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Old 11-25-2020, 02:29 PM   #21
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The '33-'36 condensers are still in field test.

As to the Mallory's (and mine) not fitting into the distributor, you have to realize that these were developed principally for use in after market or conversion dual point units. In a conventional "post-type" dual point distributor, the second set of points sits right where the condenser usually is. Thus, they had to mount the condensers externally.

My condensers are .22 micro-farads where the original Mallory units were .36 micro-farads. A condenser and coil are a tuned pair, and the capacitance of the coil should match the inductance of the coil. With all of the varieties of coils out there, it is very difficult to get an exact match between the coil and condenser. Fortunately, "close" counts in condensers, as well as horseshoes and hand grenades, and most modern coils are best used with a condenser with a capacitance in the low .20's micro-farads. In reality it really doesn't matter very much because the tuned circuit is quite forgiving. I have a period Ford publication that states that too low a capacitance can accelerate point wear while too high can affect performance adversely.

Lately, I have been selling some of my "trash cans" for use on "crab" and "rabbit-ear" distributors. Since most of these cars are running modern coils, the "trash can" is a good match. While they are not "concourse correct", they work well and add a bit of "hot rod panache" to the units. Here are a couple of examples supplied by some of my customers. And of course, from "corvette8n"'s photo, you can see how they mount to a "helmet".
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Old 11-25-2020, 04:02 PM   #22
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Is the size of your condenser necessitated by the construction or for nostalgia look?
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In your recent post you mentioned that since most are using modern coils with your condenser it would work fine. If I was to install your condenser and using my original type
coil would it work fine also ?
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Old 11-25-2020, 05:54 PM   #24
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In your recent post you mentioned that since most are using modern coils with your condenser it would work fine. If I was to install your condenser and using my original type
coil would it work fine also ?
In my experience, it should run fine. The points life may be shortened 10%-20%, which really isn't a problem for most of us the way these cars are used. (BTW, I am assuming here that you were referring to your avatar.)

I notice you said "original type coil". The above statement applies to original coils only. If it's a "Skip's coil", I would classify it as a modern coil.
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Old 11-25-2020, 06:08 PM   #25
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Is the size of your condenser necessitated by the construction or for nostalgia look?
Mainly by the construction. The case is about the smallest that will hold the modern capacitor I am using.

Given the sad state of the currently available commercial condensers, the main purpose was to come up with something that was dead stone reliable, which these have proven to be.
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It is a Skip's coil.
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Old 11-26-2020, 11:48 PM   #27
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Denny I received your reply. I was going to try and post some pictures but did not know how. In the process I started reading post about problems that the Barn was having with guys on the forum that did not have Stock early Ford V/8s. I did not know that I thought that a car like mine would be OK. replied on page 9 of the posts. I would like you to read it. I wish I could call you as I have a couple of Questions I would like you to answer. If you would call me am in Nevada. my number is 775 265 5333. or kodiakpaw@ charter.net Thanks Stan
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Old 11-27-2020, 12:11 AM   #28
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I'll call you tomorrow, Stan. I am retired so it can be any time. Are you in the Pacific or Mountain time zone? I'd like to call in the morning, about 10 your time if that's OK.
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Old 11-27-2020, 12:42 AM   #29
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Denny pacific time zone. Look forward to your call. Stan
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Old 11-27-2020, 01:11 AM   #30
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I'm CST, so that means I will call at 12 noon my time,
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Old 11-27-2020, 10:21 AM   #31
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...I started reading post about problems that the Barn was having with guys on the forum that did not have Stock early Ford V/8s. I did not know that I thought that a car like mine would be OK.
A lot of the guys on the Barn know about, work on & own completely stock flathead era V8s AND modified early Fords. The Barn is dictated to the former, but is very tolerant to the later as well.

You will find support here! If it gets deep into the modified category there is also the sister site, the HAMB dictated to early Hot Rods and modified vehicles. But many of us find the Barn a little slower paced and a knowledge base that can't be beat. Modified flatheads are still flatheads! And even with engine and driveline changes they are still Ford bodies.

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Old 11-27-2020, 11:17 AM   #32
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Thank you Jerry, Looks like I will stick around. I feel better now after your comment. Stan
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Old 11-27-2020, 03:44 PM   #33
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It is a Skip's coil.
Use a IH-200 condenser from NAPA. Skip has 100's
of people using these for over 20 years with no point
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Old 11-27-2020, 04:25 PM   #34
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Stan White photos. Looks like a Barn car to me!
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Old 11-27-2020, 06:52 PM   #36
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Thanks Jerry. Stan
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Old 11-27-2020, 07:55 PM   #37
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Definitely Fordbarn eligible! Nice car, keep us posted on your progress.
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Old 11-28-2020, 08:14 PM   #38
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1934 3WDW I new of this car in the 60s said I was interested in it, said he would call if he decided to sell it. He called 25 yrs later around 1086. I thought if I dont buy it I will regret it down the road. I bought it and just started to do it in the last year. Have had it for 35 yrs. I looked for a car like this in the late 50s could not find one then. This car is above average , no rust no mods of any kind. Original paint including whats left of the striping. I am doing the car as I remember them in the early 50s. They were called sleepers in those days. Just looks like a nice original car, Sits a little different, that was the idea. But performed much better and stopped much better tha stock. Its what a hot rod was in 1952. Dont remember any Rat Rods in those days. Truly Stan white
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Old 11-29-2020, 02:23 AM   #39
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Stan that is a great car.
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OHHHH, that is pretty.
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