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    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?
    Allan Ostling

    Phoenix, Arizona

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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
    At the end of the project, there is a profound difference between spare parts and extra parts.

    Location: SF East Bay.

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    • #3
      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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      • #4
        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..
        Last edited by 754; 04-19-2019, 11:51 PM.

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        • #5
          Fuel injection, started to get developed reliably around the 50,s.
          Tubeless tires, and radials.. gamechangers..

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          • #6
            reliable tires
            Schrader valves
            internal combustion

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            • #7
              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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              • #8
                Crumple zones
                Disc brakes
                Air bags

                Steve

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                • #9
                  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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                  • #10
                    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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                    • #11
                      Casting was around a long time before cars.
                      Slumped glass was another good one.. could you imagine a car now, with flat glass . Lol..

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                      • #12
                        Lithium batteries
                        3 phase AC traction motors
                        VFD controllers
                        LED lamps
                        CANBUS
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                        Paul , P S Technology, Inc. and MrTibbs
                        USA Maryland 21030

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                        • #13
                          Providing the means to kill 1.25 million people per year (41,000 in the USA). Sweden has a plan to reduce this to zero by 2020 https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2018/...c-road-deaths/

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by martik View Post
                            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
                            Non of these technologies do a thing for MY driving or wrenching enjoyment.

                            To each their own. First world issues I suppose.

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                            • #15
                              I used to think that way too, before I got most of them.

                              To warm up the interior and defog the windows remotely in winter is heaven

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