OK, that clears it up - you have a point ignition system now (assuming your car has the original ignition system), which requires occasional maintenance (replacing points and condenser, setting dwell, etc.); there are several aftermarket units you can install in your existing distributor (like Pertronix, etc.) that replace the points so you have an electronic switch that requires no maintenance instead of the electro-mechanical points. Point ignition is very reliable, but converting to an electronic module eliminates the need for maintenance, if that's important to you.
Swapping out your entire ignition system for a full-electronic system (like MSD, etc.) is a total waste of money unless your car is HIGHLY modified.
88 Convert ( SOLD ) /1973 coupe 4 speed/1964 Vert!
Ah and I was thinking remote start...
So I would advise against the aftermarket distributor...points caps rotors coils balast resistors are DIRT CHEAP.. and Blue Streak makes some good stuff. the cost of a tune up should be around $75.00 for ALL the top stuff if you do it yourself.. ( and you hang with us dogs long enough... we will be having you do things you never imagined... mechanically speaking of course )
let me clear up the following.. the after market system will be better as far as higher spark output.. but unless youve modded the car.. and race it.. not really needed.
The cost of the petronix will give you 5-6 good tune ups & oil changes.. so DO NOT DO IT! ..plus you will have an after market thing under the hood... detracts for resale..
I have a Chevy HEI distributor in my 64. No points to deal with and much more fire. If you are concerned about resale in the future you just reinstall the original distributor when the time comes to sell. Unless you are one of those anal people totally hung up on being 100% original, this is a great upgrade with less upkeep and more fire.
Electronic is the way to go. With the Pertronix module in my 65, I put on over 800 miles round trip to Carlisle with no change in my timing. No hassle, with the only visible difference from stock was the extra wire coming out the bottom of the distributor. Easily converted to original, if need be. I have over 4200 miles on it and no problems. .......Drive it like you stole it!! Frank