Chrysler used the ballast resister for years. My last Duster was a pain. I always kept a spare in the glove box. Its only purpose was to protect the points and condenser from burning out too fast. At start up, you want a hotter spark, so the resister was bypassed. As soon as the ignition key went to the run position (not start) the voltage was reduced through the ballast to save the ignition. It was really a simple set up and it worked. God I wish cars were that easy to work on today. I am so sick of sensors.
Take care. If you have been in the business for 30 years, we are close to the same age. If you are still working on cars, you know what I mean when I say I miss the old days.
Have a good new year!
PS: Redman82. If you get this message, did this take care of the problem?
Thursday, December 30th, 2010 AT 6:26 AM