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« on: May 25, 2016, 09:24:41 AM »

Hi All,

I was wondering if you could help me with my problem. Nick Acton has the loose, orange competition spark plug wire, but I need a correct terminal/plug end kit.

My car has the ready-to-run MSD distributor. So, it has their standard male end MSD cap.  I did not want the MSD boots...their name is on the coil wire and their boots are grey. My wire is 7mm. MSD wire is 8-8.5, so I need 7/7.5mm boots.

So, where can I find:
-female terminals, black, 90 degree, 7mm boots for the male distributor cap end. I'm not sure which size female terminal ends...i guess the male part of the cap is a standard size like a spark plug?
-black straight boots for the plug end....obviously female as well.

Thanks for your help,
Nick

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« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2016, 10:39:12 AM »

      Nick the original Autolite "orange" wire is stainless and NOT compatible with MSD style ignitions. Just a heads up before you get too far along.

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« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2016, 10:59:41 AM »

      Nick the original Autolite "orange" wire is stainless and NOT compatible with MSD style ignitions. Just a heads up before you get too far along.
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« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2016, 01:19:19 PM »

It's repop wire, so I'd have to ask what they are...thanks for the heads up  Chug a Lug

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« Reply #4 on: May 26, 2016, 12:30:56 PM »

It's repop wire, so I'd have to ask what they are...thanks for the heads up  Chug a Lug
It is the solid core wire that is not compatible with most electronic ignitions.

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« Reply #5 on: May 27, 2016, 07:39:11 AM »

    Nick,
       Those "sets" had black boots at the cap and red Autolite silicone ends on them ( 'most" of the time). Black plug boots would be odd , though "Raja clips"  were used as well.
      Randy

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« Reply #6 on: May 27, 2016, 09:19:06 AM »

Is the Ready-to-run MSD electronic? There is no Ignition Control Box...just a distributor and coil.

Here it is....I thought it was similar to Pertronix. I didn't install it...came with the car.

https://www.msdperformance.com/products/distributors/ford/parts/8352

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« Reply #7 on: May 27, 2016, 09:22:43 AM »

Thanks Randy/Bob...so is the orange wire not possible at all?

I guess my choices are:

-all black wires
-change distributors and use the orange wire...find terminal and boot kit.
-see if the current set up is compatible, go with the orange, try to find the correct terminals and boots.


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« Reply #8 on: May 27, 2016, 09:44:55 AM »

Thanks Randy/Bob...so is the orange wire not possible at all?

I guess my choices are:

-all black wires
-change distributors and use the orange wire...find terminal and boot kit.
-see if the current set up is compatible, go with the orange, try to find the correct terminals and boots.

If the wire is radio resistance type wire you should be OK . I don't know exactly what you have as "orange wire". Randy and I were commenting in regards to the vintage over the counter orange "7MM SILICONE HI-PERFORMANCE " marked race wire which is a solid steel type core wire . That type wire gives off too much electrical interference to be compatible with the typical modern electronic  ignitions. 

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« Reply #9 on: May 27, 2016, 09:50:40 AM »

   The Autolite orange wire was only made in stainless. That wire ( or any solid core non resistance) is not compatible with a "CD" ( capacitive discharge) ignition. regardless of make or model. That includes MSD products.
   Randy

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« Reply #10 on: May 27, 2016, 09:52:25 AM »

That's it. I'm just going to sell the car.

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Thanks for your help...ill see what becomes of it. Like I said, maybe I'll just do black.

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