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Hot Rods Automotive terms that don’t make sense....

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Fortunateson, Nov 29, 2023.

  1. SS327
    Joined: Sep 11, 2017
    Posts: 2,398


    Cat walk
    I don’t know what any of these things are? All foreign to me.
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  2. Beanscoot
    Joined: May 14, 2008
    Posts: 3,018


    Why bbl has the doubled letters is explained a few pp. ago.
  3. scotts52
    Joined: Apr 7, 2008
    Posts: 2,710


    Running lights. You usually have only
    your running lights on when you're sitting.

    Cars are classified as 3 window, 5 window etc, but they don't include the rear window. Rear windows matter too ;)
  4. Harv
    Joined: Jan 16, 2008
    Posts: 939

    from Sydney

    Somehow, we ended up with 44 gallon drums down here… at least before we went metric.

    I reckon EZY-OUT may win the prize.

  5. ProtoTypeDesignFlauz
    Joined: Jul 29, 2007
    Posts: 1,624


    Opposed to a " FULL race cam " to attempt top-speed runs on dry lake beds.
    Last edited: Nov 30, 2023
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  6. That would be Motore Guzzi.;)
    Moto is motorbike. Motociclo, motorcycle.
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  7. We used imperial measurement, so our gallons were larger than U.S. gallons. People often forget or don't know that when arguing about or comparing m.p.g. Same with fuel tank capacities.
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  8. Not to forget 'pounds'
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  9. Ah, but the rear window is counted, it's the windshield that isn't!

    (Hey, put the wipers on, I can't see out the front window!)

    Ford's idea of calling the firewall the dash in 1932 never caught on - even with Ford fans.
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  10. Tow Truck Tom
    Joined: Jul 3, 2018
    Posts: 1,796

    Tow Truck Tom
    from Clayton DE

    My understanding was always, that the front glass was not a window.
    Becoming popular as of 1910 and reducing the need of driving goggles, the windscreen AKA windshield, was not included in the window count.
    The rear glass was considered to be a window.
    OOPS X38 beat me
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  11. Tow Truck Tom
    Joined: Jul 3, 2018
    Posts: 1,796

    Tow Truck Tom
    from Clayton DE

    Yeah what about that?

    Attached Files:

  12. SuperKONR
    Joined: Oct 15, 2015
    Posts: 196


    Not sure if 'freeze plug' counts but it's a pet peeve... Block will crack before core plugs will come out...
  13. '29 Gizmo
    Joined: Nov 6, 2022
    Posts: 738

    '29 Gizmo
    from UK


    Patina (used to be called neglect)
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  14. spanners
    Joined: Feb 24, 2009
    Posts: 2,043


    How boring would life be if we all spoke the same?
  15. Same with Welch plugs, as we call them.;)
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  16. mohr hp
    Joined: Nov 18, 2009
    Posts: 911

    mohr hp
    from Georgia

    It's interesting how languages develop. There's always a story behind every anomaly. The BBL thing always bugged me, so I dug into that one too. Seems the BBL Blue BarreL thing is legit, A shipping color identifier. To me, though the 3/4 cam thing is just poor marketing. I equate 3/4 cam as being one for a V6!
  17. Budget36
    Joined: Nov 29, 2014
    Posts: 13,038


    Google the definition of Motor. Might surprise you:)
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  18. Budget36
    Joined: Nov 29, 2014
    Posts: 13,038


    Pretty sure it was @squirrel who posted an old article on building a 265. In that article it mentioned the 3/4 cam.
    I think it was a late ‘50’s article.
  19. j hansen
    Joined: Dec 22, 2012
    Posts: 4,965

    j hansen

    I did...
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  20. Budget36
    Joined: Nov 29, 2014
    Posts: 13,038


    The quoted reply/reference is not a definition, it’s an opinion. All the highlighted text does not differentiate between fuel or electricity.
    Changing various form of energy into mechanical force and motion.
    That’s a motor. Right?
    Maybe I’m naive but internal combustion is a form of energy.
    FWIW, this was brought to my attention a few years back here on the HAMB.
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  21. 57Custom300
    Joined: Aug 21, 2009
    Posts: 1,424

    from Arizona

    Dizzy. Hearing someone call a distributor a "dizzy" sets my hair on fire.
  22. Budget36
    Joined: Nov 29, 2014
    Posts: 13,038


    Because they can’t spell distributor;)
    Joined: Nov 22, 2005
    Posts: 8,511

    from SIDNEY, NY

    "Dashboard" was a term left over from horse drawn carriages. Its purpose was to keep the road dirt, clods of mud, and kicked up horseshit off of the passengers when you made the horse(s) dash, or gallop. Speaking of "carriage", that's where "car" came from.
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  24. "pumpkin"
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  25. Or pig
    Third member
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  26. Driver50x
    Joined: May 5, 2014
    Posts: 412


    As an aviation guy, manifold vacuum drives me a little nuts. Vacuum is just a backwards way of measuring manifold pressure.
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  27. Rand Man
    Joined: Aug 23, 2004
    Posts: 4,850

    Rand Man

    I’m a history buff, so I’m going to get to the bottom of this. One possible reason: 42 US gallons = 36 Imperial gallons, aka 1 beer barrel, weighs around 300 pounds. They needed a standard size for military supplies, so that’s a weight that two men can probably lift safely. I will try to confirm my theory.
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  28. Moriarity
    Joined: Apr 11, 2001
    Posts: 30,004

    Staff Member

    I never heard the term Dizzy until the internet, which only proves that the internet is making people dumber and dumber... I hate that term, it is a distributor
  29. BJR
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 9,699


    Propeller shaft. = Drive shaft.
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