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  • Electrical: Distributor Question

    OK so I seem to have a Prestolite in my car, what I need is a Delco so I can go Pertronix and have less of a battle to get my Lark started. My question is this, will they two distributors exchange no fuss no muss or do need to change more stuff as well? If Yes then does anyone happen to have a delco laying around they could sell me so I move one step closer to seeing this thing be a driver not a sitter. I think its all rested up by now!

  • #2
    Straight across swap.
    Unhook the wiring, pull the Prestolite out, set the replacement Delco in place, reconnect the wiring (primary and secondary wiring).

    New cap, rotor and wires...while not a "must", is a good idea.

    Mike

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    • #3
      The standard Stude Delco # is 1110864. Drops right in.... If you find one that has a 'Dyna-Glyde" advance plate, you have to remove it and replace it with a standard plate or else the Pertronix won't fit correctly. The Dyna-Glyde plates were aftermarket ball bearing spark advance plates that probably did improve things, but.....
      There is also a Delco window unit (number ?) generally a bit hard to find. There's a sliding window on the cap that allows you to set the point gap/dwell while the engine is running.
      64 GT Hawk (K7)
      1970 Avanti (R3)

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      • #4
        I know it’s blasphemy but I wouldn’t trade my electronic distributor for a year’s supply of magic beans.

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        • #5
          Why not just pick up one of Dave T-Bows new Mallory distributors? It's literally a plug & play!

          Jim
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          • #6
            Yea what 52 Ragtop said!
            That's what mine is.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by 52 Ragtop View Post
              Why not just pick up one of Dave T-Bows new Mallory distributors? It's literally a plug & play!

              Jim
              Sounds like a great idea, who might have his contact information.

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              • #8
                His contact info is usually in Turning Wheels on the business card file page. phone 978 897-3158, no e-mail Be prepared to spent at least $300.00, I did. While it is a good unit, it is pricey.

                Originally posted by Randy_G View Post
                Sounds like a great idea, who might have his contact information.
                Last edited by 41 Frank; 05-18-2012, 02:24 PM.
                Frank van Doorn
                Omaha, Ne.
                1962 GT Hawk 289 4 speed
                1941 Champion streetrod, R-2 Powered, GM 200-4R trans.
                1952 V-8 232 Commander State "Starliner" hardtop OD

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                • #9
                  Thanks for the info..

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                  • #10
                    Here you go:
                    STUDEDAVE@aol.com
                    Originally posted by Randy_G View Post
                    Sounds like a great idea, who might have his contact information.

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                    • #11
                      Why not just get a Pertonix for the Prestolite distributor you all ready have? Neal

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                      • #12
                        No Pertronix available for single point Prestolite distributors.
                        Originally posted by Neal in NM View Post
                        Why not just get a Pertonix for the Prestolite distributor you all ready have? Neal
                        Frank van Doorn
                        Omaha, Ne.
                        1962 GT Hawk 289 4 speed
                        1941 Champion streetrod, R-2 Powered, GM 200-4R trans.
                        1952 V-8 232 Commander State "Starliner" hardtop OD

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                        • #13
                          Looking in the pertronix catalog, they list a #1548 to fit all Studebaker V8s with a Prestolite distributor. If it is not listed then call them, they carry a lot more than what is listed in the catalog. Neal


                          Originally posted by 41 Frank View Post
                          No Pertronix available for single point Prestolite distributors.

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                          • #14
                            To my knowledge they only make them for the dual point Prestolite. That is why everyone with a single point Prestolite is looking for a Delco unit to convert to Pertronix.
                            Originally posted by Neal in NM View Post
                            Looking in the pertronix catalog, they list a #1548 to fit all Studebaker V8s with a Prestolite distributor. If it is not listed then call them, they carry a lot more than what is listed in the catalog. Neal
                            Frank van Doorn
                            Omaha, Ne.
                            1962 GT Hawk 289 4 speed
                            1941 Champion streetrod, R-2 Powered, GM 200-4R trans.
                            1952 V-8 232 Commander State "Starliner" hardtop OD

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                            • #15
                              As Frank stated there isn't a Petronix for the single point Prestolite. I had Bud (Harry Alenik) rebuild my Prestolite Distributor, going on advice from others on this forum. It was totaly worn out and required replacement of most parts. It works like new in my 63 Champ and was well worth the $225 spent for the rebuild to keep it original.

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