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Plug wire colors
Posted by htown2 on Sunday, September 17, 2017 10:58 PM

Just a bit of info for people that may not have around during the fifties and muscle car era but the almost universal plug wire color was black.  AFAIK none of the manufacturers used anything else. It was common, especially during the muscle car era, that when the wires needed replaced to use Accel plug wires which did come in bright colors.  Also, you see a lot of "restored" cars that use the bright colors today but they didn't come that way.  As always this is a hobby that allows individual expression.  Use what ever color you feel like but if you are trying to build an exact replica of how the car came from the factory.  It was probably with black wires.

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Posted by henri1 on Monday, September 18, 2017 7:28 AM

Its a problem I think if You want an original set of black wires at the right length and with the right caps, so most "restorers" use the 8MM bright coloured and make Your own lenghth plugwires....... that's why You see so many of them goofy and low quality plug wires in real cars, and a lot of these restored cars use different modern engines from what they were sold with in the first place so sometimes they have to use high tension wires to keep on running when warm....... and since a lot of us builders are what we are, builders we look at cars on the road and replicate what we see there...... not particulary stock as said.

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Posted by Bainford on Monday, September 18, 2017 11:12 AM

When did Mopar start using orange plug wires on their V-8s?

Power matters in the straights.
Lightness matters everywhere. - Colin Chapman

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Posted by htown2 on Monday, September 18, 2017 1:08 PM

Quoting a reliable source on oem restoration: "The orange wire set is a Mopar Performance aftermarket replacement part that is totally INCORRECT".

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Posted by Ranchn62 on Monday, September 18, 2017 3:11 PM

Ta know, plug wires can be a touchy subject. But as a guy who builds his own engines, I don't like the extra long wires they sell. So I make my own. It's been a ong time, but I think I used the blue Moroso wire kit. They looked great, and were tight to the blue Ford 302. I'm trying to remember the correct mfg, guys. But they were routed through looms, and were never a problem.

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Posted by fury3 on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 3:05 AM

When Electronic Ignition became standard on all vehicles corperate wide in 1973, the secondary ignition cables became orange. Prior to 1973, Electronic Ignition was an "optional at extra cost" item (1971-1972?) on certian engine applications) Also, "Mopar Parts" replacement cables for earlier year vehicles were superceded with the orange E.I. cables. I replaced the cables on my 1965 Fury (numbers matching original "383 Commando") with the 1965 part number package back in 1986. The part number was superceded to the orange Electronic Ignition number. Source... Mopar Parts Books, Sales Brochures, Technical Service Bullitens. Fury3

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Posted by Bainford on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 7:50 AM

Thanks for the concise information Dave, and good to see you posting. The electronic ignition era makes perfect sense. I knew for sure that the new Dodge pick-up my father bought in the mid 70s had orange plug wires the day he brought it home. This fact is the reason that every Mopar model I built from the late 70s to the early 90s had orange wires.

Power matters in the straights.
Lightness matters everywhere. - Colin Chapman

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Posted by htown2 on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 1:17 PM

I was referencing the 50's and classic muscle car era.  If you had to pick an end for that era I would say 72 except for the SD Transams.

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Posted by carnut5767 on Friday, September 22, 2017 7:41 PM

Not sure if we are only speaking of Mopar or industry wide, some posts reference both, but GM 74 and later with electronic ignition still had black wires, or in some cases,dark grey.  My new 74 Z28 had black wires.

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Posted by High octane on Friday, September 22, 2017 8:01 PM

Fury3, it's good to see you back on this forum.

High octane

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Posted by htown2 on Saturday, September 23, 2017 4:18 PM

Carnut,

The original post was refering to industry wide and 1972 and older.  I've looked at tons of reference images and all of the US manufacturers used black plug wires across the board.  After 72 electronic ignition started to be introduced and things may have changed. 

Htown

 

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