Originally Posted by bsa_bob
The dash lites come on perfect.There isn't a resistor on this car .you mean that chevy used on evrything back then? battery is new.the tiny small wire is disconnected ...i thought it was the after market tach wire.the condensor hasn't been checked.....i will to that next.Wouldn't 12 volts to the coil+from the bat post;. be the same thing? as hooking the wire to the starter main post then taking it over to the coil+
It will be close to the same there is a small drop. Some coils have a built in resistance. you can have a voltage drop somewhere any where there is any resistance it can drop your voltage! whats the voltage when you test the battery terminals? Disconnect the coil+ and test from the battery- to the end of the wire. Then hook it back up to the coil+ and test. Whats your readings on the volt meter?
There's a small wire that hooks to the + of the coil on the 60s chevys that has a braided covering that is white in color (when new LOL) it could be dark brown from dirt and oil now> That wire is a the built in resister! If its gone or by passed you need a resistor with an ohm rating for the coil, some coils don't need a resistor it depends on what coil is installed! if you hook up the braided wire and install another resistor it will not run right! If you don't run a resistor on a coil that doen't need one it wont run right ETC. Your condenser has to be the right impedance or it will burn up your points or they will pit on one side and build up on the other and wont run right! Years ago I liked Blue Streak points they lasted forever but they merged and now they are Napa or Echlin! Dont by Jap. or Chin. the quality is terrible