What kind of spark wires did Ford originally use on the 1914 Model T? I see the suppliers offer black with red tracer, orange with black and a brown set. When my '14 arrived, it had a set of pretty beat-up light brown cloth covered wires that I foolishly threw out. The motor looked untouched but I now know it had some work done on the inside at some point, so I'm doubting they were the originals wires. I'd like to stick to as close as possible to what Ford would have used. Any suggestions?
Found this picture here on the forum...
Looks like barbed wire to me! Don't think that came off the assembly line.
Here you go
I think what Wes was trying to say is unless you are going for a 1000 point hershey car it dosen't matter that much, 10 gauge fence wire whatever you have will work in a pinch
Thanks, G.R., for the link. I thought maybe the brown was correct but wanted to make sure. And the red sure does "pop"!
I think it was John Regan who pointed out that it's impossible to know exactly what the original colors were for wiring insulation. No doubt we can come close, but even NOS wiring can't tell us for sure because over ninety years of sitting on the shelf the colors have changed with time. But I expect the old phrase that applies to the wires from Lang's is close enough for gummint work.
Not only have the colors faded but Ford never specified what color the wire covering was. Just said "cotton" that was then to be impregnated with varnish.
Is there any remaining color on the wires in the Rip Van Winkle '17?
Maybe the "cotton" covered wires that were impregnated with varnish turned yellow or a light brown color to suggest they were yellow.
Varnish is kind of a yellowish brown color when dried. Just a thought.
It may not even matter at Hershey! I had an AACA judge whisper to me, " to get a Senior award with my 15, I needed to get rid of that 14 style bulb horn and mount the correct hand operated Klaxon on top of the fake driver's door."