Ah, thanks for mentioning that. I inherited my grandfather's Rambler
and when I took a trip from Keene, NH to East Blue Hill, ME I
discovered that the windshield wipers only worked when it wasn't
40 years later and I'm starting to understand what that was.
They aren't vacuum only since they're tapped into the two-stroke's
crankcase but they work. A lot of bikes with gravity feed fuel systems
have a vacuum operated petcock. Usually there's enough fuel in the float
bowl to get the engine running. If not, the petcock has a 'prime'
position to manually allow fuel flow.
I had a '62 Continental where many of the functions like the heating
system were vacuum operated. That was a joy when they started failing.
No problem unless you ran out of gas. Basically a #40 juice can on
the firewall that gravity fed the carb. When the level in the can
dropped, a valve mechanism applied vacuum from the manifold to the
fuel line to suck more gas into the can. When the float in the can
came to the top it switched off the vacuum to the fuel line - repeat
every minute or so depending on fuel demand. (somewhat simplified).
Stewart was one common brand.
I don't know what the actual acronym stands for, but it's basically just
the standard rectangular size for most car stereos.
Double DIN is common in newer cars and is twice the height of the
standard single DIN.
You can find install adapters for most cars. You simply remove the
factory radio, install the new adapter plate that fits like the factory
radio, then install your new stereo in the adapter plate. Here's one
example for the 96 Plymouth Voyager:
The end result looks like a factory installation. No cutting the dash,
fabricating brackets, or any of that kind of thing.
You can also get wiring adapters that will let you plug your new stereo
into the existing wiring so you don't have to cut any wires in the
vehicle. This will let you easily reinstall the factory radio if you
decide to sell the car.
Yes, I think every aftermarket stereo has a clock built in.
These days most people would prefer a nice AM/FM/CD stereo over a factory
AM radio. :)
Most modern stereos have decent tuners. My wife's car is missing an
antenna and still pulls in FM stations easily. AM is another matter, but
who listens to AM anymore? :)
I have a CD player in my car, but all I ever listen to is the radio. I
don't drive much anymore so it's not worth the hassle taking a CD in and
out of the car. Besides, I haven't bought a CD in years, and download
most of my music off of iTunes or similar sources.
If I was buying a new stereo I would look for a USB or SD card interface
and skip the CD player. My wife and daughter both have USB drives filled
with hundreds of MP3 songs in their cars.
Nearly 20 years ago I had an 10 year old car stolen and stripped. It
was found up on blocks, all the tires and rims including spare were
stolen. Under the hood, it looked like everything was scooped out,
engine, transmission etc. The only thing the thieves left was the
radio. It occurs to me that if a 20 year old car is stolen, maybe the
only things the thieves would take is the new radio ;)
That's been suggested several times and it has been noted that the
sound quality is often poor and when travelling younkeep having to
change frequencies to avoid interference from strong local stations.
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