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Username Post: How were spark plug wires run on 265 V8        (Topic#52346)
tdsoup 
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12-13-03 07:19 PM - Post#354384    

I am looking to replace the spark plug wires on an original 265 V8. Right now they are just coming off the top of the distributor and run wherevere. Was there a stock wire routing. If so does anyone have a picture to share?


Thanks,

Todd
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Re: How were spark plug wires run on 265 V8
12-14-03 01:03 AM - Post#354385    
    In response to tdsoup

Here you go, Todd..

Plug Wire Routing


 
Anonymous 

Re: How were spark plug wires run on 265 V8
12-14-03 03:29 AM - Post#354386    
    In response to tdsoup

What the assembly manual photo posted previously fails to stipulate is there are small wire "locators" bolted to the engine block with a small screw.

Each locator retains the wire to the side of the block with a grommet.

If you need the correct spark plug wires I would recommend.... www.factoryfit.com

 
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Re: How were spark plug wires run on 265 V8
12-14-03 03:44 AM - Post#354387    
    In response to 50sChevys

Was there a wire loom on the pass. side as well? I like the look of those and thought I'd get a set on this year.

Gary
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Re: How were spark plug wires run on 265 V8
12-14-03 04:42 AM - Post#354388    
    In response to GaryC

Yes, there is a loom on the passenger side at the rear of the block.


 
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Re: How were spark plug wires run on 265 V8
12-14-03 07:56 AM - Post#354389    
    In response to tdsoup

That drawing of the engine is rather crude but it does show the looms at the top of the engine and underneath at the back of the block well.
I'm not sure exactly what the 265 had for the rest of the loom but what isn't shown is the arc shaped loom piece for the two front wires that all of the other engines (and I suspect the 265 also) had.
The passenger side is a mirror image of the driver's side.
I suspect that Chevy used the same parts for the loom for a long time and there is probably plenty of them floating about. when the side mounts came along, the arc shaped pieces got a notch for the side engine mount.
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Re: How were spark plug wires run on 265 V8
12-14-03 07:56 AM - Post#354390    
    In response to tdsoup

That drawing of the engine is rather crude but it does show the looms at the top of the engine and underneath at the back of the block well.
I'm not sure exactly what the 265 had for the rest of the loom but what isn't shown is the arc shaped loom piece for the two front wires that all of the other engines (and I suspect the 265 also) had.
The passenger side is a mirror image of the driver's side.
I suspect that Chevy used the same parts for the loom for a long time and there is probably plenty of them floating about. when the side mounts came along, the arc shaped pieces got a notch for the side engine mount.
Robert May Fat? Eat less and you will get thinner!


 
Anonymous 

Re: How were spark plug wires run on 265 V8
12-14-03 08:55 AM - Post#354391    
    In response to tdsoup

Here's a little more comprehensive view of all the wire looms on a 55-56 265:

http://www.55-57chevys.com/coccc/tech/55/221-11.gif

 
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Re: How were spark plug wires run on 265 V8
12-14-03 09:53 AM - Post#354392    
    In response to Robert_May

Quote:

what isn't shown is the arc shaped loom piece for the two front wires that all of the other engines (and I suspect the 265 also) had.

Robert,
There weren't wire "bananas" on the ordinary 265 as there were on the '57+ 283 engines. The "bananas" were heat shields made necessary by the change to "rams horn" exhaust manifolds.
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Re: How were spark plug wires run on 265 V8
12-15-03 08:18 AM - Post#354393    
    In response to cdmhenry

The bananas were used for a lot of manifolds. I've got a '66/7 283 in my '52 and it has the log manifolds (passages drop down and together) with heat shields over the manifold at the plug areas and I've got the bananas on it. It was a bit of a nasty when I put solid wires on the engine as it was hard to thread the larger wires through those slots.
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Re: How were spark plug wires run on 265 V8
12-17-03 07:56 AM - Post#354394    
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Hey BTO, Where the spark plug connectors slanted at about 45 degrees instead of 90 degrees? Were the connectors and wire all black?
1955 Bel Air 4-Door 6 years to complete!


 
Anonymous 

Re: How were spark plug wires run on 265 V8
12-18-03 12:56 AM - Post#354395    
    In response to BayouBob

Actually the early 55 design was slightly tighter than a 90 degree bend. The 56 and later were a true 90.

Boots and wires were black - and there is no "date code" on a '55 wire.

 
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Re: How were spark plug wires run on 265 V8
12-18-03 07:20 AM - Post#354396    
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Thanks BowTieOllie. I knew you would have the answer!!
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Re: How were spark plug wires run on 265 V8
12-18-03 10:56 AM - Post#354397    
    In response to BayouBob

Are the brackets painted black or do they match the engine color?
Tom


 
Anonymous 

Re: How were spark plug wires run on 265 V8
12-18-03 12:01 PM - Post#354398    
    In response to 55nomad

Yes .

The two four-wire brackets at the top of the engine (the ones that the wires first go into on each side) are engine color. All the others are semi-gloss black.

 
tdsoup 
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Re: How were spark plug wires run on 265 V8
12-19-03 07:09 AM - Post#354399    
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Are the brackets both the manifold and engine versions available? Or are there alternatgives to consider
56 Bel Air Hard Top with 2x4 carb 55 Nomad to be restored :-)


 
Anonymous 

Re: How were spark plug wires run on 265 V8
12-19-03 07:39 AM - Post#354400    
    In response to tdsoup

?? Not sure what you're asking, but if you want to know if all the original style looms are being reproduced, yes, there is a repro set available. It is not as accurate a repro as I would like, but it'll do if you don't have anything. Comes with all the rubber stuff too.

 
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