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I can now say with certainty a neon coil will work on a 1000. Got my 76 running but no fire to #3, sparks were jumping at the coils. I tried a set of 1100 coils, which work but there is not enough room for them. I checked the amp draw on bot the stock coils and the 80-81 1100 coils, both about 5 amps at idle, the neon coils draw considerably more. I added a ballast resistor from the 1100 coils, 1.5 ohms to the neon coil, in series in the black/white wire and now they draw about 4 amps. Checked spark with my spark tester on the 1100 coils, set at 20K there is a weak spark, on the neon coils at the same setting you can hear the spark, snap. I did have to cut about 2" off the intake horn to make room and built a bracket for the coil. I had already added a relay for the ignition and just use the kill switch to trigger the relay. I do intend to open up the plug gap since there is now plenty of spark.
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