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I have a 79 titan motorhome with a dodge 440.i boosted it and it ran for approx 10 mins,then died.put in a new battery ,and its not getting any spark.i eliminated the coil as the problem as i tried a new one.it ran well last year with no issues.this was to be the first trip of the year.

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I believe that was around the years that they used a ceramic ballast resistor, usually mounted on firewall area under hood. Approx. 1-1/2" x 3", with bolt in center and a male spade connector on each end. What your describing was pretty common in those days. I'd look for one on that vehicle.

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