Nostalgia time. In 1966 I, a college student, was driving a ’57 Ford beater from NJ to AZ, towing a motorcycle on a trailer. The Ford gave out somewhere in Missouri, and I ended up at a small shop, where they happened to have a ’58 Ford (same color) for sale. I paid $100 for it (almost all I had at the time, and no credit card), switched over the plates and hitch, and also my great multi-tube radio. That second beater got me to AZ. An adventure I’ll never forget.
I think I bought that '57 Ford....paid $1200.00 for it 16 years ago. Its restored and in a storage unit in Albuquerque while we fulltime.
hershey - albuquerque, nm Someday Finally Got Here
My wife does all the driving - I just get to hold the steering wheel.
Superman was an illegal alien.
Expedition - Suzuki Grand Viagra
Ah, yes, I remember them well. We had the 4 cylinder version in a Tennant industrial floor sweeper during the 1970s and '80s.
They were made by and for Jeeps. There was a 6 cylinder version, but it wasn't very common.
The intake valves were in the head (OHV), and the exhaust valves were in the block. The intake manifold was cast integrally with the head. Interestingly, many of the parts were interchangeable with the older flathead 134 cubic inch engines (pistons, rings, connecting rods, exhaust valves and lifters, bearings, many of the gaskets (NOT the head gasket!), and some other parts.
I overhauled/rebuilt many of them back then. NO engine could last long in that aluminum plant!
CM1, USN (RET)
2002 Fleetwood Southwind 32V, Ford V10
Toad: 2006 Jeep Rubicon LJ
Other toad: '06 PT Cruiser, Kar Kaddy dolly
Toy: 1977 Dodge W100 CC SWB, 3/4 ton axles & springs
"When seconds count, help is only minutes away!"
I had a 37 ford with the flat head 95 HP engine that started when it wanted to and if it was in a bad mood you walked. It had 3 in the floor and a ''Gas heater'' that burned gasoline. It had a Ford radio in the dash and the ''box'' for the radio tubes was almost as big as a suitcase. The real fun in this car was that it had ''Mechanical brakes'' and the best way to stop it was to jump out and tie a cable to a tree and to the back bumper. You could depend on one wheel grabing in the rain and locking up and the spins were fun.....
Seajay the sailor man
I was in a thirty seven Ford when the brakes froze up, we skidded into a guard rail, I went through the windshield, my friend flew out the opening where the body ripped off the floor, loosing a toe in the process.
The rear axle and differential ended up a hundred feet down the road.
We were all sixteen.
I was out riding with the driver this morning!
Cowl vent for more fresh air.
Hoods that opened from both sides instead of the front.
Carrying a pair of tire irons, a patch kit, and a tire pump.
You better carry enough tools to overhaul the car or you might walk.
Buick flathead, straight 8 with DynaFlow.
Flathead Ford V8 with Ardun overhead conversion.
When cars had bumpers that could be used to lift the car?
2010 Cruiser CF30SK Patriot
1950 Right Hand Seat GPS (she tells me where to go)
When did Buick have a flathead straight 8?
That must be about as rare as a flathead six in a Chevy!
I know Pontiac had them, and Hudson, but I never saw a Buick flathead.
My 1941 Buick Special was an overhead valve straight 8 with factory dual carbs.
The hood on it could be lifted from either side. Or, you could unlatch both sides and remove it completely. Then you could climb in there and sit down beside the engine to work on it!
*Push button starter (Chrysler, early 1960-something)
* 1970-something Grand Prix with a 454 engine, 4 barrel carbureter (Dad had to put a bag of quick - crete in the trunk b/c Mom complained about spinning out of the A & P parking lot!
*crank-open side vent front windows
* 1970-something Lincoln Continentals with the doors that opened from the middle
1. 13 to 15 cent gasoline during gas wars, 17cents when not.
2. green stamps that were handed out with your fill-up and at the
grocery stores that could be traded in for dinner ware.
3. $5.00 would fill up your car, buy supper for your gal and you, and
admission to the latest movie with popcorn and sodas for both.
4. Steam locomotives pulling the rail cars with cabooses.
5. Front wheel drive vehicles with a push button automatic trans. When
and by whom were these made? Hint(A-C-D Company).
Don & Deb
US Army Retired (CW2)/US Postal Service Retired After 16 yrs
2011 Ford F250 Lariat Crew Cab 6.2 V8 4x4
2010 Keystone Cougar 26BHS
Ford In Dash Brake Control by Tekonsha