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Post by jed » Sun Jul 03, 2016 8:08 am

Walking to church with mom and my brother on Sunday morning because dad was hunting or fishing.
In the summer when school was out walking to the Waldo Theater in KCMO on Wednesday morning to watch
Cartoons and a western for .15 cents.
Taking a summer nap to keep from getting polio.
Seeing mom and dad sitting at the dinner table lestening to the KC Blues baseball game. Way befor TV.
Loading Nuclear bombs on a B52 at 3am.
Going to Western Auto for all your bycicle parts and every thing was in stock. Every thing.

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Post by Circlotron » Sat Jul 16, 2016 11:32 pm

When Christmas morning meant kids running up and down the street making a racket with all there new stuff. Now there's just tumble weeds while the kids are inside, glued to there new phones / tablets / video game consoles.

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Post by GLHS60 » Sun Jul 17, 2016 9:23 pm

PackardV8 wrote:
Gregory wrote:You know the first car (year and make) to have a 4150 Holley style carburetor.
1957 T-bird.

First to use the Carter WCFB?

First to use Stromberg 4-bbl?

First to use Carter AFB?
My guesses:

White Cast Four Barrel: 1952 Buick straight 8

Stromberg ????

Aluminum Four Barrel: 1957 Buick

Thanks
Randy

PS:
I cheated and Googled: "Stromberg 4A Aeroquad" only available on 1953-54 Buick V8's.
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Post by Zmechanic » Tue Jul 19, 2016 11:25 am

I'm no old timer, but I remember the first time my pops brought home a truck he bought that didn't have a V8 in it. I was not happy, gearhead from the beginning I guess. He even talked about how it got better mileage. Even as I kid I knew that meant things were changing. Previously it was always a big Chevy dually usually with a 454.

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Post by Olefud » Tue Aug 23, 2016 6:38 pm

I remember Pearl Harbor.

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Post by Walter R. Malik » Tue Aug 23, 2016 9:21 pm

My first engine swap ... a 383 MEL Mercury engine into a 1961 Ford replacing the 292 "Y" block.
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Post by Olefud » Thu Oct 06, 2016 6:07 pm

My first kart was a box of weld yourself tube and wheels with a 4hp engine. It was the hottest (only) kart available -from Go Kart-. My build was an early use of wedge.

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Post by jred » Fri Oct 07, 2016 1:55 am

how about Cushman's I think anybody could drive them without a license

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Post by engineczar » Fri Oct 07, 2016 9:09 am

Old enough to remember getting S&H greenstamps when you got your gasoline. Some even gave double stamps just to get your business.

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Post by enginenut2 » Wed May 10, 2017 11:55 pm

Raised in a small rural, Tennessee town-serving highway 70/"Broadway of America"/ Bristol to Memphis Highway, and found entertainment and training in the small garages and service stations that would effect my life ever after.
Remembered when:
All tires had tubes and to watch a good tire man attact with "tar tools", hammer, and a blunt pick to break it down was awesome.

Bicycle tires were "lined" with old thin tires with beads cut off to get a few more miles at the end of their life.

Whizzer motor bikes were available for 15 to 25 dollars- usually with a bad magneto but easily cured by adding an old car coil and some telephone batteries.

A few televisions were around and in summer were wheeled to the door of the house so viewers could sit outside where it was "cool".

A few diesel trucks were showing up- usually Jimmys which could be heard for miles as they climbed the hill on the east of town.

Never saw a turbocharged diesel and the Macks' and Cummins powered usually had a provision for extra fuel at drivers command-when they blasted through gaining speed for the next hill they would have a foot or more of fire out the stack at night.

Harleys and Indians were available for next to nothing since all the young folks wanted the sportier British iron.

The first thing to do to a "fresh" old motorcycle was eliminate the mufflers--did you ever hear a 2 stroke "Famous James" or a Sears/ Puch with pipes only ? Lots of sound there with minimal speed.

The shops changed more engines than spark plugs. There seemed to be always another splash oiled Chevy with a bad bearing or a 1950-53 flathead Ford with a cracked valve seat.And the chevys with
a soybean timing gear stripped. Why did the early Chrysler v-8's experience so many crankshaft failures? And the farmers poor oil change habits plugged the y-blocks and chevy inlines rocker lube
passages.

Some of the Chevy babbit bearing rods could be changed from the bottom without removing the piston and some of the throws could be reground with a portable grinder after removing the pan and
rod.

An engine with more than 100,000 mi on the clock that had not needed overhaul was something to brag about.

A v8 Chevy that used no more than a quart of oil in 1200 mi was something to brag about.

Brakes that had to be adjusted.

The first air conditioned car you ever saw --the evap in the trunk.

Reconditioned spark plugs- rerefined oil pumped from a drum.

Every shop had to have a spark plug sand blaster to clean up the oil pumpers.

A "270" Duntov cam cost $21.00 and some change -dual point dist about the same - 250-300 327 short block for $220.00 or the 340-360 for $245.00. We scrapped a bunch of 283's and 265's

minimum wage had been raised to $1.00/hr and our county had less than 15% of the roads paved. The county had 2 road graders working every week day and an extra in the summer pulling ditches.

Highway 70 speed limit was: daytime cars 65 and trucks 55, nighttime was lowered to 55 for all.
I guess we learned a lot and it mostly kept us out of trouble.

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Post by Ken0069 » Thu May 11, 2017 9:17 am

I remember when Doctors made HOUSE CALLS if you were sick and they brought most of the medicine they needed with them so you didn't have to go to the drug store to get it. And even then, most drug stores DELIVERED prescriptions too.
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Re: Are you an old timer.

Post by Circlotron » Thu May 11, 2017 10:01 am

I remember when we had one each of electricity gas and telephone company, one kind of bank account, one kind of telephone plan, etc etc etc. Nowadays we are bamboozled by way too much choice in some things.

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Re: Are you an old timer.

Post by Gregory » Thu Jun 29, 2017 6:29 pm

In the early sixties, what did we call the performance replacement push rods for the stock stamped steel ones - thinking of the Y block Ford.

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Post by tjs44 » Thu Jun 29, 2017 6:37 pm

remember drag racing with a FLAG man,push starting dragsters.Tom

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Re: Are you an old timer.

Post by pdq67 » Sun Jul 09, 2017 2:47 am

GLHS60 wrote:
PackardV8 wrote:
Gregory wrote:You know the first car (year and make) to have a 4150 Holley style carburetor.
1957 T-bird.

First to use the Carter WCFB?

First to use Stromberg 4-bbl?

First to use Carter AFB?
My guesses:

White Cast Four Barrel: 1952 Buick straight 8

Stromberg ????

Aluminum Four Barrel: 1957 Buick

Thanks
Randy

PS:
I cheated and Googled: "Stromberg 4A Aeroquad" only available on 1953-54 Buick V8's.
Question??

What carb had a cast-iron base plate?

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