1951 Buick Special Dad put 123.000 miles on it.
But for today:
From a kid I can remember after dad changed the oil in his car he would pat the hood and say, “I know you feel much better now.” He tried to impress on me the importance of changing the oil. I have been ‘fairly consistent’ but not half as much as daddy.
Some of us have driven cars that have over 200,000 miles on the engine and it still does not ‘burn’ oil. So it is hard for the younger generation to understand that was a time up until the 1970s that you were fortunate if you got 65,000 on an engine before it was ‘using’ at least a quart of oil every 1000 miles. And it was ‘smoking’ from the tail pipe. Back then it was time for an ‘engine overhaul’.
My dad was timely about his engine care which allowed him to reach 100-120,000 miles before an engine needed work, and that was the gospel. When he ‘traded’ cars people were amazed at the mileage and it not ‘smoking.’
Once when I was stationed aboard the USS Independence and was headed out on a cruise, Sherry took the boys back to Belmont for the time I was gone. I made sure I changed the oil in our car before she went home saying, that will be one of the first questions dad will ask you, “When did Jack change the oil last?”
BUT that time he did not ask. He just ‘assumed’ I had not, and took the car for an oil change. We got a good laugh out of that one. Dad said, “But I felt better!”
PS:During the oil burning period of cars is when the ‘Used Car Salesman’ got such a bad name. Lots of ways were conjured up to make a car appear NOT to use oil. The buyer only found out a week or so later he had been ‘gipped.’ I might look into that for an entry someday.