Re: unilite dist no spark
YES, Uni-Lite wants resistor. In fact, it wants two, and 9 volts is just right for it. Please remember, this is NOT a performance ignition, it is a points replacement one, and I consider these to be the best "drop in" systems available.
The full volts starting bypass is still active, needs that to start.
On one of these sites in the electrical section, an outline on how to test and fix these ignitions is given.
When Boots Mallory designed the Uni-Lite, he designed it to run on a low voltage, and included a small MOPAR .60 ohm resistor to be added to the power input of the unit, along with the stock car resistor.
Then, along bounces some genius that says the system will make welding volts if all the resistors are taken out. Well, yes, but only for a short time. Clearly in the instructions, whenever a Uni-Lite is spun up on a distributor machine, the unit should bee powered up using a 9 volt dry lantern battery, not the full volts of a car battery.