In final stages of putting my 68 back together. I mistakenly swapped the solenoid wires. I put the purple one on the R terminal and the blue wire on the S terminal. I turned the key to the on position and observed some smoke coming from the the engine-side fuse block. Alarmed, I switched the key off, and removed the harness covering to discover that the cloth covered wire was quite hot. After tracing the cloth wire, I discovered that it splits into 2 blue wires. I figured out that one of the blues goes to the R term on the solenoid and the other blue goes to one of my ballast resister terms in my Mallory Unilite/ProMaster system. Here, finally, is the question: Should that cloth section of the wire get warm (to the point of being touchable, no smoke) when the ignition switch is turned to the "on" postion? I've read on other portions of this site that if I have the ballast resister, I don't need the cloth resister wire and that I could run a full 12 volts to the ballast resister (replacing that blue wire/cloth wire mess).
Sorry for the ramble.
'68 Camaro, 327, 4 spd, Hotchkis on both ends, Corvette/Firebird/Monte Carlo/Coleman disc brakes