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    That hidden gas cap was a 2 year "thing", like in the 55/56 Chevy, right? I remember trying to find it the first time I filled my '56. Finally the station's boss was able to locate the filler, since the attendants couldn't locate it.

    Lots of room didn't always mean easy repair, though. I think it was the first years of the Dodge Hemi, you had to drill holes in the fender wells to change the rear plugs. On the Chevy V8 in my PU, I'd have to set the points every couple thousand miles. I knew it was time when it dropped 2 MPG, until I retrofitted it with breakerless ignition. It wasn't a huge problem as so many were scrapped around 10 years/100K, for mechanical or rust problems.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smark View Post
    Vacuum leaks, were easy to repair, and cheap to fix. Compared to todays computer driven cars. I remember the vacuum operated windshield wipers on my parents 53 Cadillac. When you slowed down to a stop. The wiper would slow down. When you would speed up driving, the wipers would move faster.
    Tell that to the cars that had a collection of vacuum lines connected to the back of the HVAC controls under the dash, with plastic that started to crumble after a few years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aelfwyne View Post
    Tell that to the cars that had a collection of vacuum lines connected to the back of the HVAC controls under the dash, with plastic that started to crumble after a few years.
    I remember those plastic HAVC manifolds. I Use to work at Chevy, and Pontiac dealerships back in the 70’s. The hoses would always dislodge off the back of manifolds, or the tiny hoses would get kinked. Simple fix, no electronics.

    Ford use metal vacuum canister. That looked like juice cans. That would Rust and leak. GM used plastic ball canister. For Cruise control units, and hideaway headlights.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smark View Post
    I was 4 years old at the time. Could have been the reverse, like you said. The wipers, would slow down. I know the power windows were iffy, and the rear AC didnt work. My Dad was to cheap to buy my Mom a new car. What was cool, the hidden gas filler, under the tail lamp housing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smark View Post
    I remember those plastic HAVC manifolds. I Use to work at Chevy, and Pontiac dealerships back in the 70’s. The hoses would always dislodge off the back of manifolds, or the tiny hoses would get kinked. Simple fix, no electronics.

    Ford use metal vacuum canister. That looked like juice cans. That would Rust and leak. GM used plastic ball canister. For Cruise control units, and hideaway headlights.

    Fiat used a similar vacuum canister for the A/C. They used a GM A/C system as far as I remember. The GM Air Injection Pumps they bought would seize and break the timing belt causing catastrophic engine damage. Believe it or not, that was a major contributing factor for them leaving the country.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smark View Post
    Here’s the engine bay of a 1971 Cadillac Eldorado. 500 CID engine, 8.2 liters. Not a issue working on that engine. Alternator replacement in less than 30 minutes. That when men, where men. They carried a red greasy rag, in the back pocket of their Mechanics overalls. Fuel economy about 9 mpg.

    When I think about the old cars, we used to complain about working on them, too. Maybe the human condition? The cars nowadays make the stuff we complained about back then seem like a walk in the park.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fiat500USA View Post
    That's a DeVille? Pretty snazzy car!
    In 1953, they were called Series’s 62, DeVille, El Dorado and Fleetwood back then. Not sure what my parents Caddy was.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smark View Post
    In 1953, they were called Series’s 62, DeVille, El Dorado and Fleetwood back then. Not sure what my parents Caddy was.

    This one looks pretty close. Standard of the World back then.

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    That looks like my Mom old Caddy. That ones a 1951. My parents was a 1953. You can see the rear AC vents below the rear C pillar. My Dad use to polish the metal dash board.

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