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Old 06-08-2008, 09:03 AM
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65 Belair resistor wire or ballast resistor?

We replaced the old 6 cyl engine in a 65 Belair with 350 from 1970 Impala. The engine had a HEI distributor. It ran fine for quite a while and then started having trouble starting - now won't start. After reading posts - whether or not it's the current problem, I realized we should have removed either the resistor wire or ballast resistor in original wiring.
Did the 65 Belair have a resistor wire or a ballast resistor? If ballast resistor, where is it mounted?

Any other suggestions on no starting ideas would be appreciated. The car is away at school with my son so I'm trouble shooting remotely. So far, he's poured some gas down the carb - nothing - so I don't think it's fuel. He couldn't see a spark on plug so he took HEI module to Autozone and had it checked and it checked OK. Checked for broken vac lines, hoses, etc. - nothing. I'm hoping we've been running module at low voltage and it was OK originally and now can't handle it and still check OK at 12 V. I'll call him later today and try that.
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A 65 should have the resister wire..........Have him get a voltmeter and check how much voltage he does have.
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If it's like the similar years chev trucks, it will be bundled up in the harness that runs down to the starter. It has a certain length, so it will be doubled back in spots...it just is too long to fit in one direction.

Easy to spot as it has a braided type of covering.(after you peel the black harness tape off)
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He said it measured 10V at distributor w/ ignition on. I'm having him run wire directly to battery just to see if it will start and trouble shoot the problem. If it starts - we'll find & replace the resistor wire - Is the resistor wire between ignition switch and distributor? or between battery and ignition?
If not - then check the coil - if good, then I guess replace the HEI module even though it supposedly checked out..?
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Car started right up with 12V directly to distributor so that was the problem. We'll find and replace the resistor wire. Thanks!
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- Is the resistor wire between ignition switch and distributor? or between battery and ignition?

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Between the ign switch and dist (coil)
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Thanks all - found it, fixed it.
Only surprise to me is that module ran for almost 2 years before it degraded to point that it wouldn't start.
Is it possible that it's been erratic on firing for all this time - that is, even new it may have occasionally not switched properly? I haven't noticed anything gross - but just wondering.
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This reply is a little late. I had an issue on my 71 chevy truck when I swapped out the points disributor for an HEI. When the engine was warm it didn't want to start. As suggested by my brother (GM mechanic) I replaced the old ignition (coil) wire (26ga?) with a 10ga wire plugged into the ign spot on the fuse panel. That solved all of my problems.
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