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Old 07-30-2007, 10:29 AM
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Changing the points question

I was going to change out the points on my 62 cadillac, but when I took off the rotor and looked at the points they were different than the points provided by the parts supplier. I should have taken a picture, but I didn't have my camera with me.

The points that were already installed had a large silver canister attached to the back of it. I'm not sure what it was. (Obviously I am new to the whole car thing). The points i received looked the exact same except that it did not have this large canister and there was not a place to insert it as the previous points obviously had.

What is this piece and will it be an issue to install the points without it?

I also received the condenser to install, but couldn't really tell where it was to go. It looked like it had an obvious point of installation, but there was nowhere to mount it underneath the distributor cap. Any help with my vague description of the parts to install?

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Old 07-30-2007, 10:55 AM
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The "Canister" is the condenser. Originally the points were produced like the ones you got from your auto parts man, and the condenser was a separate part which mounted to the points plate on the oposite side from the points. Later they were redesigned into 1 peice, as you car now has.
I would go back to the parts supplier and tell him you want points with the condenser "built in". They should have both. If they're only going to stock one, it should be the built in type...
Yes, it will be an issue to install the points without the condenser.
It will run, but the points wont last very long before they pit and maybe weld the contacts together, shutting you down on the spot.
The condenser you received mounts on the point plate approx 180 degrees around from the points. There should be a small hole in the plate with a dimple on each side of it where the condenser mounts. One word of warning.... If you use a screw that's too long you may cause the points plate to be immobilized and therefore lose the ability for the distributor to advance.
I've attached a couple of photos. The red circles indicate where the condenser mounts, and where the wire connects.
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Alright, thanks. That is what I figured, but I wanted to get some input from somebody with experience. I think instead of running the risk of immobilizing the points plate I am going to call the supplier and get the one piece. Thanks a lot for the help.
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