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11/13/17 6:48pm - Original Message: 'Condenser To Coil 1969 TI Ignition Question.'
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Monongahela, PA - USA

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1969 Corvette Coupe. 427/435 4 speed factory installed side pipes. Verified Numbers Matching.

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   Hello,

   My 427/435 HP Vette has a Condenser/Capacitor that is attached to the bracket that holds the TI coil to the intake manifold. The condenser attaches to the Positive side of the coil.  The instruction pamphlet that came with the new Delco TI coil, #263, states that a condenser/capacitor needs to be installed with the coil.

   As my current condenser looks like it is original 1969 equipment I would like to replace it while installing the new coil. 

   Does anyone know of a business that would have the condenser I need?

   I have talked to a Corvette parts supplier and they only carry a condenser for a non-TI ignition.  Their opinion is that the condenser is only for radio interference.  If this is so I do not believe the Delco coil instructions would consider the condenser a must, as they state.  I have also been told that a static test of my current condenser would not give an accurate reading when the part is under heat stress.

   Any help would be appreciated as I am not an electrical expert by any means.

   Thanks,
   Mike C.

UPDATE Just found one on the Paragon Corvette Site

Still do not know if it is only for the radio only!





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11/13/17 7:02pm - Reply: 'Re: Condenser To Coil 1969 TI Ignition Question.'
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1973 Orange Metallic Coupe (orig owner), L82, 4 spd (WR), PS, (A/C & PW (I installed from wrecked 73)), leather, AM/FM Stereo, ran with '65 FI unit earlier & will again some day.

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I think they are correct about the capacitor being there to eliminate radio interference. Not sure if the TI had a capacitor in the distributor whose purpose was to dampen the spark on points. Probably not since the points only carried enough current to trigger the transistor. Have you checked with any other Corvette suppliers such as Paragon, Corvette Central, Wilcox, and Zip?

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11/14/17 1:55pm - Reply: 'Re: Condenser To Coil 1969 TI Ignition Question.'
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Hello,

Thanks for reply.

I would like to know if the capacitor is needed just for the radio, still.  I find it interesting that the new coil states a capacitor needs to be installed with the coil.  This leads me to believe that the capacitor has a more important function than just radio interference.

I ordered a new capacitor at the Paragon supply site for $20.00 I believe.


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11/14/17 1:58pm - Reply: 'Re: Condenser To Coil 1969 TI Ignition Question.'
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Hello!

Thanks for reply.

The TI distributor does not have a condenser in the housing.  The only place a condenser/capacitor is located on my car is at the base of the bracket the holds the coil to the intake manifold.


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