Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Ferrari Life Posts: 11,846
Jimmy- No hurry. Sorry for putting you on the spot. All the early cars with Dinoplexes had a back-up condenser to go with the points and coils(s). If the Dinoplex(es) failed (fairly common), the condenser allowed you to run with a conventional points ignition. The Dinoplex, like most other capacitor discharge systems, used the points as a timing or trigger device and primary current did not flow through the points, extending their life, while also providing a more powerful spark to the plugs. With the points and condenser set-up, full coil energy passed through the points, and this tended to wear the contacts as metal was transferred from one contact to the other or the heavy current burned away the contacts.
Dinoplexes, or the more modern equivalents like MSD (multi-spark discharge), are easy to retrofit if yours is not installed and will make the car run smoother, extend point life, and prevent plug fouling. Some newer systems eliminate the points completely, but the points set-ups on the early Ferraris have been pretty reliable if well maintained.
Present: 575M 135171
Past: Dino 246 GT 02984, 365 GTB/4 14009, 308 GTS 25125
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Last edited by tazandjan; 12-29-2012 at 01:17 PM.