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Spark plug wires

I'm looking for a source that sells good quality spark plug wires that would be acceptable to judges in a concourse show. The car is an early (February 1965/San Jose) K-code fastback. All suggestions will be appreciated! Thank you...
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Marti actually sells parts also, including spark plug wires. Got a date coded set that was from them but had a Scott Drake sticker over it.
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Marti actually sells parts also, including spark plug wires. Got a date coded set that was from them but had a Scott Drake sticker over it.
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NPD has concours correct spark plug wires. I believe they are the same spark plug wires Marti Auto Works sells. Give NPD a call and ask. They will tell you.
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Thanks, guys. I'll check out both tomorrow.
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Keep in mind that the original SX wires were solid core and could cause issues with radio static. You can now get correctly printed Hipo SX wires but with standard braided wire that eliminates any potential static issues.



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The correct plug wires for a 65 hipo are not marked “SX.” They are marked “RADIO RESISTANCE”.

The Marti wires are, as far as I know, the best currently available. That said, the most recent sets I’ve seen had plug boots which are far too glossy. I found it necessary to gently burnish the boot surfaces to knock back the gloss.
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The correct plug wires for a 65 hipo are not marked “SX.”
You might want to re-check your information. The 65 Hipo wires were SX marked wires. Bob Mannel will be happy to confirm that fact.



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You might want to re-check your information. The 65 Hipo wires were SX marked wires. Bob Mannel will be happy to confirm that fact.
It seems to be a common mistake. The Tony Gregory Hipo Mustang book — a terrific book — makes the same error. But according to the MCA judges I have asked, subsequent research indicates the non-SX wires are correct for concours. You can do a quick search on the concours Mustang forum to see recent posts from a couple of them, confirming that the radio resistance wire is what Ford installed on all 65 and 66 289s (k-code and otherwise).

I am not an MCA or SAAC judge and would defer to them to confirm if that information is still the latest, but I don’t believe it has changed. Would they take off points for SX wires for concours? I have no idea. But the concours cars I’ve seen at the national MCA and SAAC shows in recent years have all used radio resistance wires. FWIW.
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I would be very surprised to see points deducted for SX wires on a K code. Does the MCA rule book state that SX wires are incorrect for a K code?



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I won't argue the markings. I will say that I have always run the solid wire core wires on my K-Car and it has never interfered with the radio sounds emanating from my tailpipes!
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