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Questions specifically related to converting my distributor

I asked a question before in a different thread about my truck not starting and converting the distributor. But Now I want to focus only on the conversion. I am getting mixed matched information concerning how I should go about it. I went to the parts store and they are telling me I have to have a new module. Summit told me I need a new coil. Using a points eliminator kit I thought would be cheaper and easier. But that may not be the case. Plus, I want to do this right. With the exception of the time I plan to rebuild the engine I do not want to mess with this again. What all do I require to convert to an electrical distributor? Also, whish is better converting that way or with a points eliminator? Also, what do I need for that conversion as well? If I go with a new electrical distributor what kind of wiring should I plan on getting into? And, was the parts store referring to the module on the fire wall? Photographs would be a huge help here.







The coil has external resistor written on it. Is that the small cylindrical thing? Also, will a new coil eliminate that?
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if it was me..... i would go with a completely new msd set up with external coil and control box

http://www.summitracing.com/parts/SUM-850003/

the last gas pump motor we had was old points style, we converted it to the above setup and never had any more issues and actualy burned quite a bit less fuel (payed for itself)

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Very cool, thanks for that. Does it come with a new coil or does it eliminate the one I have?
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i doensnt eliminate the coil, i got a MSD blaster from the local napa for like $25.

it was worth the money and time to put it in..... no more points failure in the middle of a intersection!!!

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i doensnt eliminate the coil, i got a MSD blaster from the local napa for like $25.

it was worth the money and time to put it in..... no more points failure in the middle of a intersection!!!
Yea, some of us are old enough to remember when the big 3 said to tune up a car evey 3000 miles (points plugs and condenser's), these cars are much better.
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Well now I am experiancing the joy of a poits style system. I di dnot know I had to have a dwell meter to put it all back together. I think I am going to try and come up with the $200 I need for the kit.
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looks like this would work?

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You can set the points by gap and when you find a dwell gauge check and adjust them. Dwell is just a more accurate method of setting the gap.
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That is one of the gauges I looked at. I just do not want to spend the money for a toll I will only use once.
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