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In reply to the question about the spark plug by Verlin Wendt,
The plug is a Beacon-Lite, manufactured by the Beacon Spark Plug
Corp. of North Tonawanda, N.Y., in the 1920s. The 1/2-inch pipe
thread was most commonly used in the Ford Model T and early Fordson
tractors. It was also widely used by other early gas engine and
tractor builders, and less commonly used in other early
automobiles. The idea of the Beacon-Lite was that it flashed as the
cylinder fired, thus indicating a working ignition.

Those interested in early spark plugs are invited to join the
Spark Plug Collectors of America, an international organization
founded in 1975. We publish a 38-page quarterly magazine called
The Ignitor. Most people would be surprised to learn there
were over 6,000 different spark plug makes in the U.S. alone.

Lanny Baron
2969 Home St.
Wantagh, NY 11793
(516) 426-1098

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