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CAR 'STUFF'
By Tom Hyland
Last edited: Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Posted: Tuesday, April 24, 2012



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"HAPPY TRAILS TO YOU ...
UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN ...
HAPPY TRAILS TO YOU ...
KEEP SMILING UNTIL THEN ...
HAPPY TRAILS TO YOU ...
AND ... DON'T FORGET YOUR ...
VASELINE !

THE PIC? ENTITLED 'CONFUSION-CAR'
STUDY IT CLOSELY ... CONFUSED?








CAR ‘STUFF’


© - Tom Hyland - 4/24/12


Hi Phyllis Jean Green:

Amen Pea ! Once upon a time, there was a big, open, empty area 'under the hood' ... you could see everything, reach everything, and fix anything!

Then, some 'Wise Guy' got the great idea of installing the engines so that plugs # 7 & 8 were back up under the fire-wall, and un-reachable ... unless you owned that 'Special Tool'!

Voltage regulators, generators, distributors, et cetera were not only within reach, but re-buildable! You could 'pull' a part out in 15 minutes, take it out to Dad's garage, lock it in a vise, re-build it, and re-install ... all in 2 hours, or less!

The same applied to all belts, hoses, radiators, water pumps, fuel pumps - what-have-you! Wayne, the mechanic, Joe, the plumber, John, the electrician, Bill, the carpenter - or even Mary Sue, the seamstress ... anyone with any mechanical ability whatsoever ... could cheaply repair their own cars ... and QUICKLY Too!

Then, generators were replaced by 'alternators' with new-fangled electrical gizmos, called 'diodes' ... Duh? What's a diode? 'Points' and 'condensers' inside the distributors were 'up-graded' to other fancier 'gizmos' - a 'new & improved' electrical system started being installed with things called 'circuit boards' - and 'computer chips' ...

I remember in 1956, when I turned 16, my very first 'Transistor' Radio - altho' RCA label - made in 'Occupied Japan'! In 1961, my 1953 Mercury Monterey, had a 'Nylon' timing gear - not Steel!

'Air breathers' with a re-usable filter, sat right on top of the carburetors, which were easily adjustable, with a spring-loaded 'set' screw. Copper 'floats' inside the carburetors were swapped out, and replaced by 'plastic' ones, that didn't last!

'Brake jobs' were a simple procedure once - in about an hour, a 'front-end' or 'rear-end' could be completed by a Teenager! A set of 'shoes' cost about $10. or less! A rusted out old 'drum' could be replaced by your Neighbor, a Buddy, or Brother-in-law, Buzz! Then, drums became 'rotors' - totally different 'animal' from the 'rotor' in your distributor! Shoes became brake 'pads' ... and on, and on, and on ....

'Planned Obsolescence' became the Catch-Phrase of the Automotive Industry! Before that - almost any 'grease-monkey' in any 'shop' anywhere, could 'fix' just about anything on any car!

Not anymore, Bunky! Your friendly 'auto mechanic' was gon’na start being as valuable as your local 'brain surgeon’ ... and making almost as much money!

Today, Almost EVERY JOB on any car, Costs $300.00 + ... Bumper - $300. - Small Dent - $300. - Side Mirror - $300. - Repair Flat - $300. - Empty Ash-Tray - $300... Et Cetera - Et Cetera - Et Cetera!

The only way 'Detroit' could have Made More Money ... Would have been to also sell jars of 'Vaseline' to its customers ...

To 'Ease' the 'Pain' of Being 'Screwed'!

Aaaaaaaaah .... A Return to Those 'Thrilling Days of YesterYear'!

Today, Instead of 'Car Stuff' .........

The British Term 'Get Stuffed!' Is More Apropos!

"Happy Motoring' !!! Tom.


© - TKH.


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Reviewed by Jansen Estrup 7/19/2015
Nice job. I think that car was the one I owned back when - I never knew whether I was comin' or goin' ... or whether I'd get there. Thanks, Jan
Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 4/25/2012
Realistically cars are far more dependable than they used to be. You are correct the trade off is pricy replacement parts, pricy maintenance that can only be done by mechanics, and useless options that have become standard but you still have to pay for them. Patrick
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 4/24/2012
I remember well cars that were easily fixed in the back yard...shocks replaced so easily, but now we got struts, only replaceable by mechanics unless one has "that" special machine...I also know that timing belts are just that now, a belt...they used to be a chain that was hard to break, but the ones on Honda's now are belts and have to be replaced every hundred thousand miles at an approx cost of a thousand bucks...my 66 Ford, my first car, had a humongous engine compartment, where my little 240 CI 6 cylinder sat...the plugs were so easy to change that I changed them once a year...heaven forbid that I try to get into the plugs in my Pontiac with the engine mounted transversly I can only "get" to the front three...has technology gotten better or are we just brainwashed to think so...? e
Reviewed by John Martin 4/24/2012
Love the Picture...Your article reminds me of a braggin Texas story I once heard... To summerize.... The Texan was bragging to a Tennessean about how big everything is in Texas...and ended with "Why son, I can get into my car and drive from dawn until sunset with out reaching the edge of my land...forth to with the Tennesseen replied, "Yeah, I use to have a car like that myself."

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