Thanks for the replies to my questions. As it turns out, I "fixed"
it last night. But, I wasn't a good experimentalist in that I
tried two things at once and don't know which, if either, is
responsible. I cleaned the parts in the distributor and reset the
air gap, but I also noticed that the cable to the starter motor
was very loose. The starter had been working fine, but I am
wondering if somehow the bad connection caused too much of a load
for the ignition to create a spark. I also convinced myself that
there IS a ballast resistance wire buried in the harness and that
my coil has been wired correctly. As one list member suggested,
the condensor on the coil is probably for noise suppression for
the radio. So, with a little luck, my Lucas electronic ignition
may just keep going for awhile. When it does die though, I have
some good advice from list members about how to replace it.
>1) Is the Crane XR700 (think that's it) as easy to install and as
> reliable as the VB catalog makes it sound, or is there a better
>2) This one is embarrassing. I was checking out the VB catalog for
> the condensor mounted on the coil bracket and there wasn't one.
> Instead, the catalog showed the coil ballast resistor. I have
> thought for all these years (about 13 now) that the ballast
> resistor was a wire buried somewhere in the harness since I
> couldn't see it (the way I can on the TR6). So now I'm thinking
> the DPO may have put that condensor in its place and that I have
> been running a 6 volt coil on 12 volts all this time. Can
> someone tell me what the coil mount is supposed to look like? Is
> there supposed to be a ballast resistor mounted on it?
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