Curbside Classic Archive: Engines, Transmissions and Tech

Engines (General):

Engine Tech 101: How Displacement Per Cylinder Affects Torque and Horsepower   Paul N

V8 Engine Crankshafts and Firing Orders: Good Vibrations   VinceC

GM Engines:

The Legendary Buick Nailhead V8 And The Possible Source Of Its Unusual Valve Arrangement   Paul N

The OHC V12 Engine That Cadillac Almost Built In The Sixties   Paul N

1957 Chevrolet Fuel-Injected 283 V8: Ahead Of Its Time and the Competition   Paul N

The “W” 348 Engine: First Of A Long Line Of Big-Block Chevy V8s   Paul N

The Quickest And Slowest Chevy Turbo-Thrift Sixes   Paul N

The Stillborn Corvair Gen2 Modular Engine: From Two to Twelve Cylinders   Paul N

The 20 mpg 400 Cubic Inch 1967 Olds Cutlass Turnpike Cruiser   Paul N

The Birth of the GM/EMD two-stroke Diesel Engine  Paul N

1975-1979 Cadillac Electronic Fuel Injection:  GM’s (Gladly) Forgotten Fuelie: A GM Deadly Sin?  VinceC

Oldsmobile Diesel V8 – GM’s Deadly Sin #34: Premature Injeculation  Paul N

When Did Each GM Division Stop Making Their Own V8 Engines? A Brief History of V8 Engine Sharing at GM  Tom Halter

The Chevrolet 5.7L LT5 DOHC V8: A British Heart For An American Icon   VinceC

Ford Engines:

The Small Ford Flathead V8 (V8-60) Part 1: The Pre-War Years     Part2: The Post-War European Fords     Part 3: The Simca Years   Tatra87

Lincoln’s Two-Barrel Carb MEL 430 Engine: Taming The Thirsty Beast   Paul N

The Ford FE Series V8 Engine   Jason Shafer

The Ford 335 Series V8 Engines: It Could Have Been A Contender, Part 1     Part 2   VinceC

The Ford 3.0 Liter “Vulcan” V6   Edward Snitkoff

The Ford 4.6 Liter V8   Jason Shafer

Chrysler Engines:

Diesel Chrysler Slant-Sixes, In-House And Otherwise   Daniel Stern

Other American Engines:

1903 Premier: The First OHC Hemi Head Engine And The Search For the Hemi’s True Father   Paul N

1959-1963 Checker Continental OHV 226 Six: The Only Extinct Post-War Engine?  Paul N

The Curious F-Head Engine   Paul N

Big Cummins Diesels Come To The Indianapolis 500   Paul N

The Studebaker V8 Engine: Punching Below Its Weight   Paul N

The Atkinson (And Miller Cycle) Engines: Not Exactly What They Started Out To Be   Paul N

The Little Engines That Could (series)

The Little Engines That Could, Part 1: 1941-42 Ford 30 HP Four Cylinder Truck Engine   Jason Shafer

The Little Engines That Could, Part 2: How 170 Cu. In. Of Dodge Rammed A Challenge By VW   Jason Shafer

The Little Engines That Could, Part 3: A Fuselage Dodge Rated For Thirty Degree Performance   Jason Shafer

The Little Engines That Could, Part 4: Six Minus Two Equals Roughly Unpopular (Chevrolet)   Jason Shafer

The Little Engines That Could, Part 5: Mercury Died By A Thousand Cuts; Here Are Six Of Them   Jason Shafer

European/Asian Engines:

Alfa Romeo Twin Cam Four: A Pioneer, And As Beautiful As The Cars It Powered   Paul N

Audi’s EA827 Engine: The Inline Four That Could!   MNC

Honda Civic:  The CVCC In The Words Of Honda Engineers  Rich Baron

Soichiro Honda Spanks GM CEO Daniel Stern

The Last Two New Air-Cooled Car Engines (Honda 1300/Citroen GS)   Allan Lacki

Three Pot Stew: America’s Brief Fling With The Three-Cylinder Supermini   Jeff Nelson

The World’s Largest IC Engine: A Walk Through The Wärtsilä-Sulzer RTA96-C Marine Engine   Paul N


Planetary (Not Interstellar) Overdrive (1934-72)   Paul N

Two-Speed Automatics vs. Three-Speed Manuals: When 2 = 3, More Or Less   Paul N

Powerglide: A GM’s Greatest Hit Or Deadly Sin?   Paul N

From Powerglide To 4-Speed – The History Of Transmissions On Early Corvettes   VinceC

GM’s 8-Speed Hydra-Matic and 21-Speed Twin Hydra-Matic For Big Trucks: Complex Dead End  Paul N

1959-63 Two-Speed Ford-O-Matic: Ford Builds A Powerglide   Paul N

Chevrolet’s Torque Drive: A Dumber Powerglide   Paul N

Ford AOD:  An In-Depth Look At Its Design & Function – Lugging Its Way to Higher Fuel Efficiency  VinceC

Ford’s Torque-Drive Copy-Cat 1970 Maverick Semi-Automatic Transmission   Paul N

Lincoln’s Liquamatic Drive: Failure To Upshift   JP Cavanaugh

The Mysterious Appearance Of Floor Shift For 1961-1964 Chrysler 3-Speed Manual Transmissions   Paul N

The Mysterious Disappearance Of The Chrysler Pushbutton Automatic: A Government Conspiracy?   JP Cavanaugh

Factory Four Speed Transmission Behind A Slant Six? Yup, For A Couple Of Years, Anyway   Paul N

Studebaker’s Automatic Drive: Advanced, Efficient, But Too Expensive In The End   Paul N

The Toyota 5 Speed Transmission Takes Over the World   Dave Skinner

Air Conditioning & Heating:

Cold Comfort: History of Automotive Air Conditioning, Part 1 – Pre-World War II   Tom Halter

Cold Comfort: History of Automotive Air Conditioning, Part 2 – The Aftermarket   Tom Halter

Cold Comfort: History of Automotive Air Conditioning, Part 3 – Post-World War II   Tom Halter

Cold Comfort: The History of Automatic Climate Control   Tom Halter

Cold Comfort: The History of Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control   Tom Halter

Cold Comfort: 1953 Chrysler Airtemp Air Conditioning   Tom Halter

Cold Comfort: 1955 Cadillac Series Sixty Fleetwood – The Cadillac Of Early Air Conditioning Systems   Tom Halter

Cold Comfort: World’s Most Optioned 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air   Tom Halter

Cold Comfort: 1956 Lincoln Premiere Factory Air Conditioning   Tom Halter

Cold Comfort: 1957 Mercury Turnpike Cruiser Factory Air Conditioning   Tom Halter

Cold Comfort: 1958-60 Lincoln Continental – Craziest Factory Air Conditioning Ever?   Tom Halter

Cold Comfort: 1962 Chevrolet Corvair Factory Air Conditioning   Tom Halter

Cold Comfort: 1991 Jeep Grand Wagoneer – Last Mass-Produced Vehicle Without Integrated Air Conditioning?  Tom Halter

Corvair Cold Comfort – Heating Optional (1960-61): Your Choice Of Gasoline Or Engine Heat   Paul N

Firestone Thermador Car Cooler (“Swamp Cooler”)   Paul N

Other Technical Subjects:

The Origins Of The Modern Car   Paul N

An X-Ray Look At GM’s X-Frame (1957-70)   Paul N

The Carter AFB Carburetor: A Closer Look Into A 64-Year Veteran   Aaron65

Two Carter WCDs: Why Kids Are Exactly The Way They Used To Be   Aaron65

1973-77 GM Colonnade Chassis Design: Corner Carving through the Brougham Era  VinceC

Chrysler’s CAP, The First Effective Exhaust Emission Control (With ’63 Dodge and Dart Road Tests)  Daniel Stern

The Dawn Of The Catalytic Converter: Who Put The Cat Out?   Daniel Stern

Delco-GM/Bose Sound System: GM’s Greatest Hit Of The 1980s   Eric703

Electronic Ignition: Losing The Points, Part 1     Part 2     Part 3   VinceC

Ford’s “Falcon Platform”: From Falcon To Versailles In 18 Different Variations   Paul N

Hold My Drink! The Story Of When Cupholders Became Good  Eric703

The Operation and Tuning of a Holley Carburetor:  a Modern Twist on Old Tech  VinceC

Mechanical Power Brake Servo: Invented In 1919, Rolls-Royce Was Still Using It In The Sixties   Paul N

The Mystery Of GM’s Two Wiper Systems   Paul N

An Incompleat History of the Rear Window Wiper   Barry Koch

Michelin’s TRX Tire: Reinventing The Radial Tire Didn’t Work Quite As Well As Inventing It   Paul N

The Perimeter Frame:  Body-And-Frame, Not Body-On-Frame  Paul N

Ultrasonic Fuel Systems We Could’ve Had  Daniel Stern

Why Fords Were The Worst Rusters In The Mid-Late ’60s and the ’70s   Paul N