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Old 02-19-2006, 11:03 PM
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I am installing a 60 harness on a 59 car. When the ignition is in the "on" postion I have one pink wire that runs from ignition switch through the fire wall and splits into 2 other wires. All are factory wires. When the key is in the "on" position this pink wire becomes very hot. Any input would help?

I also have solid black wire that runs from the ignition to a male end (red) of a fuse. I cannot figure out where the other end goes. It is not the radio.
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Old 02-20-2006, 03:41 PM
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I will check the 1960 diagram tonight. I wonder if that hot wire is the resistor wire. It should however not get very hot as that would damage the other wires.

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Update...
After the car is started and the key returns to the "on" postion the car stops running. I have installed the ballist resistor from the 59 to attempt to solve the pink wire heat problem. The 59 resistor immediately begins to smoke...

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Old 02-20-2006, 10:53 PM
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The pink wire is the resistance wire. It should act as the ballast.

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Old 02-20-2006, 11:53 PM
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>I am installing a 60 harness on a 59 car. When the ignition
>is in the "on" postion I have one pink wire that runs from
>ignition switch through the fire wall and splits into 2
>other wires. All are factory wires. When the key is in the
>"on" position this pink wire becomes very hot. Any input
>would help?
>
>I also have solid black wire that runs from the ignition to
>a male end (red) of a fuse. I cannot figure out where the
>other end goes. It is not the radio.
>Thanks

As Alex said -- The pink wire is a resister wire that goes to the positive side of the coil, it's going to get hot. You don't need any "additional" ballast.

That "split" you're refering to ... from the coil there should be a wire going back to the starter switch (solenoid). That could be what you're talking about.

The black wire goes to a fuse just prior to the overdrive relay. If you don't have overdrive, disregard it.
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Any idea how to test this wire? I have a DVOM.
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If I am checking either the pink resitor wire or the ballist resistor what should a "good" value be? I seem to be getting about 2 ohms, does this sound okay?
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Problem solved! It runs great..
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What was solution?

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The brand new starter solenoid was bad. I tested it and it was not functioning properly. I ended up pulling an old rusty one off of my parts car and everything worked fine. 72 hours later I have a running bird. It will be at the Detroit Autorama next week. I have been restoring it with about 10 other adults and about 20-25 students as a high school project.
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