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I miss the simpler times

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I miss the simpler times

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Mrkim Report This Comment
Date: May 26, 2008 09:18AM

May be simpler quasi but I don't miss nasty/messy oil bath breathers and cartridge type oil filters. carburetors that needed adjustment any time the weather changed or you took a trip where a big change in elevation was involved, resettin the point gap and dwell angle every month or so and then changin 'em out every few months, spark plugs that only lasted 20k miles or so before needin changin, same with the plug wires/cap and rotor, non detergent oils that led to severe internal engine sludging in well under 100k miles, engines that didn typically live much over 100k before needin a rebuild from all the above and most of all today .... I sure wouldn't miss that great 8-15 MPG these things yielded thumbs up

I'll take computer controlled fuel injection and crank/cam triggered waste-spark high voltage ignitions where most of the components are good for at least 100k miles, spin on oil filters, drop in air filters, higher quality lubricants, the huge increases in power and performance these all add up to give ya with almost no maintenace and with far better fuel economy to boot, the vast improvements in steering/suspension geometries that allow things to take bumps in the road and curves waaay better and brake systems that don't fade to 1/2 or less of their capability if ever needed to be used hard in more than one instance at a time.

I'll take all the new stuff, and not just any day but every day, over the old "simpler" stuff like this old truck had winking


Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 26/05/2008 09:25AM by Mrkim.
quasi Report This Comment
Date: May 27, 2008 08:35PM

At least when it needed servicing or repair an average guy could probably do it himself without calling in a "tech". Computers are great but our reliance on them will be our downfall. House of cards, man, house of cards.
quasi Report This Comment
Date: May 27, 2008 08:40PM

It has crossed my mind to take an old IH truck and cram a powerstroke diesel in it, though. That would be acceptable, an International in an International.
quasi Report This Comment
Date: May 27, 2008 08:52PM


True love requires that we accept the shortcomings of the objects of our love as much as we adore their strong points. It's been nearly 30 years since I owned an International truck, but I was born in an IH town and it's in my blood. I love 'em, truly.
Mrkim Report This Comment
Date: May 28, 2008 08:30AM

In truth quasi I find the newer stuff is actually simpler to work on in a lot of ways compared to the old stuff and most everything is just plug n play. One of the biggest advantages overall from my view is that most of what was considered routine maintenance (and of necessity an ongoing process) is now unnecessary with a greatly extended service interval today than what the older stuff had.

While it's true that one often will need to put a car on a diagnostic 'puter to chase down a problem, from there it's usually a simpler process and troubleshooting is greatly simplified in this way .... some times smiling
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I think a vast majority of people are overly mystified by the new technologies unnecessarily. One of the best pieces of advice my old man ever gave me about mechanics was "Boy, everything mechanical goes round and round. While some things go around one way and others do it another way, it all still just goes round and round."

In actuality there is a short list of mechanical principles and once one understands them it removes a lot of the mysteries, no matter whether you're workin on a washing machine or the space shuttle winking


Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 28/05/2008 08:35AM by Mrkim.