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Do you ever look at your cars engine?

I was thinking about roadside repairs today - no thanks, we used to rip engines out and work them over (at home), headers, cams, 4 barrell carbs. I remember we used to carry spares around with us, rods for the 350 cause at high RPM every once in a while she would bend one. We had the rocker off and changed them in the street in 10 mins. Father and son could look under the hood together and understand what they were looking at. They were the best of times.

I'm afraid to look under the hood of a new car, its all plastic and clean, you could serve food off the engine of most new cars. Not much wiring and if the things ever break you need to get them towed. If your looking under at a modern car engine today your probably wearing a white lab coat and gloves right?
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I was thinking about roadside repairs today - no thanks, we used to rip engines out and work them over (at home), headers, cams, 4 barrell carbs. I remember we used to carry spares around with us, rods for the 350 cause at high RPM every once in a while she would bend one. We had the rocker off and changed them in the street in 10 mins. Father and son could look under the hood together and understand what they were looking at. They were the best of times.

I'm afraid to look under the hood of a new car, its all plastic and clean, you could serve food off the engine of most new cars. Not much wiring and if the things ever break you need to get them towed. If your looking under at a modern car engine today your probably wearing a white lab coat and gloves right?
yep and they crapped out in under 100K with rare exceptions. You had to change points every 15K, wires every 40K, rotor and cap every 30K ..... I will take a new car any day. And yes I still do almost 100% of my own work.

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Re: Do you ever look at your cars engine?

hi yes i look at my car engine and every body elses as it is what i do for a living and to fund my bikes as for them being boring they are not and some of their technology should transfer to bikes i would welcome multiplex on bikes it seems a logical step regards
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Re: Do you ever look at your cars engine?

Most of that plastic is just covers to hide the wires fuel rails etc. Take the plastic off and its still the same engine as before only now its computer controlled ignition and fuel injection.

"and when I gun the engine I want it to sound like the world is coming to an end" -Homer Simpson
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I took the plastic cover thing off the RX8 a few days after we bought it and just said WTF? It was the exact opposite of most cars where you have a bay stuffed with all kinds of stuff, and while you may not really want to do major work on it, at least you know what is what.
There is just a tiny little thing stuck way down low and behind the axle. Best thing I could make out was the huge alternator. Don't have any desire to learn how to work on that rotary thing.
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I took the plastic cover thing off the RX8 a few days after we bought it and just said WTF? It was the exact opposite of most cars where you have a bay stuffed with all kinds of stuff, and while you may not really want to do major work on it, at least you know what is what.
There is just a tiny little thing stuck way down low and behind the axle. Best thing I could make out was the huge alternator. Don't have any desire to learn how to work on that rotary thing.
The rotary is an interesting engine, very thirsty so I understand. I'm also told that turbo rotary = fast
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I was a proffessional mechanic. If the car goes, I ain't lookin' at chit! On the other hand, none of my cars ever see a payed mechanic.

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The rotary is an interesting engine, very thirsty so I understand. I'm also told that turbo rotary = fast
Yeah, that car is a heavy drinker, that's for sure.
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