Are you old enough to remember

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by sheepdawg, Jan 4, 2019.

  1. boatme98

    boatme98 Well-Known Member

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    Sure. Burned or blew it out. Crappy metallurgy, sloppy tolerances, and Neolithic engineering. That's why you checked your oil once a week on everything, even new cars.

    Before pcv valves engines had draft tubes. A small diameter tube from either the crankcase or the valve cover, that dropped straight down to vent under the car. Air was taken in through the breather cap and internal built up gasses vented out the tube. Along with a small amount of oil, of course.

    Not so long ago you were lucky to get 70k out of a car before rebuilding the engine. You could get a short block for $200-300, or long block for about $700.

    Today's cars are so much better and safer but the trade off is it takes $1000s of dollars in diagnostic tools and a lot more knowledge to maintain them.
     
  2. BVAL

    BVAL Well-Known Member

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    Easy there locutus, or you'll blow a fuse.
     
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  3. ellis36

    ellis36 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    We won't even mention hot pants and panty hose!

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  4. RJF22553

    RJF22553 Well-Known Member

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    My 1969 383 MOPAR Road Runner engine was good for 115K miles, and still running fine when I replaced it. Never really recall it consuming oil. Replaced it because I was getting ready to enter the Army (and it would be my only car) and couldn't really afford (in terms of time) to have to do that once I was in. 115K miles was ancient in those days. Not to mention I could turn off the ignition, get out of the car and lock the door (from the outside) before the engine finally wound down. No dieseling or anything, it was just very loose. I could turn over the engine manually from the fan! On the other hand, it was getting about 20MPG at 70MPH on the interstate, stock, with its original 4BBL Carter AVS carb.

    Still have timing light and gap/dwell gauge, but right now it has an Accel electronic ignition set-up that "needs work" (likely a more powerful coil than the stock one). Still have an 8-Track tape player I installed under the dash back in the early '70s. It's in a box "somewhere" on the farm...Present radio is AM/FM with CD player.

    Haven't driven it for 15 years, but it is garage-kept. When time allows, I'll get it running for fair-day cruising. My nephew will get it when he retires from the Army in a few years and can garage it when he's not driving it. His father bought it new, so there's some history there. May put some front disc braking on it for safety for him...still considering. Other than the engine system, it is as it was built in 1968.
     
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  5. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    There were very few things in this life that I hated as badly as panty hose.:mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad:
     
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  6. RJF22553

    RJF22553 Well-Known Member

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    They were great as filters for our computers during Desert Storm...

    Something only a staff puke would appreciate....
     
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  7. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I allways thought panty hose, girdles and bucket seats were an insidious form of birth control.:eek::eek:
     
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  8. sheepdawg

    sheepdawg Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Great paint strainers too.

    Then again if you were going to rob a bank or something.
     
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  9. Trez

    Trez Well-Known Member

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    Ok then - You any of you guys remember how to use this thing? :p
    Its marked for 6 and 8 cyl, can i use it on my 4 cyl Scout?
    What is LO and HI on the tach for?

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  10. PeeJay1313

    PeeJay1313 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I believe you can use the 6cyl setting. If I remember correctly, the high and low were used to set the timing at high and low idle. Back in the day you had a high idle setting when the choke was engaged.. Low idle was when the vehicle was up to normal running temperature .
     
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  11. echo1

    echo1 Active Member

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    Yes you can. If I'm remembering correctly, you put it on 8cyl, and read it in half. PAX
     
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  12. schnuffleupagus

    schnuffleupagus Well-Known Member

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    How about saturable reactor speed control?
    Bulletproof.
    Now its all inverters and frequency variation.
    Susceptible to noise and interference. Small capacitors and transistors that cant take the heat.
     
  13. xring3

    xring3 Well-Known Member

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    A few years ago at a farm consignment auction the local trade school had some of their automotive equipment put in for sale. Among other things were several Sun electronic diagnostic tools. Theses were popular, and expensive, in the 60’s and 70’s. As these were large units and outdated there were no bidders. Sadly these working units were sent to the dump.
     
  14. formerCav

    formerCav Well-Known Member

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    LO is the LOW scale on the tachometer, like 0 to 1000 RPM so you can set the idle speed (curb idle) and idle mixture screws.
    HI is the HIGH scale on the tachometer, something like 1000 to 5000 RPM, So you can see how much your distributor is advancing and at what speed.
    if you set it for 8 cylinder, If I remember correctly you read the scale and divide by 2 for the dwell angle of the points.
    heck, look at the meter's name and number and google directions for it. !
     
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  15. baddog

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    Trez you use the 8 cyl setting but after so long I'm not sure if you then use 1/2 value.
    My mechanic instructor always said if you work with it every day you will know it , if not look it up . It has been so long I would have to look up the 1/2 value setting .
     
  16. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    One Step Beyond is on Amazon Prime.
     
  17. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    We had one of these. 1951 Hudson Hornet.
     
  18. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Then one of these. 1953 Buick Special.
     
  19. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Dad traded about every 2 years. 1955 Buick Super.
     
  20. sheepdawg

    sheepdawg Well-Known Member Supporter

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    We had a 1956 Buick Special.
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    Grandpa was a plant manager, he had a 58 Roadmaster. It weighed just slightly less than the Queen Mary.

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