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73429MACH
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posted 04-02-2001 10:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 73429MACH   Click Here to Email 73429MACH     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What does the terms "hotter" and "cooler" plugs mean exactly? What are the advantages or disadvantages of the two? Would either of these stop the pinging in my engine when I accelerate? I have a '71 429, I'm running Autolite plugs(stock replacement) gapped at .035, Pertronix Ignitor, stock vac. advance dist. Should I increase the gap on the plugs, or does this have any effect on the pinging? I've messed with the timing but I still have the ping. I don't have a timing light. It seems when I retard the timing it doesn't ping as bad but the engine has no power. Advance it and it runs better except for the pinging. It seems like there's no in between here. Can anyone help?

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kcode
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posted 04-02-2001 11:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kcode   Click Here to Email kcode     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
An interesting spark plug site and info:

www.centuryperformance.com/spark.htm

Mike

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posted 04-03-2001 08:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Use a Motorcraft AF-32 gapped at .035. Set your base timing at 10 degrees and your pinging "should" stop.

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73429MACH
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posted 04-05-2001 04:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 73429MACH   Click Here to Email 73429MACH     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Moneymaker, What is the difference in the Motorcraft AF-32 from the Autolite 45 spark plugs I'm running now? The Autolites are a stock replacement. Thanks, Ryan.

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Moneymaker
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posted 04-05-2001 08:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
An Autolite #45 is an 18MM plug for starters Ryan. It is equivilant to a BSF-42 Motorcraft which is one heat range higher than a AF-32. Do you have 18MM plug heads?

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73429MACH
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posted 04-05-2001 08:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 73429MACH   Click Here to Email 73429MACH     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Moneymaker, I guess I do because that's the plugs I have now (Autolite 45). I talked to a guy at the parts store and he told me the AF-32 plug is a smaller plug,(smaller threads) Does this mean I need the BSF-42 plug instead? Or which one would you recomend? Am I needing a "cooler" plug? Bear with me here, when it comes to tuning an engine, I'm not that good. I'd rather stick to the bodywork stuff. Thanks, Ryan.

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