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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old May 24th, 04, 07:17 AM Thread Starter
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ok guys, need some help...

I just bought a 68 Camaro with HEI. It doesn't have the box, just the HEI distributor with the coil mounted inside the cap. It does not have a ballast resistor wire, but rather a solid wire running from the firewall block to the distributor (the first inch of the wire is bare though, with no insulation on it).

From the previous owner, the car has brand new plugs, wires, cap, coil and module. He replaced the cap, module and coil due to some backfire problems, which were cured. Apparently the problem turned out to be a bad coil.

The problem i have with the car now is it will run fine for a while, then the generator light comes on and it starts to run bad and will eventually stall. I can give it gas and keep it alive, but if i don't it stalls. It usually starts right up though and i can get going again.

Its an intermittent problem and it appears that if i wiggle the key in the ignition switch, the light goes off and car runs fine. Maybe its just my imagination, but could the problem be in the switch?

please help!

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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old May 24th, 04, 08:53 AM
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It could be the ignition switch, I mean, geez, its 35 years old. How many times has it been turned?

A good troubleshooting hint would be to wire in a bypass toggle switch, so when the car does start ot act up, flip the toggle switch to see/hear it clear up. If it does, then you know its the ign switch.

Mine had done the same event years ago. I pulled out the ign switch, tore it apart, cleaned the contacts with emery paper, coated them with dielectric grease, and its good to go.

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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old May 29th, 04, 07:19 PM Thread Starter
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yep, replaced the switch today and all is fine. I am still amazed the local auto parts store had the switch for a '68 and it was only $15!

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