Too bad my Dad's not still here to read this. I am sure he would have
gotten a kick out of discovering that you, too, had to work around the
relatively crappy rubber vacuum hoses that were found on cars of that era.
As I recall, the tubing was particularly susceptible to heat and one of the
early attempts to keep them from failing involved trying to shield them from
heat with heavy duty aluminum foil. I think that only made them decay
A looooong time ago when I was living in Hawaii and surfing the North
Shore of Oahu, we made a practice of never, ever locking our cars. We
even usually left the windows down. Valuables were padlocked into a
steel ammo box in the trunk that was attached to the axle with welded-on
Our theory was that it prevented broken windows.
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