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Username Post: Original look, high quality plug wire source?        (Topic#366521)
Gaspains 
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Gaspains
Loc: Mankato, MN
Reg: 11-23-09
09-26-21 11:31 AM - Post#2827997    

Does anyone know who produces a good set of spark plug wires that look OEM?

I’m beginning to think my chronic miss is plug wire related. A reasonably priced set of wires is cheaper than a full tear down looking for mechanical issues.

Kevin
1965 Impala SS Coupe
Regal Red with Black Interior
L74 327
M-20
3.31 Open, 12 bolt

65-66 FSCC #512
NIA #2832


 


nicke 
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09-26-21 11:38 AM - Post#2827999    
    In response to Gaspains

Hey Kevin!
Are you running an HEI or still a stock distributor? I have a few extra sets of brand new, original plug wires for a stock points setup, and I'd be happy to send you a set if you'd like.

Let me know!
-Nick

My 65' Impala SS LS Swap
My Classic Car Videos
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space66 
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09-26-21 11:57 AM - Post#2828004    
    In response to Gaspains

  • Gaspains Said:


I’m beginning to think my chronic miss is plug wire related.



old school way , at night time, spray some water on the wires, cap, see if any cross spark jumps, does it happen when engine hot, could also be a coil issue ...

My first car: 1970 Olds, 442,455 (1981-82)
My last car : 1966 Chev. Impala convertible,396 (1984-2020)
current car: Can't afford them anymore ...


 
Mercedes 
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09-26-21 12:25 PM - Post#2828011    
    In response to space66

Check the wires with a volt/ohm meter if you doubt they are any good. Unless the end has come off, it is hard for a plug wire to be bad.





 
Gaspains 
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09-26-21 02:03 PM - Post#2828032    
    In response to nicke

PM sent.
Thanks Nick!

Kevin
1965 Impala SS Coupe
Regal Red with Black Interior
L74 327
M-20
3.31 Open, 12 bolt

65-66 FSCC #512
NIA #2832


 
Gaspains 
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Gaspains
Loc: Mankato, MN
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09-26-21 02:07 PM - Post#2828033    
    In response to space66

Space

I'm all about old school! Actually have used a grounded plug at each cylinder with the engine running trying to see if I had spark jump. (I did.)

Also ran it in the dark but didn't see any arcing.

Water mist is a good check also, sounds like.

Kevin
1965 Impala SS Coupe
Regal Red with Black Interior
L74 327
M-20
3.31 Open, 12 bolt

65-66 FSCC #512
NIA #2832


 
Gaspains 
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09-26-21 02:13 PM - Post#2828035    
    In response to Mercedes

Mercedes

Per earlier post to Space, I actually see spark on a test plug at each plug boot.

Sooooo, am I looking at bad plug(s)? I'm using 4-ring NOS AC R-44s that have probably 200 miles on them. I have another set of Champions I can swap out. I figured I'd start with Chinese wires thinking they are more likely to be bad than AC plugs.

The reason I suspect the plug wires is they were bought from the same supplier that sent me a bad coil, a bad regulator and the wrong water pump.

Kevin
1965 Impala SS Coupe
Regal Red with Black Interior
L74 327
M-20
3.31 Open, 12 bolt

65-66 FSCC #512
NIA #2832


 
donzi544 
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09-26-21 07:03 PM - Post#2828058    
    In response to Gaspains

Lectric Limited has exact reproductions of our spark plug wires. You can even choose whether they are date coded the 3rd quarter of 1964 or 1st quarter of 1965, depending on when your vehicle was made.

www.lectriclimited.com

Mike

65 Impala SS, 327 300hp, 4 speed


 
Gaspains 
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09-27-21 10:16 AM - Post#2828115    
    In response to donzi544

Mike

Thanks for the lead. I haven’t been on their site before. Looks like lots of product.

I’ve got a set coming my way thanks to my friend Nick.

We’ll see if wires are the fix.

Kevin
1965 Impala SS Coupe
Regal Red with Black Interior
L74 327
M-20
3.31 Open, 12 bolt

65-66 FSCC #512
NIA #2832


 
japete92 
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09-27-21 12:38 PM - Post#2828124    
    In response to Gaspains

  • Gaspains Said:
Does anyone know who produces a good set of spark plug wires that look OEM?

I’m beginning to think my chronic miss is plug wire related. A reasonably priced set of wires is cheaper than a full tear down looking for mechanical issues.



'Look OEM'? If you mean color, boots, routing, supports, shielding; that may be accomplished by making up your own from an after market vendor's offerings. Several to choose from. I had satisfactory performance from a Moroso.

Here's a screen shot from the Assembly Manual. It shows everything but the color. From my sometimes unreliable memory, the distributor cap, wires and boots were black.

Also from that same memory, the wires were carbon core (in non performance applications) and copper core on HP (Corvette comes to mind) engines. The carbon was 'friendly' to the AM radio. The copper required shielding to reduce the interference.

The 'modern' resistor core wires do a much better job.

Just my opinion.

Pete






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Edited by japete92 on 09-27-21 12:39 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 


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