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I'm led to believe that the 396 SS, and maybe others, had a resistor wire instead of a ceramic ballast resistor to drop the voltage to the "+" side of the coil to 5-7 volts. Is this correct and if so, where do I find one?
 

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I think all the Chevrolets used the resistor wire, But I think it only drops to about 9 volts... The extra wire off the starter solenoid that connects directly to the coil "+" side supplies a full 12-volts when starting...

I have never seen a ceramic balast resistor on a Chevy, except some running aftermarket ignitions...

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I think that the ceramic ballast resistor was last used in GM cars in 1958. As for the wire type resistor, the ohm value for it is listed on the schematic. It is different for 6's and 8's.
 

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where do I find one?

The resistor wire is in the wiring harness or was when the car left the factory. If it is missing on your car you may be able to get a replacement from M&H
 

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Or go to a junkyard and hack one off a parts car for free.


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