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Old 02-04-2014, 02:17 PM   #611
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Just like the 300 was the best engine Ford ever built. Rumor says they ditched them because they lasted too long and it hurt sales. LOL!
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Old 02-04-2014, 02:39 PM   #612
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And please note that both engines were also good on mpg and NEITHER one had as much as a single microprocessor on board let alone 26 separate computers...i.e. ...easy to work on. A little bailing wire, some duct tape, coupla spare plugs and some emery paper for the points would keep ya goin through just about anything. Hey youngster...there actually were a few "good things" back in the "good old days". Right Jack?
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Old 02-04-2014, 02:52 PM   #613
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Amen to that says he with 26 separate computers. Jack
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And please note that both engines were also good on mpg and NEITHER one had as much as a single microprocessor on board let alone 26 separate computers...i.e. ...easy to work on. A little bailing wire, some duct tape, coupla spare plugs and some emery paper for the points would keep ya goin through just about anything. Hey youngster...there actually were a few "good things" back in the "good old days". Right Jack?
Well you boys got a few years on me, I'll be 40 in a couple weeks. I too long for the good old "dumb" cars, we built quite a few muscle-cars while in high-school. I miss the simplicity of the small block chevys.
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Old 02-05-2014, 08:41 AM   #615
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I seem to remember one in the dim past that got 2 mpg in town. But it was a lot of fun.
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Old 02-05-2014, 09:21 AM   #616
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'Course when gas was $.29 a gallon, mpg's were not as big a deal as big motors. I actually paid a single-digit price for gas once as a kid. There was an intersection with a station on each corner and they would get crazy price wars going between brands. This was about 1958 and the low-ball winner wound up at $.09 cents a gallon. Yes...everyone in the neighborhood filled every thing they had.
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I'd love to have a Valiant with a slant 6 now! Actually, had one in '78...wish I still did.
I learned to drive in a '66 Valiant wagon with "three on the tree." I also learned to double-clutch back into first because of the tiny 170 cid. I never had more than 17 kids in the car during high school . . . . the last one sat on the tailgate and the kids in the luggage area held his belt . . . .

1966 was the last year before dual braking systems. My mother gave the wagon to me after the brakes failed on her due to a blown wheel hose. That was the second time. The first time I was driving, and made a hard right onto the grass at a stop sign. The second time, I was away at college, and she rolled down the driveway and across the street into the neighbor's split rail fence. I took the wagon to the junkyard after the third brake failure. Just another decision I regret today . . . .
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Speaking of Valiant wagons--my folks had a 65-slant 6 with get this-a 4 on the floor! Yup-bench seat with a Hurst shifter.
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"...a 65-slant 6 with get this-a 4 on the floor!" --- Hurst?...way too groovy!
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Most of those factory four-on-the floor's would make it across the intersection before the light changed but if they had a 4 bbl carb set up and split exhaust they'd come back for seconds.
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