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#24992 of 32000 Re: Yup, it's trivial. [uplanderguy]
Jun 25, 2012 (1:04 pm)
If minor oil leaks by themselves caused vehicle fires, the nation's interstates would be lined with burned out hulks from Maine to Florida.
It isn't that engines leak oil, but rather what the oil gets onto.
In the Cruze case, I highly suspect it's the catalytic converter that ignited the oil that caused the cars to burn. That's the hottest component under the hood that is exposed to some degree, and that's why they are shielded.
In the early days of catalytic converters, it wasn't unusual for cars to have inadequate heat shielding, and I personally have seen many burned cars destroyed because the driver parked in a grassy area and the grass came into contact with the converter, igniting it, and the car.
It happened to my dad, in a new 1978 Grand Prix. Fortunately, he was standing next to the car and was able to immediately hop in and move it, thereby saving it. Had he not stopped to talk with a friend when he got out, his car would have been toast... Quite literally!
#24993 of 32000 Re: Yup, it's trivial. [uplanderguy]
Jun 25, 2012 (3:53 pm)
I was going to say that if your Studie is seeping oil you should take it back to the manufacturer but I see you are already doing that....
#24994 of 32000 Re: Yup, it's trivial. [fezo]
Jun 25, 2012 (5:07 pm)
I have a dear friend who was the Studebaker dealer in our hometown...his father ran the agency from '26 'til his death in early '63 and my friend ran it the last few years. When we both get back toour hometown in the summer, I'll drive a Stude to the potluck dinner he and his wife throw at the VFW pavilion in town for old friends. I'll yell, "Hey buddy, know where I can get somebody to work on this thing?" and he'll yell back, "No idea at all"! You probably would have to be there but it makes me smile.
#24995 of 32000 Re: Build you own ATS [andre1969]
Jun 26, 2012 (11:13 am)
'Here's a production Aztek that's been either modified, Photoshopped, or a bit of both. I think it actually looks pretty sharp, considering the source material. Lowering it and rounding off the wheel arches to match with the wheels really helps alot, IMO. '
I believe that is the 'Aztek from H*LL' 650HP V8, rear wheel drive ,roll cage, single side exhaust and a bunch of other stuff. Not a real street machine
#24996 of 32000 Re: Yup, it's trivial. [uplanderguy]
Jun 26, 2012 (11:49 am)
Something you might be interested in...
Coming back from lunch about an hour ago, I passed a 1953 Nash Rambler 2-door station wagon. White cream exterior paint. Couldn't get a good look at the interior, and by the time I got to where I could turn around and try to catch him, he was gone.
From what I could tell, the car, at least on the outside, was in mint condition.
#24998 of 32000 Re: GM gets 6 of 10 spots in best American cars list [ateixeira]
Jun 28, 2012 (1:22 pm)
My car made #2!! Woo Hoo....
#24999 of 32000 Re: GM gets 6 of 10 spots in best American cars list [ateixeira]
Jun 28, 2012 (2:15 pm)
The totalscore info was done by a Karl Brauer, editor in chief of Total Car Score.
Edmunds had or has a Karl Brauer. Any connection?
#25000 of 32000 Re: GM gets 6 of 10 spots in best American cars list [imidazol97]
by steve_ HOST
Jun 28, 2012 (2:28 pm)
The same. Karl left, oh, a year or so ago to start Total Car Score.
#25001 of 32000 Re: Yup, it's trivial. [uplanderguy]
Jun 29, 2012 (4:51 pm)
IMO, you need to change the valve cover gaskets. Tightening only goes so far.
Hope your fix works short term.