I didn’t show the item pictured above, or buy it in the first place, because I am a fan of the French Grand Prix in particular or Grand Prix racing in general. The date is the key: July 15, 1922. That was the day my marvelous mom was born.
This is the 17th birthday she has missed. I still think about her every day, in no small way due to the picture of her that sits on a bookcase shelf within sight of where I write the blog. Perhaps if I am still writing this blog in two years I will show that picture in honor of her 100th birthday.
I want to give a shout-out to markcars2014. His work obligations prevent him from reading Disaffected Musings daily (or from posting to his own blog often, which is linked in his “name”), but when he finds time to do so he very actively comments and “Likes” posts. Honestly, I wish more readers would “Like” posts.
WordPress, the platform that hosts this blog, has never sent me a message about number of comments or even about reaching a certain number of views. I have, however, received messages about reaching certain numbers of “Likes.” If you can without inconveniencing yourself too much, please consider “Liking” posts. Thanks.
Some facts that are ignored, but as Huxley wrote, still exist:
Between 2005 and 2016 (I couldn’t find more recent data in my brief search), US carbon dioxide emissions declined by 14% and per capita emissions declined by 21%. The data comes from this webpage.
In the same time period (and from the same source), China carbon dioxide emissions increased by 68% and per capita emissions increased by 59%. I could have picked a longer time frame and the Chinese trend would have looked even worse, but I wanted to compare apples to apples.
Too many people in this country are barking up the wrong tree. Yes, I have written about this topic and used that phrase once before. “Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.” – Aldous Huxley Oh, I don’t think the Chinese Communists are all-knowing and I don’t think China is an ally of the US.
Somewhat related to the previous topic, from the Wikipedia article about fuel injection systems:
“Benefits of fuel injection include smoother and more consistent transient throttle response, such as during quick throttle transitions, easier cold starting, more accurate adjustment to account for extremes of ambient temperatures and changes in air pressure, more stable idling, decreased maintenance needs, and better fuel efficiency.”
“…Fuel injection generally increases engine fuel efficiency. With the improved cylinder-to-cylinder fuel distribution of multi-point fuel injection, less fuel is needed for the same power output…Exhaust emissions are cleaner because the more precise and accurate fuel metering reduces the concentration of toxic combustion byproducts leaving the engine. The more consistent and predictable composition of the exhaust makes emissions control devices such as catalytic converters more effective and easier to design.”
I do not want to own a car with a carburetor ever again. However, my feeling comes more from my own desire for efficiency than for any other reason. When I was thinking about buying a car like a 1962-64 Studebaker Gran Turismo Hawk or a 1963-65 Buick Riviera, one of the first things I would have done is to have an EFI (Electronic Fuel Injection) conversion kit installed because I want a more reliable, better performing car than the original carburetors could have provided. Maybe somewhere down the road I will be able to buy one of those cars and have EFI installed.
From smclassiccars a picture of a 1963 Studebaker Gran Turismo Hawk and from the Volo Auto Museum a picture of a 1963 Buick Riviera. If you don’t have dreams, you have nightmares.
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8 thoughts on “Remembering”
Happy birthday to your wonderful mom. She loved you to the point of doting. I can still hear her voice after all these years. Have a wonderful day.
Thanks, sir. We were both blessed with wonderful mothers.
I became a fan of EFI nearly 30 years ago. Building a turbocharged drag car the EFI was a must. At the time, Direct Connection (Mopar speed parts back then) had a programmable ECU and was it a pain to learn. Once I figured it out, it was great. Plug in a Zenith, yes THAT Zenith, laptop and I could adjust timing and injectors right at the drag strip.
I own 3 cars that still have carburetors, and will stay that way for nostalgia reasons, and 2 older motorcycles with carbs. All others have some form of EFI.
As always, great to hear from you.
My fantasy about buying an old classic car and doing an EFI conversion will almost certainly remain just a fantasy.
Mothers. Writing comments about them can be difficult as you want to say so much. None of us would be where we are today without them. September 29, 1919 was my Mother’s birthday so she would be 101 this coming September.
I am installing EFI on my truck project because it is the most efficient system to use. Selecting the best aftermarket EFI system is the difficult question. With my engineering background I have selected the Pro-M Racing system whose ECU is manufactured by the same company that makes Ford’s OEM units. They are far and away the better system than F.A.S.T. or Holly. Originally I looked at the Mega Squirt but that would have been too challenging to get an initial program for the particular engine I am using.
The challenge for an EFI for any Studebaker would be getting an EFI intake manifold for the Studebaker engine, the rest would be relatively easy. Challenging but easy. If you chose to go with a modern late-model crate engine swap into the Studebaker, then EFI is a piece of cake.
Thanks for sharing, Philip.
I have conducted many Internet searches for EFI conversion kits for a Studebaker V-8. Some companies hint that a new manifold is necessary, but since they want to sell you something they are not always forthcoming. Like I wrote in a comment, buying a classic car and fitting it with EFI will almost certainly remain an unfulfilled wish.
A happy birthday to your mom!
Thank you for the shout out sir! I hope my binge reading doesn’t mess too much with your readership stats for the site.
I must admit I am toying with the idea of EFI for the Grand Prix. It’s a stock Pontiac 350 with 2 barrel carb, and it performs well enough. I do have in mind to upgrade for a little more ‘go’. Heads and exhaust are a given, but EFI? 4 barrel carb? Not sure yet.
Thanks for the thoughts to my mom. Binge away!
I would vote for the EFI, of course, but it’s not really any of my business as it’s your car.
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