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1963 R2 Hawk Ballast Resistor

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  • 1963 R2 Hawk Ballast Resistor

    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.
    Thank you in advance for your expertise in this matter.
    Terry Stinehelfer
    Bucyrus, OH

  • #2
    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.
    Thank you in advance for your expertise in this matter.
    Terry Stinehelfer
    HTIH (Hope The Info Helps)

    Jeff


    Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please. Mark Twain



    Note: SDC# 070190 (and earlier...)

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    • #3
      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
      Tim K.
      \'64 R2 GT Hawk

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