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  • Looking to organize my spark plug wires..

    Long time listener here.. It feels great to be getting back on my horse.
    I'm looking to rid the rats nest of spark plug wires I have going. I ordered some MSD wires that I thought were going to be an ok fit for my Cleveland, however not so much.. Some of them are 5 or 6 inches too long. It's hard to work with/ look at!
    Any suggestions for a quality set that won't tangle everything up?
    Thanks!
    73' conv. 351C 2v mild cam, exhaust, fmx.
    66' coup 302 4v. RIP
    65' Galaxie 500 2 door stock small block
    and an old vw bus..

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    on my Cleveland I use Moroso #72605 from Summit.
    34 FORD coupe...Cleveland POWERED

    it`s nice to be important but it is more important to be nice.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by hardhat View Post
      Long time listener here.. It feels great to be getting back on my horse.
      I'm looking to rid the rats nest of spark plug wires I have going. I ordered some MSD wires that I thought were going to be an ok fit for my Cleveland, however not so much.. Some of them are 5 or 6 inches too long. It's hard to work with/ look at!
      Any suggestions for a quality set that won't tangle everything up?
      Thanks!
      Hardhat,
      Why not shorten them up some?

      Ryan
      Quality means doing it right when no one is looking. - Henry Ford

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      • #4
        I have a set of Moroso Blue Max wires that are real old, but still test out excellent, and I may reuse them on the Sprint even though I already have a couple sets of Crane Firewires new in the box, and I think some Ford Motorsport sets. On my Mach my brother gave me a set of Motorcraft wires, which look like they belong there.

        I prefer the type of wires where you cut to fit, like the Moroso sets, that way you can run them the way you want.
        '70 Mach 1 - '72 Sprint - '94 F-150 XL -'97 E-150 - '05 Sable LS
        My Mach's restoration progress
        My Sprint's restoration progress
        ”Mercy for the guilty is cruelty to the innocent.” ~ Adam Smith

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        • #5
          I thought about shortening them. But I thought since they were already "set" wires my new crimp might be a little sloppy? However I suppose I could just open them up and re crimp..
          I guess I've always been lucky or at least been satisfied with the wires I've had.
          I'll try that first.
          Thanks for the suggestions!
          73' conv. 351C 2v mild cam, exhaust, fmx.
          66' coup 302 4v. RIP
          65' Galaxie 500 2 door stock small block
          and an old vw bus..

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          • #6
            I wouldn’t worry about recrimping them, just fold over about a inch of filament and recrimp, then once you stuff the terminal into the distributor tower it will all be nice and snug. If you put a dollop of dielectric grease in the tower first that will keep the moisture out and preserve the connection.
            '70 Mach 1 - '72 Sprint - '94 F-150 XL -'97 E-150 - '05 Sable LS
            My Mach's restoration progress
            My Sprint's restoration progress
            ”Mercy for the guilty is cruelty to the innocent.” ~ Adam Smith

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            • #7
              I would further say - do NOT just "crimp" the end with your standard set of pliers..... use the proper crimping tool & do it right. You can spend $80+ or $15 on a crimping tool.... your choice.

              http://www.magnecor.com/magnecor1/parts.htm
              http://www.superchevy.com/how-to/939...-wire-crimper/
              https://www.amazon.com/Dorman-Help-8...g+wire+crimper

              Ryan
              Quality means doing it right when no one is looking. - Henry Ford

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              • #8
                I have yet to find a set of premade plug wires that fit my cleveland worth a crap. They're always either way too long, or have the wrong boot on the end to fit properly. I've always had to buy the cut to length sets and make them the length I want.
                Rob Hetzler
                M&M member since Oct 2000, #773
                Roxboro Dragway 2011 Top ET champion

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                • #9
                  Not a Cleveland, only an FE but I get the cut to fit ones too and route them in front of the valve covers so I can pull the covers without having to pull the boots off the plugs. And I got one of those special crimpers for the terminals.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by afret View Post
                    Not a Cleveland, only an FE but I get the cut to fit ones too and route them in front of the valve covers so I can pull the covers without having to pull the boots off the plugs. And I got one of those special crimpers for the terminals.
                    Beautiful looking engine!!!! Nice job.
                    1970 Mach 1, my wife's first car purchased for $1800 in 1977. .30 over 351 Cleveland 4V FMX tranny. Best ET with 3:00 to 1 gears 13.9 @ 102 mph

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by fredfordguy View Post

                      Beautiful looking engine!!!! Nice job.
                      I agree, what a nice looking engine.
                      '70 Mach 1 - '72 Sprint - '94 F-150 XL -'97 E-150 - '05 Sable LS
                      My Mach's restoration progress
                      My Sprint's restoration progress
                      ”Mercy for the guilty is cruelty to the innocent.” ~ Adam Smith

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