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Model A Condenser and Cutout

This story only pertains to those Model A owners that have chosen to run on a generator.  First, if possible, choose a generator cutout made so that the cover is not welded to the base.  Your favorite Model A vendor should have such a unit.

Some of you may know how these “critters” work, but it may be a good idea to review a few details.  The circuit has a set of points very similar to the ones found in the distributor.  Over a long period of time they will carbon up and when this takes place the current that the generator is producing will not pass through them and the result is a burned out generator.

If you select a cutout that does not have the cover welded to the base, you can remove this part and clean the points, and thus, prevent the possibility of a damaged generator.  Cleaning will also eliminate the chance of points sticking should the spring be weak.

A tip for an emergency condenser is to buy a good condenser that has a “foot” on it and a “pig tail” about 3” long.  Loosen up one of the screws that hold the coil to the firewall, slip the “foot” of the condenser between the coil bracket and firewall and then tighten the screw down again making sure there is good contact between all units.  This gives a good ground connection.  Leave the “pig tail” hang free for emergency use.  Should your condenser located in the “A” distributor burn out, just loosen the coil terminal nut, attach the “pig tail” clip, tighten terminal nut again and be merrily on your way.  If you should wish to use this modification, the condenser will serve for years as it is located away from intense heat of the motor.  Heat is the worst enemy of the stock Model “A” Ford condenser.

This tech tip was provided by Bill Brex and was printed in the August 1993and November 1962 “A” Quail Call.

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