Many of the serious "street rodders" still do this.
They come to our community for a huge show 2 out
of every 5 summers. I've never attended the actual fair
grounds show with thousands of street rods because we
get to see hundreds in the many parking lots of the motels
extremely close to us. Plus, we get to see the daytime
cruising and the evening antics, which include drag racing
and the famous "afterburners." I've been under the impression
that the afterburners now include tanks dumping propane gas
into the end of the exhaust pipes.
Well, in the 50's, the trick was to drill a hole in the tailpipes near
the end, tap a couple of threads in and screw in a couple of spark
plugs. Wire them to a Model T spark coil and a switch. Wind the
engine up tight in second gear, flip the switch and the plugs would
ignite the unburned fuel leaving the tailpipes resulting in six foot
columns of flame from each pipe. It would scare the crap out of you at
Ahhh the good old days....
$225 for that.... That's crazy.....
You can do the same thing for about $5. I did it and it works.
Somewhere back in the late 60's or early 70's, someone told me to
clean the engine on an old car, take a quart of transmission fluid and
slowly dump it down your carburetor while the engine is running. So,
I parked my car on my driveway and started pouring it in. Within a
few seconds the whole neighborhood was completely covered with smoke.
I had neighbors cussing at me, and someone called the fire dept. I
had to do some real explaining when the fire dept came, and brought
along a few cops.
OK, besides the smoke problem, the other thing that happened was my
engine killed and was not easy to start again, forcing me to remove
all the spark plugs and spray carb cleaner on them to get all the oil
off. Of course, when the car did start, all the trans fluid that was
still in the intake manifold started smoking again, so I drove the car
away from the neighborhood quickly.
Determined to still clean my engine, I had to come up with a better
way of doing this. First, I had to get away from residential areas,
second, I had to get the car moving fast so the engine would not kill.
Thus, I took a piece of vacuum hose, connected it to one of the vacuum
ports on the carburetor, and shoved it thru a hole in the firewall,
into the drivers compartment. Then I installed a small plumbing valve
in the hose and ran more hose to a bottle of transmission fluid
sitting on the floor on the passenger side. I wired the hose and
valve to the dash, and took the car out on the freeway. When I got up
to about 60mph, I opened the valve slowly. The smoke began to pour
out of the tailpipe. If I opened the valve too much, I'd feel the
engine begin to run roughly, so I just backed off on the valve a
little. Soon, I knew just how many turns to give that valve to make
lots of smoke and still keep the engine running smoothly, (while
cleaning my engine real well). Of course I did this about 3am when
there was little traffic and the smoke was not very visible. Well,
the smoke was not real visible until a taligater decided that even
though there were 3 lanes, he had to ride my ass in the same lane. I
waited till he got real close to open the valve. Seconds later, he
was buried in a cloud of smoke, and I swear I could hear him cussing.
This sort of became a habit. My engine was never quite clean enough.
if you know what I mean. That was until I got pulled over by the
cops. I quickly tossed a coat over the bottle of ATF, and dropped the
hose on the floor. I explained to the cop that I have a sticking
piston ring and every so often the engine starts burning lots of oil.
The cop bought my story, and told me I should get the engine repaired.
I told him I would, and went on my way. When I got home, I decided it
was time to remove the hose and stuff. Besides, after running at
least 5 quarts of ATF thru my engine, I know my engine was clean.
By the way, I drove that car for another 5 or 6 years, so maybe that
ATF really did clean the engine ....
I made the mistake in high school of mentioning my idea
of a fire extinguisher in the trunk of a vehicle and having it
aimed at the vehicle behind with a remote firing mechanism.
Of course one of my buddies stole a large fire extinguisher
and had a friend aim it out the back window at a tailgater.
Nearly caused a wreck.
Why deal in fantasies? You can order one of these *today*.
Something very similar to this happened to me and my friend in our
wilder days. He had one of those German Ford Capris and was always
trying to show it off around other people. One time he picked the
wrong guy, some 70s American muscle car. He rode his ass for 1/8th
mile or so and even though the other car could have just blown us away
he turned on this spotlight attached to the rear deck of his car and
blinded us like we were in interrogation rooms. Needless to say my
friend backed off instantly and kept his distance the rest of the way.
No matter what happens someone will find a way to take it too seriously.
I have a metal box of short roofing nails behind my pickup's bumper that
tips and dumps about 20 lbs of the nails on the roadway. It doesn't always
stop the tailgater immediately, but is about 90% effective within 5 miles.
Golly, this is such a fun thread, talking about road rage, and what
I hate to tell you all this, but I'm submitting lawsuits against each
and every one of you, for giving advice thatcould cause harm.
If you don't like it, don't blame me.
Talk to Doug and Chris.
They told me I could sue you if you gave bad advice.
One other thing -
As it seems there are many in this NG (Chris, Doug) quickly come to
mind - who have NO sense of humor;
I'm not filing lawsuits against ANYONE.
It's USENET, OK?
If you want to meet people who will gladly confuse reality with ascii,
and try to ruin your life - go on over to alt.hvac.
Attempting to ruin lives and bringing true misery to people seems to be
a speciaty for the folks there.
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