Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Austin, TX, USA
That sounds about normal. The wire in the loom on a stock camaro has resistance. It connects to the coil + to keep it from running too hot. But there is also another wire on the coil + that goes to the starter solenoid. What it does is apply a full 12 volts to the coil for a nice hot spark when cranking. Also you'll find that when the points are open, you see a full 12 volts and when they are closed you see about 6 volts. When the engine is running, the voltage measure on the coil + will be somewhere between 6 and 12 depending on the dwell setting. But I wouldn't put my fancy DVM on the coil + with the engine running. It might fry it. Thats a good application for the old tried and true analog meter. Sounds like it is working fine provided you are running breaker points.
68 Coupe, 350 w/ Edelbrock Performer RPM heads, cam, intake, 700R4, Dave's small body HEI