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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Sep 19th, 04, 08:34 PM Thread Starter
 
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I have been restoring this car on and off for the last 15 years. Now that i have it drivable, I need to tune it up. It is missing. I am running a 70 style of 350 and Ignition system and I think i need new plug wires. Ran a timing lite on all the wires and although i got a lite on all, some were steady strobe. Others seemed to be sporatic. I see 8mm, 7mm, stock. Also, I have seen universal fit and custom fit. Which is the way to go? I prefer stock appearance.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old Sep 20th, 04, 08:12 AM
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Stock wires are 7mm. 8mm wires are better, but will not fit in the plastic wire looms...although I bet you could file them out a little. For stock look, you can still get GM wires at any Delco parts place, or if you want to pay a little more, you can get date coded reproductions from a resto house.
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Assuming ( ) you have the common "over" the valve cover type wires on your engine -
You can get stock looking 8.0mm wire sets from Accel #5048 (available in Black ) or MSD #31359 (8.5mm) in Black. These will fit most HEI systems with wires routed over the valve covers in stock holders.
GM dealers also carry lots of sets of 'stock' HEI wires (note - some of these are actually Gray) that would fit your vehicle. They are 7.0~8.0mm depending on application.
There are also many sets of Custom or Semi-Custom wires that will fit - you just have to cut to lenth & install the end(s) where you need them. It's not 'Rocket Surgery' - but, it does take some time.

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I got some stock-looking spiral-core Borg-Warner wires at Pep Boys for ~$35.
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He, He!!

Solid wire jobbers for me!! I want the neigbors to know when I go and come...

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old Sep 21st, 04, 03:02 PM Thread Starter
 
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I ended up getting the Borg Warner 7MM wires in black from Pep Boys for 19.99. The Car runs about 100% better. Hitting on all 8 now. My only disappointment with these so called Original Equipment wires is the length seems to long on most of the wires. Any suggestions where I might buy the Dist. end brass clips and special crimper so I might shorten these wires?

I actually took the car out last nite for a run down the boulevard. Wow do these cars have power!!! Compared to my Villager Minivan . . . enough said.
I had never driven this car, because I bought it as a basket case 15 years ago. What a thrill it was to shift thru the 4 spd and open up the Quadrajet after all those hundreds and hundreds of hours. Still lots to fix though.

Thanks for all the replies. I ordered the RS Vacuum Acutators yesterday and hope to get the headlite doors working again. More later.
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