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Username Post: Changing points and condenser        (Topic#355851)
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Age: 62
Reg: 03-13-19
04-01-19 11:38 AM - Post#2763399    

I'm trying to change the points and condenser on my 1962 C10 with a 6 cylinder. But for the life of me I can't figure out how to disconnect the condenser wire and the metal strip of the points from the plastic terminal inside the distributor. Is there some sort of trick to this?

I tried loosening the nut on the outside of the distributor which connects the wire from the coil, but that doesn't seem to loosen the connection on the inside of the distributor.

More description: The condenser wire and the metal points strap connect to a squarish black (plastic?) terminal. There is a round metal piece that holds the wire and strap in tight. I can't figure out how to disconnect from this terminal. (And then I'll have to be able to reconnect when I install the new points and condenser)

Ecklers AutoMotive
Posts: 10

Age: 62
Reg: 03-13-19
04-01-19 01:32 PM - Post#2763408    
    In response to ChipB

Okay, figured this out. On the outside of the distributor, you have to first fully remove the nut that secures the wire from the coil and the small metal piece that acts as a washer/contact. Once those are removed you will find another nut (round not hexagonal!) that has screwdriver slots on either side of it. It is recessed into the black plastic part of the terminal that is on the outside of the distributor. This nut isn't visible unless you look from the back of the engine looking forward. Using a pair of small screwdrivers you can loosen the nut, and that loosens the connection inside the distributor where the condenser and points slip in.

Once that nut/bolt is loose you can easily remove the condenser wire and the points, replace them and then using the two small screwdrivers (there's probably a tool made for this that works better) tighten the nut down secure. Don't forget to reattach the wire from the coil!

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04-01-19 02:09 PM - Post#2763410    
    In response to ChipB

You could grind a notch in a large flat screwdriver or hunt for an actual ignition tool. Snap-on used to make one part # MD17, appears to be an obsolete part # (not surprising.) A quick search just found one on ebay for $20 shipped.


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Dave in VA 
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Dave in VA
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04-01-19 02:37 PM - Post#2763419    
    In response to ChipB

Or you could replace everything with a Pertronix module and never look back...

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Ray P W 
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Reg: 09-30-15
04-01-19 05:17 PM - Post#2763439    
    In response to Dave in VA

"Or you could replace everything with a Pertronix module and never look back..."

People report very mixed results with those, including several who have been stranded at the side of the road and others who think they are great.

Ray W

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