Monthly Archives: July 2012

1964 Pontiac Catalina – A Big Hot Poncho

In 1964 the North American performance car was starting a rapid transition from being a full size car to a smaller car.  At General Motors, the Pontiac Division had the Catalina 2+2 as their full size performance car.  While the Catalina was a full … Continue reading

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1968 American Motors Corporation AMX

In March 1968, the American Motors Corporation (AMC) introduced an mid-year addition to its car model – the AMX.  The AMX was a 2-seat performance car with a short 97-inch wheelbase.  The styling was much like the Javelin “pony” car  which … Continue reading

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Advantage of the Overhead Valve Engine

Recently I have made several posts about the significance in North American engine development of the 1949 overhead valve V8 engine in the Cadillac cars.  Prior to that time Cadillac had been using a “flathead” or side-valve engine design.  On … Continue reading

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The 1962 Pontiac Tempest: A Car With Half Of An Engine

The early Pontiac Tempest models were very interesting cars.  At that time, in the early 1960s, General (Government) Motors was trying some new concepts at that time and the Pontiac Tempest was one of those innovative designs.  At that time … Continue reading

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1954 Kaiser-Darrin: America’s First Fiberglass Sports Car

Contrary to what many might think, the first fiberglass-bodied American sports car was not the Corvette, it was the Kaiser-Darrin.  The car was first announced on September 26, 1952 and initial prototypes were shown on February 22, 1953.  Due to … Continue reading

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Four-Stroke Engine Basics

On July 12, 2012 I posted a critique on the “flathead” or side-valve engine design.  I made some comments about air flow in that posting and I now realize a discussion on some of the technical issues about engine and automotive design … Continue reading

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John Fitch Turns 95 in August! Party Planned at Lime Rock

I got a message the other day from Bob Melhado.  As many of you know, Bob is the many-time Chief Steward at the Lime Rock Historic Festival.  Bob has been very kind to me with respect to attending this event … Continue reading

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A Critique of the “Flathead” or Side-Valve Engine Design

It seems that I often refer to the superiority of the overhead valve engine design as compared to the side-valve or “flathead” engine design.  My day job is as a consulting engineer (although not in the automotive industry) so I … Continue reading

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The 1947 Cadillac: The Last “Old” Cadillac

Recently I have made some posts about the significant overhead valve engine that Cadillac introduced in 1949.  Cadillacs of that era even competed at Le Mans.  To balance that story I thought that I would include a post about the 1947 … Continue reading

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Unknown Car In Dublin, Ireland

Frequently I get photos of cars from people asking me to help identify the car.  North Americans who travel to Europe see many car brands and/or models that are not available in North America.  Actually it seems that most small … Continue reading

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