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77 Scout 2 with pertronix ignition problem Please Help


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I am not a mechanic by trade. Here is my specs

77 International Scout 2
345 v-8
automatic transmission
pertronix ignitor in the distributor cap
brand new starter, coil, solenoid, positive and negative power cables
newer battery passed a test

history: purchased in tulsa, ok in 2012. Ran great. Wife left ignition on and burned up the original ignitor. Purchased replacement. Ran fine after some work and replacing vacuum advance. Always had a little difficulty starting and would occasionally make clicking sounds. This would occur a few times a week and take multiple on and offs to get the engine to begin kicking over. If vehicle was jump started would not have an issue. Drove fine but increased difficulty to start (clicking). Parked in garage last December due to heavy salt on the roads in michigan once snow starts. Started and let it occasionally during winter. This summer replaced oil and fluids and attempted to start. Would not start. Replaced starter solenoid and coil. Coil was bad and positive battery cable had a burn out side lending me to believe it was a short.

Issue: not getting fire to the distributor from coil. Attempting to test pertronix ignition today. To see if its defective. No visible burns or wear on pertronix. Acquired volt meter. Never used one as I am not a mechanic and a moron when it comes to cars and trouble shooting. Bought Scout to learn and we have always had one in the family.

I traced the wiring diagram to see if I have the correct hot wire running from the firewall wiring port to the coil. But with pertronix unsure if its some magical simple no brainer I am missing.


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pertronix ignitor results on module test

4.65 volts constant. Appears it is defective or damaged. No visible scorching or shriveling of the stickers.

How can I correctly identify the type of distributor I have. If another thread contains this info please link.