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Six Volt Electronic Ignition

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  • Six Volt Electronic Ignition

    Has anyone ever attempted, successfully or otherwise to convert a six volt positive ground Stude to electronic ignition? Is there any kind of kit in existence for such a thing? Until I signed up and started reading posts on this site I was unaware that such a thing as an internal regualtor alternator for a six volt negative ground sytems existed.

    My thought is that with the price of gas these days, we would want to squeeze the best mileage possible out of our cars, even the ones we don't drive as much. Many fellow members advocate keeping the car as original as possible and keeping the Studebaker engine, so I was just curious if such a thing as a six volt electronic ignition conversion is possible or just one of my crazy ideas.

  • #2
    Dave T. I think, offers a complete electronic distributor for the 6. Look in the ad section of the Turning Wheels.

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    • #3
      Pertronix makes Electronic Ignition kits for 6V + and - ground for the 6. Go to Pertronix.com


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      1966-65 6 194, 230 cid.engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Delco Ignitor 1162A, Ignitor II 91162A
      All 6 All models . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dist# IAT-4010 Autolite 1569
      1961-60 8 Lark & Regal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Delco Ignitor 1181, Ignitor II 91181
      1966-65 8 All models . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Delco Ignitor 1181 Ignitor II 91181
      All 8 All models . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dist# IBS-4012 Prestolite 1584

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      • #4
        Bill Cathcart sells a 6-volt, positive ground Pertronix unit that fits into the Champ 6 distributor for $140.
        See www.cathcartsstudebaker.com

        I have one in my '48 M5 truck, works great. But, don't count on huge increases in fuel economy. If you have overdrive, the connection is a little different than the brochure shows and you need to add a resistor to the solenoid circuit.

        Gary Ash
        Dartmouth, MA
        '48 M5
        '65 Wagonaire Commander
        '63 Wagonaire Standard
        www.studegarage.com
        Gary Ash
        Dartmouth, Mass.

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        • #5
          Great. I knew if such and animal existed you guys would know about it. There is certainly a wealth of knowledge here.

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