Military distributor capacitor (noise filter) modification

One of the parts I was still needing was a capacitor for the distributor – I could buy one from Turkey (the country) for $20 + shipping, or the US for $32 + shipping  off of ebay – this made my stomach turn! I don’t need the noise suppression of the capacitor – if I do later on, I will spend the money. But for now, I decided to modify my original capacitor instead of just adding a new wire. The wire was bad on my original one. I cut the capacitor open with a hacksaw, leaving about 1″ of the casing intact. Using slip joint pliers, I worked the case apart – pulling the solder joint on the front of the capacitor loose. At this point I could remove the suppression material from the capacitor canister and cut the stud loose from the back cap.

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At this point, I soldered a 7″ piece of 14g wire to the stud.

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Next, I put a piece of shrink tubing over the solder joint and inserted the assembly into the front cap. All that was needed was to apply a little heat (from a propane torch) to the stud. The existing solder melted to fix the stud to the cap.

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Next, I installed the capacitor body into the distributor housing and ran the wire to the coil. I cut the wire allowing for the length of the ring terminal. I crimped AND soldered the ring terminal on, then installed some shrink tubing to complete the modification.

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I reinstalled the modified capacitor assembly into the distributor along with the coil and hooked everything up.

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Installed the cap, and she is done – except for a new cap o ring and 3 cap screws! Saved (probably) $39 for 20 minutes of work!

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Yesterday I started tearing down my spare distributor. I followed the instructions on the carb cleaner solution, but it just wouldn’t clean it like I wanted, so I left the parts in the solution overnight. Today, I took the parts out and they looked real good. I blew them off with air and scraped any gunk off that the cleaner didn’t get. I put the carb base in the cleaner while I was cleaning up and inspecting the other parts.

I think this carb is the one I sent off to have rebuilt back in 1997, because all of the shafts were tight, and overall the carb was in good condition (minus the corrosion in the bowl, accelerator pump and throat). I took the base out of the cleaner and sprayed it down with brake cleaner, then masked it off and sprayed it with Duplicolor caliper paint – did I mention how much I love Duplicolor Caliper Paint? This stuff is great! Covers great, dries very fast, and is a hard paint! Now, I gues I’d better go ahead and order that master carb rebuild kit so that it will be here when I get off next week!

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