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#1 Jags



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Posted 01 May 2006 - 12:53 PM

I was wondering... how does one Wire the engine? I would just like to no, and is there any links that have good picture intructions. Oh yeah what is used for the wires? THANKS :(

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Posted 02 May 2006 - 08:59 AM

Wow, what a loaded question! Lots of good info if someone answers this question with a few diagrams and pictures but the simplest answer is look at a 1/1 engine of the car your building and work towards creating the illusion that it is real. What I am saying is that you don't need all the little coil, batt. and ignition wires that the real car has unless they are very obvious or stand out. Other than that, get a drill the same size as the wire you are using and start drilling holes before painting. (Note: The next issue of MCM has a neat tip for drilling holes. So, pick up the issue when it hits the stands!)

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Drill your holes where the spark plugs go into the heads or through the valve covers. Then file flat the distributor and drill holes in there too.
Paint the engine block.
Route your wires just like the 1/1 car and glue with superglue.
Add the little ignition wires, battery and coil wires as needed.

It's really that simple! Your first wiring job is not going to win awards but it will give you valuable experience for the future. Experience is the only way to make your work look better and better.
Good luck!

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Posted 02 May 2006 - 02:16 PM

another thing is, strive to make your wires look natural. on a real engine the ignition wires dont describe a big stiff arc on the way from dist to plugs; they relax and droop. try to make your model look like that...it takes a bit of doing but gets easier as you go along. also detail sets like detail masters battery hook up kit are great for those little details like the battery cable clamps.

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Posted 03 May 2006 - 02:11 PM

Here's a few links that may help.

How To Drill Holes For Plug Wires In Distributors
How To Build Your Own Wired Distributor

I'm sure they have been posted before, but it's good to see them again.