Mark Houlahan
Tech Editor, Mustang Monthly
November 4, 2010

Time is money, as the saying goes, but more importantly, time doesn't stand still. Not for you and certainly not for me. It seems like as the days go by, we all try to pack more into our day than we can humanly handle. Some of this is work related, but even in our personal lives, we find ourselves always running from one errand to the next and having little time to relax. So when it comes to the weekend and those precious two days off (and some of us only have one day off), do you really want to spend it maintaining your rides?

Sure, we all want to bolt on those shiny new gauges or that sweet set of wheels you've been saving up for, but I'm talking about the mundane chores like changing the oil, tune-ups, and that sort of thing. Well, if you agree, then you should consider looking into ditching your points-based ignition and stock coil and wires for a complete ignition upgrade like this one from Pertronix. It'll keep you out of your garage, and give you more time to do the things you really want to do, like driving your classic Ford.

We've all read about the Pertronix Ignitor over the years, and we've been big fans of them for over a decade. Pertronix has been around for a long time, and is a leader in ignition points conversion kits. The company has expanded its product line to include ignition coils, performance plug wires, and even drop-in billet distributors (great for those crate engines we're all buying).

We've had a Pertronix Ignitor II in our '66 Mustang for the last eight years and it has run Singer sewing machine perfect. But there's always room for improvement. We've been running our Ignitor II with a stock set of reproduction plug wires and a reproduction yellow-top coil as well-all in the name of keeping the underhood real estate looking showroom fresh. Well, once we heard about Pertronix's new Ignitor III module, we knew it was time for an upgrade.

The Ignitor III, for lack of a better description, is like an aftermarket ignition box right underneath your distributor cap. The Ignitor III features a multi-strike output through the entire rpm range, more spark energy than points or even other under-cap systems, and most importantly of all, a built-in rev limiter.

Now you can improve your classic Ford's ignition performance while protecting your engine, all while keeping the underhood looking stock (or at least near stock). We opted to partner our Ignitor III with a new Flame Thrower III 45K volt coil and a fresh set of Pertronix's black 7mm stock-look plug wires to round out our upgrade.

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