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    Working on my Great Grandmothers '48 Land cruiser. Is there some easy way to remove the sparkplug wires from the crimped curved channel that holds them above the solenoid, for the purpose of reusing the channel? I can't believe that the wires haven't been changed in over 50 years, so it must have been opened up before! I've messed around with it a little and am not seeing an easy way....

    Thanks,
    1938 Commander (great-grandfathers)
    1948 Commander (great-grandmothers)

  • #2
    It is very possible that the factory fed the unfinished distributor end of the wires through the raceway with finished spark plug ends already in place, and just simply installed the Boots and terminals for the Dist. ends afterwords. They were solid copper wires then, and not carbon string like radio resistant ones and could be hand crimped.

    I am trying to remember how I have done those, it's been a long time since I had a 6 Cly. but it seems that you could force the smaller Dist. ends though one at a time, after flattening the boots somewhat.


    StudeRich at Studebakers Northwest -Ferndale,WA
    StudeRich
    Second Generation Stude Driver,
    Proud '54 Starliner Owner
    SDC Member Since 1967

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    • #3
      WD40 is a good friend at this point. I used Accel wires on mine. and I was able to run then through with no problem. The I just attached the boot for the cap.

      To my knowledge the wire harness does not open I might be wrong but I didn't see a way of it opening

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      • #4
        I feed the wires through and then attach the boots and terminals.
        Brad Johnson,
        SDC since 1975, ASC since 1990
        Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
        '33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight. '53 Commander Starlight
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        • #5
          As best as I've been able to determine, they did not have boots over the spark plugs. Just the 90 degree metal plug. This can be fed through the curved wire protector from the bottom. I've just done this for a rebuilt engine I'm about to start.

          Perry
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          • #6
            quote:Originally posted by rockne10

            I feed the wires through and then attach the boots and terminals.
            Yes you can just crimp on the connectors and slide the boot down. I would get the tool for crimping the ends on it's worth it you'll have a better connection also they wont fall off.

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