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Hambone61
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2008 4:47:30 PM

List a bit of trivia, auto related, that you know for sure. It can be about anything automotive regarding sales, styling, firsts, features, performance, mechanical highlights, anything that may be interesting to someone who loves cars.

I'll get it started:
In 1938, Packard had a twelve cylinder engine. The engine was of V design and had an unusual valve layout that put both the intake and exhaust manifolds on the top of the engine. This engine had an innovative cooling overflow tank mounted alongside the engine. The cooling system on this car held a whopping 40 quarts and the engine took 10 quarts of oil!

I guess if you could afford to drive a Packard, you could afford the money for the five gallons of antifreeze required, not to mention the oil and maintenance required.

What do you have?
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With 500 horsepower, there were only sixty-nine total 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 made. Though few in number, these babies have got some power, topping out at a 5.3 mark in the 0-60 range.
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Message Posted: Mar 23, 2015 10:00:41 AM

Chevy small block turns 60 - article from Jim Koscs of Hagerty. Maybe the Hagerty link will work as there's a letter from Duntov on the subject in the Hagerty article.

From Jim Kocsc of Hagerty:

"It’s an engine that has touched so many lives that, no matter where your car brand loyalty lies, chances are good that you’ve got a personal story about one. It has powered tens of millions of passenger cars, trucks, race machines and boats. Calling it an American icon would not be an overstatement or hype.

“It” is the Chevy small-block V-8, and General Motors is celebrating this influential engine’s 60th anniversary.

Introduced as a durable yet inexpensive-to-build upgrade engine in the 1955 Chevrolet line, the second V-8 in the brand’s history (the first was in 1917) was as warmly embraced by average car buyers as by hotrodders. The engine, which Chevy called the Turbo Fire, wasn’t nicknamed the “small-block” until the Mk. IV “big-block” arrived in 1965.

While GM’s Gen IV and Gen V V-8s power new Corvettes, Camaros, pickups and SUVs, the original small-block continues in production for marine use and as a series of crate engines for hotrodders, racers and builders.

Looking back six decades, the circumstances that made the small-block a legend can seem almost coincidental. Chevy was already developing a small-displacement V-8 when Ed Cole, who’d headed development of the Cadillac V-8, was put in charge of Chevy engineering in 1952. He immediately scrapped the V-8 project to develop something truly innovative and in tune with Chevy’s character.

In New York, meanwhile, seeing the Motorama Corvette show car inspired the Belgian-born Russian engineer Zora-Arkus Duntov to seek employment with Chevrolet. Duntov had developed an overhead-valve conversion for the Ford flathead and had driven a Cadillac-powered Allard at Le Mans, so he knew a thing or two about American V-8s. At Chevrolet, he saw in the new V-8 great potential to attract the youth market.

Taking a bold step, Duntov sent his boss, Maurice Olley, a memo he titled, "Thoughts Pertaining to Youth, Hot Rodders and Chevrolet.” Duntov made the case for offering a line of factory performance parts for the Chevy V-8 as a way to attract a new generation of customers to the brand. One passage from the memo, in particular, captured Duntov’s intuition for engineering and marketing:
Zora Arkus Duntov letter
“The association of Chevrolet with hot rods, speeds and such is probably inadmissible, but possibly the existence of the Corvette provides the loop hole. If the special parts are carried as RPO [regular production option] items for the Corvette, they undoubtedly will be recognized by the hot rodders as the very parts they were looking for to hop up the Chevy.”

Cole eventually got on board, and Duntov would go on to lead Corvette engineering. His ideas for the small-block would upend American performance and hotrodding. With the small-block, Duntov saved the floundering Corvette from an early demise, and the Corvette program in turn helped ensure continual performance development for the small-block.

The features that made the new Chevy engine lighter and less costly to build versus other V-8s also endowed it with good breathing, reliability and durability. Its thin-wall block casting ended at the crankshaft centerline, unlike the deep-skirted blocks used on other V-8s. Mounting stamped-steel rockers to ball studs rather than using a traditional rocker shaft arrangement saved cost and lightened the valve train considerably, giving the small-block high-rev potential.

The 265 cu. in. Chevy V-8 debuted with 162 hp using a 2-barrel carburetor and 180 hp with an optional Power Pack – a 4-barrel carb and dual exhausts. The 1955 Corvette got its own version with a “Duntov cam” for 195 hp.

Displacement grew to 283 cubes in 1957, when mechanical fuel injection was offered for both the Corvette and regular Chevys. Ads touted America’s first engine with one horsepower per cubic inch. In addition to Chevy’s own performance parts, the aftermarket exploded with choices for hotrodders. A bigger bore and longer stroke yielded 327 cubic inches in 1962, and interchangeability within the small-block family bolstered performance potential.

A string of legendary small-blocks originated with the Corvette and later, the Camaro, a tradition that continues to this day. Among the 1960s Corvette gems were the 375-hp L-84 fuel-injected 327 and its hydraulic-cam, 4-barrel carb sibling, the L-79. This 350-horse version was also available in the Chevelle, and for 1966 the option turned the Chevy II Nova into a budget muscle car.

When Chevy fielded the Camaro Z/28 to compete in the Trans-Am racing series, it borrowed a trick from oval-track racers who’d been putting a 283 crankshaft in a 327 block to get a high-revving 302. Chevy stuffed the production version with its best high-performance parts.

The 350 cu.-in. small-block debuted in the 1967 Camaro and then proliferated throughout the Chevy line. At the dawn of the low-compression, low-emissions era, Chevy kept performance alive with the 250-hp (net) L-82 in the Corvette and Z/28.

You didn't need one of the high-performance versions to have fun, though. Almost any small-block had some hop-up potential. And, performance wasn’t the engine’s only calling card. Millions of drivers enjoyed its reliability and durability in everyday cars and trucks. The small-block eventually became GM’s mainstay V-8, powering vehicles from all of the corporation’s brands, except Saturn.

In the mid-1980s, electronically controlled Tuned Port Injection brought performance back to the Corvette and Camaro. And in 1990, the Corvette ZR1 introduced a radical DOHC aluminum small-block, engineered with help from Lotus in England.

The Gen II brought another big performance jump for 1993, thanks to such improvements as reverse cooling, which allowed higher compression ratios. With up to 330 net hp in the 1996 Corvette, the Gen II was more powerful than most of its Gen I ancestors.

In 1997, the truly new Gen III small-block debuted as the aluminum LS1 in the ’Vette, and then in the Camaro Z28 and Pontiac Firebird models the following year. This modern engine kept key elements of the original, including 4.4-inch bore centers (the center-to-center distance between cylinders) and two valves per cylinder actuated by pushrods operated by a single camshaft.

Indeed, the newest Gen V engine in the Corvette Stingray still shares those attributes. Features like variable valve timing and cylinder deactivation have helped the modern small-blocks deliver higher fuel economy.

GM doesn't label its sole family of gasoline V-8s “Chevy” these days, and the continuity from the original small-block is more of a marketing strategy than an engineering reality. But that’s also true of other engines that are intrinsically linked with their brand’s heritage, including the Chrysler HEMI, Ferrari V-12 and Porsche flat-six.

After 60 years, that’s mighty good company to be in."
Hagerty article on Chevy small block
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Message Posted: Mar 23, 2015 8:51:40 AM

Maybe the link will work now - sorry for the delay,,[L=http://autos.yahoo.com/news/text deleted small block link[/L]
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Message Posted: Mar 23, 2015 8:48:07 AM

Chevy small block turns 60. Time flies when you're having fun? Link to article included,,[L=https://autos.yahoo.com/news/text deleted small block article[/L]
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Jamaican reggae singer-songwriter and guitarist, Bob Marley owned a BMW, not for prestige but because of the coincidence of initials for Bob Marley and the Wailers.
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Message Posted: Mar 19, 2015 7:52:25 AM

DasAuto92 says "Chevrolet L88 427 : This is the meanest “rat motor” of them all."

I remember the great Chevrolet with the 427 engine, a friend had one way back when..

Every time my friend drag someone with his Chevy with 427 engine in it, that car would be in the shop with problems for days....

It got to be a joke about that car with friends.....

Some would say you have a fast car there just tell everyone how fast it is without showing them....

The Chevrolet with a 427 engine was a dud with many problems and why GM discontinued that 427 motor.........

[Edited by: contiki at 3/19/2015 7:54:09 AM EST]
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With only eleven units produced, 425 horsepower 1971 Plymouth Hemi'Cuda Convertible quickly became a highly sought after collector's item. One unit recently sold at auction for a cool $4 million.
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The Plymouth Road Runner Hemi was another car issued during the late 60s that had the speed that enthusiasts crave. With 425 horsepower and an incredible power train design, the Plymouth Road Runner is a muscle car that was built solely for performance.
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Four of the most underrated engines and their true power:
We know the myth of how D3 kept the hp rating low for insurance purposes, and to make x amount street legal for racing. Heres a list of true hp and what they didn't tell you:
1)Chevrolet L88 427 : This is the meanest “rat motor” of them all. The L88 used a high-overlap cam and a crushing 12.5:1 compression ratio to become one of the most powerful engines of the muscle car era. The engine was laughably underrated at 430 horsepower at 5,200 rpm but GM wasn’t completely dishonest. The engine actually did make 430 horsepower at 5,200 rpm, but GM neglected to mention that its power peak was around 6,500 rpm where it made over 500 horsepower.Underrated by 80 horsepower.
2)MoPar 426 Hemi :Is there any engine that has more myth and legend surrounding it? The mystical Hemi is able to conjure wild stories from enthusiasts whenever the name is mentioned. The 426 street Hemi was rated at 425 horsepower from the factory.Chrysler dyno sheet from decades ago,put the gross horsepower rating at about 470 horsepower without full exhausts and other engine-driven accessories.Underrated by 45 horsepower
3)Ford 428 Cobra Jet : The Cobra Jet was a high-performance version of Ford’s 428 big-block and it was so laughably underrated that even the NHRA ignored Ford’s numbers.Ford rated the engine @ 335 HP,but NHRA rated the engine @ 390 HP. The true output is about 410 HP.Underrated by 75 horsepower.
4)Ford GT 5.4-litre V8 : Ford rated the 5.4-litre supercharged V8 in the GT at 550 horsepower at the crank. A dyno test of a stock GT produced 562 HP at the wheels. Other GT owners have reported stock cars producing 520 to 550 horsepower to the wheels. If we factor in a conservative 15% drivetrain loss, that means these engines are actually making around 630 horsepower!
Underrated by 80 horsepower

[Edited by: DasAuto92 at 3/11/2015 2:48:56 PM EST]
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The Plymouth Road Runner Hemi was another car issued during the late 60s that had the speed that enthusiasts crave. With 425 horsepower and an incredible power train design, the Plymouth Road Runner is a muscle car that was built solely for performance.
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Ford, who made the first pick-up trucks, shipped them to dealers in crates that the new owners had to assemble using the crates as the beds of the trucks.
The new owners had to go to the dealers to get them, thus they had to "pick-up" the trucks.
And now you know the "rest of the story".
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The 1969 Pontiac Grand Prix, was the first car to have it's radio
antenna embedded in the windshield
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2015 5:11:19 PM

Good lead-in to our next piece of trivia, eB40...it's a little early but Sunday, March 8th, marks the 46th anniversary of the introduction of the Pontiac Firebird Trans Am. The white coupe (and convertible) with the blue racing stripes featured a version of the GTO engine and scoops galore. The side scoops on either front fender were actually fashioned from the shells Pontiac used for their hood-mounted tachometers! Six hundred eighty-nine Trans Am hardtop coupes were built...and only eight convertibles...in the end of the 1969 model year. Any one of them would be worth a king's ransom today!

[Edited by: bongobro at 3/6/2015 5:12:05 PM EST]
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The 1964 Pontiac GTO was considered the pioneer in muscle cars in the 60s and 70s and was able to go from 0-60 in 6.6 seconds. The GTO also had a trap speed of 99 Miles Per Hour.
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March 4...a tale of the good, the bad and the ugly.

The good: The American Automobile Association (AAA) was founded in Chicago in 1902; one of the largest AAA branches is based in St. Louis...

The bad: Warren G. Harding, considered--until recently--to be the worst president in U. S. history, becomes the first president to ride to his inauguration in a passenger car in 1921...his ride? A Packard Twin-Six.

The ugly: In 1966, a Timberline Turquoise Wagonaire station wagon was the last of 8,947 Studebakers to roll off the assembly line in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, ending a line of cars dating back to 1902--and wheeled vehicles dating back to the original Conestoga wagons in 1852. (The American Studebaker factory in South Bend, Indiana, closed in December 1963.)

The irony was that Studebaker Corporation was turning a profit in its non-automotive divisions (Onan electric generators, STP oil treatment, Gravely Tractors, etc.), but financial agreements made with its bankers would not allow Studebaker to put any money into its automotive division! Plans had been made for Studebakers as far ahead as 1970--amazingly based on the Lark platform, which itself dated back to the "Loewy" platform that debuted in 1953!--but they would never see the light of day.
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A little more detail on the seat belt story:

A passenger-side front seat belt was offered as optional equipment by Nash on its Ambassador and Statesman models in 1950. It wasn't to keep anyone from slamming into the windshield in an accident, but was billed as a way to keep the right-front passenger from aliding out of the Airliner Reclining Seat while the car was in motion. So Granny could take a nap without falling out of the seat!

Seat belts were offered as optional equipment in 1956 on Ford, Lincoln and Mercury cars and even in Ford trucks as part of its "Lifeguard Design" ad campaign; Chevy outsold Ford in '56, which leads some auto writers to suggest that more people were "interested in added dash than a padded dash." However, for 1957, Chevy and Plymouth both added seat belts--and even shoulder harnesses--to the option list.

In 1962, American manufacturers were required to install anchorage provisions for safety belts in all new automobiles...which Studebaker took advantage of by offering standard seat belts in their 1963 models, as in 2tall's previous post.

Front seat belts were mandated in all new cars built after January 1964, and rear seat belts were mandated for models built after January 1966.

And, a trivia note from February 28: In 1903, the Dodge brothers sign a contract with Ford Motor Company to produce engines for Ford cars. Thanks to that contract--and the resulting profits--Horace and John Dodge made enough money to start their own company, which is celebrating its centennial this year!
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1963 Seat belts first offered as standard equipment.
1965 Rear seat belts became standard on most cars.
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Congratulations are in order for 24-year-old Joey Logano, who won the Daytona 500 yesterday afternoon (February 22nd). Yesterday marked the 56th anniversary, to the day, of what is now called "America's race." On that day in 1959, Lee Petty won the first-ever Daytona 500 in a photo-finish with Johnny Beauchamp at the brand-new Daytona International Soeeday. Beauchamp, driving a Ford Thunderbird, was first declared the winner, but was then disqualified, so Petty won the race in an...

Oldsmobile 88! (The switch to Plymouth was soon to come.)
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Somehow, "burn up that 1000 feet" doesn't have quite the pizzazz of "burn up that quarter mile" (from "Drag City," Jan and Dean, 1963).

For those who get tired of endless TV car commercials, we must go back more than 100 years to the first national automobile ad of any kind. Oldsmobile ran its first national ad in "The Saturday Evening Post" on Feb. 15, 1902. (Automobilia fans note that the Post ran many, many car ads through the years until its "last issue" in 1969; the Post was revived some years later, minus car ads.)
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Top Fuel dragsters are the fastest sanctioned category of drag racers, with the fastest competitors reaching speeds of 330 miles per hour (530 km/h) and finishing the 1,000 foot (300 m) runs in 3.7 seconds.

Because of the speeds, this class almost exclusively races to only the 1,000 foot (300 m) distance, and not the traditional 1/4 mile (1,320 foot / 402 m). The rule was changed in 2008 by the National Hot Rod Association following the fatal crash of Funny Car driver Scott Kalitta during qualifying at the SuperNationals, held at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ. The shortening of the distance was used in the FIA at some tracks, and for 2012 is now the standard Top Fuel distance. The Australian National Drag Racing Association is the only internationally recognized sanctioning body that races at 1,320 foot for the majority of races in Top Fuel.

A top fuel dragster accelerates from a standstill to 100 miles per hour (160 km/h) in as little as 0.8 seconds (less than one third the time required by a production Porsche 911 Turbo to reach 60 miles per hour (97 km/h)) and can exceed 280 miles per hour (450 km/h) in just 660 feet (200 m). This acceleration subjects the driver to an average force of about 4.0 G over the duration of the race.
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FEBRUARY 8:

1909: The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is incorporated, but the first 500-mile Memorial Day race doesn't take place until 1911.
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Think combination ignition-steering locks started with the 1969-model new cars? Not quite. In 1948, Ford used combination ignition-steering locks on its cars, but abandoned the idea with its all-new 1949 models.
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Oldsmobile the 1949 model was equipped with an ignition key and a starter push-button to engage the starter. Pushing the starter button would engage the starter, but if the ignition key was not inserted, unlocking the ignition, the car would not start
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FEBRUARY 2:

1942: A grim day for drivers in the U.S. who hadn't bought a new car. Nationwide vehicle rationing was announced by the U. S. government; at the same time, carmakers were ordered to concentrate exclusively on production of war materiel. One week later, on February 9th, all civilian automobile production ended "for the duration."
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FEBRUARY 1:

1898: Dr. Truman J. Martin of Buffalo, New York purchases the first auto insurance policy ever issued, by the Travelers Insurance Co. of Hartford, Connecticut. Premium: $11.50 (for how long a period, I don't know), but I don't think anyone would gripe about paying that little for car insurance today!

1919: In my last post I referred to engines that "go boing, boing, boing" and those that go "hummmmm..." but on this date the Cummins Engine company was established in Columbus, Indiana...as you know by now, Cummins is the foremost manufacturer of engines that go "clatter, clatter, roar." That is, diesel engines...just ask any owner of a Dodge Ram Turbodiesel.
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Anyone ever go for a spin in a Gremlin like this one?
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My '75 Gremlin X was set up similar to that.Stock 304 3 speed.Tires were stock size D70/14 all 'round, mated to factory rims.Then changed the rear tires to G60/14. I installed air shocks 'cuz i pulled a snowmobile trailer.Would break the odd shock support(rear) but solved the problem by welding a second support to original.
Now i'm in the midst of changing my intake to a 4 bbl, as i found a original AMC performance intake by Edelbrock.
Still own the car as of today with 69,000 miles.
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JANUARY 30: The beginnings of "Zoom-Zoom":

On this date in 1920 (95 years ago!), Toyo Kogyo Ltd. was founded in Hiroshima, Japan. The company built its first automobile in 1960 (55 years ago!) under the brand name "Mazda," and was one of the very few companies to embrace the NSU-Wankel rotary engine technology (remember "piston engines go boing, boing, boing, boing, boing, but the Mazda goes 'HUMMMMMMMMMMMM...!'"
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JANUARY 29:

Yugo goes bye-bye!

On this date in 1989, Global Motors--the American company which imported the tiny Yugoslavian car starting in 1986--files for bankruptcy. The Yugo--a reworked Fiat built in Yugoslavia--sold for as little as $3990 when it was launched, but its numerous shortcomings (low power, poor build quality, poor parts availability, and most notably, poor reliabiity, send it to the showers by 1990.)
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American Motors built 4,180 Hudson automobiles for the 1957 model year...but only 4,108 were sold in the U. S. and Canada. What happened to the other 72? Strange as it sounds, they were CKD units (crated, knocked-down) that were sent to England and built at a Hudson factory dating back to the mid 1920's. Thus they had right-hand drive and other appurtenances pertaining to cars for sale in Europe. Considering, according to St. Louis classic car historian Bruce Kunz (a/k/a "The Fin Man"), only one '57 Hudson was built for every 369 1957 Chevies, it makes ya wonder why AMC even bothered???

[Edited by: bongobro at 1/21/2015 4:16:27 PM EST]
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Anyone ever go for a spin in a Gremlin like this one?

Randall 401 XR
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Ferrari only builds 14 cars each day.
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JANUARY 14:

1914: The Ford Motor Company make its first use of a moving assembly line....supposedly inspired by the butchering line of a meat-packing plant, which could be best described as a "dis-assembly" line.

1954: Nash-Kelvinator Corporation and Hudson Motor Car Company merge into what will ultimately become "The Last Independent": American Motors Corporation....the last "AMC" branded vehicle, an Eagle station wagon, rolls off the assembly line on December 14, 1987, about half a year after Chrysler buys AMC (mainly for its Jeep vehicle lines).
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January 11:

1913: Hudson introduced the world's first regular-production closed sedan, the Model 54.

1917: The first in a long, long line of trucks "built Ford Tough" made its debut when Ford Motor Company began building a factory built truck. So this is the 98th anniversary of the first production Ford truck (wonder if they'll do a Centennial Edition F-150 or Transit come 2017?)...

1940 (75 years ago): General Motors built its 25-millionth automobile, a Chevrolet Master DeLuxe 2-door town sedan. Price: $725. (That and a few bucks extra would put a dealer-installed cruise control in a Chevy Cruze!)
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True enough, DasAuto. My wife's first new car was a 1974 Gremlin with the 304 and Torque Command...no X package...just a little red car that left other drivers goin' W...T...F...? when they thought they could shut her down in a stoplight grand prix!

The only thing it needed was the Ziebart rustproofing that appeared on its successors, the Spirit and Eagle SX-4! We had to get rid of the "Gremmy" about a year after we got married in 1984. The rust-out was such that we were worried about our then-infant daughter riding in the back seat....

Now today's trivia. New Year's Day was a big day for Chrysler Corporation...nearly half a century ago...the first production Dodge Charget was unveiled on New Year's Day 1966 at the Rose Bowl!
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2014 10:47:10 AM

Well i have to admit after 39 years and counting, i am one of those owners of a AMC Gremlin X with a 304 (5 liter) 3 speed, and a 83 Spirit DL. with a 258 straight 6. As for your printing of jeers and laughter, i must confess its opposite. I do get many thumbs up when driving, and lots of attention at car shows with both vehicles.
Remember, what AMC did with the Gremlin, was the bench mark for the Volkswagen Rabbit, Plymouth Horizon, Dodge Omni, and other models.
They just added 2 xtra doors.
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American Motors designer Richard Teague — remember that name — was responsible for some of the coolest cars of the era. The Gremlin wasn't one of them. AMC was profoundly in the weeds at the time, and the Gremlin was the company's attempt to beat Ford and GM to the subcompact punch. To save time and money, Teague's design team basically whacked off the rear of the AMC Hornet with a cleaver. The result was one of the most curiously proportioned cars ever, with a long low snout, long front overhang and a truncated tail, like the tail snapped off a salamander. Cheap and incredibly deprived — with vacuum-operated windshield wipers, no less — the Gremlin was also awful to drive, with a heavy six-cylinder motor and choppy, unhappy handling due to the loss of suspension travel in the back. The Gremlin was quicker than other subcompacts but, alas, that only meant you heard the jeers and laughter that much sooner.
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Message Posted: Nov 22, 2014 7:23:07 PM

Last time I posted, I discussed the end of the Edsel. Within one year, another medium-priced make -- in fact, the fifth medium-price marque since 1957--bit the dust when Chrysler Corporation announced the end of the DeSoto line.

Of course, there wasn't much of a line to end. The '61 DeSoto came in a single nameless series composed of two-and-four door hardtops. No Firesweep, no Firedome, no Fireflite, no Adventurer. Just plain old DeSoto. Production started August 30, 1960 and ended November 30, 1960, with just 3,034 DeSotos produced: 2,123 four-door hardtops and 911 two-door hardtops. (For what it's worth, I have seen one '61 DeSoto ever...a two-door hardtop in the small northeast Arkansas town of Piggott, way back in 1967, when a '61 DeSoto was just an old car and nothing anywhere near collectible.)

However, some disgusted DeSoto dealers filed suit against Chrysler in 1960 shortly after production ended. The case was not settled until...

...1976.
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@DasAuto: Thanks for the correct figures on the '68 Rebel convertible... I knew they totaled 1200 units altogether; just had the wrong amounts of each!

Earlier this week in 1959--55-years ago--Ford Motor Company formally announced the end of Edsel production. Those looking for rare ragtops can choose from four versions, each unique to its model year.

1958 only: Pacer convertible, Production 1.876; Citation convertible, 930
1959 only: Corsair convertible, 1343
1960 only: Ranger convertible, 76 units

To put that into perspective, the single most-produced Edsel unit ever was the 1959 Ranger four-door sedan, with 14,093 units built in the U. S. and Canada. The least-produced ever was the 1960 Villager 4-door 9-passenger station wagon. Just 59 units were ever built...17 fewer than the Ranger convertible!

And, counting Canadian Edsels, the total three-year production was 118,287 (110,847 in the U. S. and the remainder in Canada).

By comparison, 121,869 1959 Ford Galaxie Club Victorias were built following the mid-year introduction of the Galaxie series -- a period of barely six months!
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2014 7:27:18 PM

That is correct, a diesel has a 16:1 compression ratio to ignite the fuel.
Cetane is a form of hydrocarbon that, like you said, helps ignite the fuel and helps the engine run smoother and cleaner. If I remember correctly, the highest cetane rating is 55.

It also helps the engine start easier in cold weather, the higher the number, the better cold weather startup.
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Message Posted: Nov 10, 2014 11:08:08 PM

Because diesels rely on compression ignition (no spark), the fuel must be able to auto-ignite--and generally, the quicker the better. A higher cetane number means a shorter ignition delay time and more complete combustion of the fuel charge in the combustion chamber. This, of course, translates into a smoother running, better performing engine with more power and fewer harmful emissions.
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We all know how a diesel engine runs, but do we know what cetane is and how it applies to a diesel engine?
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Message Posted: Nov 9, 2014 6:49:00 PM

Your welcome
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:bongobro : why anyone would want one, I'll never know, but AMC production figures showed 872 SST ragtops were built, and 328 550'
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There were 377 Rebel 550's built
In 1968 there were 823 Rebel SST convertables built, and these were the last year for the convertible model.
When new, the Rebel SST convertible was priced at $2,999
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Are you kidding me? I'd take a SST Rebel in a wink.The V-8 engine in Rebels was an overhead-valve powerplant of 290 cubic inches with a bore and stroke of 3.75 × 3.25 inches and a 9.0:1 compression ratio. It was built with five main bearings, hydraulic valve lifters and a AMC two-barrel model 8HM2 carburetor to produce 200 hp at 4,600 rpm

My 1980 Z28 equipped with a 4bbl, 350 produced 180 HP.

[Edited by: DasAuto92 at 11/9/2014 6:53:46 PM EST]
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The first major toll road in the United States was the Philadelphia and Lancaster Turnpike, built in the 1790s, within Pennsylvania, connecting Philadelphia and Lancaster. In New York State, the Great Western Turnpike was started in Albany in 1799 and eventually extended, by several alternate routes, to the Finger Lakes region.
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Message Posted: Nov 3, 2014 11:38:23 AM

Thanks, DasAuto, on comfirming that '65 Chevelle 300 convertible!

AMC did something similar in 1968 when they discontinued the Ambassador convertible and the American convertible; the only drop-top they offered that year was in the Rebel series. Actually, two: The top-line SST and, like the Canadian Chevelle, a base-series 550 series convertible. Now why anyone would want one, I'll never know, but AMC production figures showed 872 SST ragtops were built, and 328 550's. Grand total, 1,200--and it was the last AMC convertible built until the 1986 Renault Alliance.
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Message Posted: Nov 3, 2014 10:43:15 AM

In 1892, Rudolf Diesel a German engineer invented a "New Rational Combustion Engine" which lead him to building the first Diesel Engine in 1897.
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2014 7:34:16 PM

Henry Ford receives most of the credit for the development of the car in the US (see Henry Ford Changes the World, 1908), however, he did not produce the first American automobile. This distinction goes to the Duryea brothers - Charles and Frank - who created their first gasoline-powered "horseless-carriage" in 1893. Like the Wright brothers, the Duryeas were bicycle mechanics with a passion for innovation.
The brothers built their first car in a workshop located in a building in downtown Springfield, MA. Their new invention was rolled onto the city streets for testing in September 1893. It sported a one-cylinder, gasoline engine and a three-speed transmission mounted on a used horse carriage. It could achieve a top speed of 7.5 mph.
Henry Ford receives most of the credit for the development of the car in the US (see Henry Ford Changes the World, 1908), however, he did not produce the first American automobile. This distinction goes to the Duryea brothers - Charles and Frank - who created their first gasoline-powered "horseless-carriage" in 1893. Like the Wright brothers, the Duryeas were bicycle mechanics with a passion for innovation.

The following year, Frank developed a second car with a more powerful two-cylinder engine. It was this car that he drove in America's first automobile race on Thanksgiving Day, November 27, 1895. The race was sponsored by the Chicago Times-Herald and ran a 54-mile course from down-town Chicago to Evanston, Il and back.

There were five entrants in addition to Duryea: 2 electric cars and 3 gasoline-powered Benz machines imported from Germany. The race started in the early morning in snowy conditions. A little over 10 hours later, Frank Duryea was the first to cross the finish line having survived a journey punctured by numerous breakdowns and repairs. He had averaged 7.3 miles per hour and took home a prize of $2,000 ($49,500 in today's money).
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The 1938 Packard v-12 was a 175 horsepower 473 cubic inch L head engine. Although this was an odd looking configuration at the time, it was a better design than the ford flathead. It was less prone to overheating because the exhaust did not go around the cylinder wall, like the ford design did.
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Message Posted: Oct 22, 2014 4:40:17 PM

Well my friends there is 1 1965 Chevelle 300 convertible that is located in Barrie, Ontario, Canada.
Red exterior, Black rag top.
They did make a Canadian 1966 convertible and production was 230 cars.
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Message Posted: Oct 22, 2014 1:57:50 PM

What models were available in the 1965 Chevelle 300 series?

Two-door sedan, four-door sedan, two-door two-seat station wagon...and in Canada (and ONLY in Canada), a convertible!

A CONVERTIBLE? It helps to be Canadian to understand this, but Canadian GM dealers were once grouped into Chevrolet-Oldsmobile-Cadillac dealers and Pontiac-Buick-GMC-Cadillac dealers. During the 1961-66 period, Buick dealers offered a base-trim convertible in the Special series. To provide a comparable model for the other dealer network, a base-trim 300 series convertible in the Chevelle series was sold in Canada. (For that matter, a base-series convertible was also available in the Chevelle-based Acadian Beaumont series!)

No figures are available on how many Chevelle 300-series convertibles were sold in Canada, but I suspect if any are left, they would be some of the rarest Chevrolets ever sold in North America!
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Message Posted: Oct 21, 2014 4:03:59 PM

Earlier today I saw a 1956 Buick Roadmaster two-door Riviera on the road, and it reminded me of a peculiar thing Buick did on its 1956 and 1957 models.

The front grille ornament and, on some cases, the trunk lid trim, identified the car, in this case, as a "1956 Buick Roadmaster." While it made it easy for anyone who could read to identify the make, model and year of your new Buick, it also made it easy for anyone who could read to identifiy the make, model and year of your Buick when you traded it in on, say a 1959 or 1960 Buick a few years later.

Who wants to drive a used four-year-old Buick when you wanted, but couldn't afford, say, a '59 or '60 Buick?

Buick dropped the idea for good with its 1958 models, which anyone could recognize--and wish they'd forget--upon first seeing them on the street!
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