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Posted on 10/09/2011 12:27:00 PM PDT by Bean Counter
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OK! Where’s the nail file?
Starts with a “P” (see my post above).
My then ultra pregnant wife did not get her moo goo gai pan take out for about two hours after I left for it.
Three years later I had to get rid of the B, since you, or at least me, can't have a B (or any high-maintenance car) and raise high-energy boy twins.
USB charging port?
I had a 1953 Nash that had one of those Under the clutch pedal. It was the starter. You had to smash the clutch down to start the engine, thus avoiding starting with the car in gear.
I'm under 40 and I knew.
Okay, I'm 39, but that's under 40.
Digital high powered assault mousetrap.
It sprays oil so the cars chasing you will slip and crash.
Best answer so far!
I remember them well. There was no way you could accidently turn on your wipers, or turn signal with the good ole foot switch.
“that is by far the best place for it.”
Remember trying to dim your lights while driving barefoot or in flip-flops? It really hurt the ball of your foot trying to mash that switch. Almost as bad as stepping on a big piece of gravel when running down the road.
Do you also remember that a lot of cars had a starter switch like that on the floor?
Ouch! Daddy wouldn’t be proud that I forgot, but I am his blond daughter and I KNOW he’s proud if that!
G-d please give me an engine that I was taught to re-build. AMEN.
Good stuff to have around! Its real hard to get back in, tho.
How many remember going to stomp on the hi beam switch and having your foot go through the floor?
I can take apart a VW engine but I wouldn’t want to depend on it running if I put it back together.
“Digital high powered assault mousetrap.”
Not quite, but interesting answer. :-)
Our first new car after getting married was a 1971 Datsun 510. It had dual points. You had to set the gap right in order to get the proper dwell. (remember dwell meters?) However, the timing difference between each set of points changes when the dwell changed. What a bear to get right.
.016” gap, IIRC. a business card would do in a pinch if you didn’t have feeler gauges handy. Change plugs & points every 15k to 20K miles. That is one part of the good old days that I do NOT miss!
Now I feel a little bit guilty when I forget to change my platinum plugs every 100K.
“Choke, Choke, Choke!”
(great scene from “The God’s Must Be Crazy”, trying to start the Land Rover, aka “the Anti-Christ”, with new, tight rings...)
Yeah, I went a few laps around the track with those miserable #@#$#%$#&$#@ things back in the day. Don’t miss ‘em one bit!!
Never saw that. The old ones I used to work on all had hammers that struck a metal rods that were tuned to acoustically resonate at several frequencies near 40 kHz. The TV end had an ultrasonic transducer connected to an audio receiver/decoder.
I still own one.
The first car I ever drove was a 1945 surplus jeep made by Ford. It had a floor starter button, and on the dash were both a choke and a throttle adjustment for cold starts. It did not require a key, just turn the ignition ON and away you went - assuming that the engine was warmed up a bit first.
Does that make me old?
I tried to get DOD to put camber compensators (remember those from VWs and old swing axle Mercedes & Corvairs) in the M-151 and keep them around. A Hummer is just too big for many tasks. Plus it won’t fit inside a CH-53, let alone a Frog!
BTW, you CAN drift a M-151 going around some of the corners in the ville if you have 4 scared Marines in it, first time outside the wire at night, driving from 1st MarDiv HQ to Red Beach.
What is this?
I seem to recall our remote had three or four bars. One was for on/off, one (two?) for volume, and one for changing the channels - all 6 of them.
Back to the high-beam button. It looks like a lawsuit to me. See how the mat has slipped over and can impede the operation of the high-beams. This could cause the oncoming driver to be blinded causing a severe accident. $20 million bucks at the least in damages should be awarded. And a recall.
Hey, Grandma! I haven’t chatted with you in AGES! How are you?
My first car of my own was a 1971 VW Bug, but my parents have had 17 VWs through the years. We used to have a Vanagon, but it always needed to be parked on a hill for a rolling start, same as my first Bug! I parked it on the TOP of Hoover Dam once when I was visiting so I could get a rolling start, LOL!
I’m pretty sure I could still take apart and reassemble my M16 with my eyes closed if I needed to! (But I hope I don’t need to!)
First and only slalom I ever ran was in that car. I missed the practice session, so a guy in a 260Z let me ride with him to learn the course. I made my run and the timer asked me, “What DO you have in that thing?”
“Just a stock 1595 cc engine with 96,000 miles. Why do you ask?”
“You’re in third place, ahead of the ‘Vette.”
Great little car! ( I had put 5.5” Corvair rims with Michelein XAS copy tires on it, so it handled quite well)
I eventually traded it for a ‘66 Alfa Giulia Sprint GT. The owner went back to college and could not afford to pay Alfa dealerships to work on it.
Steam powered apple peeler?
You know Lucas Electrical Systems?
I became a personal friend of every tow truck driver in my area due to Lucas.
I also learned how to make the carb work and drive on only the battery.
The battery was behind the drivers seat.
I lost my diamond once in the washer tank. Mr. CGG got me a new one.
IF it was hangin on the clip you’d know.
Correction, the dimmer was on the left and the starter was on the right near the gas pedal so you could press the gas and the starter together. I guess remembering that makes me real old:)
You guys are REALLY old!
Oh my....LOL. This is getting hilarious (for those of us of a certain age).
Oh, yeah ... my dad’s first truck had one of those ...
Im not. Im 40. Lol.. I feel like im 20.. sorta....
Perpetual motion device
The very first SawsAll motor.
2nd gen diesel?
That’s fine in the family sedan with an automatic tooling around town, but it sucks with a stick when you’re on a twisty road at night.
My 71 Spitfire had the battery on a shelf built into the fire wall. Eventually the battery acid would eat a hole in the shelf and when it rained the acid would drip thru the hole and any passenger sitting there would get a nice hole in there pant leg. fun car to drive on certain days, but on others yikes. Reminds me of the old joke, Why do the Brits drink warm beer? They have Lucas refrigerators.
on one of the many jumps for my B, the tow truck driver somehow had to get the clips into the car behind the seats and somehow had the whole left side of the car smoking. I pointed it out to him and we just let that baby cool down for a while.
I saw a cartoon decades ago that addresses that problem. It showed a crew of astronauts preparing to launch. One of the crew had an absolutely horrified look on his face, as he was staring at a badge above the control panel that read, “Lucas Electrics”
I had an MG that was built the same way. Once I had an engine fire that started when the B+ that transits the firewall shorted out, filling the cabin with acrid gray smoke.
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