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So that's why the 72 and older vehicles smokes a lot and the newer vehicles of today smoke a lot less with the same amount of miles on them. Makes perfect sense now, I've wondered from time to time but never really understood why.

Thanks, there you go, my day is finished and it's not even 10 AM...I learned something I should have known but didn't know.

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Thanks again Cobalt, I was aware of the carb versus fuel injection but, the difference in oils I didn't think that we had come that far with oil improvements. See, this is why I joined up to this site, to learn. In the early early 80's, I put away my mechanic's hat and put on my painter body guy outfit. So, over the last 30 some odd years, I haven't kept abreast of everything that has changed. I'm getting into more and more of the "One guy will restore everything on your vehicle" kind of syndrome and need to quickly hone my mechanical knowledge. Like "Vinniek2q" told me, the basic principles are the same for an engine to run, the methods of supplying the engine with what it needs to run have been altered, (which I recently realized, my wife's Eldorado, ran like crap...sometimes, I used my knowledge from days gone by and diagnosed coil pack...$51.00 later, the car runs like a champ)...and obviously improved.

So, "496CHEVY3100"...I did not know that about transmission fluid and dirty greasy things. Next time I need to go over to my sister in-laws house I'll bring a case of ATF....her house is always so filthy I'll need to shower in it...LOL. Seriously, she bought new carpet for her home and the installers refused to rip out the old carpet and lay down the new....honestly it was that bad. One time I was at her house and she told me "to feel at home and take my shoes off"...I told her that "that's all right, I don't want to get my socks dirty"!

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I found I enjoyed the Paint and Body side of the automotive trade more than the mechanical. What got me about being a mechanic was that when I worked for a shop, I was the brakes and front suspension guy and got plugged into that spot and that's what I did all day...What I enjoyed at that time was to make cars go fast in a straight line...not slow down for Orange cones in a slalom course. I did build engines for people on the side and enjoyed watching them at the track. When I got into painting I knew I had finally found what I was looking to do in my life...I did get sick of painting Civic front clips and Ford 1/2 ton peelers in the late 80's early 90's but, had a hobby shop on the side and started building cars for people...Now I'm also trying to get educated on doing interiors...I've done several...they're OK but, lots of room for improvement.

Cobalt, it's funny that you would say to make my sister in-laws house a W/E project. My wife and I talked about it this weekend and after about an hour of discussion we decided that we both had careers already and didn't need another one...she needs to start showing some initiative before my wife and I are going to lend a hand...even if my sister in-law would spring for the Hazmat suits...LOL.

"496CHEVY3100", thanks I did know about the ATF working on sticky lifters...when I was fresh out of High School I sold Wynn's oil additives...when Wynn's "Engine Tune Up" wouldn't free up a sticky lifter, ATF often would. I also used to go out with a girl whose Father tried to tell me that the best way to make a car shine was to wipe it down with ATF...true as that was, I lived on the Prairies at the time and dust storms where common...let alone how often he needed to repaint cars because the ATF would eat through Lacquer and Acrylic Enamel paint in no time...LOL.

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I know of a body shop that would cut their paint for car lots with gasoline instead of reducer...shone like no tomorrow...until about 10 tomorrows and it died right off. The car lot had a 10 to 14 day window to move the freshly painted cars...if the paint got close to the expiry date, they had a sale.

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Regular VOC's and Isocyanates are bad enough...top it all off with a little high test for those extra special paint jobs and you have a bomb waiting to happen let alone the normal health problems that it would cause.

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Now I know why the customer base stayed the same but had new ownership every six months and then the sign outside would read. Under New Management...By Attrition.

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