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  1. Cummins ran five different diesel powered cars at Indy, the last in 1952. They were recently all at the Speedway. Here's a good article on the race cars.
  2. Yes, the problem is that rust builds up on the vibrating parts. A squirt of penetrating oil often brings them back to life.
  3. The problem I have with all this supposed safety technology is that it further enables the dumbing down of the driving population. The FAA has been tracking the decline in commercial pilot proficiency for some time now and attributes it to overuse of autopilot functions, and these are people who are required to undergo training and certification testing that is light years ahead of anything required for a driver's license. I deal with software failure modes and effects analyses in aerospace systems in my day job. I can guarantee that automakers (and especially startup self-driving car companies) don't perform anywhere near the software analysis and testing that we do in the aerospace world - and even then, how did that work out for Boeing? Once again, I have to ask, how can anyone who's ever used a Microsoft product think that software is infallible?
  4. I travel a lot, so I drive a lot of newish rental cars. They all have these "features". The first thing I do is disable all of them. It usually isn't that difficult. The frustrating thing is that some of the features, like the stop/start (which is only done to get a few more tenths of a gallon MPG on the EPA mileage test) require you to disable them every single time you start the car. The "cry wolf" alarms like the lane departure warnings and adjacent lane car warnings go off so frequently that after about five minutes you just ignore them. Again, these get turned off immediately. The worst part is that the human factors design of the interior of every new car I've driven lately just suck. Millions of buttons with either unreadable text or undecipherable icons, or worse, a menu that requires three or four clicks to get to the function you want. Usually you can figure these out, but on one or two occasions I've had to resort to Google to find out how to disable an annoying function. As with Matt, this is why I will never own a car newer than my 1999 truck, and I'm about to replace that with a 1986 model.
  5. I was only able to attend on Wednesday, due to work. Weather prognosis was not great, but what a fabulous day it turned out to be. I had a successful day, having to make two intermediate trips back to the truck to unload the stuff I bough from my little red wagon. Admittedly I'm looking for parts for cars that are somewhat newer than most here. I'm most pleased with the Motor Wheel Exiter mag wheels that I bought. Got four more to go with the two I already had. In addition to parts and tools, I scored two half horse electric motors for power tool use - a Dayton for $15 and a GE for $5. Both work great. One is going on my disc sander and the other, well, who knows. I also connected with Craig at Mobileparts and he's got not one but two N.O.R.S. idler arms for my 62 F-85. The new replacements are crap and don't last more than a few thousand miles. The only downside of the day was the sad realization that every year I cover less and less of the swap meet in one day. Getting old sucks (though it definitely beats the alternative).
  6. Sorry, but the dragging can, chains, or steel pipe on each cart is the most annoying thing at Hershey. Yes, the drivers of these vehicles need to watch where they are going and NOT look at the wares in the swap spaces, but that's a different problem. When every motorized vehicle has a noismaker, you rapidly get to the point that you ignore them, which renders the annoying noise moot as far as a supposed "safety" feature. Sorry, but it is the responsibility of the driver of the vehicle to watch out for pedestrians, not the other way around.
  7. That's entirely possible, since the bolt pattern is the same. They were not factory-installed on those cars, however.
  8. No. That is the original Olds Rally Pac introduced in May 1966. The turbocharged Jetfire was dropped after the 1963 model year.
  9. As I noted above, if you ordered RPO D55 console in 1964-65, Oldsmobile included the tach. You could not get the console in those years without the tach. In 1966, every console came with the vacuum gage.
  10. Zeke, I have a friend with a 66 who is interested. We'll be at Hershey Wed. My cell is 703-927-9196.
  11. Sorry, no. In 1966, Olds offered the one-year-only sidewinder tach that bolted to the LH side of the dash. The gauge on the console was the vacuum gauge. In May of 1966, Olds released the Rally Pac that included gauges and tach in the RH dash pod of the 1966-67 Cutlass line. The Rally Pac with the Tic Toc Tach was first offered for the 1968 model year. No console mounted gauges were offered from he 1967 model year on.
  12. 1993 GMC S15 Sonoma, which uses the same 5 x 4.75" bolt pattern as all GM midsize vehicles.
  13. Yes, in 1966 the "performance gauge" replaced the tach in Oldsmobiles also, and yes, it used the same housing as the prior year's tach. And it was again included with the console and not offered as a separate RPO code.
  14. Yes, I posted the 1966 Starfire and 1968 442 pages as examples. The console tach was included with the console in the 1964-65 Cutlass cars. It was not a separate option those years and thus did not get a separate RPO code. Same thing with the early Starfies.