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  • Ignition: spark plug wires

    Hello members, I have another tech question. My 1963 Studebaker Gran Turismo Hawk has a Mallory ignition system. My question: are the ignition wires specific for electronic ignition?
    Thanks in advance
    Mark

  • #2
    Originally posted by mch View Post
    Hello members, I have another tech question. My 1963 Studebaker Gran Turismo Hawk has a Mallory ignition system. My question: are the ignition wires specific for electronic ignition?
    Thanks in advance
    Mark
    Usually they require resistor style (carbon core). Since the carbon core style work with regular or modified, just buy a good set of modern wires of your choice and stay away from the old solid core style, besides your radio will like it.

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    • #3
      Look up Taylor 64652 on the Summit Racing site... They fit/work perfectly on my GT Hawk ( I have the T-Bow Mallory also )
      64 GT Hawk (K7)
      1970 Avanti (R3)

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      • #4
        I would stay away from carbon core wires. Their resistance varies all over the place. Use any good MAG CORE/ spiral wound wire.
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        • #5
          What bez said.
          The Taylor Made wires are good, as are many others. Even the carbon wires aren't "that" bad in general, for a normal car. If you are running some sort of hot rod...no, spend a few more bucks.

          Mike

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          • #6
            It depends on what ignition system you have. The instructions from Mallory should have what wires are needed, or acceptable. My Mallory is a capacitive discharge and requires spiral wound wires and special coil. Yours maybe different and could use carbon core but if you need the information on your system try this link and look up your part number for the instructions.

            https://www.msdperformance.com/support/instructions/

            You will need your part number.

            Since Holley acquired MSD, who acquired Mr Gasket, it's harder to chase down the instructions. I will also include a link to a 6852M ignition box so you can see what I mean about the spiral wound wires. http://documents.msdperformance.com/6852m.pdf

            This smaller ignition box can use spiral wound or carbon core wires. http://documents.msdperformance.com/29026a.pdf and if you read the list of coils not to be used you can see what I mean about matching the wires and coil to the system.


            Len

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            • #7
              Probably a matter of word choice, all resistance style wires are carbon coated fabric whether wound, spiraled or looped. I guess my old time description of them as carbon core may not be accurate-carbon impregnated cloth, polyester or whatever is more accurate. Solid copper Packard 440 is usually not recommended.

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              • #8
                WoW, so many brilliant Studebaker guys; ok, Katlyn Jenner too
                No, I am not politically correct today, too much traffic getting to work. Thank you members. I have ordered a set to pick up later today.
                Mark

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                • #9
                  I returned a set I got from Advance Auto as I didn't want to assembly the parts and cut to fit. So, thanks for the lead for the Taylor 64652. I saw caps on both ends to speed up the replacement of ignition wires that may be the problem I am experiencing.
                  thanks again
                  Mark

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                  • #10
                    64V-K7, thanks again. I received the wires today; nice blue color too, and installed. The quality is great and the factory molded connectors were perfect. thanks so much, great recommendation. The timing will still be checked on Tuesday as the idle is still not great.
                    I appreciate all the members who replied with sound advice.
                    Thanks again,
                    Mark

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by mch View Post
                      64V-K7, thanks again. I received the wires today; nice blue color too, and installed. The quality is great and the factory molded connectors were perfect. thanks so much, great recommendation. The timing will still be checked on Tuesday as the idle is still not great.
                      I appreciate all the members who replied with sound advice.
                      Thanks again,
                      Mark
                      For the idle quality, I'd do a valve adjustment and check for vacuum leaks especially any rubber hoses and their connections, surprising how a small vacuum leak can roughen the idle. If it's been sitting awhile take it out and run it moderately hard first, blows off any carbon that may causing slight misfires.

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                      • #12
                        Karterfred88, thanks for that, I will have my mechanic go over it this week. The new wires helped, but I am sure a carb adj. or timing is indicated. I did take my 64 Avanti R2 out today for a fast and long highway run as I was meeting up with the Staten Island N.Y. Studebaker club; Verrabakers, what a great NJ,NY day for a long and fast run. wooohoooooo

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                        • #13
                          Hello Studebaker brothers , I've just purchased a pertronix flame thrower III for my 289 Champ. It says not to use solid core plug wires because it will interfere with electronics. Well mine has the condenser on the coil so it doesn't mess with the stock radio. No other electronics on vehicle.Will it mess up the flame thrower module ? Plug wires just recently purchased and hard to find. Would also like to increase spark plug gap as suggested with 12v output coil. Just don't want to damage the module. Anyone else done this ? Thanks Roy in NM

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