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    Yet another fail to add to the saga: the MSD coil is now dead.

    I got the new ignition module today, installed it and the truck started immediately. I let it run for a bit before trying to drive it, because I know how this turd is, and sure enough it died after about 10 minutes. Tried again, it lasted for 2 minutes before dying again.

    I borrowed a multimeter (mine's missing again), started measuring everything. The primary resistance should be 0.7 ohms, and there's zero continuity between the positive and negative posts of the coil. The secondary resistance is supposed to be 4.7k ohms, I got 5.68k.

    I'm considering switching to an internally resisted coil. Haven't decided yet.

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    New coil is a Pertronix Flamethrower, 1.5 ohm. After installing it, still no spark.

    Measured everything again, finally decided to ohm out the wires going from the iICM in the distributor to the coil, both wires are over 1.5 ohms resistance. That, coupled with the fact that the ICMs tend to overheat quickly without some type of thermal compound, and it's obvious why they kept dying.

    I made a new set of wires for the distributor that "should" work while I wait for a new OEM set to ship from the UK. I went ahead and ordered another new ICM (or two), while I'm waiting on those I'll see if any of the old OEM Mitsubishi ICMs I have will work. I doubt it.

    Hopefully I'll have another update soon.

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    It's been a while.

    Water pump started weeping, then the starter went out as I was heading home. Truck started getting a bit too warm, so I had to pull over and have it towed home.

    Finally got the new water pump, thermostat and radiator cap I ordered a month ago, found out that instead of the 180 degree t-stat I wanted, I accidentally ordered a 160 degree t-stat. Still haven't decided whether I'm going to install it.

    At first I thought it might just be the ignition switch, but after jumping the solenoid with a pair of pliers there's still nothing. I'm gonna have to pull it off and tear it apart (YET AGAIN) in order to figure out what actually went wrong. Battery is fully charged, gauge reads ~12.7v.

    Oh, and my neighbor just bought a new truck, she thought it would be funny to park next to mine... Joke's on her though, my truck doesn't care if he's smaller than everyone else. He isn't compensating for anything.

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    Starter melted.

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    I have another set of brushes that I think I'll be able to re-solder and make work, but there's no local parts stores with the brushes in stock.

    YAY.

    EDIT: I also have a spare usable armature, parts tend to pile up when you constantly break them. lol
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