used this basic unit (with a different drive end, of course) on a bazillion GM cars and trucks thru the years.
    Studebaker only borrowed it for a couple of years. And at that, they chose to use it only on certain models of those years. They finally went with Prestolite spark slingers thru the final years of Stude powerplants. An able piece of work, they wore out much faster than the Delcos did. They've sorta gotten the alternate name "Prestojunk" even tho with a rebuild they work quite well.
    The Pertronix I've got in the Transtar's Delco has been happy to work with a Generator since I installed it quite some years ago. It's never missed a beat and made a marked improvement in functionality since the first time I fired it up.

    Miscreant at large.

    1957 Transtar 1/2ton
    1960 Larkvertible V8
    1958 Provincial wagon
    1953 Commander coupe
    1957 President 2-dr
    1955 President State
    1951 Champion Biz cpe
    1963 Daytona project FS
    No deceptive flags to prove I'm patriotic - no biblical BS to impress - just ME and Studebakers - as it should be.

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    • #3
      If your '55 is all stock, you would have to convert to 12V to use the Chrysler unit, or else re-engineer the "box" to work on 6V (should be doable, as IIRC the electronics actually run on 5V.) I am not sure if Pertronix makes a 6V unit or not, and if they do, for which distributors.

      good luck,

      nate

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      • #4
        Pertronix does make converstion kits for Prestolight, 6-volt positive ground ignition systems


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        Phil
        Arnold, Missouri

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        • #5
          My 53 232 has the Delco [stock] dist. Is this dist. different enough that the pertronix setup for the later Delco dist. won't fit? Thanks,

          Darryl C. Lewallen Clarkesville, Ga.
          Darryl C. Lewallen Clarkesville, Ga.

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          • #6

            The Pertronix number for a 6 volt, positive ground, system is 1188P6. You used to be able to get them from Ted Harbit, maybe Fairborne now sells them.
            The correct Delco for a 55 is 1110839. I'm pretty sure that any Delco would work, but someone replaced the advance plate in my distributor with a 'Dyna Flyte' aftermarket, roller bearing, unit, and the Pertronix module wouldn't fit, until I found and installed the original plate.
            Getting past all that, I installed my Pertronix in 2003 and, so far, have put 15K miles on it. Works fine, every time and it gives a lot of peace of mind.
            64 GT Hawk (K7)
            1970 Avanti (R3)

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            • #7
              Sorry, It's already converted to 12V. I ass-ume my Delco is an original 6V unit. If Pertronics sells a 12V drop in unit for it, that's the easy way. I bought a new cap and rotor to carry for emergencies so that may be the way to go. If they don't I'll probably convert it to Chrysler guts. I know that works with a generator and modules are everywhere.

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              • #8
                They DO make a Pretronix unit to fit your Delco. Get one from Fairborn Studebaker (937) 676-1576

                Miscreant at large.

                1957 Transtar 1/2ton
                1960 Larkvertible V8
                1958 Provincial wagon
                1953 Commander coupe
                1957 President 2-dr
                1955 President State
                1951 Champion Biz cpe
                1963 Daytona project FS
                No deceptive flags to prove I'm patriotic - no biblical BS to impress - just ME and Studebakers - as it should be.

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