The wood needs to be replaced in my coil box.
The slots in the bottom piece,do they need to be there?
Second,I have a couple of old slick tires I need to use for rollers. One old tube needs a patch. The last time I patched a tube was 30+ years ago. I have some patches. What glue do I use...I bought some contact cement like I used before.
The grooves are there to channel the wires. If yours doesn't have the switch mounted to the front, you don't need all the grooves. Just the one for the one wire from the screw terminal to the terminal strip. BUT.......Do yourself a favor and get one of the coil box kits from Fun Projects. It's worth every penny. I'll let someone else answer your tube question.
I don't know about the tire patches, but for the coil box I always get the Fun Projects kit. I consider it money well spent. Wood will short out your ignition when it gets damp. Yes, you need the slots. Which ones you need to use depends on which car you have.
The tubes need contact cement.
Rubber cement for inner tubes is readily available at your local auto parts store, bicycle shop or farm supply.
My opinion is that it is much thinner and spreads easier than regular contact cement.
Last year I bought a small tube at Autozone.
As Steve posted, the slots on the underside of the lower coil box wood are for channeling the wires to the coil box mounted switch. On later coil box one of the slots is for the battery wire.
If you mean the slots on both faces for the bronze contact strips, then yes, you have to recess those contact strips so only the blades stand up to permit the coils to get proper electrical contact.
If you want to dispense with any future wet coilbox problems follow Hal Davis' suggestion and get the FunProjects coilbox wood replacement kit. it is made exactly to Ford drawings and has excellent instructions.
Ron the Coilman
I just checked out the Fun Projects kit.
Will order it this evening...they also have the HCCT Guage face plate I need!