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1963, 289 R1 Distrbutor conversion

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  • 1963, 289 R1 Distrbutor conversion

    Comments on converting a '63 R1 from dual point to electronic ignition would be appreciated. Solid state transisterized ignition was a rare option in '63-64. What would be advisable today? Thanks for any comments.

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    I am not sure but the dizzy in that may be like the Chevy if I am wrong somebody correct me but anyhow check out pertronix it fits inside the dizzy and looks stock. I do recommend using a larger coil too when switching to a pertronix kit.

    PROUDLY MADE IN AMERICA

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    • #3
      The original prestolite dual point distributor in my '63 R2 had been replaced somewhere along the line with a single point. I was told by an expert that most prestolite distributors were significantly worn after 60K miles. And I couldn't find a low-mileage or NOS dual-point prestolite replacement. Since a Pertronix won't work with the prestolite single point distributor, I ordered a Mallory Electronic distributor from the Thibeault Company. I was also informed that it needs a special curve kit for the R2 engine.


      quote:Originally posted by garyc

      Comments on converting a '63 R1 from dual point to electronic ignition would be appreciated. Solid state transisterized ignition was a rare option in '63-64. What would be advisable today? Thanks for any comments.
      edp/NC
      \'63 Avanti
      \'66 Commander

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      • #4
        Myers Studebaker can covert the Stude dual point to a Mopar HEI electronic ignition that uses the Stude distributor shaft. If you need parts for it later you just ask for the correct matching Dodge V8 model.

        <div align="left">John</div id="left">

        <div align="left">'63 Avanti, R1, Auto, AC, PW (unrestored)</div id="left">
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        63R-2386
        Resto-Mod by Michael Myer

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        • #5
          Buy a complete brand new distributor from Dave Thibeault.
          These work great but are a little pricey but worth it.

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          • #6
            If you search there are several threads on this subject. However, if you have the Prestolite dual point in your R1 you can get the Pertronix kit for $100 give or take and it is an easy swap. You can get the kit from most Stude vendors, such as Fairborn (http://www.fairbornstudebaker.com/) or you can search the Pertronix website and get the correct part number and order from Summit or others. This would be a lot cheaper than buying a whole new distributor if yours is not having other problems.

            Dan White
            64 R1 GT
            64 R2 GT
            Dan White
            64 R1 GT
            64 R2 GT
            58 C Cab
            57 Broadmoor (Marvin)

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