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Discussion in 'Fred's Barcalounge' started by Merc, May 4, 2020.
1954 Plymouth Explorer concept.
1954 De Soto Adventurer II concept. Sweet!
Harley Earl's obsession with jets
1956 Buick Centurion .
1956 Oldsmobile Golden Rocket.
1961 Chrysler Turboflite .
Anyone notice the resemblance to VW's Karman Ghia? They came from the same designer.
Mine was an '81, red with a camel top. It was great...for about 60,000 miles. Then stuff started breaking, and there was never an end to it.
Fix It Again Tony
I was constantly fixing things, but not the engine or drive train. It was pain in butt things like the window mechanism inside the door, dash stuff, etc. I loved that solid wood dash....Yummy
The most expensive free car I have ever owned. I was given a non running Fiat X19 by a friend that was moving. What a piece of crap. The transverse engine is mounted in a compartment snugger than any guitar fits it its case. I‘m surprised I have knuckles left. After months of work on most of it I was thrilled to sell it for exactly what I put into it in parts.
Countless hours of work, not rewarded
But it ran great and was a blast to drive.
Another web pic
My problems were with the transmission and the electrical system. Mostly electrical. My long-time mechanic finally stopped working on Fiats. Mine was the only one he'd allow in his shop, and that only because I'd been a customer so long.
I like those sayings, like Ford, found on road dead or fix or repair daily.. etc...
My buddy came up with one for Exxon when they were Esso: every sucker stops once.
My friend at work did an apprenticeship as a Ferrari mechanic. His favorite saying was "A Ferrari is the fastest car between 2 service points"
One of my favorite twisted acronyms is not car related, but music related, so it kinda fits. BOSE, buy other sound equipment
I used to quote those to an acquaintance who was a Ford aficionado, and his retort was always, "First on race day."
A client of mine used to own exactly this model. Even the colour was the same.
He allowed me to testdrive it and it was a great experience. This is a beast. You can make the wheels spin at 100 km/h! The motor is directly behind your head and it is screaming at you. No radio needed.
The driver`s position is quite awkward. The steering wheel is in a strange position and there is no room for your left leg because of the wheel house.
Quite a gas, gas, gas.
My first employer (well, in this career - so, 20 years ago) had an X19 in the yard at work (an old house, abandoned for 45 years before he bought it. Barely changed while he ran his business from it - possums would fall through the ceiling! We used to think he lived in the back somewhere. The house burned down this year). The grass grew up through the body and was at roof height by the time I escaped (not a great employer). I was told (by a fellow employee) that it was fun when it was off the road, but had structural rust. The claim was that the coolant ran through the chassis rails, and the chassis rails had rusted out..? Seems a weird claim. But a sad demise for what looked a fun car.
The most hilarious automotive alliance I've seen has to be Microsoft running the ICE systems in Alfa Romeos. All because of the long history of stereotyping around computer companies and Italian vehicles' electrics. Mr Clarkson once said something like, "The Italians discovered electricity (Galvani), and haven't progressed since," feeding the stereotype about electrics in Italian cars. But then combining that with a computer company, which many would relate to crashes and reboots... Going off stereotyped reputations, you couldn't have a poorer combination to run your car stereo.
First On Race Day
Edit: @MTurner I read your post after posting. Guess it’s common so it must be true.
Mr. Clarkson has a lifelong ban from my house he doesn't know about.
... btw, dream car of the day - Maserati 222, the most advanced threevalve-biturbo, almost identical to the SI-model of the years before - injection and intercooler were fianally present, both were not when they started building these - both crucial to turbocharged engines operating well, healthy and efficient ... but still this engine was one of the first that were made and meant to be turbocharged only, with a lot of details fitting this purpose and each other like a puzzle ... and still, these two essentials were missing, just while injection was taking over in cheaper cars, too (early to mid eighties), and intercooling ... serves efficiency, power, torque, response, reliability and almost every other thing one might like about an engine or should dislike the abscence of. It's a cheap heat exchanger, so I really don't get how Maserati could even try without.
Well, the later ones will serve me right. I'm not a first-series-guy running a museum, I'd wanna drive it, too, and the later ones are certainly far ahead of the early ones (they changed and improved a lot more stuff over the years).