We are still asking: What did you get done on your Bolt today ????
The question, initially posted May 23, 2005, was:
"Whatcha do on your Bolt this weekend?"
After 51,906,997 views, 7378 replies over 185 pages, this thread in General Truck Talk is a happening! And it's not just weekends anymore.
If you've received one of the new ones, please use the screw holding your current condenser in place. A member here told me the new screw can be struck by the counterweight (didn't do this in the distributor I have here), so I'm having some shorter ones made. I'll be gone for a week and I think it will take 2 weeks for those to arrive here...main point is don't use the one I sent you. Sorry. Didn't realize some of the Delco distributors ran so much closer to the floor plate.
Thanks Dave, It is my pleasure. With any project like this there are always goblins that wait until later to make themselves known, but I think we're getting them all sorted now. Other folks on the forum (electronics type folks) have donated their knowledge and help and that's been great. Hopefully the project will cover its costs, however it is going to take longer than expected. No problem, though.
As a side comment (and to show just how difficult it is to obtain electronic component parts now) there were 54 of the new capacitors I'm using available in the USA. I purchased all of them and to get any more, I'm going to have to purchase from England. From my search, there are about 150 left over there. No more will be available until August of 2022. And it should be said this is a specialty part, but a fairly common part.
Thanks again for the nice comment and for being a part of the forum!
Below are images of the new condenser in what I expect to be the final version of it. You will see it now sits upright and the lead (connection) wire is slightly longer. There are as I recall 2 or 3 of the other style (lying flat on the distributor floor) and those will be sold first. The orientation has no effect whatever on the operation of the condenser. The change is because I've learned these are being used in all sorts of distributors (old, new, inline 6, V8, you name it) and this style keeps me from having to try to customize condensers for various applications. In addition, it may possibly make it a bit easier to install. At any rate, there is plenty of room in the Stovebolt distributor (or others) and the only thing you need to know is that the lead wire needs a slight corkscrew turn as you see below. In the case of larger distributors, this lazy corkscrew turn may or may not be needed.
Thanks again for all the help and input. The shorter stainless screws have been made and delivered, so all is well there. If questions, please let me know. In a previous post I let folks know this part (the capacitor) has completely been sold from all US inventory supplies, and so I've ordered more out of England. They should be along shortly.
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Jon your work is extraordinary!
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Yes, I totally agree with Martin. I know at times I sound a little overly optimistic about things I like so it'd be great if others chimed in if they've had similar results. Recently, for a while I was running a known good condenser (or so I thought). After installing one of the newest capacitors, the Ol' truck is back to cranking (generally) on the first revolution. With the old condenser it usually required 3 to 5 revolutions to crank.
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