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.
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