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PostSubject: Converting 350 to Electronic Ignition..   Thu Aug 31, 2017 1:23 pm

Thanks to Marc aka 58belvedere I'm feeling more confident in converting my 350 to Electronic Ignition...

He mentioned several options. The best choice for me at this point is to go with the mid to late 70's distributor I have and look into restoring and converting the original down the road.



According to Marc I need the "Orange Box" made by mopar performance.



Can anyone tell me if this is the right one?





The diagram shows 5 pins and the one pictured above from summit looks like it only has 4? I also need to know if this coil will work so I can bypass the ballast resistor..

PerTronix Flame-Thrower Ignition Coils 40011

Brand:PerTronix
Manufacturer's Part Number:40011
Part Type:Ignition Coils
Product Line:PerTronix Flame-Thrower Ignition Coils
Summit Racing Part Number:PNX-40011

UPC: 694342004866
Coil Style: Canister
Primary Resistance: 1.500 ohms
Coil Internal Construction: Oil-filled
Coil Wire Attachment: Female/Socket
Coil Color: Black
Maximum Voltage: 40,000 V
Turns Ratio: 115:1
Secondary Resistance: 10.60K ohms
Inductance: 6.40 mH
Peak Current: 7.2 amps
Spark Duration: 1.5 mS
Mounting Bracket Included: No
Coil Wire Included: No
Ballast Resistor Included: No
Coil Shape: Round
Diameter (in): 2.125 in.
Height (in): 6.000 in.
Quantity: Sold individually.
Notes: For use with the original Pertronix Ignitor ignition. Can also be used with other induction ignition systems.
CARB EO Number:D-57-21 (pdf)
To see a list of qualifying vehicles, enter CARB EO Number D-57-21
Emissions: California EO Approved
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PerTronix Flame-Thrower upgrades your stock coil to something with more wallop! Flame-Thrower coils deliver more than 40,000 V of spark energy to your plugs for fuller, more complete combustion. They're available in both 1.5 ohm and 3.0 ohm versions, with either oil-filled canisters, which keep their low-resistance windings secure and cool for reliable long-term performance, or epoxy-filled canisters for extra vibration protection. Flame-Throwers are available in chrome or black (epoxy, black only).



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PostSubject: Re: Converting 350 to Electronic Ignition..   Thu Aug 31, 2017 10:48 pm

I used basically the same set-up converting my 440. Do not by-pass the resistor. The Chrysler system is designed to use a resistor. The orange box gives great performance up to 6500 RPM. Since I don't go past that RPM, I saw no reason to use the race only box.
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PostSubject: Re: Converting 350 to Electronic Ignition..   Sun Sep 03, 2017 7:32 am

Oh Brother: Keep the ballast, use a high quality coil, make sure the voltage to the coil in 'run' is 8 volts or so.

More info: Some people don't like the orange box...some run chrome just cause...some MSD...some pertronix....some....HEI.

http://board.moparts.org/ubbthreads/ubbthreads.php/topics/1121501/coil-for-use-with-mopar-orange-box.html

even more info:

https://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/threads/mopar-electronic-ignition-problems.975632/

"I knew I remembered something about this from about 1975 when converting a '68 340 Barracuda with a mechanical voltage regulator to electronic ignition. The instructions in the Mopar kit we used specified that for older models with mechanical regulators, you also needed to change over to a later model electronic voltage regulator. If I remember correctly, the ignition module needed a steady, "clean", minimum voltage supply that you aren't like to get with a generator and mechanical voltage regulator. I seem to recall we put a Standard/Blue Streak electronic regulator on our car.

Might consider an upgrade to an alternator as well. Found this info with a little searching..."

http://www.fourforty.com/techstuff/ignition.html

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PostSubject: Re: Converting 350 to Electronic Ignition..   Mon Sep 04, 2017 12:15 am

Thanks for the info guys. I'll upgrade to an alternator down the road. My Generator has been completely rebuilt by an old school shop and the old timers swear that a generator is just as dependable and consistent when properly maintained. In fact, I just finished wiring the Generator up today with a new Radio Condenser and my trademark brass ground screw! LOL. Once I get the Labels made (printed) that part of the build is done!


Now if I can find a condenser for the Voltage regulator I'm in business although I'm not sure I'll need one. It's aftermarket and I'm pretty sure Marc has one just like it.

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