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Re: question...

On 9 Mar 2001, at 14:36, Matt Cox wrote:

> i want to convert my 72 squareback to electronic ignition with one of the
> package systems out there (e.g. pertronix).  i suppose i first want to know
> what the 009 distributor is...it's not the stock distributor correct?
> assuming its not, what is better about it?  if i were to keep my stock
> distributor housing and convert the ignitor module, would it work or do i
> need an 009 first. also, the 72 is centrifugal advance with a vacuum retard,
> so would i buy a centrifugal or vacuum advance for the new set up.

All you need to do is buy the proper ignition system for the dist you 
already have. The 009 is a general purpose Bosch dist sold for air 
cooled VWs which no longer have a place to connect a vacuum 
advance/retard. Reports on it seem to be pretty negative lately, 
although in the right application it should be fine, but it WILL NOT 
WORK with the fuel injection.

The OE FI 72 dist has mech advance as well as vacuum advance and 
vacuum retard. This is a bit harder to tune up than the other years, 
but it works well once tuned up. I wouldn't consider replacing it.
Jim Adney, jadney@vwtype3.org
Madison, Wisconsin, USA

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