Need Your input- Ignition Wires

Electrical and Ignition

  1. Murray

    Murray FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

    Messages:
    1,638
    Likes Received:
    1059
    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2010
    Location:
    San Jose, California
    Local Time:
    6:37 AM
    OK- doing a restoration on a '68 383 motor. Things are coming together well until I come to installing the spark plug wires. I have all the "correct" clips in place (9) and date coded wires from Classic Ind. These things fit terrible, most of them are a little short, but #7, the longest of the set is about 8" too short. I admit I am very particular about ignition wire routing, but is this normal? What has been your experience with these repo sets? Should I be buying from someone else? Want this to be nice- what should I do? Help! Thanks.
     
  2. Dana67Dart

    Dana67Dart Like a fine wine, only getting better with age! FABO Gold Member

    Messages:
    4,118
    Likes Received:
    2493
    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2017
    Location:
    Northern Colorado
    Local Time:
    7:37 AM
    Just a couriosity question. Is it possible that A-Body 383 vs B-E body 383 route wires different?

    As for accuracy of repo parts I just replaced my fuel lines from pump to carb on my 273 2bbl and the Classic repos were close but the curve at the fuel pump is significantly larger then oe.
    I also replaced positive battery harness, same thing, a few inches shorter, and the molded section at the firewall at the hold down clamp was not as long as oe.
     
    • Like Like x 1
    • Murray

      Murray FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

      Messages:
      1,638
      Likes Received:
      1059
      Joined:
      Apr 19, 2010
      Location:
      San Jose, California
      Local Time:
      6:37 AM
      Thanks for helping me to see the obvious that I missed. You could be right, the repo sets are date coded for 383/440 engines and don't specify A-B-E body. This is an original 383, '68 cuda. Anyone know where to purchase the correct one? That too short #7 really bugs me.
       
    • RustyRatRod

      RustyRatRod Bla de blizhibliz de blatde blizi bla bla FABO Gold Member

      Messages:
      59,947
      Likes Received:
      31090
      Joined:
      Jun 7, 2010
      Location:
      Georgia
      Local Time:
      9:37 AM
      That does not sound right. I've used several sets of the old MP orange restoration small block wires and they all but installed themselves. Something doesn't sound right. I cannot STAND Classic's web site........if their products are anything like that, then you may have issues. I would be calling them.
       
      • Like Like x 1
      • halifaxhops

        halifaxhops It's going to get stupid around here! FABO Gold Member

        Messages:
        58,659
        Likes Received:
        26911
        Joined:
        Jan 20, 2014
        Location:
        CENTRURAL, PA
        Local Time:
        9:37 AM
        Contact Classic and see what they have prob a exchange.
         
      • ZMan67S

        ZMan67S FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

        Messages:
        7,533
        Likes Received:
        8145
        Joined:
        Jul 25, 2017
        Location:
        Kansas
        Local Time:
        8:37 AM
        I recently bought a set of date coded spark plug wires and same problem to short. Took a closer look at the package wires were for a different 383.
        Exchanged with the vendor, problem solved.
         
        • Like Like x 1
        • Tooljunkie

          Tooljunkie King of cobble/master of the broken bolt FABO Gold Member

          Messages:
          14,182
          Likes Received:
          13149
          Joined:
          Jul 22, 2017
          Location:
          Manitoba
          Local Time:
          8:37 AM
          I would sure like to find myself a set of new orange wires for my small block.
          The few sets of after market wires i have used have always been too long for the most part.
           
        • RustyRatRod

          RustyRatRod Bla de blizhibliz de blatde blizi bla bla FABO Gold Member

          Messages:
          59,947
          Likes Received:
          31090
          Joined:
          Jun 7, 2010
          Location:
          Georgia
          Local Time:
          9:37 AM
          Does year one not carry them anymore? Hell, Summit used to sell um.
           
        • Tooljunkie

          Tooljunkie King of cobble/master of the broken bolt FABO Gold Member

          Messages:
          14,182
          Likes Received:
          13149
          Joined:
          Jul 22, 2017
          Location:
          Manitoba
          Local Time:
          8:37 AM
          havent looked into them yet, as running this thing is still a long way away.
           
        • RustyRatRod

          RustyRatRod Bla de blizhibliz de blatde blizi bla bla FABO Gold Member

          Messages:
          59,947
          Likes Received:
          31090
          Joined:
          Jun 7, 2010
          Location:
          Georgia
          Local Time:
          9:37 AM
          • Like Like x 1
          • Dana67Dart

            Dana67Dart Like a fine wine, only getting better with age! FABO Gold Member

            Messages:
            4,118
            Likes Received:
            2493
            Joined:
            Jul 16, 2017
            Location:
            Northern Colorado
            Local Time:
            7:37 AM
            Be careful... I believe (with one conformation) that many places resell one manufacturers products. Case in point... hose clamps for 67 273 from Dales Cuda shop are sold by Classic Ind, they don't even change the sticker on the package but you would not know that from their catalog.
             
          • Mattax

            Mattax Just the facts, ma'am FABO Gold Member

            Messages:
            10,389
            Likes Received:
            6489
            Joined:
            Feb 7, 2013
            Location:
            Phila. Pa
            Local Time:
            9:37 AM
            My experience whether its buildings or automobiles is pretty much all reproductions miss in some manner or another.
            But FWIW the '67 main fuel line is slightly different than the '68. Took me three tries to get one that fit corrct. Would not be surprising to find other differences between '67 and the '68 cars.
             
          • Dana67Dart

            Dana67Dart Like a fine wine, only getting better with age! FABO Gold Member

            Messages:
            4,118
            Likes Received:
            2493
            Joined:
            Jul 16, 2017
            Location:
            Northern Colorado
            Local Time:
            7:37 AM
            Interesting about the fuel line 67 to 68 and I agree, 67 is a redheaded step child in many ways but still the coolest of the Darts
             
            • Like Like x 1
            1. This site uses cookies to help personalize content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
              By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.