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Fabio Parede's 1969 Catalina

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OK, so a new shopping complex opened and they will be doing a cruise nite every Tues.  Dusted off the GTO.  Pulled out my canopy to test fit my new banners for tonight,  They fit perfect.  Went to pull the GTO out...Nothing. Interior lights come on and I know the battery was JUSTA charged.  Loose connection in back of the Ignition switch AGAIN. WTF?  Fired up but was missing and backfiring wouldn't rev.  Going no where tonight.  Dig into this further tomorrow.  Here's a couple picks. Installed the sticker on my trunk  toolbox for the GTO too.:naughty:   Tonight is the premier of Hotwheels show on local NBC channel.  Justa in time.  Frosty your blue banner will fit perfect too.

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So I pulled the #1 plug to find it wet, black N fouled.  Was running real bad for Dream Cruise after all day of idling in 90* temps.  Was rough, but running last fall after I figured out the loose connection on back of ign switch.  Switched up to Pertronics ign, and the car is running so that eliminates points/condenser.  Could be weak spark from coil or bad lightning pipes....:rofl:   Justa got back from the parts store that lead me into the age old hotter/colder plug range issue.  I've always been under the impression the AC 44S was the plug the 421 engine called for.  Tried Champions 1st and they were terrible.  (didn't have my AC44S waay back when I 1st installed the 421) Copper core work well until the edges wear off the soft metal.  Normal life back in the day was 20,000 mi, after changing to much harder Platinum type plugs, that hold the sharp edges needed to work properly, todays plugs are good for 200,000 or more miles.  AC no longer makes the 44S plug.  So do I go back to the 43S a choice I made years ago. that are now fouled and mis firing?  Or go with the hotter 45S plug?   Went with the 45.  Will test fire each cyl before I install the plug to make sure they are firing.  Will replace the lightning maker next if my problem isn't solved. 

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Look around at swap meets for the old AC NOS stock. From time to time I find plugs for Lucy and Black Beauty. I've stock piled at least 3-4 sets for each car, or more.

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