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  • Ballast Resistor Location

    Here is a picture of where your ballast resistor is located at in your Squarebird engine well.
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    Ray Clark - Squarebirds Administrator
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    -On a 1958-59 Bird....

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    The 1960 Ford Thunderbird. The WORLD'S most wanted car....

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    • #3
      The 60's used the resistor wire correct? You can see the resistor is not in place on my '60.

      Eric

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      • #4
        Ballast Resistor Location

        I think, but I am not sure, that in 1960, they eliminated the ballast resistor. Someone who knows for sure hopefully will respond to your question.

        Ray Clark - Squarebirds Administrator
        '59 Tbird "The Yellow Rose Of Texas" aka "Tweety Bird"
        "It's Hip To Be Square"
        Thunderbird Registry #33025 VTCI #11178

        Contact me via Private Message for my email address, or (Cell) 210-875-1411 (Home) 210-674-5781

        http://www.squarebirds.org/picture_gallery/TechnicalResourceLibrary/trl.htm

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        • #5
          The answer is in Ford Parts & Accessories TEXT Catalog. 12250 is the base number for all ignition resistors. Starting in 1960, Thunderbirds use C0LF 12250-A, which is a PINK wire 61.5" long. This is clearly a resistance wire. Ford depended on the length to disipate heat over a wider area. Conventional resistors got real hot and were potted in porcelain.

          The only change after 1960 was in '64 with Electronic Ign. That system used an 8.1-ohm wire, half as long. - Dave
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          • #6
            Ballast Resistor Location

            Thanks, Dave! I shudda looked it up! I remembered there being a lot of discussion about the pink resistor wire on the '60's, unlike the '58-'59 porcelain encased resistor pod mounted on the firewall. Now we know..

            Ray Clark - Squarebirds Administrator
            '59 Tbird "The Yellow Rose Of Texas" aka "Tweety Bird"
            "It's Hip To Be Square"
            Thunderbird Registry #33025 VTCI #11178

            Contact me via Private Message for my email address, or (Cell) 210-875-1411 (Home) 210-674-5781

            http://www.squarebirds.org/picture_gallery/TechnicalResourceLibrary/trl.htm

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