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Old 08-16-2020, 09:48 AM   #1
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Default Question about a "Helmet" distributor

Probably a simple question, but I'm now an 8BA guy so my knowledge of the early stuff is fading into the mists of the past.

My question is : Is there a gasket between the coil and the body of a "Helmet" distributor? If so, does anyone know about how thick it is?
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Old 08-16-2020, 10:06 AM   #2
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Yes, cork gasket, approx 1/16.
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Old 08-16-2020, 03:40 PM   #3
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C&G (800/266-0770) shows complete distributor gasket sets for 32 thru 47 for $7.95
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Old 08-16-2020, 03:44 PM   #4
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C&G offers complete distributor gasket sets 32-47, 7.95/set. (800/266-0470)
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Old 08-16-2020, 03:49 PM   #5
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Default Re: Question about a "Helmet" distributor

Just to add ,You might want regulate the thickness of that gasket depending the spring tension to points contact required ,or if your running a adapter or not ,
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Old 08-16-2020, 04:28 PM   #6
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Refresh my memory....address please..........six coming your way various thickness's.
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Old 08-16-2020, 06:08 PM   #7
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Guys, I don't need any. I just want to know the thickness so I can get the dimensions on my new '33-'36 condenser right. I have a body and a coil, but no gasket, and the way these things are put together, the gasket makes a difference on the way the ground strap fits. No matter what anybody else does, it seems nobody can make a decent condenser for these things. We want to offer them in two values, one for stock coils, and one for modern (Skip's) coils. I want to get them right the first time to keep the good reputation I think I have already earned with my "Trash Cans".
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Old 08-16-2020, 06:20 PM   #8
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Denny,
I'm guessing the goose neck bend in the strap was to accommodate various thickness's...Why not let me send you some in various thicknesses and material.
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Old 08-16-2020, 06:31 PM   #9
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Thanks Charlie. I think that might be a good idea. I'll PM my address.
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Old 08-16-2020, 07:40 PM   #10
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Denny,

A simple suggestion....
On my cars I trim the condenser bracket into a “u” shape rather than a hole, so that I can remove the coil without having to completely remove the distributor bolt. It’s a real time saver as in some cars like a 1937-9 that bolt can be a pain to reach and easy to drop. and also helps allow for varying gasket thicknesses. The 81a condenser for 37-41’s grounds through the coil screw rather than the typical 78 type that grounds through the mounting bolt. I think I sent you a version of both as well as a 32/36
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Old 08-16-2020, 08:06 PM   #11
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We want to offer them in two values, one for stock coils, and one for modern (Skip's) coils.


I was under the impression that a Skip coil would use the same original condenser with the .36 mfd. If not, how would you know what to use?

Good to hear that tubman is still working on this project.
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I use stock condensers that are tested and known to be good with Skip's rewound coils. They work well....and last a good long time.
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Old 08-19-2020, 10:16 AM   #13
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Does 6V vs 12V make a difference in the condenser needed?
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Old 08-19-2020, 10:41 AM   #14
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Could someone tell me how you go about testing a condenser as I have several and have no idea if they are good or not ?
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Old 08-19-2020, 11:03 AM   #15
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Could someone tell me how you go about testing a condenser as I have several and have no idea if they are good or not ?
Search back in this forum, I put a detailed method
for testing condensers. Almost all of them test good
cold but need to be heated to over 200 degrees, hot
is when they breakdown. G.M.
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Does 6V vs 12V make a difference in the condenser needed?
Nope.
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Old 08-19-2020, 11:45 AM   #17
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Plain old Napa condensers work fine with Skip's coils. Many miles with zero problems.
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Old 08-19-2020, 12:14 PM   #18
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There certainly are condensers out there that work .... But.... When Tubman comes out with his 32-36 Ford condensers you can sure bet I'll buy a few.
I build early distributors literally daily and test condensers daily. As GM said you have t treat them like they are on the car with heat to test them properly. Simply measuring the capacitance is not enough. The leak down rate is important as well.
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There certainly are condensers out there that work .... But.... When Tubman comes out with his 32-36 Ford condensers you can sure bet I'll buy a few.
I build early distributors literally daily and test condensers daily. As GM said you have t treat them like they are on the car with heat to test them properly. Simply measuring the capacitance is not enough. The leak down rate is important as well.
Michael,

We are still working on this project, but are close to being done. Right now, we are optimizing our manufacturing process so the cost can come in at a reasonable level. I'll be sending you some pre-production prototypes soon.

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Old 08-19-2020, 03:13 PM   #20
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Put me down for 2 for a 35-36 when they are done. No rush!
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