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Tonight was awesome! I've been having hard starting problems, surging, and a miss and knew it was the timing so I finally went and bought a $30 timing light. I was out of wack and running about 25 degrees intial so I set the timing to 10 degrees. The engine was still missing a little so I put the timing gun down and tried the mixture on the carb but nothing help. Then I heard it. I heard a ticking and it was kind of dim in the garage but what I saw was the #2 spark plug wire arcing on the headers. I moved it away and she smoothed right out and purrs like a cat now. She fires right up on the first crank too. I had brand new red Mallory straight plug wires that I cut to length and that was the only one touching the headers. Guess I will have to replace with 90 degree boots but what a lesson learned. Hope it helps someone.

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I know I'm not too far from the same thing. I have the Pertronix "straight boots" on my '66, and really need the 90 or 45 degree boots to keep them away from the headers. It's hard to fork out the bucks, though, to replace parts that are already new and working (currently, anyway).

What wires are you going to go with?

If you always do what you've always done,
You'll always get what you've always got

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