POINTS VERSUS ELECTRONIC IGNITION
I have to smile when I read how many owners convert to CDI or even Electronic Ignition. (The ONLY reliable conversion I ever saw in my 50 years as a mechanic, was the Bosch Kit which is NLA). My 1978 XC 5,8 Falcon was the first ever Ozzie 351/5.8 to be factory fitted with Bosch EI (the 302/4.9 missed out) and has never had an issue in 41 years which totally blows my mind. Ditto for my 1985 DOHC Toy Crown 5MGE............. All my other cars on points have never had an issue in 50 years, and they were dailys until 25 years ago. I know testing Condensers is a major key to reliability. Test Coils every 20,000k too.
I cannot see any advantage converting a Points Dizzy to Electronic for "red plate" road use.
I thought the above mind-set was due to my age/experience, but it turns out so many youngsters (18+) I meet with red plates are of the same opinion, after taking opinions at various public car meets.
Lack of service (5,000 kms at most) to points and condenser is even less problematic today as we hardly do 5% mileage we did back then as dailys. My 57 FE Holden gets easily started ONCE every 2 to 3 months for the last 25 years with NO issues. How many years go by today to complete 5,000kms in our "red plates" ?
We cannot race our cars on the road today as we got away with it years ago, so "point bounce" shouldnt be an issue unless making the police rich is your preference.
Even with CDI or EI, you still need to clean/service the Rotor and Dizzy Cap and centre shaft pivot and shaft bushes and advance weights and vacuum advance.
Funny when I think back in 1978, as I planned holidays to drive the brand new XC 5.8L to Queensland 5 years in a row, how I packed spare parts to cover EVERYTHING imaginable; didn't use a thing then or now !
Also, Points & tested
Condenser are so easy to carry & replace compared to items in EI. (Clean points before fitting) Today,
everything is made NOT TO LAST as it's "economically unsustainable we're told" ........ SO HOW E~ S~ IS THIS LOVELY STATE OF AFFAIRS WITH OUR KERBSIDE RUBBISH DISPOSAL ........ so desperate are we that we try and send
thousands of tons at a time to China to avoid processing it, or send to LANDFILL here in Australia ! ...... is this for real ?
May my parents rest in more
peace than so many wasteful people: their 1952 Kelvinator Fridge is still going at my BMW Workshop and their 1957 FE Holden is still going today, and their 1963 GMH Frigidaire Washing machine died only a few years ago due to no parts available. None of these 3 chunks of steel have gone to China only to come back as a Kia or Hyundai, and never will.
And all of us here are doing our bit by saving our much loved Vintage, Veteran and Classic Vehicles , and repairing their original parts where we can
post edited by BEEVEE - 2019/08/07 11:46:26