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Electronic ignition for a R2 289 Avanti ( 63 )

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  • Electronic ignition for a R2 289 Avanti ( 63 )

    Hello All, I am new to all of this so forgive me if this is a basic question. I would like to put a electronic ignition in my 63 Avanti 289 R2 supercharger. I have been told Mallory is a good place to start. The car sat 15 years in the California sun undriven. I have brought the engine back and look to change only ignition from the original set up. also, is there any good websites to find parts and anything else I need for this rare studebaker.

    thanks,

  • #2
    Here is the best place to start.

    http://www.studebakerdriversclub.com/links.asp

    Look over all the vendors. Fairborn Studebaker is a good place to start for a pentronix ignition system. This link will keep you busy for hours.

    1964 GT Hawk soon to be R2 Clone
    1964 GT Hawk
    PSMCDR 2014
    Best time: 14.473 sec. 96.57 MPH quarter mile
    PSMCDR 2013
    Best time: 14.654 sec. 94.53 MPH quarter

    Victoria, Canada

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    • #3
      Studebaker parts from Dave T-bow

      http://www.stude.com/Tbow/

      He'll sell you a new MOPAR unit that he's modified to fit or a new billet aluminum unit.

      64 Commander 2 dr.
      64 Daytona HT
      63 R2 4 speed GT Hawk (Black) #2
      63 Avanti R1
      63 Daytona convert
      63 Lark 2 door
      63 Lark 2 door #2
      62 Daytona HT/ 4 speed
      62 Lark 2 door
      62 GT Hawk 4 speed
      60 Lark HT
      60 Hawk
      59 3E truck
      52 Starliner
      51 Commander

      JDP Maryland

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      • #4
        Greetings,avantiman,

        Some good advice here. However, I cannot in good conscience recommend spending the money to put a Pertronix or a Mopar module in a stock Prestolite distributor. They are pretty much junk and polishing junk is a fruitless exercise.

        There exists a plentiful supply of Delco distributors from earlier Studebaker V8s. Have someone who knows how clean, rebush,add a Pertronix module and a performance advance curve. It will be the best investment you can make in an Avanti R2.

        thnx, jv.

        PackardV8
        PackardV8

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        • #5
          While I've had trouble with the Pertronic's unit, the Chyrsler unit is bullet proof and T-bow uses bronze bushings on the advance weights, instant starts, better performance all around.

          64 Commander 2 dr.
          64 Daytona HT
          63 R2 4 speed GT Hawk (Black) #2
          63 Avanti R1
          63 Daytona convert
          63 Lark 2 door
          63 Lark 2 door #2
          62 Daytona HT/ 4 speed
          62 Lark 2 door
          62 GT Hawk 4 speed
          60 Lark HT
          60 Hawk
          59 3E truck
          52 Starliner
          51 Commander

          JDP Maryland

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          • #6
            Hi, JDP,

            You and I agree on most everything but this. Yes, the last few years of Mopar electronics are better, but over the years, enough users have reported failures, even to carrying a spare module in the glove box, that I cannot agree the Mopar is "bulletproof."

            Also, it costs a lot more to make a Prestolite into a good distributor than it does a Delco. Dave Thibault is the only source we know for the good Prestolite. He is a good guy and gives good value for the money. However, Delco distributors are everywhere and inexpensive. Anyone can make one of them into an electronic unit for $70 plus a couple of dollars for bushings if a rebuild is in order.

            thnx, jv.

            PackardV8
            PackardV8

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