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    Ballast resistor

    Is it normal for it to be so hot that I can't touch it no matter how fast I move?

    Burned myself several times while trying to set timing. Well, not exactly burned. No blisters and it quit hurting after a few minutes, but I sure did jump each time.

    I'll see if I can move it a little so it isn't so in the way.

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    yes, they get hot. i took a cheap wrench and bent it 90 degree so i could reach down and loosen the bolt. I never really liked those long dist wrenches they sell.
    Last edited by 77rr2x4s; 07-12-2016 at 10:25 PM.

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    I have the Snap-on small block Chrysler distributor wrench and it turns a PITA job into a 2-second one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 7T8 Custom View Post
    I have the Snap-on small block Chrysler distributor wrench and it turns a PITA job into a 2-second one.
    Do you have the part number for that wrench? I tried looking it up on the snap on site but couldn't find it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dch-65 View Post
    Do you have the part number for that wrench? I tried looking it up on the snap on site but couldn't find it.
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    Go to Sears.com and look at their tool section. You need a 12 point 1/2" one. They start at $42.00 and go down to $20.00.
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    Once again I am frightened and confused. I did not have any problem changing my ballast resister several years ago. Took about 5 minutes. On the Firewall near the top. Am I missing something or are we talking about something else?

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    Quote Originally Posted by plymouthcranbrook View Post
    Once again I am frightened and confused. I did not have any problem changing my ballast resister several years ago. Took about 5 minutes. On the Firewall near the top. Am I missing something or are we talking about something else?
    Rotating the distributor and getting burned by the ballast resister.
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    They're talking about a special wrench to access the distributor hold down bolt.

    Something similar to this:
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    1979 Aspen Sunrise 500". Bought in 1987 with 72,000 miles and a mighty E24 California emission 90hp leaning tower of power/4-speed

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    Kinda two threads at once. Moving the ballast would help some with the distributor hold down, but that wrench would be best.

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    Snap-on P/N is S8482A. It`s not shown in the current catalog. Had to get my glasses and get the number off the wrench itself.

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