i recieved my Accel billet distributor,new wires and breakerless coil,but the instructions say to get rid of the ballast resistor. Im guessing its somehwere in the wire but do any of you guys know where exactly it would be?
Many cars had a resistance, a ceramic block (white - about the size of a pack of chewing gum. It had some "putty" looking stuff inside, you could see if you turned it over), which was in the circuit to the coil. You may not see it, 'cause it not there. Most of them were lost, tossed or removed over the years. Either with them or without them... cars seemed to run as good or better either way; (removing them did cause the points to pit earlier, but thats another story, besides points were cheap).
A lot of after market distributor/coil packages said use them or remove them, so the chances are better than 50/50 that you car doesn't have one. With CDI (capacitive Discharge Ignitions) just follow the package directions.
Some of the later models had the resistance wire. If you aren't sure whether the wire has a resistor or not, screw it ... instead of chasing the technical way (DVM measure resistance, consult book for specs)...just cut the wire and run a equal size wire in its place. Probably for the best, since the stock wire is brittle and needs replacing anyway.
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My Mallory Instructions said the Fords has to run some kind of Ballast resistor or risk burning it up. So since I have rewird my Fairlane with a Painless wiring kit I had to wire in a Ballast resistor. But the old one, which was the pink wire. Was located in the wiring harness under the dash.
no,accel says to remove the wire or resistor or itll burn out the circuits in the distributor or something.Anyways,after checking with the voltmeter ive come to the conclusion that someone got rid of it a long time ago.