Originally Posted by choffman41
I have this electronic ignition (non-HEI) that I want to put in my early small block. This car is a cruiser, not a racer. The instructions from Accel specify a coil with less than 1 ohm resistance across the primary windings. All the stock GM coils I have checked are about 1.8 ohms. I'm not worried about the warranty as this dist. has been around for awhile. How critical is this to the life of the dist?
Most coils , (stock) , read LESS than an OHM, but more than "000" on the primary side...
BE sure all wires are disconnected before testing..this will add resistance.
The added resistance MAY be internal ballast..OR your meter may be out of calibration at R X 1, or the battery's may be low..check that.
As for hurting anything..nope..It may run like crap at top end..under full load..but you , by adding resistance will not burn out a module..
One suggestion, bring your (checked) meter to the auto parts store, and measure the primary on some Non~Stock performance coils..I think you'll find what you want.