1949 Packard 8 Club Sedan

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Re: 1949 Packard 8 Club Sedan

Post by Tinman_70 » Tue Jan 05, 2021 9:49 am

Learned a lesson about upgrading old cars to electronic ignition in the place of points and condensers. When I first worked on the car, I replaced the rotten spark plug wires with a set I made up using Packard 440 solid plug wires. When the car was still 6 volt positive ground, I switched it over to the Pertronix Electronic Ignition and kept the solid wires. I completely ignored the bold CAUTION!!! at the very top of the installation instructions - "DO NOT USE SOLID CORE SPARK PLUG WIRES. Use carbon or suppression type spark plug wires". I apparently got away with it while running 6 volts. When I converted to 12 volt negative ground, I wasn't as lucky. After about 300 miles the pickup failed. I have a new set of wires and electronic pickup replacement on order.

If you decide to convert to electronic ignition, make sure you comply with the manufacturer's instructions and that all the components in the ignition and charging systems are in good condition.
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Re: 1949 Packard 8 Club Sedan

Post by Tinman_70 » Tue Jan 19, 2021 7:26 am

Bought a set of universal suppression spark plug wires with right angle spark plug boots and open distributor ends. Got out the necessary tools and replaced the solid core wires one at a time. Bought a replacement Pertonix module, replaced it in the distributor and connected the coil wires. About as easy to replace as a set of points but cost $80! Buttoned everything up, turned the key, pressed started button and the car fired right up after sitting in a cold shop for 3 weeks. Put some addition spark plug wire build pictures on the Packard Series 22/23 Facebook page.
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