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valleyguy
12-21-2006, 09:20 AM
Should the plug wires on my 58 Hawk have 90-degree boots on the plug wires into the distributor? I want to upgrade the wires but am not sure what I have now are stock or not. Any recommendations on upgrading the plug wires? My 289 v8 will remain stock. Tks,

JDP
12-21-2006, 09:53 AM
No they should not.

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Dick Steinkamp
12-21-2006, 07:52 PM
Along that line...did ALL GT Hawks have the maroon wires or just the Jet Thrust cars?



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GTtim
12-22-2006, 12:37 AM
I think all Studebakers from '63 on used maroon wires. As for which wires to get, get wires with low resistance. Fairborn is one place that sells these at a great price.

Tim K.
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Mike Van Veghten
12-22-2006, 01:38 PM
quote:As for which wires to get, get wires with low resistance.

Tim....how does one know what wire sets have "low" resistance?
Does one take the word of the manufacturer? Most don't list the resistance of their product! A lot of "race" wire manufacturers don't list the resistance.

Most all wire sets on the (normal street type) market today are of resonabley good quality. Unless you go for the $3.99 wire set!

Beside.....what exactly IS low resistance?

As a comic used to say....makes you go...Hmmm?

Mike

Dick Steinkamp
12-22-2006, 01:40 PM
quote:Originally posted by GTtim

I think all Studebakers from '63 on used maroon wires. As for which wires to get, get wires with low resistance. Fairborn is one place that sells these at a great price.



Fairborn has the maroon ones, Tim?



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GTtim
12-22-2006, 09:27 PM
As far as I know there aren't any maroon wire sets available.

The wire sets that Fairborn and some of the other Stude vendors sell are made by Brian Scott (I think). Ray Fichthorn is also another source and also has starter and battery cables that look original.

The problem with most new wire sets, even the good ones, is that they are made with too much resistance for old style points and coils which typically operate in the 10000 to 20000 volt range. There have been threads on this in the past and I can't remember the particulars but I seem to recall that a resistance of around 300 ohms per foot is okay. Most new wire sets are made with 1000 to 4000 ohms per foot resistance because modern systems put out about 45000 volts and the extra resistance is needed to keep the spark from interfering with radios and on-board computers.

Tim K.
'64 R2 GT Hawk