Pertronix Electronic Ignition Ignitor Single Point V8 1965-1974

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Pertronix Electronic Ignition Ignitor Single Point V8 1965-1974
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Product Description

Pertronix Ignitor Electronic Ignition for 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973 and 1974 V8 Mustangs with Single Point Distributors.

For over thirty years, the Ignitor has proven itself in applications ranging from race cars to tractors. The Ignitor replaces breaker point and troublesome factory electronic ignitions with a dependable, self contained and maintenance free electronic ignition system. The Ignitor has been called the "stealth" ignition because of its quick installation and nearly undetectable presence under your distributor cap.

Delivering twice the voltage to the spark plugs, Ignitor electronic ignitions will increase horsepower, improve fuel economy, and extend spark plug life. The Ignitor system is designed for use with most point-type coils, but optimal performance is achieved when used with PerTronix's Flame-Thrower 40,000 volt coil. A solid-state electronic ignition system means you will never change points again.

Ignitor Features:
- 2:1 improvement over points in current fall time for increased coil output
- Rotating cobalt magnets trigger a Hall Effect integrated circuit
- No points to burn or moving parts to wear out
- Epoxy molding makes the module impervious to dirt, oil, grease and moisture
- Fits entirely inside the distributor
- No black box to clutter the engine compartment
- Stable timing, no need for any adjustments
- Will trigger most multi-spark CD ignitions
- Uncomplicated wiring makes for easy installation
- Legal in all 50 states and Canada (C.A.R.B. E.O. #D-57-2)
- Guaranteed for 30 months

Ignitor Specifications:
- For use on single point distributors
- Operating Voltage: 8-V to 16-V DC
- Temperature Range: -50 to 300F
- RPM Range: 0 to 15,000 RPM
- Polarity: 12V negative ground

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Pertronix Electronic Ignition Ignitor Single Point V8 1965-1974 is rated 4.8333 out of 5 by 6.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hardest part was the rubber grommet I baught the ignitor, spark plug wires and coil to get rid of the old crane cam set up the previous owner had and I must say the difference is night and day. The car hasn't missed once, the popping in the exhaust is gone and it's way quicker, though I did replace the brittle ground I'm going to credit this to a good tune up and a great part. I am extremely happy with this. Yes the difference was immediately noticeable, just don't expect massive changes. Also note I literally just installed everything I have no testament to its longevity, I was just excited and wanted to write a review.
Date published: 2015-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from No More Points! So glad I bought this for my 65 289 w/lamps. It was super easy to install and my car starts and runs like butter now. I should have gotten rid of the points system a long time ago, but I wasn't sure how the electronic ignition worked. Everything stayed stock and looks stock! I will tell you that in the video, it says you need to cut off your stock boot connector to the positive side of the coil (I bought the chrome flamethrower I coil to go with it), but you do not need to cut it off. I have a brand new wiring harness that I installed in the entire car and was hesitant to cut off the new original boot connector, but after installing everything, the boot connector snapped right back on to the positive coil terminal and snugged everything up. I did not have to adjust the timing at all. It was literally plug n' play. One quick note about the gapping. Once I gapped it with the included plastic spacer, tightened it up, and then removed the spacer, the mechanism, pinched in a little bit which made the gap smaller. But I called Pertronix about it and they said that it is not a big deal and that they literally eyeball their gaps. The plastic piece is in there as some guidance. He flat out said that the gap space is not that sensitive. He was right as it is running great now! Keep your points in your roadside emergency kit just in case you have any issues.
Date published: 2015-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from No more points to fry! This item is a must have. I installed them in both my 67 & 68 Mustangs and my 72 Bronco. Don't have to worry about frying the points! I had years of use out of them.
Date published: 2015-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy install, great results Installed it this weekend, took 30 minutes and the results are great. The car, 1966 Mustang, runs much smoother and no longer hesitates. A must for any regular driver car.
Date published: 2015-09-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good product, easy installation The product fit my 1967 Mustang Coupe as advertised and was an easy installation.
Date published: 2015-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pertronix Ignitor Easy to install Can all ready tell that I have more power
Date published: 2015-03-07
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Product Questions


Will this (Petronix 1 conversion) work with with a factory tach (and distributor) on a 1970 Cougar XR7 351 Cleveland 2V, Thanks!

Asked by: revgld
As long as you have a V8, single point distributor, you should be fine.
Answered by: CJ Pony Parts
Date published: 2015-09-21

Would I be able to use this ignitor with my new stock 12v coil? Or would I have to buy the flame thrower coil to go with it? Thanks!

Asked by: 69pony
The Ignitor system is designed for use with most point-type coils, but optimal performance is achieved when used with PerTronix's Flame-Thrower 40,000 volt coil.
Answered by: CJ Pony Parts
Date published: 2015-09-04

Do I need to buy the Flame Thrower distributor to use this?

Asked by: antsice
It will work with any single-point distributor.
Answered by: CJ Pony Parts
Date published: 2015-08-28

Please tell me what's the difference between the Pertronix 1281 & the 91281.  I have a 1970 Mustang Couple with a single point, I like to replace with this pointless, how hard to install ( ? ) Thanks

Asked by: JohnT
One is Petronix's traditional Ignitor product, while the 91281 is their Ignitor II product. Performance differences are outlined on the product page, and we have an installation video available for both.
Answered by: CJ Pony Parts
Date published: 2015-07-13

I am restoring a 1969 Mustang Coupe with my 13 year old grandson ,the car is a 250 straight six I am keeping in the car for now will the Pertonix system work in a 6 cylinder car. I put a set in my 65 Fastback V8 with great results.

Asked by: Fastbackchris
This particular Pertronix system won't work - it's for V8s only. However, we do offer several inline six options. I think CJ part # PER2 is probably what you need.
Answered by: CJ Pony Parts
Date published: 2015-07-10

I'm thinking about getting this ignitor, but will this give more power on startup?  Sometimes there is barely enough power to get the engine started.  

Asked by: 73 convertible
Startup will be MUCH smoother with this system.
Answered by: CJ Pony Parts
Date published: 2015-05-29

i have a question this electronic ignition fit a motor 351 w ?

Asked by: juanitos
Yes, as long as it has a single point distributor.
Answered by: CJ Pony Parts
Date published: 2015-05-20

will the pertronix ignitor work with a 66 mustang gt coupe with rallypac tacho

Asked by: mustang mick
Should work fine, as long as you have a single point distributor.
Answered by: CJ Pony Parts
Date published: 2015-03-26
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Pertronix Electronic Ignition Ignitor Single Point V8 1965-1974 Video Transcript
By Bill Tumas: Today, we're going to be installing an Ignitor electronic ignition conversion from Pertronix. Pertronix developed the Ignitor over 30 years ago to replace a troublesome point system found in classic cars. Anybody who has a classic car has at one time or another had a points failure due to the fact that points are a mechanical part and they're subject to wear and tear like any other part of your vehicle.

The system is designed to be an easy drop in module that anybody can install within an hour with basic hand-held tools. Pertronix offers three different versions of the Ignitor depending on the level of modification to your car and the amount of energy you're looking to produce.

This is the original Ignitor system produced by Pertronix for the last 30 years with over millions on the road. It's proven to be a very reliable upgrade to your vehicle. Best part about this system is installs in the distributor in the location of the stock points, requires no external modifications, and gives you that stock look that people like.

Pertronix recommends at the same time upgrading to a little hotter coil. The Pertronix makes the Flamethrower one designed for this particular system which will produce 40,000 volts and give you proper current to your ignition for a reliable system.

For higher performance applications, Pertronix offers the Ignitor 2. Ignitor 2 is physically the same size as Ignitor 1 and installs in the exact same fashion. The difference is it has a microprocessor built in to adjust the dwell, which will create more energy for higher RPM applications.

This will be better for your mildly modified or high performance motor. At the same time, Pertronix offers Flamethrower 2 coil as well, same design and physical shape as the Flamethrower 1 with increased voltage to work well with your Ignitor 2 ignition again for high performance applications.

Ignitor 3 would be the highest performance system that Pertronix offers. It installs slightly differently than Ignitor 1 and Ignitor 2, in that that you have to remove the breaker plate from your distributor when installing it. It comes with a built in rev limiter that allows you to adjust within plus or minus 50 rpm of your desired rev limit. It also produces the highest output of any system and is designed for high performance applications where maximum efficiency is necessary.

To recap, the Pertronix Ignitor 1 is an excellent choice for your stock or moderately modified vehicle providing roughly 50% more spark than your standard point system would. The Ignitor 2 will provide roughly three times as spark in your ignition system, while also having a built-in dwell control to allow you to have smoother power and higher RPM.

The ultimate performance is going to be Ignitor 3 which will include a built-in rev control and give you approximately five times a spark of the ignition point system. Before we begin the installation, you want to open up your Ignitor packaging and make sure everything you need is included.

They include clear instructions, hardware bag, solder-less connect, plastic feeler gauge to set the gap, the magnet sleeve, and the Ignitor assembly itself. For this installation, you need a flat blade screw driver, a wire stripper, a crimping tool, and an 8-millimeter ratchet.

We've installed our 289 engine on its engine stand to make it easier for you to do view the installation itself. Unlike what the air cleaner might say, this is a stock 289 with a four-barrel, which should be fine with a standard Ignitor ignition system.

Like any other electrical installation, the first step is going to make sure you disconnect your battery. In this case, it is obviously not a problem since your engine's already on a stand. You can start by removing the air cleaner to make it easier to access the distributor cap. Loosen the wing nut, remove the air cleaner and put it aside. Once your air cleaner is out of the way you want to move the main wire that goes to the coil. Simply pull and twist. At that point you are ready to remove the distributor out of the way to access the provisional point system in the car. There's two metal clips; one on the front one on the back. Once both clips are down, you can remove the distributor cap and place it out of the way so you can access your original point system. Once you're at this point, you'll also want to move your rotor and set it aside for later.

Next step in the process is to remove your initial points and condenser from the car. They're held in place by three flat head screws. It's easier to start with the condensers since that has a ground that will stay in the car. You want to hang on to the screws because you will need them for later. We've removed the screw from the condenser, now we can remove the screws and hold the points in place. Once you've unscrewed your condenser and your points, you can lift them up and move them out of the way and then trace the ground wire over to original coil. You want to remove the ground wire and then grommet you'll have to fish through to the side of your distributor. Push lightly and they should come right through. Fish your wire through, put the ground wire through the edge of the distributor and put your points aside. Once you've moved your points condenser out of the way, you want to re-ground the ground strap for the distributor. The hardware is very small, so be careful to make sure you get it right in place. Sometimes, it's easier to use the ground wire to hold the screw to put it down into where it goes. Screw in place and make sure it's nice and tight.

Next step is to install the Ignitor assembly on the distributor. First thing you're going to do is fish the positive and negative wires through the side of the distributor where you removed the ground from the point system. Pull these through and pull them over to where the coil will be where you'll connect them later. There's a grommet with this system that you're going to push through until it locks roughly in place where you want it. The wires can slide through the grommet so don't worry about having enough slack just yet. Make sure you have enough that you can pull through, without going too far through and then you are going to set the Ignitor over the original holes for your points. The rear-mounting hole for the initial point system is used as a pivot point to mount the Ignitor. Slide it down until you hear it pop into place. Then you twist it, and then you put the other hole right over the front mounting point and you grab your hardware to mount it. Using the screw you removed from when you first removed the points, we're going to remount our Ignitor system. Screw it in place. You don't want to tighten it all the way because you still need to adjust the gap. Just tighten it enough that it's not going to move out of place.

Next step you want to grab the magnet sleeves that's included with the kit, slide it over the center of the distributor. You'll turn it until it slides down in place. It will go down equal to the height of the ignition. Now, you want to grab the provided 30,000 feeler gage and stick that between your ignition system and the magnet sleeve that you installed. You want to turn the Ignitor until it is touching the sleeve, pushing up against the magnet, at which point you'll tighten down your front screw setting the correct depth. This time we're going to install the original cap and rotor in the car. Due to increase spark of the Ignitor, you want to make sure your cap and rotor are in good condition. Slide the rotor back over the distributor shaft, bring your cap back up front, make sure the cap is seated properly, grab the metal pins, and latch them into place. We removed the negative lead earlier, when we first remove the distributor; now, we're going to move positive lead from our coil. We're going to take both wires that came out of the Pertronix Ignitor and run them over to the coil. Remove the screws that are on the studs, the negative wire on the black side. Then we're going to put the positive lead from the Ignitor to the positive side of our coil.

The next step, you need to put a new terminal on our factory wire to be able to connect it to the Pertronix coil. You want to cut the wire, grab your wire stripper, approximately a quarter of an inch of exposed wire. Pertronix includes solder-less connectors. We'll put that into your crimping tool and grab our exposed wire, put it into the solder-less terminal, and crimp tight. That positive terminal will now go on to the positive lead of our coil and we'll put the retaining nut back on. At this point you want to grab your eight millimeter and lightly tighten both sides. Once you properly tighten the coil wires, grab your initial coil wire to your distributor, reconnect it to your coil making sure it has got a tight fit, double check your cap, and your installation is finished.

Now that you've finished the installation, you want to make sure that all your wires are secured out of the way so nothing has any kind of clearance problem. At this time, you can reconnect your battery, start the car, and set your timing as normal. Once you've done that you're ready to take your car for test-drive. The installation should take no more than half an hour even with basic hand tools, so you'll be back on the road in no time.