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#1 koko381 OFFLINE  

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Posted June 03, 2013 - 11:54 AM

As the title says and the photo shows, my 1964 110 has an ignition wire like nothing Ive seen before. I assume it was the norm before plug boots, but Ive never seen it in the 30 years Ive been alive. After learning the hard way how "shocking" it can be to even come in contact with the cable while running, I want to know if it was ok for me to swap it out for a present day spark plug wire with a boot? I would keep the wire in case I ever end up getting rid of the 110(which will not be anytime soon), but I think it would be better for my health if I switched it out. If I can, is there a specific type I need? Thanks for anyone that can provide some insight.

On a different note, does anyone know what is the largest size tire that would fit on the stock wheels and without making any modifications? Also please keep in mind that I do use the tractor with the oem mower deck. Thanks again.

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Posted June 03, 2013 - 12:03 PM

... I want to know if it was ok for me to swap it out for a present day spark plug wire with a boot? ...

 

Are you asking a moral or functional question?  :smilewink:



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Posted June 03, 2013 - 12:05 PM

Are you asking a moral or functional question?  :smilewink:


Haha. I was asking a functional question, but Id like to hear both answers. Although Im sure I can assume what the moral answer is.
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Posted June 03, 2013 - 12:33 PM

Why don't you just go to any auto parts store and buy a right angle boot for the current wire you have on the engine. I wouldn't change out the wire if it's working.


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Posted June 03, 2013 - 01:14 PM

That is the normal wire from 40+ years ago. As Texas said you can just put a boot over it. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted June 03, 2013 - 04:02 PM

Yup, did that for afriend who had a walk behind that had a uncany ability to some how touch that wire while it was running. He never got shocked again. Roger.


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Posted June 03, 2013 - 05:00 PM

your saying you touched it more than once ? for most people it only takes one time  LOL . you can get right angle boots for that wire . 


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Posted June 03, 2013 - 05:21 PM

A little electrical shock is good for the heart, you know.  I knew a guy who used to test magnetos by holding the lead.  He claimed he could tell you the power of the coil by how high he jumped off the ground.  I never saw him do it, mind you. 

 

A little off track, though, but does anyone have a source for those spade clips beyond NOS?

 

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Posted June 03, 2013 - 06:40 PM

Agreed...just add a boot.

Before we had modern-day spark testers, it was easier for the kids to hold the bare spark-plug connection without the rubber boot.

If you think I am kidding, just ask my wife!


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Posted June 03, 2013 - 06:41 PM

As Brian said get a right angle boot.



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Posted June 03, 2013 - 07:34 PM

Agreed...just add a boot.

Before we had modern-day spark testers, it was easier for the kids to hold the bare spark-plug connection without the rubber boot.

If you think I am kidding, just ask my wife!

 

How many weeks after that did you have to go out for pizza every night?

 

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Posted June 03, 2013 - 07:54 PM

Tell you what. I'll come up this weekend and take the tractor off of your hands, and then neither one of us will have to worry about you getting zapped again. If you need me to come up there earlier than this weekend, just say so, and I'll take a day off work! :D

 

If it were me, I'd either buy the right angle boot like mentioned above, or if there is enough length on the original one, remove the clip and install the top mount kit.



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Posted June 04, 2013 - 03:44 PM

Thanks guys. I didnt know that a boot could be put over that clip.




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