Spark Plug Wires - Recommendations Please

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  1. Dobalovr

    Dobalovr Being on the Cbody diet SUCKS! FCBO Gold Member

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    OK looks like Taylor Cables are the consensus so far. I can get a set delivered for $100CDN which makes @3C's & a D? custom built set look very attractive. I have sets from Rockauto but they are too generic for my liking. As I have access to Mopar Performance at Dealer cost I usually go that route but the last 2 sets I have tried are too short on #3 & #5. The MP sets work ok for my small block applications but the B/RB engines have been a problem.

    Keep the info coming guys all good suggestions.
     
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    Pictures Graham when you get them on your car please.
     
  3. Dobalovr

    Dobalovr Being on the Cbody diet SUCKS! FCBO Gold Member

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    Will do Bob!
     
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    Any progress or pictures on the Diplomat yet Graham?
     
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    Nothing really to report Bob with being gone for 3 weeks and the crap weather we’ve been having, the poor car hasn’t had much love. Swapped out plugs for Champions and went to put new wires in and ran into this issue. Work in progress. I did however get some pictures of the reskinned 79 300 seats in full Katzkin leather from my upholstery guy....
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    I started making my own sets a few years ago after realizing that factory made sets wouldn't fit the way that I liked, as others here have said.

    I like the Pertronix 7mm "stock look" high performance wires. They don't list all makes on their website, so call them to get the correct part number. sevenmmignitionwires

    Unfortunately, these only come with 90 degree distributor terminals so I ordered a set of Taylor 180 degree terminals and boots separately and crimped those on for a stock look. I use a simple tool from SK for ignition crimping that works great. It's also good for stripping and cutting wires too. It's my best stripper: 9.75" Ignition Wire Crimper Tool
     
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    Order the "You cut em, you crimp em" kits...that way every wire fits your motor.
     
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    1978 NYB Warfighter FCBO Gold Member

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    Those seats look very nice. Katzkin's are really, really nice!
     
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  9. Dobalovr

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    To be safe I snagged a set of Mopar Performance cut to fit as stated above for $50 so I will compare both and report back.
     
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    Those aren't custom, I told Gary the year, make, model, engine, and he had them the next day. They came in a red box, "standard parts" I believe. They have the 135 degree boots on the two long wires.
     
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    In some respects, the replacement wire sets have been a "work in progress", even after the cars were a few years old, back then. Always one or two that needed some repositioning to hang right. Never did like the 135 degree #7 and #8 boots on B/RB motors, compared to the normal 90 degree terminals . . . always I'd bend/break them when I was trying to get them off for a plug change. But they also put the wires out away from the block so the heat didn't hurt them so much, especially #7.

    Just like distributor parts, the landscape on plug wires has changed over the past 50 years, it seems.

    CBODY67
     
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    This topic is timely since I have been researching it just this week. I haven't tried them yet, but planning on doing so soon. According to the description, it is exactly what I want. Will they really pan out to be as correct as described? Well, for $79 a set for a 1971 440 they are what I am going to order:

    1971 Dodge Parts | MD4671 | 1971 Mopar Date Coded Spark Plug Wire Set Stamped 3Q-70 - 383/440 | Classic Industries

    They have them for virtually all specific applications according to engine and model year and date codes. Worth a try IMO.
     
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    Were the dizzy terminals really a mix of 90 and 180 degree from the factory?
     
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    You can buy them from the people that build them for Classic. A couple bucks less.

    Search results for: '1971 CHRYSLER NEWPORT/NEW YORKER/TOWN & COUNTRY/300'
     
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    I’ve always have had sets that came with 6-90’s and 2-135’s for RB engines to clear the heat shields around the manifolds.
     
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    That's a good question. I'm not sure, however this set fit really well and had a 50/50 mix. They're a little messy in the pic, seems I'm always messing with that crappy distributor. They do fall in line pretty nicely with a bit of care. Key is pointing at number one.

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    Ah, thanks. Now that I see it I can understand how it makes sense. It looks a little funny with two different styles but definitely reduces the excessive wire loops.
     
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    This is what my NAPA set looks like. All 90 degree. They are a Belden set, but bought 7 years ago. 20190507_111407.jpg 20190507_111405.jpg 20190507_111414.jpg
     
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    That's what I do too! 7 mm Packard 440 copper core with Rajah terminals on a breaker point ignition and Standard Blue Streak coil. Roll-Yur-Own is my Fave Method, whenever, wherever I can.
     
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