I'm on my last set of points and have not bought any in years. I assume most are made in China or overseas somewhere. Can anyone recommend a brand worth buying? Thanks.
This I find this interesting as when I ran points in the 80s I was taught to always change the condenser with the points. Accept for one time when I got a bad new condenser, they always ran acceptable. I noticed in the old Pontiac manual, it says not to change the condenser.I know this isn't the "accepted method" by at least 99% of mechanics but it worked well for me....
I used to do quite a few side jobs on cars (not a mechanic by trade but got certified by the state anyway) and had the philosophy that if the points were wearing evenly on both sides then I would NOT change the condenser because it was obviously just the right value for that car. I never heard of any customers having a failed condenser and many of my customers were regulars. I know one of my own condensers was used on at least 3 sets of points. When you buy a new condenser its actual capacitance can fall within a range of a values. If it's just the right value then the wear will be about the same on both sides of the points - keep it. If there's a big buildup on one side, change the condenser and hope that the capacitance on the new one is closer to the ideal for that engine.
The only guy I ever talked to that confirmed regular failures of condensers was the owner of a Ford Model T (A?) and those had the problem that the condenser was very close to the exhaust which meant they were killed by the heat.