Yeah, so I was doing some additional checks, making sure the coolant temp sensor and AFM had continuity to the ECU harness, observing spark and listening for injector cliks while spinning the distributor by hand. All good. Still no start. I went to pull the old Bosch box back out and it was freaking hot. Previously it was warm, but this was hot enough to burn. Then I had the bright idea to grab the coil and literally burned my hand on it. I have it wrapped up in paper towels soaked in aloe and lidocaine. It was like pulling a cast iron pan out of the oven without a mitt. Maybe it was the old amp that was causing this? Or the coil is bad? It's a practically new MSD Blaster 2. I kept the old flaky one one although I don't think I have the ballast anymore. It tended to overheat and shut down the car. No spark. But all of this is making me wonder if there isn't a wiring issue in or around the coil that's causing those components to overhear and/or burn out? I'm still getting clean spark, though, at least turning the dizzy by hand.
So that doesn't seem right to me. Does it to you?
EDIT: Got brave. My multimeter is showing a constant ~7v at the coil terminals with the old box connected and 9v out, to the distributor. With the new amp I still show a constant ~4.5v on the coil terminals, but ~12.5v to the distributor. Coil stays blazing hot regardless which amp is plugged in.
as good as a car can be... briefly.
Last edited by chairmankaga; 05-14-2017 at 12:57 PM.