Voltage regulator and condensor - Impala Tech
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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-26-2019, 03:07 PM Thread Starter
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Voltage regulator and condensor

I'm finishing the restoration on my 68 and had to have the Radiator support sandblasted and repainted. When I removed the front lamp wiring harness I noticed that there was a condensor attached to the voltage regulator.

1) Do I need to have a condensor at all if I am using a MSD Pro billet distributor and MSD 6AL ignition box??

2) I thought the condensor was for the AM radio humming noise??



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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-26-2019, 05:25 PM
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Condenser (capacitor) absorbs the voltage surge in the car's wiring from the points as they open and close in the voltage regulator.

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-26-2019, 05:34 PM
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I was wondering what the hell that thing next to the voltage regulator was. Yellow cylinder looking thing? Mine is a 68 too. I don't think you need either if you're running an HEI and updated alternator (with internal voltage regulator).

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-27-2019, 05:25 AM
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When i put in my pertronix in my distributor i elminated all the condensers. I am also running an msd 6a with it .
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