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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old Jul 7th, 06, 12:47 PM Thread Starter
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2 Condensers ???

I just checked into my coil and dist. to change the points out to the Pertronix and I found that the guy before me put an external condenser on the outside of the coil. He taped a condenser to the coil and has it attached to the positive side of the coil (same side as the resistor wire). I took the cap off of the dist and there is a condenser attached on the dist along with the points.

My question, why would someone do this?

Is there a way to check if the condenser in the dist is good and the one on the coil removed?

I took off the connection on the condenser on the coil and the car ran fine.

Any ideas or help would be appreciated. Anything! I am stumped on this one.

BTW, the car is a stock 302 - Z.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old Jul 7th, 06, 12:51 PM
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Re: 2 Condensers ???

I would remove both of them. You dont use any condenser with the Pertronix.
Maybe it was for the radio? Does that make any sense?
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Re: 2 Condensers ???

I did not do the Pertronix yet just because I do not know why the second one is there. Is there a way to tell if the second one is for the radio? Any other ideas???
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Re: 2 Condensers ???

GM did mount condensors (capacitors) on the coil bracket and sometimes on the alternator and or regulator and even the fuseblock to suppress radio noise.

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