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    Default the greatest automotive inventions of all time

    When I think back on all the precious weekends of my youth spent working on cars, I'll nominate

    (1) spark plugs which last forever,
    (2) sealed suspension joints,
    (3) self-adjusting tappets

    What inventions set you free?
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    There are several that compete for "greatest" in my mind.

    First is the air conditioner. I've lived in places were the summer temps hit 115 degrees, and without AC it's miserable.

    Second is the Toyota version of the hybrid drive system. A car which seats 5 and gets 50+ MPG while also providing great longevity and drivability is a miracle compared to the cars I bought back in the 1960s.

    Third is electronic ignition. I was not bothered by the 3,000 mile tuneup, but it was a hassle. I still have a timing light but have not used it since the 80s.

    Dan
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    Last car I "scrapped" had 330k, never changed the plugs or any ignition or suspension part. I did have to rebuild/replace the starter, alternator,radio and stretched timing chain though. I scrapped it cuz I got $6,000 for it on an EV rebate. The car (2003 Accord) was worthless since it burned 1-2 qts of oil / week. A common problem with the 03-07 Accords.

    I won't even start to mention the greatness of EV's where our gas is $7.76/gal ($6.50/ US gal)

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    Ketterings electric starter..
    Indian tried it in 1914, then went away from it, batteries were not that great yet..

    Electric lighting was big m no more making your own carbide..
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    Fuel injection, started to get developed reliably around the 50,s.
    Tubeless tires, and radials.. gamechangers..

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    reliable tires
    Schrader valves
    internal combustion

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    Of course assembly lines for production.
    Some credit Henry Ford, but bicycle makers were ahead of Ford.
    TURRET top roof construction in the 30s,
    Robot welders were a huge help. I was in the Munich BMW plant in the late 90,s, to see the front rear and mid section of s car going together in a short distance was amazing. Passsenger compartment in middle, front and rear coming from above and below floors. . Very effecient..
    And QC,they had a very large thick granite surface plate, with an entire car body on it, and they were checking the measurements.

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    Crumple zones
    Disc brakes
    Air bags

    Steve

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    Android auto
    4G LTE + WI-FI hotspot, built-in GPS
    Infotainment system and voice recognition
    Adaptive cruise control (ACC)
    360 camera
    Lane departure warning
    Remote "Start" via phone or FOB
    Dash cam
    TPMS

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    Metal casting.
    *** I always wanted a welding stinger that looked like the north end of a south bound chicken. Often my welds look like somebody pointed the wrong end of a chicken at the joint and squeezed until something came out. Might as well look the part.

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