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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old Jul 5th, 02, 05:06 PM Thread Starter
 
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Working on a 1969 Camaro with a new 396 BBC. I have had the engine running before, but today I can't get it to go. Has plenty of gas but the spark seems weak. As I was poking around in the engine bay I noticed that when the ignition is on the resistance wire going to the positive side of the coil gets extremely hot. Any suggestions? What am I missing here? I need some help. Thanks, Marc
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old Jul 5th, 02, 07:32 PM
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Marc,

If you still have the resistance wire then you must still be running points. When the ignition is left on for a few minutes and the points are closed the wire will get hot. Be sure that the yellow wire is hooked up to the starter. This is a shunt wire giving more voltage to the coil during engine cranking. This wire connects to the out side small post on the starter, then up through the harness to the + side of the coil. There should be a yellow wire crimped in with the resistor wire from the factory.

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old Jul 6th, 02, 01:28 PM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks Larry, I had a number of problems, my old starter was pulling over 300 amps (according to the tester at Auto Zone), so I beleive my ignition system was failing as a result. Also the vacuum port on the side of my Q-Jet for the smog valve had a crack which resulted in a leak that made it impossible to start the engine. So after cleaning my gas soaked plugs and fixing the port leak, all seems to be better. Thanks for your help.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old Jul 7th, 02, 05:39 PM
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Good, hope you get it all ironed out.

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