daverbmxer2 wrote:Ok I just called a guy at NAPA who knows what he's talking about and also said that it will be fine to use the '68 points style dizzy with my '84 coil, as long as I have the ballast resistor.
True, but then again that would cut the output of the '84 coil. By how much, I don't know (you could do the calcs and figure it out if you knew the impedence of the ballast resistor), but it's entirely possible that you'd be better off with a vintage appropriate coil. Which, of course, would also need a ballast resistor.
And... if you had to use a ballast resistor, you'd need to wire in a full-hot bypass for starting.
JW wrote:Even the small diameter six cylinder distributor caps have the terminals pretty far apart so you could probably run fine without cross-firing.
Keep a spare cap in the gin box. You get the slightest bit of wear-dust on the inside of these things with today's resistance wires, you will go nowhere on a wet & humid day. (Ask me how I know.)
But as someone who's retro-fitted a points diz on his '86, let me say that you'll be miles ahead if you just wire the thing for a DS II system. They're dirt-simple once you know how they work, and they're cheap at the junk yards.