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Jan 05, 2002 (7:11 pm)
I can relate about people not being able to identify your car as the years go by. In fact, tonite, I had to have my Gran Fury towed to the garage because it wouldn't start. Well, when the AAA guy asked me what kind of car it was and I said "Gran Fury", he asked me to repeat it. Twice. Then he asked "What kind of car is that...I've never heard of it." I'm starting to feel old now!
A few months ago, when I used to deliver pizzas part time, I mentioned something about my Dart. The kids in the store just looked at me like I was crazy or something. Kinda sad, isn't it? The Dart nameplate went on some 3 million+ compact cars (not including the big '60'-62 models), and was one of the most popular nameplates Chrysler ever used, and these kids had no idea what I was talking about! I wasn't even going to try explaining the word "DeSoto" to them!
Good luck with Mothra...hope he emerges from that cocoon like a beautiful butterfly!
#140 of 148 I can't wait.
Jan 08, 2002 (4:50 am)
Sad; I think these young whippersanppers have been deprived. Adults were always stunned that I knew who the classic movie stars were when I was a kid, people of their and their parents generation. Curiousity should take you anywhere if you're interested in something, from the present on back. Just having an interest in cars, I have learned about business, politics, labor history, general history as affects car production.
To me it's just not possible to believe that the world only started when I was born!!! LOL
Jan 15, 2002 (8:35 pm)
Sent you preview pix of Mothra One Day Paint. Looks good.Still being finished. Can a career in film be next???? Dave
PS looks as good as that red and black 63 Signet convertible I see all over town [at least paint wise!!!] Hubba hubba!
#142 of 148 170, 198, 225 Slant Sixes.........
Mar 15, 2002 (3:07 pm)
.........were well designed motors. And tough. Reading all the posts was like a trip down memory lane. In those years I did auto repair, the only occasional "failure" was the nylon distributor gear would occasionally crack or disintegrate. Even this was usually the result of a cracked distributor cap. The first engine I ever saw with an honest 200K plus miles was a slant six.
About 8 or 9 years ago a colleague from work was on a business trip in Virginia and saw a 1964 Valiant Signet convertible with 225 for sale. His mother had one when new and he drove it his last two years in college. Anyway, this one in Virginia had a 273 V8 with automatic transmission, red with white top just like his moms. He still has that car and it now has over 200K on the drivetrain.
Mar 15, 2002 (7:45 pm)
I think there was also a 240 that was used in trucks.
Mar 15, 2002 (8:02 pm)
It was a great engine, very simple, very tough, very crude & noisy. Reminded me of the Volvo B18 in its simple ruggedness. Never idled very well, though.
Sometimes an engine is just a "lucky" design. Every drain hole, every passage way for water, oil and fuel is just kind of "right". I think the Slant 6 was like that.
Mar 16, 2002 (3:43 pm)
The Slant Six is just like the old Jeep 4.0-liter straight-six; tough and simple.
Mar 16, 2002 (5:15 pm)
I rebuilt two slant sixes, some years ago. I was amazed how simple they were. Its a very easy engine to do. And YES! I do remember those fiber distributor gears. Also, the valve cover gaskets always leaked. Small stuff really. Oh, those gear reduction starters could be a nuisance.
#147 of 148 Those %*&^#@X Nylon distibutor gears!
Mar 18, 2002 (6:39 pm)
Now that you mentioned those gears, I remember my '69 Dart with that great motor. The only weak point it had was the Distributor gear. The damned thing chewed itself up on a monthly basis (or so I recall). It got to where I kept a spare in the glove box with a long dowel for finding TDC and a timing light in the trunk. Twenty minutes on the side of the road max. (after LOTS of practice). Too bad I was too lazy to fix it right, but look at all the fun I had!
Why do you think they used nylon, anyway?
Mar 19, 2002 (8:31 am)
It was cheap and quiet.