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Old 07-28-2013, 11:53 AM   #1
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Default '53 flathead 6v Pertronix conversion

My dad has a '53 wagon, all stock. We want to convert it to Pertronix.

It's still 6v positive ground with a generator.

Will the original coil work? Will Pertronix work ok with the generator?

Has anyone done this swap and can take a pic of the wiring or explain it better because the directions are a little confusing on how to wire it to the coil/ignition.

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Old 07-28-2013, 01:02 PM   #2
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I would suggest installing a new set of napa echlin contacts and living happily ever after.
Positive ground six volt PERTRONIXS have some issues with voltage issues, and voltage spikes etc........
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Old 07-28-2013, 01:32 PM   #3
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Default Re: '53 flathead 6v Pertronix conversion

Is the Napa contacts just a set of ignition points or??Could you explain??
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Old 07-28-2013, 01:44 PM   #4
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I have a '52 F1 - 6 volt - positive grd. Installed a Pertronix Ignitor distributor kit with one of their Flamethrower coils about7 years ago. I love it!!! Installed the coil first and that alone was a big improvement - then put in the Pertronix Ignitor kit - #1283P6 - and it runs like a top!!
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Old 07-28-2013, 04:41 PM   #5
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Default Re: '53 flathead 6v Pertronix conversion

Bruno, can you take a pic of how it's wired to the coil, please? Thanks!!!
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Old 07-28-2013, 05:52 PM   #6
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Is the Napa contacts just a set of ignition points or??Could you explain??

Yes buy the echlin heavy duty set with the condenser.
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Old 07-29-2013, 08:02 AM   #7
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Default Re: '53 flathead 6v Pertronix conversion

Nothing different or special about coil to dist. wiring - wire pos. side of coil to grd. - neg. side to distributor. Then, of course, the coil center wire is connected to the distributor cap center terminal. You may want to call Tony Neisz at Philbin Rebuilt Products - 1-800-867-7301 if you still have questions on Pertronix dist. or coil products.
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Old 07-29-2013, 08:40 AM   #8
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Default Re: '53 flathead 6v Pertronix conversion

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Nothing different or special about coil to dist. wiring - wire pos. side of coil to grd. - neg. side to distributor. Then, of course, the coil center wire is connected to the distributor cap center terminal. You may want to call Tony Neisz at Philbin Rebuilt Products - 1-800-867-7301 if you still have questions on Pertronix dist. or coil products.
NO, NO!
This is not correct. With a stock Pos Gnd system the feed wire goes to coil (-) and the coil (+) side goes to the distributor.

With Pertronix, the feed wire goes to the Pertronix Unit, then one wire from Pertronix to coil input (-), and the other side of coil (+) goes to ground.
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Old 07-29-2013, 01:11 PM   #9
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Default Re: '53 flathead 6v Pertronix conversion

This was sent to me from Pertronics, I went with a chevy dist conversion
(points type) from Bubba's


From Pertronics: double click for larger pic
If you have a o.d. trans you need that resistor in the o.d. kickdown wire.
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An observation from one who's been there, done that: Point will always get you home, while Pertronix maybe not so much. Just sayin'.
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Old 07-29-2013, 09:46 PM   #11
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Default Re: '53 flathead 6v Pertronix conversion

Guess I'm just lucky or something but I've never had any problems with my Pertronix Ignitor set-up - still have the old points, etc. but do not carry them with me in the '52.

My records show I put the Pertronix system in in 2006 - either July or August. Again - just keeps on ticking and taking a licking (like the old Timex???)
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Old 07-29-2013, 10:14 PM   #12
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No luck about it they make a quality deal.

I use to keep a fleet of 18 ex U haul F 600s running for a friend of mine.
They all had old Pertronix conversions with who knows how many miles .. In 6 years I only had one old one fail and iv never had a new one go bad.

The best thing about them is the points screw right back in if need be . Just keep them in the glove box w condenser and the wire to run to the coil.
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