I have a 1968 Ford Thunderbird that had a Mallory ignition. The Mallory ignition started to show signs of wearing out, as the motor would run for a few minutes and suddenly die, only to start back up about 20 to 30 minutes later.
Once it got past the initial start -> die -> wait 20 minutes -> start again cycle, you could go anywhere. You could drive all over the city to the North and South around to the West and back to the East. No problems.
I purchased a replacement and installed it. The car wouldn't start. After more reading, it became clear that the Mallory ignition -- the new one -- was faulty.
The Century Performance Mallory Module Testing Site said that shorts in the electrical system could fry the module. Upon further investigation, I found several disconnected or loose grounds, which I fixed.
The Pertronix and the MSD website take a different approach to their modules. Whereas Mallory claims that it's operator error when a module fries and has absolutely nothing to do with poor engineering, MSD proudly stands behind their product with a warranty and some spike-absorbing materials that protect the module.
Considering that I've fixed the loose grounds that I've found, is it safe to install the Pertronix distributor or an MSD ignition? Are there any tests I can run myself to determine if it's safe to proceed?