Q: Sprint Coil
Have a question about coils. Started having ignition problems on the 1968 droptop Sprint I’ve been restoring, so I went to replace the coil as well as condenser/rotor/etc. Went down to Napa and discovered the coil listed in all the catalogs is a typical oil-filled can style. What I have on my car (and judging by the rust and Delco Remey logo on it it’s original) is a much shorter air cooled coil. Looks more like something off a newer electronic ignition vehicle if it weren’t for the tower on top. Has a round coil in the middle, a square frame around the middle, and a bracket that bolts it to the block just aft of the distributor. Threw the Napa guy and all his contacts for a loop. I went ahead and bought an internal resistor coil and bracket and am looking for ideas on where to mount it, because it won’t fit where the original coil was. Questions:
1) Ever seen a replacement coil that matches the original?
2) If you converted at some point to a can style coil, where did you mount it? Firewall, fender, ???
A: The shorter air cooled coil is correct for the 1968-1969 OHC-6.
1966-1967 used a conventional oil filled coil. They had 2 different ignition systems for 66 and 1967 Sprints. The 66 used the infamous TI or Transistor Ignition. 1967 was improved (or so they say) to the newer CD or Capacitive Discharge ignition.
I have one of the TI ignitions for a 1966 Sprint and have been told there were only about 200 made. I also have most parts for the 1967 CD set up. Of course this wont help your situation but if its not a points judged car chances are 99.9% wont know the difference anyway. I say put a pointless conversion and conventional coil in and cruise on.
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