I'm considering upgrading the stock ignition system on my 69 Z to a maintenance free style distributor. A question for you mechanic techies ...is that just a matter of removing the old "points type" and dropping in the new magnetic pick up distributor?
Most of the drop-in conversions (Pertronix, Breakerless SE, etc.) are pretty simple, but none of them are "electronic ignition" systems - they just replace the points (mechanical switch) with an electronic switch. All they do is eliminate the need to set the dwell once a year. If you choose to replace the entire distributor, you're not gaining anything more than if you just drop in a conversion module.
All of my cars have their original Delco distributors with points, they run just fine, and are 100% reliable; I've seen no need to "upgrade" them to anything else. Setting dwell takes about a minute.