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Old-timers - single-wire spark plugs??

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Dave Downs, Jul 8, 2006.

  1. Dave Downs
    Joined: Oct 25, 2005
    Posts: 849

    Dave Downs
    from S.E. Penna

    OK, I didn't really know how to start this topic so now if I've got your attention, can you help me out?

    I remember seeing an engine in a car magazine late 50's / early 60's, I think it was a Hemi in a 'Barris-type' custom with ONE SINGLE spark plug wire running to the 4 plugs on each head. At the time I couldn't figure out how in the hell it could possibly run (maybe it didn't)

    Do any of you other old-timers remember that engine, or am I having a major 'senior moment'? And if the thing did exist, how could it run?
  2. Phil1934
    Joined: Jun 24, 2001
    Posts: 2,642


    All plugs fired together. It had a small combustion chamber at the plug hole that would only light the main cylinder when it had enough air/fuel so it didn't fire early.
  3. Dave Downs
    Joined: Oct 25, 2005
    Posts: 849

    Dave Downs
    from S.E. Penna

    Thanks - do you remember the car?
  4. ray
    Joined: Jun 25, 2001
    Posts: 3,757


    i don't know if it's "the" car you're looking for, but there is a blue t-bucket in andy southard jr's book Hot Rods & Customs of the 60's, page 81, owner is Charles Miller, car named "Pointless" running a buick nailhead.
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  5. I believe the car you are referring to was a Model A coupe named,"Alazan"and it had a Lincoln engine with some crazy assed induction system on it consisting of a bunch of small tubes.Never did figure it out.I'll see if I can dig up a picture of it.
  6. TSKieffer
    Joined: Dec 26, 2006
    Posts: 70


    Here is a picture of the "Alazan"..

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  7. I have a Rod & Custom that featured that car on the cover as having a "mystery motor", you had to flip to one of the back pages to find out what it was.
  8. Bobsportcar
    Joined: Jan 17, 2011
    Posts: 2

    from California

    My Dad owned the Alazan in the early 60's when we lived in Chicago. It had a all chrome engine & fur carpet( even in the trunk).I have a hot rod Mag. with pictures in it.I'll dig it out & post some pics.
  9. edwardlloyd
    Joined: Aug 2, 2003
    Posts: 2,060

    from Germany

    There was an article on how to do this in Custom Car sometime in 1967 I think. Could have been '65 or '66.
  10. Could be a wasted spark system that fires all the plugs every time they hit TDC. Used in many production vehicles like A Series Citroens and Harleys. I believe that many modern computerised ignition systems work this way too.
  11. Larry T
    Joined: Nov 24, 2004
    Posts: 7,675

    Larry T

    As usual, I'm probably wrong, but I seem to remember a metalflake green T with a nailhead in it, setup that way.
    Take it for what it's worth.
    Larry T

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