- I have been tinkering with my 65 Ford Mustang six ignition. With an ACCEL coil rated at 1.4 ohms and a .8 ohms ignition resistor, will I damage the coil? After driving about 30 miles I checked the coil for overheating and it seemed normal (basic engine heat) and the car ran fine. I run a Pertronix in the dizzy with 8.8 mm wire wound resistance wires feeding Autolite platinum plugs gapped at .038. Timing is 12 degrees with vacuum shut off and dwell is 38 degrees.
I have stated here before I run a points distributor in my 200 Ford six but usually with a Pertronix conversion. After finding a later 200 head (1973) I plan to have it machined for a direct fit 2-barrel carb. Now I am using a 2-barrel adaptor and I want as much spark as possible at the plugs without hurting the basic Kettering system. I understand ignitions fairly well but at 75 and after a stroke a few years back, I sometimes doubt my thinking. The wife of 53 years makes remarks about my thinking before the stroke and believes I have not changed one bit! Anyway, going from a 1.4 ohm to a less resistance .8 ohm resistor (little more primary volts to coil) am I asking for trouble? We travel fairly long distances in the Mustang and I keep a coil, points, cond., in the glovebox...just in case. Should I keep a 1.4 ohms resistor also? The coil having a 100 to 1 ratio and the plugs set at .038 or maybe .040" am I okay? It works on short trips around town but we plan long trips and that is my concern. This is the engine and the LH-6 stands for Long Haul 6-Cylinder. THANKS ahead.
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