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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote vinny Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/12/2018 at 2:04pm
Agreeing with Lyle now, it very well could be a bad condenser. I had to replace one after the car had been sitting for a few years. Orange spark, lots of backfiring, missing, as well as hard to start. My daughter was getting lost of comments on the car but she really complained that she could not keep it running. 
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Yeah, could be a bad condensor. But run a jumper wire from battery + to coil + and try that first.

It really won't matter if you don't disconnect the ignition wire first. You' will still only get 12V, and running 12V back to the ignition switch won't hurt either. It's not like you would be grounding it, it would just be like two wires run parallel from the battery to the coil.
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