Joined: Mar 2008
Location: Port Saint Lucie
1983 Mustang Ignition problem. Ballast Resistor?
I have an '83 5.0 that I've just done a lot of work on. Then engine was pulled to clean up the engine and bay area, A new carb and exhaust was installed and all the old emissions equipment removed.
Problem: It fires right up but cuts out when the key is released from the start position to the run position. I have a wiring problem, I know. Now I disconnected the red/blue wire at the ignition module and hooked it up to a known good 12+ source when the key is on. It fired right up and ran great.
Question: I'm assuming I have a ballast resistor and it went bad. I haven't been able to locate it and wanted to know if I continue to bypass it if I will burn up the Coil or Distributer. If there is one, what is the ohm rating, I'll just splice it in where I've jumped the ignition module. Better yet, is the ballast right in front of me and I'm missing it? Thanks a lot!