Australian Ford Member
Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Who remembers this? Old farts' corner.
For the edification and amusement of young fellas, what can you recall that is different to now (assuming you can recall anything)?
Remember the joys of afternoons spent ruining a feeler gauge doing the tappets with the donk running; adjusting dizzy points; changing the oil in oil bath air cleaners; putting in new king pins with pre-reamed bushes guaranteed to slip straight in and which never did and then just getting the full reco like you should have in the first place; trying to balance twin SU carbs; trying to improve your column shift by stuffing around with the trunnion rods (and wishing you could afford a ? B&M floor shifter conversion); marvelling at your mate's home made lowering blocks for the FX (yes, I know it didn't exist) onwards; and improving rear grip and handling with a sandbag each side in the boot.
And 5 digit speedos, because 100,000 miles was a bloody good innings.
And technological marvels like the lever operated air scoop under the windscreen, and valve radios that had a range of about 4 feet.
I do miss chrome swans with fluoro pink or green plastic wings on the bonnet; Esso tiger tails hanging out of the petrol filler cap; and the great accessory, the driver's window weathershield with the green plastic top and, on the deluxe model, the little canvas curtain, not to mention fans on the dash and the mighty Smith's round electric heater in my FE which always caused the dilemma that you could be warm at the drive-in if you had the motor running, which was a nuisance, or risk draining the battery if you didn't.