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The 55-year-old part that brought a dead Corvair back to life

Automotive ignition systems have a simple job—toss a properly timed spark into a charged combustion chamber. But while the ignition systems of classic cars are generally simple to repair, a basic, points-style system can still be frustrating. With that in mind, let’s look at one critical part of that system—the condenser, a small component that is nonetheless key to keeping an engine working as it should.


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I also had a brand new condenser go bad.  My 71 Challenger now runs great again with a 40+ year old condenser.

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