Here’s a quick video version of my rant about the Old vs. the New:
One thing I forgot to write about in the original rant is the “tinkerability” of the old, pre-computer stuff. You could tinker with it; fix it by the side of the road. When a modern fuel-injected car develops a fault there is no fixing it by the side of the road. If the car stops running, you’ll be walking.
I also prefer something amenable to a screwdriver – which fuel injection isn’t. It works – or it doesn’t. And “tuning” it means plucking and replacing parts – or “re-flashing” or “chipping” the ECU.
It’s not even what a Fleshlight is to the real thing.
I love the old stuff because it’s hands-on. Mechanical. You can see (and touch) the workings. With FI and computers there is not much to see and while you can touch it, it’s not very satisfying to touch it. Ugly lumpy plasticky parts with wires coming out of them.
Compare that with the gorgeousness of the Trans-Am’s mighty 455 V8 engine.
Note the Pontiac-specific deep blue metallic engine paint. No one (almost, there are a couple of exceptions) paints engines anymore. They are mostly undifferentiated ugly alloy castings – covered with plastic (with good reason).
I like watching the raw gas shoot into the venturis; the hiss of engine vacuum… the hellhound moan of a big four barrel’s secondaries opening up.
The new stuff has many virtues. But very little emotional pull.
Of course that’s just me – and I’m a Known Kook.
Your mileage may vary!
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