A note to the producers

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Since you are apparently going to try it in the US something to think about. When selecting vehicles to use for engines etc. try to stay with 1980 and prior vehicles. You will avoid a lot of electronic hassles. 1980 was the year the government stepped in to standardize the electronic controls on American and imported automobiles, which led to all the computerized ignition and fuel systems. About the same time computer controls were starting to be installed in transmissions as well. This all makes bodging very difficult. California, by the way, has had a lot of polution controls on engines that were never seen in the rest of the US, and required retrofitting of some devices back into the 1960's most of these will present far less problems for bodgers than the electronics.


-- JustJay-Captain-Three Rusty Juveniles (justjay@neo.rr.com), January 13, 2001


Good point, you are absolutely correct. As a contestant, it's hard enough. I'm sure this will get back to the producers. Keep on Bodging, Beetle

-- Ken Beidleman/ Beetle/Art Attack (june-ken@humboldt1.com), January 13, 2001.

The CA pollution controls can be pretty much ignored for the competition, GM and Chrysler had Carbs on their rear wheel drive sedans untill the end of the 80's. If one has to deal with a fuel injected car, the car co's liked to hide the fuel injection computers in some pretty weird places for awhile so you would have to be careful not to cut any wires while getting the engine out, chrysler and ford liked to put them under the dash on the passenger side, somtimes in the passenger kick panel. The main problem in CA will be that any Pre-pollution control car or motor there commands a premium price for the hot rod crowd and is not likly to be in a scrap yard. most of the ''scrap'' cars that you are likely to find are the late 70's and early 80's with electronicaly controled carbs and low compression that no one wants to deal with because of low power and trouble passing emmissions test with them, they will run with the carb controls disconnected (very rich) but some of them require the ignition computer to run

-- R.Eric Kahn (kubla@fuse.net), January 13, 2001.

one word with regards to that!..........SEEDING!

-- tim (milehiharley@hotmail.com), January 13, 2001.

Remember the Amphibious Vehicle that the RN built. Bad Mojo when they broke the Black Box for the Fuel injection.

-- Stephen A. Binion (Stephenbinion@hotmail.com), January 13, 2001.

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