I recently installed an Edelbrock 4-bbl intake and carb and a Pertronix billet distributor on my clone with a 350. The original distributor was working fine, but when I bought the car the PO had a ordered a the Pertronix, but never installed it. Since I was puling the original intake and carb (2-bbl) I decided to install the Pertronix.
Heres my issue: Before changing everything, even though the accelerator pump was bad on the 2-bbl, I could coax it into lighting up the tires. Now, with the 4-bb and Pertronix, if I stomp on the gas its like driving a golf cart. It goes, but not fast. The motor starts up and idles fine (doesn't start up as fast as with the old equipment though). I have the timing set to the factory specs of +9 degrees, though it would probably do better a little more advanced.
I've been reading the forum about the resistor wire that drops the voltage going to the coil to 9 or so volts so it doesn't burn out the points. I checked the volts on the wires with the motor off/ignition on and I got 12 volts. I also checked with the motor running and got 12 volts. Tried to follow the two wires, but lost them in a tightly packed bundle going to the firewall (too scared to unbundle old dry wires). Cant tell any colors because it looks like one of the POs sprayed everything in the engine compartment with black paint.
I'm wondering it I might have the new distributor installed one tooth off because the oil pump didn't like up perfectly with TDC. Can that happen? Would that slow the performance down Any other clues?