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Old 10-30-2017, 01:18 PM   #1
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Champion W16Y on mine
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Old 10-30-2017, 01:39 PM   #2
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We have always used the Champion plug also. Never a problem. Enjoy.
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Autolite 3077
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Old 10-30-2017, 02:08 PM   #4
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3X plugs run the best in my engine.
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Old 10-30-2017, 02:39 PM   #5
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3X also for me.
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Old 10-30-2017, 03:16 PM   #6
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Champion W16Y on mine
I run w16Y's as well-what gap setting do you use?
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I run w16Y's as well-what gap setting do you use?
Gap set at 35. Enjoy.
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Old 10-30-2017, 03:31 PM   #8
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I've tried quite a few but 3x in my A,it's happy!! And so am I.
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Old 10-30-2017, 03:44 PM   #9
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I'm running Firestones but only because they were in it when I bought it. They run fine so far I've driven maybe 1500 miles.
I'm going to put in the Repo Champion 3X's soon.
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Old 10-30-2017, 04:40 PM   #10
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The Champion #518 (W18) run nicely in h.comp. heads at .030/.032
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Old 10-30-2017, 04:49 PM   #11
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the champion #518 (w18) run nicely in h.comp. Heads at .030/.032
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Old 10-30-2017, 04:51 PM   #12
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The Champion #518 (W18) run nicely in h.comp. heads at .030/.032
Duke, since I installed my 5.5 head it seems to run rich with 3X (No other changes). Did you find the same? and that is why you run the W18's. I was thinking of trying the W18. Thanks
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Old 10-30-2017, 05:04 PM   #13
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See Larry Brumfield post of 6-29-10 for info. on plugs.
YBlock, our 5.5 w/ W18's (new no. 518) runs a nice tan color and the price is right per plug. We ran TT10's for awhile and the car likes the 518's with a Marvel carb. Note this is w/ FS zipper ignition which we're going to change back to modern points due to advance issues on hills and see how that works. Also, I use small amounts of lead substitute and ethanol stabilizer in gas (but not sure how much effect that has.).
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Thanks for the info Duke
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Old 10-30-2017, 05:27 PM   #15
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Lot's of discussion/opinions about heat range, etc. We tried different plugs we had on hand to see what works for our set up, so others may have different experiences.
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Old 10-30-2017, 05:43 PM   #16
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ANYTHING with the right heat range & burns CLEAN!
There are NO "MAGIC" Spark plugs!
Driving with "GUSTO", helps to keep plugs running CLEAN.
LOOOONG idling sessions crap them up.
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Old 10-30-2017, 07:41 PM   #17
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I use restored Champion 3Xs in all my stock model As.
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Old 10-30-2017, 09:15 PM   #18
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37 years and 40000 miles on the same set of reproduction champion 3X and see no need to change.
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Old 10-31-2017, 05:10 AM   #19
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3X run the best for me.
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Old 10-31-2017, 06:49 AM   #20
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Anything but new Champions.
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Old 10-31-2017, 07:16 AM   #21
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Champion W-18, run them for years, good plug....
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Old 10-31-2017, 07:18 AM   #22
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Anything but new Champions.
Interested in your comment. Why? What problems have you had?

Are you talking about a stock Model A engine? Enjoy.

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Champion W18 here. Same as JD1931 says.
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Old 11-01-2017, 01:21 PM   #24
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Same here Champion W18 4,000 miles and they look new. Good Power curve 16 mpg average.
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Old 11-02-2017, 12:37 AM   #25
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Same here Champion W18 4,000 miles and they look new. Good Power curve 16 mpg average.
Same here with 34,000 miles.

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Old 11-02-2017, 01:03 AM   #26
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Interested in your comment. Why? What problems have you had?

Are you talking about a stock Model A engine? Enjoy.
I am having no problems.
I have used both the champions and autolite, but prefer the champions due to their size/looks.
They seem to have a better appearance on top of the engine then the skinny autolite plugs
I was just curious as to what others were running.
And yes, I am totally stock.
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Old 11-02-2017, 08:15 AM   #27
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I am having no problems.
I have used both the champions and autolite, but prefer the champions due to their size/looks.
They seem to have a better appearance on top of the engine then the skinny autolite plugs
I was just curious as to what others were running.
And yes, I am totally stock.
I misunderstood you post. I like Champions to, for your same reason. Sorry. Enjoy.
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Old 11-02-2017, 02:14 PM   #28
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Went to advance auto and got their cheapest, TT10s. 50,000 miles on the same plugs. Works for me! JB
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Old 11-02-2017, 03:19 PM   #29
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I'm cheap, free plugs, champion 3X, picked them out of the trash at Hershey, were black, ran them lean and hard, now burning near white
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Old 12-05-2017, 04:56 PM   #30
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Hello Gang,

My car is currently running Champion C-16 C plugs. I pulled them out and they look a little worse for wear. The center electrode is noticeably worn out near the ground electrode. I planned on replacing the plugs with Champion 3X's as recommended here.

Should I have any concern with such a swap? If I should start my own thread for this question, I will. Don't mean to step on anyone's toes.

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Old 12-05-2017, 07:42 PM   #31
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Champion W-18's with a Pertronix Flame-Thrower coil. Yeow-za!

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Rebuilt original 3Xs on mine
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Old 12-06-2017, 04:05 PM   #33
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I hear ya Bob A in post #31 . Same here , I love it !!!!!!!
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Have always used 3X
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Champion W-18 for years...
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Old 12-06-2017, 05:40 PM   #36
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I've had good luck finding piugs sold as racing plugs from the 30's and 40's... authenticity and still a bloody hot fire
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Old 12-06-2017, 05:45 PM   #37
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I've been running either 3X's or W18's (518) for years and here is a picture showing one reason why. Don't try this at home unless you have a lot of hacksaw blades.
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Mr. Swoft, A "Blast from the Past". How are your doing I haven't seen you on here in a while?

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I am still running C 16 C in the car that I restored in the 70s, probably the key to all of them is having the mixture right.
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W18 at .32 with HP head.
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here is an article i wrote for our local newsletter. it might help someone understand hot plugs and cold plugs. ken
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3X at .035" gap on standard head.
3X at .030" gap on 5.5 head.
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HOW??? do you "restore" plugs??? Just clean them???? IF they're burned away & tired, just CAN them or use them for FISHING Weights or hang one on your Mirror or Key Ring--LOL
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Its been over two years since I posted here . I'm slowly getting over a cold but otherwise doing Purdy good . When I read your post about the W 18 Champion plugs and the Flame thrower coil I couldn't resist posting. Its good to see you here !!! I hope that you and yours are doing good .
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Purdy,

Good to hear from you and hope you and yours are all okay too. I still owe you one for that Simmons throttle shaft you gave me! I'm giving a Pertronix 40111 coil to a good friend for Christmas. I'm even going to say I
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Take care and please continue passing on all the Model-A wisdom you have.

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Good to hear from you and hope you and yours are all okay too. I still owe you one for that Simmons throttle shaft you gave me! I'm giving a Pertronix 40111 coil to a good friend for Christmas. I'm even going to say I
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Take care and please continue passing on all the Model-A wisdom you have.

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Thanks for the kind words !!! You are one of the best ever and you know your stuff . The guy that you will be giving the Pertronix coil to is lucky to have you for a friend !!!!!!! Heres wishing you and yopurs a merry Christmas and a happy new year .
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I have been running my PerTronix 40611 Flame Thrower since Purdy recommended it ~3 years ago.
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soooo, a sorta new to A guy here. is the 3X still available or parts available? or is it a swapmeet thing ?
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soooo, a sorta new to A guy here. is the 3X still available or parts available? or is it a swapmeet thing ?
The "new" 3X (Champion 429) is available, cost ~ $30.00-40.00 per, depending on where you buy them.

Cheapest I have seen them lately in Amazon.com https://www.amazon.com/Champion-Plug...+3x+spark+plug
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They do show up on amazon once in awhile for $16 a plug... Just gotta watch closely. Its happened a few times over the years. I got my 4 haha.
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