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This is my first try at wiring....anything. Tried sifting through previous posts, but getting more confused.

Here's the instruction sheet:




Here's the starter:


The way I see it, there's a big left and big right terminal, and a small terminal on the side. It's a summit starter. Instructions say route the purple wire to the 's' terminal. The terminals on my starter aren't labeled. I have the purple wire going To the small terminal. I have the red AAW wire from the firewall connector going to the right big terminal (through a short brown connector). Also attached to the right terminal is another red wire (through a short blue connector) to the back of the alternator. Can anyone confirm this is proper routing?

And the alternator:



And the coil:


It's only labeled with a pos and negative terminal. I don't have a ballast resistor. Do I need one? The instructions tell me that pink wire should go through a ballast resistor then end up at the positive coil terminal...correct? Then a yellow wire from ballast resistor to the 'r' terminal on starter. My starter isn't labeled...I could guess...but I'm guessing someone knows the right answer.

Lastly, the white wire...does the white wire AND the wire going to the distributor attach to the negative coil terminal?

ANY ASSISTANCE IS APPRECIATED!!!

You guys rock!

Boucher
 

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Starter wiring looks good. The short brown connector is a fuseible link

If you are running a points type of dizzy you need BR. If you have HEI or electronic no BR

Pink to coil and you don't need the yellow and can remove it.

All the yellow does is bypass the resistor when starting
 

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Where does the ballast resistor mount?
What type of dizzy do you have?

OEM cars run a resister wire. White with Orange Purple Stripes
 

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Where does the ballast resistor mount?
You can mount it anywhere you want if you use the ceramic block type. The factory used a resistance wire instead. But first you have to know what type of distributor you have. The guys are asking because only old style models with breaker points use a resister. That protects the points from burnout. Almost all distributors in use today are electronic and can't use a resistor. Just look under the cap.
 

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Looks to be. I see a condenser. Points use it. It's hard to see behind the red wire but breaker points are obvious. Look for contacts that open and close to fire the coil.
Back when electronics started to come on line, I jumped right in. That was about 1970 or so. The idea was to use the points as a trigger but lower the voltage so as to no longer arc between them. They would still wear at the rubbing block and still float at speed. Time passed them by long ago.
You can still keep your distributor. Conversion kits are available to eliminate the points.
 

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Looks to be. I see a condenser. Points use it. It's hard to see behind the red wire but breaker points are obvious.
You can still keep your distributor. Conversion kits are available to eliminate the points.
Looks to me like the allen head screw for setting dwell is there too' I based my opinion on needing a BR that this is a points/condenser dizzy.

If it runs OK and you're not hitting super high revs it will work fine if adjusted correctly.

Could convert to electronic pretty easy too. If you go that route then a BR would not be needed.
 

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On you wiring to your starter I don't see the positive battery wire. Below is the picture of a stock starter and wiring. It looks like they are using the stock wire colors. You can see the large positive battery cable on the large terminal.

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So the pos battery cable should go to the lower left terminal? (Which also has a wire going to the big part of the starter)?
 

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So the pos battery cable should go to the lower left terminal? (Which also has a wire going to the big part of the starter)?
The terminal on the top just has the positive battery cable attached. There is a terminal below that, that is attached to the field of the starter. You can see the two terminals in the picture below. Again this is a stock starter and wiring harness.
Have you seen this? http://static.summitracing.com/global/images/instructions/sum-829100a.pdf

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Brilliant! Hope I get to work through this on Sunday. I'm sure ill have more questions though. Thanks for the links roger.
 

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UPDATE:

Battery cable is connected, and I installed a ballast resistor. The yellow wire from the ballast resistor is supposed to hook up to the 'R' terminal, which my starter doesn't have. Should I connect it to the same post as the purple wire? I don't understand why both of these wires are used.

 
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