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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by rustdodger, Aug 13, 2010.

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  1. GrungyGary
    Joined: Apr 5, 2009
    Posts: 18


    "fresh engine" ...... that sounds like a new set of rings , hand lapped valves, a can of STP.
  2. GassersGarage
    Joined: Jul 1, 2007
    Posts: 4,729


    "NEVER OVERHEATS" which means it does............
  3. Sweepspear
    Joined: May 17, 2010
    Posts: 292


    Leaving out the words "to be".

    Needs restored instead of Needs to be restored.

    Some other phrases used in ads that suffer the same fate.
    "Needs cleaned"
    "Needs painted"

  4. big-daddy-george
    Joined: Feb 10, 2008
    Posts: 180

    from New York

    Still never got use to an "Engine" being called a "Motor". Two totally different things. Over the years I've heard several car guys call Backing plates....Vacuum Plates, and really thought they were right.
    Joined: Jun 3, 2005
    Posts: 8,059


    I see that the heat has many of us looking at the "dream sites" and other ads/forums. This is the 3rd post regarding fucked up descriptions and poor grammar. I'm not knockin it, just sayin...

    But hell, I'll play. What wears me out is the average cruise night poser. His car has all the kool shit that he read about in a magazine or heard someone talk about. I've learned to just agree and smile and go look at the next car. I posted a few years ago about the kid with the 410 duration cam. I know a guy who revs all of his SBCs to "8" or "8-5". "Never had one that wouldn't...". Uh, yeah, kool bro...

    I hate when someone's looking at my work and telling me how good someone else is. Don't know why but someone telling me "...yeah so-n-so does really nice work. Ever seen one of his cars?" Seems rude. And yeah like said already the old motor/engine debate. Get over it. They're motorcars. And really, at the end of the day, who fuckin cares?

    This was the long version of NADS' reply if I got it right.
  6. Little Wing
    Joined: Nov 25, 2005
    Posts: 7,501

    Little Wing
    from Northeast

    When people use the word "Vintage" and the item is a brand new copy
  7. RichFox
    Joined: Dec 3, 2006
    Posts: 9,950


    I and Noah Webster would respectfully disagree. Also those goofy guys who gave us General Motors, Ford Motor Company, and Mo(ter)Par(ts). The Vacuum plate thing I just don't understand. Where is thay comming from?
  8. cuda65vpt
    Joined: Jan 9, 2008
    Posts: 20

    from colordo

    Fresh from the salvage yard with a couple cans of engine enamel.:rolleyes:
  9. hustlinhillbilly
    Joined: Jun 17, 2008
    Posts: 184

    from ohio

    compiled by
    October 1, 1999
    <TABLE style="BORDER-COLLAPSE: collapse" id=AutoNumber1 border=0 cellSpacing=0 borderColor=#111111 cellPadding=0 width="100%"><TBODY><TR><TD width="100%">Ed Winfield made his first performance camshafts in 1914. These were motorcycle cams with individual lobes pinned to a shaft.

    His first automotive camshafts were ground in 1919 when he built his first homemade cam grinder. Ed was 17 years old at that time.

    Ed told me his mother gave him the money to purchase a used grinding machine that he converted to a cam grinder by adding a rocker table. This homemade cam grinder was used in his mother's garage to regrind Ford Model T camshafts into racing specifications.

    Ed told me he first made only two masters, a SEMI RACE GRIND and a FULL RACE GRIND! He later made a third master that was more duration and lift than the SEMI but less than the FULL. He then used the FULL RACE master as an intake and the new master as an exhaust.
    He called this new reground camshaft a THREE QUARTER RACE CAM! Ed said "It was three quarters of the way to a full race cam".

    According to Dema Elgin, ED began working for Harry Miller at the age of 14 1/2 in the carburation department. Within a few months he was doing other machine work on the famous Miller racing engines. Harry wanted Ed to stay on with him and offered Ed more money. Ed was being paid .60 cents per hour and was offered .70 cents, but ED wasn't fond of Harry because he was like a dictator.

    Ed quit grinding camshafts in October of 1969 after he finished a batch of Drake Offenhauser camshafts. That's 55 years of grinding cams!


    In the late 60's I worked in the parts department for a Chevy dealership. In the parts book in 1969 under camshafts it listed a "3/4 high performance cam" available for 409's. Talk about woulda, coulda, shoulda? I could have bought bare aluminum big block heads for the princely sum of $138.60 each. (cost + 10%)
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  10. RichFox
    Joined: Dec 3, 2006
    Posts: 9,950


    And Dema started with Ed when he was in San Francisco. Ed ground a cam for me before he quit and I was honored to buy it from him. Dema still grinds my cams. Just got one for my '26 Dodge Bros with Morton & Brett OHV conversion last month.
  11. hustlinhillbilly
    Joined: Jun 17, 2008
    Posts: 184

    from ohio

    Sometimes they should pay attention to the guys with the grey in their beards, they might learn something about the tradition they claim to love.
  12. I can see how "backing plates" can sound like "vacuum plates" over the phone, or something. All that shows, though, is that the person is repeating whatever (they think) another person told them.
  13. Normal Norman
    Joined: Aug 9, 2006
    Posts: 510

    Normal Norman
    from Goshen IN.

    I may be alone on this but; I hate the term "pop up" pistons. It sounds like they would jump right out of the engine if the heads were off. Its a term Iv'e heard alot, why not hi compression? Normal Norman
  14. Antny
    Joined: Aug 19, 2009
    Posts: 1,071

    from Noo Yawk

    "Best offer". That usually means, I ain't really wantin to sell it, just trolling to see what kinda money she'll fetch.
  15. Country Gent
    Joined: Feb 22, 2010
    Posts: 562

    Country Gent

    Hay HILLBILLY. "Should have, could have". You got that right! I DID. In 1962, bought a complete Chevy 409 carb to oil pan, flywheel, clutch, bellhousing, T-10 4 speed delivered to my local Chevy dealer for, are you ready??? $1575.00! Also if you pick up a 62 Honest Charley catalog, you could buy new 97s for $12.75. No not a erra $12.75
  16. 1. Many cars that are not T Buckets get the label anyway.
    2. Stall convertor.
    3. Using the letter "z" to pluralize.
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  17. floydjer
    Joined: Feb 4, 2010
    Posts: 212


    From the" Bargain Corner "of The Grand Rapids Press.....1986 Pontiac,Runs great,needs engine. Huh?:confused:
  18. It also cracks me up when people call everything they put up for sale "NOS" with pictures of rusty parts and no original box to be found.

    It also get's me when people write "Must Sale" in their add.
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  19. dart165
    Joined: Apr 15, 2005
    Posts: 704


    Couple of annoying ones:

    "Great patina" = Paint is shot, and there's healthy ammounts of rust

    "Lots of potential" = With enough money you can do anything!

    "For parts or restore" = Parts car with restorable car price.

    "Best offer" = I dont know what i want for it, but i'm hoping your offer is more, and will get insulted if it's less.

    "Ran when parked" I refuse to commit to saying it doesn't run.

    "Frame is solid" = Everything attached to it isn't

    "Needs little tlc to be perfect for dream cruise" (this is one for the MI guys)= It's a shitbox thats been sitting in the yard, but i'm desperately trying to pull on the heartstrings of anyone, anywhere within a 45 mile radius of WoodWard Ave.
  20. hustlinhillbilly
    Joined: Jun 17, 2008
    Posts: 184

    from ohio

    In 69 we cleaned out the sheet metal storage area, & found several NOS Tri-five front fenders, a bunch of quarters and the clear plexiglass deck lid, that they used to showcase the engine in the 1960 Corvair showroom car. They told me that if I could get $10 a piece for the Tri-five sheet metal to sell it.
    Joined: Jan 13, 2004
    Posts: 2,757


    Here goes ,I am a Mopar lover and worked at a dealership when it was good, I hate it when people talk about their Six-Pac Cudas and Road -runners, They never made em, Dodge made Six-pacs, Plymouths were Six BBL's.
    I run my stock 327 8 grand all day long,check and see if your tach is turned to six cyl.
    This or that street legal car ran low 10's in street trim in 1970.If your street car would run with the days pro stocker then why wasn't you out there kickin Ronnie Soxs ass every day.
    I had a guy tell me he took some stock pistons and modified them to 12.5 to one compression.
    A guy whos dad runs a pawn shop tells me everytime I stop in that he has a hemi cuda that he can't drive on the street because it lifts the front end every time he takes off.
  22. I get excited when I see something advertised with a "wench".
  23. wicked 49
    Joined: Aug 5, 2009
    Posts: 17

    wicked 49

    ...when people refer to it as a "VIN number"...just repeating themselves, and being redundant...:)
  24. low-n-slo54
    Joined: Jul 25, 2009
    Posts: 1,920


    It's spelled Camaro not Camero people! If you can't spell what your selling then I not buying it.
  25. I ABSOLUTELY, MOTHERFU$%ING HATE IT when people say "chebby"!!.......and i'm usually so positive!
  26. junkcad
    Joined: Jun 16, 2006
    Posts: 601

    from nashville

    i hate when people post wheels as universal instead of multi lug
  27. '46SuperDeluxe
    Joined: Apr 26, 2009
    Posts: 255

    from Clovis, CA

    I think that this is the one that bugs me the most. Needs restored. Usually referring to some rusting hulk of a "Mom's Grocery Getter" 4 door. I think someone wrote that once that didn't know, and someone else read it that didn't know, and somehow it got passed along and morphed into everyday usage in the giveaways at the checkout counter. Not every old rusting POS is a classic, vintage or antique. Most that are left around weren't that desirable when they were new and were left to rot 'cuz the person didn't want to spend any more money on it

    The other one is some old black primer Toyota with red wheels and the words rat+rod somewhere in the tag. I remember Weez saying that on TV and LOLed because I'd seen it too many times myself.

    All in all this thread is hilarious. ;-)#
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  28. carcrazyjohn
    Joined: Apr 16, 2008
    Posts: 4,844

    from trevose pa

    Like new and you can see from the pictures its rusty................
  29. The two that rally bug me are ;
    RESTORED - and then the description goes on the talk about the motor swap, disc brakes swap, body mods, paint color change etc. Restored means to bring back to a former or normal condition

    ORIGINAL MILES - This is the stupidest thing ever said. What exactly is an UN-ORIGINAL MILE? As someone else said I think what is meant is Actual miles, meaning the real actual miles on the car, not a turned back or altered odometer.
  30. zzford
    Joined: May 5, 2005
    Posts: 1,823


    Classic and antique. Nothing like a classic 82 Toyota. In reality, there are very few "true" classic cars. Auburns, Deusenbergs and so forth are "true" classics.
    Another pet peeve is calling wheels, rims. Also "body drop" when the term is channeled.
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