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Old 08-07-2002, 05:57 PM
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Post Installed Pertronix ignition in 68 camaro...need help now.

Well, got it all installed and it doesnt seem to be running as good. Seems like it is missing. Got the timing right on the money and moved distributor around alot and couldnt get it any better.

Anyone think the coil might have something to do with it? Its a Mallory coil, but Im not sure what the Voltage is on it. My dad bought it back when he redid his engine. Which was like 20 years ago. What about the spark plug wires? They are pretty cheezy.

IM not sure what else to look at. But it was running better with the points.

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You bet the coil has plenty to do with it. The ignitor is compatible only with a points style coil. Six and eight cylinder engines require a minimum of 1.5 ohms of resistance.

To check the resistance remove all the wires from the coil. Attach the ohmmeter to the positive and negative terminals. The reading must be 1.5 ohms or greater. Your local parts store can do this for you if you don't want to spend the $10.00 to $15.00 for the ohmmeter.

If your coil does not have enough resistance you must install a ballast resisor from the parts store or you can install a Pertronix flame thrower 40,000 volt coil which provides resistance internally. If your vehicle comes equiped with a resistor wire or ballast resistor, you will not need an additional resister.

For additional information you can call their tech line at 1-800-827-3758 or go to pertronix.com.

This system also delivers 15% more spark energy, so if your plug wires were marginal with the old system you may have trouble with this. You can check the plug wires with an ohmmeter also and determine if they need replacing.

I hve 3 of these systems and they all work excelent for me. Let us know what you find out.
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Well it is a points coil and it does have a ballast resistor.
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I have the pertronix system in my car. According to their instructions with a ballast resistor, you have a wire coming from the ignition swith to the ballast resistor. At this same point on the ballast resistor, you connect the red wire from the ignitor. There is another wire coming out of the opposite side of the ballast resistor that goes to the positive terminal on the coil. Connect the the black wire from the ignitor to the negative terminal on the coil. If this sounds confusing, they may have a drawing of this on their web site.
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