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Interesting Facts

z28manz28man Posts: 3
edited March 5 in Volkswagen
Post any interesting facts you know about classic cars. Something like - the flat-6 Corvair engine rotates "backwards" so many people when they put it in a Beetle or a dune buggy project ended up with 4 reverse gears and one forward gear
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  • z28manz28man Posts: 3
    Many people know that the Austin-Healey Sprite MkII and MG Midget MkI are the same badged engineered car based off the MkI Sprite. But less people know that Healey re-styled the front part and MG re-styled the rear

    The North American MG Midget had three window wipers because of legislation on swept area
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,404
    The MGC was supposed to have the Healey name on it, but Donald Healey pulled out as he didn't like the MGC at all.

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  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,593
    Early VWs(Beetles) had a little arm that flipped out of the B pillar when the turn signal was activated. It had a small bulb in it that blinked. They had no gas gauges but if you ran out. you could pull a lever under the dash and access a "reserve" supply of about 1/2 gallon.

    --FIAT and Ferrari Dinos had the same V6 engine designed by Ferrari but made by FIAT.

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,404
    I think the 2.0 Liter V6 was Ferrari-built(1966-68) because Ferrari collaborated with Fiat in order to homologate the engine for Formula 2. But the later 2.4 Liter engine in the 1969 Fiat Dino was a cast iron block from the Fiat 130, which is when Fiat took over Ferrari more or less.

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  • vwracervwracer Posts: 90
    coffee and motor oil are the two most tested fluids on earth involving scientific researce
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,404
    Eating through his grief after being robbed of the Presidency I suspect. Well, he can trim down for the next election.

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  • speedshiftspeedshift Posts: 1,598
    Sorry, Shifty, I thought better of that post and deleted it. I figured I'd either a) get flamed by a Democrat or b) be warned by the host to stay on topic. But since b) apparently won't happen, I'll repost it:

    Speaking of useless but interesting car facts, remember when Clinton's dog Buddy was run over? Turns out Al Gore can't account for his whereabouts at the time of the event.

    Of course, Al's gotten so big he wouldn't necessarily need a car to run over something.

    Hey I voted for the guy.
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,593
    Actually those old VW's had a lever on the floor that you moved with your foot for the reserve tank.

    And...guess what happened if you forgot to move it back when you filled your tank?

    Yep! No reserve and you coasted to a stop!
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,404
    I always thought that little handle was a great idea. I wonder why they don't have that on modern cars? I've love to put in one of those garden hose gate valves in the floor of my Mercedes Diesel.

    Interesting fact: Diesels need an automatic fuel shutoff device of some sort to stop the engine, since there is no ignition system to turn off. Most are shut off by engine vacuum (or lack thereof).

    Also, diesel engines can run backwards, and do accidentally, occasionally. The exhaust comes out the air filter and the tail pipe takes in fresh air.

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  • speedshiftspeedshift Posts: 1,598
    I have days like that too.
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,593
    Inventor of the Bricklin Safety Sports Car of the '70s was the original importer of Subarus. He brought in a little skate called the Subaru 360in the early'70s. That's 360 has in 360cc or 0.3
    liters, smaller than most motorcycle engines.
    Then he went on to become the importer of the Yugo. Last I heard he was working on electric bicycles. Would you buy a used car (or a new bike) from this man?

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • speedshiftspeedshift Posts: 1,598
    Who was that man who became a woman, or always was a woman, or was it the other way around, who also came out with a sports car during the '70s?
  • rea98drea98d Posts: 982
    Micheal Jackson?
  • ghuletghulet Posts: 2,628
    Marketed by Liz Carmichael, who looked like a big ol' drag queen. IIRC, the 'company' built one or two prototypes, then Liz basically bailed with all the investors money.
  • That's because he/she was a big old drag queen.
  • The Morris Oxford (I think that's the one) has the same type of turn signal that comes out of the B-pillar. I saw several when I was living in New Zealand.
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,593
    Were brought out by the old Rootes Group when someone inspired by the new Cobra asked Shelby to help them shoehorn a Fairlane 260 V8 into their previously lackluster Sunbeam Alpine sports car. It was sold for several years as the Sunbeam Tiger with "powered by Ford" badges.
    It was quite fast compared to MG-Bs Triumphs and Healey's of the era.
    Then Chrysler Corp. bought the Rootes group and found itself selling a sports car built around a Ford motor.
    This went on for a year or so before the stocks were sold off. Evidentally no current Chrysler motor could be made to fit and the Tiger was killed. It was the last of a line of Sunbeam sports cars going back to the 30s. Chrysler ended up walking away from Rootes and sold it to PSA(Puegeot-Citroen)in the 70s.
    Among the names associated with Rootes were Hillman, Talbot and Sunbeam.

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 21,847
    ...that'd make sense, because the smallest Mopar V-8 back then was the LA block, which started as the 273, then later sprang 318, 340, and 360 variants. Even though it was a smallblock, it still dwarfed the Ford smallblock, and the Chevy smallblock too, in sheer bulk. Kind of a shame though...I'm sure one of those things would've been really hairy with a 340 6-pack!
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,404
    It was hairy enough with the Ford. The Tiger is a car you steer with the gas pedal.

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  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,404
    No two countries with McDonald's franchises have ever gone to war.

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