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Any Slant Six fans might find this interesting...
Thanks, for posting this. I have a car with a Slant 6. Interesting, that they didn't mention the all new Alternator, that was introduced on this engine, in 1960.
"Engineers really kept us service technicians in mind" Wish they'd do that now days because it's painfully obvious,,,,,,,,,,they don't.
I would guess the training film was made way before the engine actually came out and they must not have had the alternator ready yet, although IIRC, only the Valiant got an alternator. Other models still had a generator until the '62 model year.
"Engineers really kept us service technicians in mind"
That is why working on many older cars is fun and working on many newer ones is a pain in the butt! I do both, and there are so many times when you see something that COULD have been engineered to be much easier and convenient to work on, but nobody was thoughtful enough to do it, or an inconvenient design saved a few pennies.
Yeah, I spend 8 1/2 hours a day M-F working on cars and trucks at an indy shop, with the majority being maybe 2006-2019, with older than 2006 sprinkled in and the engineers seem to go out of their way to make things impossible to work on. When you have to spend a hour taking stuff off to change plugs, or change an oil filter that's just about non accessible (ever change the filter on a newer Ram 3500 with the 6.7L Cummins? Are they f****** kidding?) and those are two of the least stupid things they do. If they'd worry more about serviceability than making sure the colors on the touch screen are pleasing, it'd cost the people that buy them a whole lot less in service costs. It is always nice in the summer when a '66 Olds comes in or '73 Satellite, even the street rods are nicer to work on than some of the newer cars. This time of year,,,,,,,no street rods, LOL.
An interesting short filmstrip. I could do without the gravel-voiced puppet though - annoying. I was thinking that although it sounds convenient to have the distributor, plugs and fuel pump on the passenger side of the slant, in actuality, it's a PITA to get to them - at least in the F's. I never had a slant in anything else.
I'd say that 95 percent of the buying public don't look at cost after purchase. I once new a younger man that bought a new Mustang GT and then sold it after the third payment. When I asked him why he said his insurance was a $100 per month higher that his car payment, suprise.
That was me as a young dumbass. Mustang and all. It lasted until I wrecked it (as I said, I was a young dumbass) but I swore that I would turn wrenches on paid-for cars rather than get a car payment ever again! That was over 30 years ago, and I have not had a car payment since. I have busted my knuckles and cursed here and there at times, but I have not been without transportation the whole time. I do not regret it at all.
My Dart has a Slant 6. Distributor is in an awful location. I think its time to go to electronic ignition.
The /6 in pickups and large trucks are easier to access. Also, easier to access in C-bodies – which why someone would have anything but a big block in a C-body, IDK. Even a small block can be anemic in a C.
This is one of the few videos I could access while at work (but no sound).
A couple of pictures I took:
I guess the middle finger wasn’t a thing, then? Yes I know - but you know how first impressions can be.
The draft tube.
A good thing that is also a thing of the past (they stunk). The PCV system is a much better system and cut down on oil leaks – a ton. It at least talks about the draft tube in the video . . . I think.
On the engineered with the technician in mind thing that they don't give any thought to these days,,,,,,,,,,changed the starter on an '05 Grand Cherokee 4X4 4.7L today. Can you say PITA? Sure, I knew you could!
Guess it could be worse. Changed the starter on an '04(?) VW Passat W8 back at the Audi/VW dealer. Step one: Remove powertrain from vehicle. Once the powertrain is lowered out, you still have an hours worth of work to get the starter changed, then raise powertrain back into vehicle. Book time is like 12 hours,,,for a freaking starter! Yep, FINE German engineering