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1963 Avanti Starter Solenoid Wire


Keith Heberling
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There is a small yellow wire on the starter side of the solenoid, it is on the same terminal post as the cable that goes to the starter. It does not appear in any 63/64 wiring diagram. Don't know if it was added later on by someone, but it has shorted and burned off. The car starts and runs fine without it. Has anyone else come across this mysterious wire, and where it goes to?

Thanks.

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  • 3 weeks later...

Have seen this before as a quick by-pass to the ballast resistor to work-around original wiring issues, so the coil gets full 12V on start only. Following Brad's thoughts, if it starts easily - just remove. And yes, they were rarely fused and were prone to burn up. At least they only had power when the starter was engaged.

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/// I bypassed the ballast resistor since the Mallory Coil (I installed a Unilite distributor) has an internal resistor. /// 

 You should also install the Mallory Surge Protector..

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Definitely get the surge protector...the Unilite distributors are famous for blowing out if there's an electrical spike.  I think the protection should have been designed into the unit but they didn't ask me for advice.

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