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jameschevypu50 While I am at the junkyard I watch for clean 8 mm plug wires,long ones,usually one end has what you need. Trim it to your length then ( I use NAPA plug wire pliers) put a boot and fitting like you need on the other . Make it a nice fit on your engine, the napa pliers do a pro job on that,important to lube them with ignition grease and if they are new need a little break-in. Done right you can't hardly rip em off of there !!! 4 or 5 sets running around here now. I use homebuilt HEI in all of my 216,235,261 engines they start hot,cold, doesn't take long.

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Originally Posted by Hotrod Lincoln
The resistance of a metal core wire is so low that there's enough current flow to damage the secondary windings of a "high voltage" coil. For a few milliseconds there's the equivalent of a dead short across the secondary until the inductive reactance of the windings kick in to limit the current

There will be plenty of spark, but the voltage cannot rise above the 8KV to 12KV that's required to ionize the gap, no matter what the "open circuit" capacity of a high voltage coil might happen to be. Once the spark starts to flow across the gap, the voltage cannot rise any higher. Therefore, it's IMPOSSIBLE to get 40KV applied to anything other than a disconnected spark plug wire that's hanging out where there's nowhere for the spark to find a ground.

Ahhh - now it makes sense - you learn something here every day.

Thanks, Frank

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