Autolite AN-7 For Sale Anyone?

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Autolite AN-7 For Sale Anyone?

Post by Chuck Lutz » Mon Apr 29, 2019 10:48 am

I need an Autolite AN-7 in the box like the one below to complete a Spares Kit. I think it is a better choice than a Firestone F-40 which is all I have.
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Re: Autolite AN-7 For Sale Anyone?

Post by JAB » Sat May 04, 2019 6:33 pm

Chuck,
I don't have any extra at the moment but wanted to show that they came in two types of packaging. I assume the white box was for use while the brown box was for spare parts kits or overseas shipments?
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Re: Autolite AN-7 For Sale Anyone?

Post by Len Jones » Tue May 14, 2019 12:42 pm

If it helps here are three plugs that I have in my collection, I believe the Ford plug in the upper plain white box came from Dick Pettman here in U.K. around twenty or so years ago - however my digital records or my brain do not go back that far :lol:
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Re: Autolite AN-7 For Sale Anyone?

Post by Chuck Lutz » Wed May 15, 2019 9:50 am

Len...

In your second photo, top to bottom, I would say the TOP is an Autolite QM-2, the Holy Grail of spark plugs. The MIDDLE is obviously an Autolite AN-7. The BOTTOM is a Firestone F-40.
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Post by Len Jones » Wed May 15, 2019 1:29 pm

Chuck

Thank you very much for that information :D If I remember correctly it was quite expensive all those years ago - Dick Pettman had many NOS parts back then, and many of us here in U.K. might recall seeing the draw dropping items on his stall at W&P.

The middle Autolite AN-7 did not come cheap either, a relatively recent purchase :shock:

So thought you would like to see this set :?: The spare parts bag, annealed wire, bulb, cotter pin kit, valve cores, valve caps, and friction tape all came from Dick Pettman. The bag was probably ex Beechwood Canvas Works :?: The three boxed bulb units came from the legendary Chris Wilkinson's yard at St Albans in the 1970's.

Good luck with your quest for that holy grail.
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Re: Autolite AN-7 For Sale Anyone?

Post by Chuck Lutz » Fri May 17, 2019 7:48 am

Nice collection Len....that set will make a cool display but friends of mine have had people with "Sticky Fingers" remove items not under glass or wired to a display board....be watchful if you choose to display that cool set....the real wise guys will home in on the Stop/Tail Light box and the Spark Plug and the BO light box....after that maybe the cotter pin box.
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Post by Len Jones » Fri May 17, 2019 1:37 pm

Chuck thank you very much for the compliments, and the very sound advice.

I have never displayed these items due to those ' sticky fingers ' you mention - unfortunately even more of an issue these days :x

I have ' up graded ' the set a little by adding two pieces from Farrell. The two NOS caps came from Metamet of London in the late 1970's, and the H700 keys were from Tony Sudds of Farningham Kent around twenty years ago.
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Re: Autolite AN-7 For Sale Anyone?

Post by Chuck Lutz » Sun May 19, 2019 10:39 am

Not to rock the boat too much, but a friend told me that the AN-7 boxes with the rubber stamped part number on them were original, while the ones that have that part number as a part of the original printing of everything else are not...that is unless at some point in time Autolite managed to make that number a part of the original printing on the box. Apparently there were some reproductions made with the part number included in the original printing.

While the QM-2 was the original factory plug, in January 1942 the change was made to the Autolite AN-7. (thanks Joe!)

Original and everyone's favorite which includes a correctly water-proofed plug:
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Does anyone have any information to support the usage of the box with the part number printed on it as a part of the original printing and not added with a rubber stamp?
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Re: Autolite AN-7 For Sale Anyone?

Post by Len Jones » Sun May 19, 2019 1:02 pm

Chuck

Thank you, very interesting indeed - Looking through my archive I found these which may help further :?:

Interesting to see that on the box with the ' 0340680 ' printed number the Willys A-538 Ford GPW-12405 layout is reversed :o

Not really sure if the printed box with the ' 0340680 ' number is the one that I actually purchased around three years ago :?:
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Re: Autolite AN-7 For Sale Anyone?

Post by TonyStandefer » Sun May 19, 2019 9:38 pm

We're recon spark plugs ever used or issued as part of the spare parts kit?
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