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R2GTHAWK
04-01-2007, 08:49 PM
When I detailed the engine of my 1963 R2 Hawk I upgraded to
one of Dave Thibault's new Mallory Unilite distributors. In
the interest of originality I stuck a Prestolite tag on the
distributor.[^] The Mallory directions require the use of a
ballast resistor which I did not have on my car. I got a
new one from Studebaker International and wired it according
to the diagram. When I started the engine the ballast resistor
started to smoke a little. The wires did not get hot, just
the resistor. The smoking stopped, but when I checked the
ballast resistor with a laser thermometer the temperature read
150 to 160 degrees. Is this normal[?][?] After the timing
was set and carb adjusted, the engine runs great.:D
Thank you in advance for your expertise in this matter.:):)
Terry Stinehelfer
Bucyrus, OH
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DEEPNHOCK
04-01-2007, 09:04 PM
Probably just the lacquer burning off the new ballast resistor.
They drop the voltage from 12v to 7.5 volts through resistance, hence the ceramic holder.
Jeff[8D]


quote:Originally posted by R2GTHAWK

When I detailed the engine of my 1963 R2 Hawk I upgraded to
one of Dave Thibault's new Mallory Unilite distributors. In
the interest of originality I stuck a Prestolite tag on the
distributor.[^] The Mallory directions require the use of a
ballast resistor which I did not have on my car. I got a
new one from Studebaker International and wired it according
to the diagram. When I started the engine the ballast resistor
started to smoke a little. The wires did not get hot, just
the resistor. The smoking stopped, but when I checked the
ballast resistor with a laser thermometer the temperature read
150 to 160 degrees. Is this normal[?][?] After the timing
was set and carb adjusted, the engine runs great.:D
Thank you in advance for your expertise in this matter.:):)
Terry Stinehelfer

GTtim
04-01-2007, 10:39 PM
I agree with Jeff. I noticed mine smoked some when I first turned the key, but it has continued to work for a little over a year now.

Tim K.
'64 R2 GT Hawk