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DIY: Vehicle Maintenance and Repair

This is a discussion on DIY: Vehicle Maintenance and Repair within the DIY forums, part of the General Discussion category; Originally Posted by A Watchman Ya think there is a reason it has evolved to a crowded non accessible mess in later model cars? Sometimes ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by A Watchman View Post
    Ya think there is a reason it has evolved to a crowded non accessible mess in later model cars?
    Sometimes it is engineer error.
    I can remember in the 70's when Chevy decided to make a muscle car out of their Vega by putting a V-8 in it. (1974, maybe?)
    Oh, it fit in the engine compartment, and quite a number were sold before anyone realized the spark plugs could not be accessed.:glee:
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    Quote Originally Posted by rice paddy daddy View Post
    Sometimes it is engineer error.
    I can remember in the 70's when Chevy decided to make a muscle car out of their Vega by putting a V-8 in it. (1974, maybe?)
    Oh, it fit in the engine compartment, and quite a number were sold before anyone realized the spark plugs could not be accessed.:glee:
    I remember that, and Ford did the same with the 406 engine in the Fairlain 500.
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    Quote Originally Posted by A Watchman View Post
    Ya think there is a reason it has evolved to a crowded non accessible mess in later model cars?
    Mostly because of fuel mileage requirements. That's why there's so few full size cars being made now. And why front wheel drive is more prominent, even in "SUVs". More plastics are being used, aluminum wiring is being used a little more like in the doors of newer Prius cars. I could go a lot deeper into the mechanics of this stuff (no pun intended), but I won't unless there are some specific questions asked.

    And no, we (mechanics) do NOT like crowded non accessible messes. Mainly because of standard warranty lengths (manufacturer's and aftermarket) and extended warranties. It doesn't pay enough most of the time. Very rarely is the time considered sufficient. And when it's out of warranty, customer's will sometimes take it to a mom&pop shop, try and do it themselves, or roll it as is. Because OE parts are so dang expensive. Or management will try and good will the labor (i.e. try and not pay you). It sucks being a mechanic. Someone please me tell how resealing both camshaft housing sub-assemblies on a Tundra under warranty pays 9.0hrs, yet resealing one under CP (customer pay) pays 11.0??!! Where the hell do they come up with that number?!

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    My daily driver is a '67 Cougar. I did cheat and put in a HEI distributor, but I can drop the old original distributor and points back in and be driving after the EMP!

    I can do the same with our '82 F-100, and my wife's '80 El Camino.

    Y'all can keep your new cars!

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    2014 GCSRT here. A more proper BOV is in my future.

 

 
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