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    Switching to Electronic Ignition

    Folks - I've just bought a kit to convert the little one from points and capacitor to electronic ignition......

    http://pages.ebay.com/link/?nav=item...obalID=EBAY-AU

    It's being fitted by my Sunnybank Autoelectrician bloke, who will set the timing perfectly once fitted and then I should be good to go.....and go.....and go.....!

    Just seems hard to find quality capacitors and points these days. And I plan on using my Series 1 quite a bit, so being reliable is even more important, and it seems to me that most issues are electrical in nature.

    I'll let you know how this progresses.

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    Got my kit.....fitting next weekend...the defeat of Lucas, Prince of Darkness, is nigh.

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    They work well I converted my s111 2.6 much more reliable I cheated and got the whole distributor
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    I've thought about changing to electronic ignition - but using the 2a most days over the last twenty years, I have replaced the points twice, and the condenser once (and it did not need it!). I have had ignition problems - low tension wiring, high tension leads, spark plugs, and most recently, the coil - none of which would have been affected any differently if I had electronic ignition rather than conventional Kettering ignition. So I have decided to stick with the original! I think it is now running better than it ever has, suggesting the coil might have been below par for a long time.

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    Switching to Electronic Ignition

    My new condenser lasted 3 weeks. My gap closed up by 5 degrees of dwell over 400km.....So my points, my condenser, are anything but reliable. Luck of the draw? Dunno. Time will tell regarding EI. But there again, if I have the same good run as you, John, what has been demonstrated? I reckon EI is a winner because it's set right and forget.

    NOS condensers are useless - they have a lifespan apparently, but I have seen similar comment elsewhere....as long as you're going, I'm in favour.,

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    Good luck

    Dan,

    Hello from Harare.

    Thinking of fitting EI to my own truck.

    However, not wanting to sound like Eyore, but from reading into the topic there seems to be EI and EI.

    Not all after the event EI units seem to enjoy an overwhelming chorus of support, including Accuspark which I believe are either Chinese or Indian manufactured. May be wrong there.

    The UK manufactured units seem to be pretty good, so keen to share anyone's longer term experience with the various breeds.

    Cheers,

    Neil

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    My Accuspark has no " made in " place ( just says UK on the box), but they are distributed by Watford Classics in England and Rob Roy Classic Road and Track in Victoria. The Australian rep reckons he's sold thousands of units, with a very low fail rate. He has run one in his MG for the past 9 years without issue. They have an excellent reputation actually. It comes with a 3 year warranty. I suspect they are made in China, but they need to be installed correctly, and suitability etc is coil dependant etc (low resistance coils can't be used).

    I suspect those that have had issues were unaware of some of the more nuanced install details.

    If if fails, putting back the points is easy, but items such as Petronics are essentially identical.

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    I have 2 S3 2.25 petrol swb's both running on EI for 12 months now.
    With one I bought the whole distributor with the EI fitted because the bearings in the old one were past it. The other recieved a kit. I did both myself. Both kits were from Ebay.
    I am very pleased with the result. Better starting, better idle and smoother all round.

    I would recommend this conversion on all 2.25's.

    Regards,

    Phil

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil B View Post
    I have 2 S3 2.25 petrol swb's both running on EI for 12 months now.
    With one I bought the whole distributor with the EI fitted because the bearings in the old one were past it. The other recieved a kit. I did both myself. Both kits were from Ebay.
    I am very pleased with the result. Better starting, better idle and smoother all round.

    I would recommend this conversion on all 2.25's.

    Regards,

    Phil
    I know Accuspark make both the dissys and the kits.....who made your EI stuff, Phil?

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    Given my far less than satisfactory experiences with automotive electronics I would use a points distributor and a Jaycar electronic ignition kit that uses the points as the trigger. These can be installed so that WHEN (not if) the electronics fail, you swap around two wires and continue on your way on points.

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