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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. I've been in the automotive service industry since the late 60s and the term "frost plug" is what they have been called before and through my lifetime, in these parts at least. So yes, right or wrong, core plugs are what the manufacturers call them, but if I went to any of the local parts stores and asked for core plugs I'd be looking at a blank stare of wonderment. If I asked for frost plugs I'd very quickly get what I was looking for.

    It's just a name, use the one that people around you understand and life goes easier. :)
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  2. If used on automotive or whatever, but the term ''first time EVER'' doe's not or ever will make it more the first time than the first time ....period!! JW
  3. 41 GMC K-18
    Joined: Jun 27, 2019
    Posts: 3,503

    41 GMC K-18

    That would equate to a half smoked joint left in the ashtray !
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  4. Johnny Gee
    Joined: Dec 3, 2009
    Posts: 12,494

    Johnny Gee
    from Downey, Ca

    ^^^^^ Explain’s the slowing of motion pretty well I’d say.
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  5. Harv
    Joined: Jan 16, 2008
    Posts: 939

    from Sydney

    We take the second "C" out. Merc-aff-aye. Not Mick-caff-aye.

    Michelin's are racing tyres (sometimes called rason tars, but not in Australia).

    Centre and center are interchangeable, and pronounced the same as that bloke Senna who drove the fancy race cars.

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  6. 41 GMC K-18
    Joined: Jun 27, 2019
    Posts: 3,503

    41 GMC K-18

    Also known as a "TRAFFICATOR"
    They were very cool back in the day, for trucks.

    IMG_9026 (1).jpg
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    I recently bought this one from a fellow HAMBER @Atomic Reverend Alexander. It was attached to a truck that he bought at an auction.
    This is the truck that it came off of.

    I gave it to a good friend for a Christmas gift, that has an older truck that it will be perfect for.

  7. gimpyshotrods
    Joined: May 20, 2009
    Posts: 23,211


    I am surrounded by Engineers.

    We don't use incorrect terms.
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  8. "We don't use incorrect terms." If you did it would cause confusion. That's why when I go to the parts store I use the term everyone understands, to avoid confusion.
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  9. jimmy six
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
    Posts: 14,666

    jimmy six

    Heat exchangers.
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  10. jimmy six
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
    Posts: 14,666

    jimmy six

    Nope the people in the other countries got it wrong. I’m not positive who the dumb shits are…...but I know it’s not me.
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  11. Budget36
    Joined: Nov 29, 2014
    Posts: 13,038


    @X38 I wasn’t singling you and your folks out, just making light of the term “dizzy”. :)
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  12. KenC
    Joined: Sep 14, 2006
    Posts: 1,040


    Just a few, cat has a whole 'nother meaning without it! And buffalo, maybe others.
  13. finn
    Joined: Jan 25, 2006
    Posts: 1,257


    I worked in engine engineering for all of my career. You can bet the farm that not one engineering drawing or parts list had the word “freeze plug” spelled out.

    They were always “core plugs”, or “expansion plugs”

    A Welch plug is a particular design of core plug. Supposedly the convex Welch plug is a design originated by engineers of the obscure and long defunct Welch automotive company.

    An expansion plug is probably only correctly called a core plug when it seals a sand core in a sand casting. Otherwise, it would be an expansion plug, ie an oil gallery plug
  14. twenty8
    Joined: Apr 8, 2021
    Posts: 2,269


    This might come as a surprise to some of you guys, but there is a long, colourful history centred around the English language prior to it landing in your wonderful country and being "tuned up" by your good selves to become what is now known as American English (an oxymoron if ever there was one)....... :D:D:D
  15. Don't quite know what you mean, but in any case, I'm cool. Words are funny.

    From a local supplier, covering all bases :D:
    Probably more of an original Welch plug design:

    Than this kind:
    Last edited: Dec 1, 2023
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  16. seb fontana
    Joined: Sep 1, 2005
    Posts: 8,392

    seb fontana
    from ct

    I had an engine that I forgot to drain the water out. In middle of winter I went to start it and saw the core plugs suspended out of the block 1/2" or so by a column of freeze.
  17. Freeze core caps! Or maybe hats?
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  18. 2OLD2FAST
    Joined: Feb 3, 2010
    Posts: 5,092

    from illinois

    Or a pot of a hot beverage sitting on your dash , depending on your experiences..
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  19. Of course not. I don’t expect to see the words “support thingy” on suspension bridge plans either. I’m just trying to lighten it up a bit. There is enough crazy stuff going on in our country and the world to loose sleep over dizzy.
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  20. wheeldog57
    Joined: Dec 6, 2013
    Posts: 3,130


    How about 'horsepower'? Time and distance I get it. Who's horse? Not all horses have the same 'horsepower' do they? Torque is REALLY what moves any vehicle, no?
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  21. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 33,720


    I attibute that nonsense of saying "dizzy" to Yanks who decide that they want to use an off the wall term that Aussies use to sound cool. Ok if you actually live in Australia but rather lame if you were born in and have lived in the states all of your life.
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  22. Slopok
    Joined: Jan 30, 2012
    Posts: 2,919


    When I was in high school if smelled like fish nobody ate it! :eek: o_O
    Last edited: Dec 1, 2023
  23. 2OLD2FAST
    Joined: Feb 3, 2010
    Posts: 5,092

    from illinois

    Were it not for the u.s. adopting your language. It probably wouldn't be the most universally accepted language on the planet ,including your flaws as well as ours !
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  24. alanp561
    Joined: Oct 1, 2017
    Posts: 4,539


    And there's the problem, the English are living entirely too close to the French :rolleyes:. When the Normans moved into England, they took their language with them as evidenced by your spelling of "colour", French is "coleur", American English is "color". And, not to stoke the fire even more, the English, Australians and the French spell "center" wrong. I knew all those English classes I took would eventually pay off. ;)
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  25. RmK57
    Joined: Dec 31, 2008
    Posts: 2,597


    Let’s not forget the way theatre is spelled either.
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  26. SS327
    Joined: Sep 11, 2017
    Posts: 2,398


    If it smells like fish it’s a dish. If it smells like bologna leave it alona!
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  27. SS327
    Joined: Sep 11, 2017
    Posts: 2,398


    Theater, see I spelled it correct.
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  28. Who am I to argue with Roberta Flack or the writer Ewan MacColl. :)
  29. CSPIDY
    Joined: Nov 15, 2020
    Posts: 447


    Head liner
    Something you put in the toilet
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  30. RmK57
    Joined: Dec 31, 2008
    Posts: 2,597


    You need to go eat your tunafish sandwich.

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