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I'm thinking of buying an Accel Super Stock Coil or a MSD Blaster 2 coil. My questions are:

1. I have the original stock coil on the engine now, I don't have a restitor, if I switch to an aftermarket coil like I'm thinking will I need a resistor.

2. My second question, what will an Accel or MSD coil do for my preformance as opposed to a stock coil? My question is is it worth it?

Thanks guys

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Bryan Shook
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Bryan,
What type of ignition system are you running ?? If you are not having any ignition related problems (missfires, etc) then you probably are wasting your money. On the other hand if you have a real high compression, high rpm motor and you think maybe the ignition is breaking down, then it might help...if the rest of the ignition system is up to par. My 71 Heavy Chevy 350 has been 12.50's with the stock point distributor and coil. On the other hand, I had a 10 sec 67 Camaro Super Pro race car with a 13.5 to one small block in it and it needed all the ignition it could get, MSD, good coil etc, so it depends on the circumstances.
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I'm using the stock type points. This is a street driven car that isn't driven very hard. I mostly take it down the highway to shows and to local cruises

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Bryan,
Just a thought for upgrading. If you are familiar with the PerTronix Ignitor (if not, email me and I will provide you the info), this might be your best way to go. The PerTronix unit is completely cantained inside the dist cap and converts the stock dist to electronic with no change in appearance. You can add the PerTronix Flame Thrower coil or an MSD BlasterII and have all the ignition you will ever need for the street (and frequent trips to the strip). It will also allow you to open your plug gap to about .040-.045.

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You only need to use a resistor if you are running points. Some resistors are built into the coil wire, so you may have one even though you don't see it. Although many aftermarket coils include a new resistor, you may or may not need it. Follow the manufacturer's directions, I've always found the MSD products to include good directions. I doubt you will notice much performance difference (despite the big claims about this in the magazine adds) as described by BillK above. Get the one that looks best for you under the hood. Steve
 

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Bryan

Tom mentioned the Pertronix system.Thats the way to go on a street car.I have used it on 4 cars and i am sold on it.It only takes about 15 minutes to install and you can't beat the price.

Good luck with what ever you choose.
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Neil Wilder, PerTronix's head engineer, says " with a PerTronix Ignitor, DO NOT change anything from stock". So, if your car has a resistance wire or ballast resistor-----LEAVE IT!

Before PerTronix introduced their Flame Thrower 40,000vt coil, I always used the MSD Blaster II, which is red, and I painted it black (except on my boat and I left it red).
Now I use the PerTronix Flame Thrower coil (40011-black) exclusively. For a trouble free, never adjust points again, EXCELLENT ignition with the stock dist, this is as good as you can get for street-strip. Yes, you can install an HEI, it's excellent, BUT I AM SPECIFICALLY TALKING ABOUT WHEN USING THE STOCK DIST.

Now, if you are going for all out, hard core, serious racing, then a full tilt racing ignition setup may be best. But that's not what we are concerned with in this case.


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Bryan, Ditto DZ advice. I use a stock type distrib, pertronix, and a stock coil ( Blue Streak replacement of all things). This stock ignition allows me to buzz my 11:1 427 to 7000 w/o any problems. Pretty cool for stock.

Another point my distrib builder told me. Very high voltage coils may foul your plugs at low rpm. So for drag racing, sure a 60,000 volt coil may be OK, but it'll probably foul your plugs at low rpm ( read - street use). So if you need a coil anyway, buy the pertronix or a good stock replacement. But don;t go overboard and buy, say, the chrome Summit 60,000 volt. At least according to Dale Johnson of the MagShop in Buffalo NY. I believe him. He's friggin sharp as they come on ignition stuff. I would never have believed a stock ignition would wind my lil rat up like that. He assured me I'd have no problems.

If you have the resistance wire, you don;t need an external ballast. Mine was removed to run an HEI, so I had to buy and external.
Good luck.

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[This message has been edited by Gene Chas (edited 10-13-99).]
 
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