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Hello all,

I replaced the original points distributor in my Lotus Eclat with a new Pertronix electronic distributor, and could not get the engine to start. I also installed a new Pertronix ignition coil. Pertronix offers great tech support over the phone, and provided me with a number of troubleshooting tips.

Today I finally got the engine to start, however it runs for about 30 seconds and then it dies. When I try to start it again, it turns for 2-4 seconds and it dies. In order for it to start, I had to disconnect the 2 wires that run to the negative terminal on the ignition coil. I tried rotating the distributor slightly in both directions but this doesn't fix the issue.

The 2 wires I disconnected are white/black and white/slate. I traced the white/black wire and it's not actually connected anywhere. Should it be?

The white/slate is more difficult to trace, and I can't tell where it goes.

I would appreciate if anyone could offer me some help... on what to try next.
 

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On the negative side of the coil you might have leads to distributor (points), to tachometer as sensor, and possibly to radio noise suppressor.
One of these is replaced by your Pertronix, the other two, who knows?
 
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