Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Steel and plastic cars
First, how did my entries get out of sequence? ?
Trucks of Art
I think about cars a lot. The early years of my life I always looked forward to the unveiling of next year’s models. Looking back at how the manufacturer and dealer made a mystery out of ‘What changes will you see?’ the new cars came into town wrapped in canvas and were unloaded at night and kept under cover until “THE DAY” of showing.
The cars were steel. They had ‘bumpers’ that would withstand some sever ’bumps and scrapes’. Some had powerful engines and others would get you where you wanted to go.
The new technology and plastic, wind tunnels and efficiency have changed those forever. I am no fan of the latest designs. The Cadillac is not much different in appearance than the Honda. The wind tunnels have brought most cars to the same basic shape so they can squeeze the best mpg out of the car.
BUT I must give the engineers an A+ on engine development. In my youth you were fortunate if you got past 65-70K miles before the engine had to be rebuilt because it was ‘burning’ a quart of oil every 500 miles. Smoking cars were NOT unusual.
Now you seldom see an ‘oil burner’. It is not unusual to have 300,000 miles on an engine.
I do miss the time when cars were more a work of design art. I do miss STEEL in cars. I removed the entire front from off our latest car by removing about 10 plastic clips and three small screws.
Sherry and I were walking once in an RV park as a man backed his new car off his tow dolly, the front snagged as it rolled off and he pulled the entire front off his car.
They say the car is safer now, it probably is. BUT sometimes a small accident ‘totals’ a car. A bump-up of the same impact, the 1950’s car would laugh at.
But all in all, the new cars are better, more expensive but cheaper to drive. I don't miss 13 miles per gallon. LOL
PS: My cousin Ken says he bought my '48 chevy and when he sold it the man asked 'Does it use oil?' Ken said he told the man 'I can't keep enough oil in it to tell?' (Ken tells stories)