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Old 10-11-2020, 11:29 AM   #661
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Who remembers these attached to the rocker panels of the family sedan?
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And "White Wall" tire inserts.
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Old 10-11-2020, 01:10 PM   #663
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And quite often spotted on the same vehicle as grounding straps.
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How about "static straps"



My Dad put one on every new car to keep the radio (AM) from "Popping" all the time in dry weather.

Toll booths had a metal "Whisker" installed in the pavement to bleed off static electricity to keep the Toll Takers from getting jolted as they reached for the money.

They may be coming back with the reformulation of tire "rubber". Tires had a lot of carbon black added for longer wear which is conductive. Newer compounds in low rolling resistance tires are supposedly using non conductive elements so there isn't the same path to ground for the static electricity.
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Who remembers the old soda (coke) machines with bottles that you had to pull out of the machine after you inserted your coin. Sometimes if you pulled on 2 bottles at the same time, you could get two for the price of one!

Ohhhh --

Of course the real ones ofmy youth didn't look as shiny and new as the photo! they sat outside the Texaco gas station year round
Our firehouse has a similar soda machine now. You put the money in, then turn a lever and the bottle rolls out. Gotta check in the little hole first and make sure there's a bottle in that spot or you lost your money. The machine is owned by a local soda company - Hosmer Mountain. One of our new young members thought it was just a display piece. Now I've got him hooked on bright green lemon lime soda.
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How about "static straps"



My Dad put one on every new car to keep the radio (AM) from "Popping" all the time in dry weather.

Toll booths had a metal "Whisker" installed in the pavement to bleed off static electricity to keep the Toll Takers from getting jolted as they reached for the money.

They may be coming back with the reformulation of tire "rubber". Tires had a lot of carbon black added for longer wear which is conductive. Newer compounds in low rolling resistance tires are supposedly using non conductive elements so there isn't the same path to ground for the static electricity.


I sold a bunch of those in the 80ís
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Learning how to take care of your first car, setting plugs and points with feeler gauges, replacing the condenser, and using a timing light. Of course when you opened the hood you could actually see the engine.
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Learning how to take care of your first car, setting plugs and points with feeler gauges, replacing the condenser, and using a timing light. Of course when you opened the hood you could actually see the engine.
I remember getting IN the engine bay to work on my car.
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Does anyone remember the "He knows he's a man" Wheaties commercial from the '60's?
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Learning how to take care of your first car, setting plugs and points with feeler gauges, replacing the condenser, and using a timing light. Of course when you opened the hood you could actually see the engine.
And if you didn't have a feeler gauge for the points you used the cover of a match book which was around .014". Got you by in a pinch!
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Learning how to take care of your first car, setting plugs and points with feeler gauges, replacing the condenser, and using a timing light. Of course when you opened the hood you could actually see the engine.
I can remember three guys who could set the timing without a timing light. One was the Japanese-American 1963 U.S. National Drag Racing Champion and owner of a shop top name NHRA drag racers used as they traveled around from race to race. Another was a builder/owner/driver of dirt track stock cars, the other, my Dad.


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Old 10-12-2020, 01:29 PM   #673
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Does anyone remember the "He knows he's a man" Wheaties commercial from the '60's?
No, but I LOVE your handle RollsCanardly!
Haven't heard that in YEARS!

Who remembers that?!?
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I remember getting IN the engine bay to work on my car.
You must have had a 1958 Chev Bel-Aire with "straight 6" too.

I could sit comfortably on the inner fenders
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And if you didn't have a feeler gauge for the points you used the cover of a match book which was around .014". Got you by in a pinch!
And if you didn't have a timing light, just loosen the distributor hold down bolt a little, rotate the distributor away from the vacuum line on the advance diaphragm, hand rotate engine so timing mark was lined up with pointer, turn on ignition, and then rotate distributor back toward the vacuum line/port until you heard the coil fire and make a popping noise inside the distributor cap. Lock it down and timing was perfect. No error due to centrifugal advance.

This is also how we had to set the twin magneto's on the M-48 tank engines. Just turned them until the impulse coupler was triggered then locked them down.
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Does anyone under 60 know what "Before Top Dead Center" means?

my first car was a '64 Nova, 3 on the tree,2 door coupe.
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Does anyone under 60 know what "Before Top Dead Center" means?

my first car was a '64 Nova, 3 on the tree,2 door coupe.
Iím under 60 (barely)! And yes, I remember setting the timing so many degrees before tdc.

I bet you wish you still had your Nova. My second car was a Ď71 Challenger, and I sure wish I still had it!
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Does anyone under 60 know what "Before Top Dead Center" means?

my first car was a '64 Nova, 3 on the tree,2 door coupe.
Timing was set to a few degrees BTDC. Many engines had a small notched 1" x 1-1/2" or 2" plate attached to the block with degree markings stamped on it. With a timing light you could set the mark on the counter balance to the appropriate mark on the plate. Later engines, the plate was changed to a pin mounted to the engine block.


My first car was a 4dr '57 Chevy Bel Air with the gas filler in the fin above the taillight my grandfather gave me.
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I remember Chevy distributors had a little door to adjust the points with an allen wrench, which made setting them so easy. Ford and Dodge had no such thing.
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I remember Chevy distributors had a little door to adjust the points with an allen wrench, which made setting them so easy. Ford and Dodge had no such thing.


True on the V-8 engines.
I came to the parts business in 81... we sold lots of points still back then. Fast forward 20 years and about the only points we ever sold were V-8 Ford and a few tractors. The Chevrolet boys would tell you they converted...I would tell you they didnít run. In defense of the Ford boys...they were difficult to convert as compared to GM.
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