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Old Yesterday, 09:16 AM   #1
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Is mounting the condenser directly to the coil more reliable than mounting it to the points? What condenser is best to use for this? What side of the coil do you use (+ or-) ? If your running this set up how do you like it? I have a stock 6 volt system. Thank you in advance
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Old Yesterday, 09:41 AM   #2
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Try this condenser mounting.
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I mount the condenser on the switch side of the coil on some of my model A's . This will be the side of the coil that uses the red wire if the wiring is original style . This isn't necessarily more reliable but is an easier place to remove or replace the condenser . The condenser may run cooler and last longer . While its not original , I do like mounting the condenser in this manner . I use the last condenser that Ford used on the V8 engines before going to electronic ignition . This is the modern condenser that is offered by most model A parts vendors . This condenser is usually available at NAPA or other modern parts vendors . The condenser can be used on either six or twelve volts . I like mounting the condenser in this manner and it seems to last just as long as the original .
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I have stock location condenser, 35 years same one,(A&L )-- how much more reliable do you need
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38 years ago I was having trouble with the condenser burning out because of the manifold heater over heating it. I moved the condenser to the fire wall and haven't changed it in 38 years. Never could tell any difference in performance.
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The condenser doesn't care about the system voltage, 6 or 12 is fine.
Just connect the condenser the same polarity as the points. If system polarity is positive ground as original, then points are/should be attached to positive side of coil. The condenser is mounted in parallel with the points. Whether the condenser is in the distributor or at the coil makes no difference.
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I mount the condenser on the switch side of the coil on some of my model A's . This will be the side of the coil that uses the red wire if the wiring is original style . This isn't necessarily more reliable but is an easier place to remove or replace the condenser . The condenser may run cooler and last longer . While its not original , I do like mounting the condenser in this manner . I use the last condenser that Ford used on the V8 engines before going to electronic ignition . This is the modern condenser that is offered by most model A parts vendors . This condenser is usually available at NAPA or other modern parts vendors . The condenser can be used on either six or twelve volts . I like mounting the condenser in this manner and it seems to last just as long as the original .

By any chance, would you be able to post the NAPA part number? Thanks in advance.


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I don't have the part number .
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Old Yesterday, 11:09 PM   #9
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Search "modern points and condenser" lots of info
Start here and read down a few for part numbers
https://www.fordbarn.com/forum/showt...ints+condenser
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Search "modern points and condenser" lots of info
Start here and read down a few for part numbers
https://www.fordbarn.com/forum/showt...ints+condenser

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There are many vehicles that the points and condenser work on. I always explicitly ask for them for a "1973 Ford LTD with the 400 CI engine". The kid looks it up in the computer and comes out with the right parts.

NAPA has them, O'Reilley has them.

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Thanks, this should work.


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Points or condenser ?

Buy the expensive ones. [ or a NOS]
NAPA may have them in stock or can overnight them. Ford V8 points are the same, I don't recall any change thru the 60s-70s [except for the dual pointers]. I think the condenser # is FA-82 but would have to look it up.
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What is the A&L part number and where can I purchase this condenser (or several). I have had a "short proof" condenser fail. Coil is brand new and mounted with proper polarity.
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What is the A&L part number and where can I purchase this condenser (or several). I have had a "short proof" condenser fail. Coil is brand new and mounted with proper polarity.
Just had 5 bad ones, I think they had a bad batch. I also think they moved or sold.
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Were the condensers A&L condensers ?
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