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Old 03-03-2021, 09:43 PM
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I'm not an expert on ignitions so I'll leave it to others to say whether .029 is okay. However I don't find them hard to gap, I use a piece of .032 AL to check it and some smooth jaw needle nose pliers to tweak the gap.
I guess I am the only old guy that worked on cars when you had to gap points and plugs, and thus needed a couple sets of wire feelers, as well as a set of flat blade feelers to set valve clearances. A flat piece of metal will work if the plug ground electrode is flat metal beyond the center electrode, but round wire is better, since the electrodes rarely wear to be exactly flat. However any electrode that is parallel to the center electrode, like aircraft plugs requires a wire gauge. Also, using aluminum, it will get thinner after checking a number of plugs, since the electrodes are a far harder steel alloy.
The gap needs to be proportional to the voltage the ignition generates. That is why plugs with magnetos use .016-.018 gaps. Most '60s cars with distributors and a single very big coil used around .028. Modern electronic ignitions generally use around .032-.045.
Difficulty in gapping is indicative of how hard the alloy is. Iridium, platinum or similar plugs will be more difficult than straight steel.
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Old 03-03-2021, 10:32 PM
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I guess I am the only old guy that worked on cars when you had to gap points and plugs, and thus needed a couple sets of wire feelers, as well as a set of flat blade feelers to set valve clearances.
Ha ha you are certainly not the only one! But I lost my old feeler gauges when that tool box got stolen and then for a while the only plugs I was gapping were aviation plugs, so I have the thinner wire gauges for that. Then I put on an Emag and now I'm messing with automotive plugs again - go figure!

But this brings up another question... iridium or not for the auto plugs? I did some searching and based on some other threads and the E-mag recommendations I'm sticking with the regular ones. The gist is, there doesn't seem to be better performance and the plugs break down for other reasons than just the metal on the tip. And E-mag says to replace them at 100-125 hours regardless of type. So for 3-4 times the price, it doesn't seem worth it to me.
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