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Spark plugs
#1423940 Tue Sep 14 2021 12:04 PM
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'Bolter
I am getting ready to tune up my 1954 3100 235. Original except upgraded to 12v. Should I get resistor spark plugs or non-resistor plugs?


Just a small grip to make me feel better. I have new plugs, wires, cap, condenser, points and rotor in my shopping cart for $53.35. So far so good. Shipping $22.97. Ouch!!! On the flip side, if I order from my local parts store free shipping but the higher price for parts almost equals the total of the parts from shipping from the online store.


Dave from Northern Kentucky
My 54 3100
Re: Spark plugs
dgrinnan #1423943 Tue Sep 14 2021 12:18 PM
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Re: Spark plugs
dgrinnan #1423973 Tue Sep 14 2021 03:01 PM
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'Bolter
Who is charging $22.97 shipping? I've been buying plugs on eBay (new old stock which means they were made in the USA and not in China) and most of the sellers there are shipping for free.


Jon

1952 1/2 ton with 1959 235
T5 with 3.07 rear end
Re: Spark plugs
dgrinnan #1423978 Tue Sep 14 2021 03:24 PM
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Bubba
" . . . new plugs, wires, cap, condenser, points and rotor . . . "

Please post a few links to eBay listings, if free shipping can be found on these.

Thanks


Tim
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Re: Spark plugs
dgrinnan #1423982 Tue Sep 14 2021 04:31 PM
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'Bolter
Resistor plugs and wires are to assist in combating radio noise from say the generator or alternator or ignition. Do you have a radio in the truck? Am, AM-FM, do you hear clicking or other ignition or charging related noise when you are using it?


Mike
Re: Spark plugs
dgrinnan #1423992 Tue Sep 14 2021 05:43 PM
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Resistor plugs and/or wires also control the current flow in the secondary wiring. Metal-core wires and non-resistor plugs result in rapid erosion of the spark plug electrodes, the tip of the rotor, and the cap tower contacts since there's also an arc that's being jumped there every time the coil fires. When GM introduced "TVRS" resistance wires in the late 1950's, most homes had tube-type radios and television sets, and cars had AM radios. A side effect benefit was increased distributor cap and rotor life. Now it's the primary reason to run resistor wiring, especially with the higher secondary circuit amperage available from electronic ignition coils. There's no point in firing a spark plug with an arc welder when a kitchen match will get the fuel burning just as efficiently!
Jerry


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Re: Spark plugs
dgrinnan #1424009 Tue Sep 14 2021 07:14 PM
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The parts are from Rock Auto. No radio. I went with the resistor plugs. I looked at Ebay. Same plugs are no shipping but they cost significantly more. It accounts for the shipping charge. I should also explain the shipping charge. I had 5 items in my shopping cart. They shipped from 3 different locations. There was 3 shipping charges for a total $22 and change.

Last edited by dgrinnan; Wed Sep 15 2021 12:23 PM.

Dave from Northern Kentucky
My 54 3100

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