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  • GTtim
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    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

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  • DEEPNHOCK
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    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

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  • R2GTHAWK
    started a topic 1963 R2 Hawk Ballast Resistor

    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
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