• How Did Pontiac Get It’s Name?

    If you search for the name Pontiac on Wikipedia, the result shows you a now defunct car brand owned by American automaker General Motors, a city in the US state of Michigan and war leader of the Ottawa tribe during Pontiac’s War among others. Let’s start chronologically to get a…

  • Bobs Carburetor Shop

    Recently I was driving through Oceanside California and a sign on a building caught my attention. “Bob’s Carb’s”. The 1st thing I thought was WOW, you don’t see many carburetor shops these days. I was curious about the business so I turned off and went inside. Hi, My name is…

  • How a Choke Works Integral Type

    When the engine is cold a richer fuel mixture is needed. As it warms up the mixture must be leaned out. This is where the automatic choke circuit comes into play. Choke Thermostatic Coil The choke shaft extends through the carburetor into a round housing. Inside the housing there is…

  • Gas Tank Fuel Gauge

    For most original gas tanks, the tank gauge unit is located in the gas tank. The tank contains a float that is attached to a resistance device similar to that used in an electric oil pressure sender. See the resistance unit in the illustration. The travel of the float up,…

  • Stromberg WW Worn Throttle Shafts

    Stromberg Worn Throttle Shafts Stromberg WW carburetors are notorious  for having worn throttle shafts. Unfortunately unlike most carburetors, the WW wears out the shaft instead of the throttle body.  As I mentioned, most carburetors wear the throttle body and while not a simple process, re-bushing the throttle body on these carburetors is very doable as long…

  • Late to the Electric Party

    April 1st, 2016 Tesla unveiled their much anticipated Model 3. Thousands put down deposits, even though Tesla itself says, “Model 3 will begin production in late 2017,… ” That’s a long wait, but early adopters aren’t easily dissuaded, as shown by demand for the impressive Tesla Model S. But just…

  • O2 Sensors – Engine Performance from a Capsule

    O2 Sensors – Engine Performance from a Capsule Long gone are the days when car engine were simply using 4, 6 or 8 pistons, a carburetor and a few other auxiliary elements in order to make the vehicle move forward. While, from a mechanic’s point of view, such powertrain units…

  • What Kind of Fuel Mileage Can We Expect

    While fuel efficiency isn’t the only factor when deciding on which car to purchase, it is an incredibly important one. Considering the current prices for gasoline, as well as the country’s tumultuous relationship with many oil-producing nations, fuel efficiency can determine your financial future. Rather than changing your plans on…

  • Injector Types

    Different Injector Types – How Do They Work? You have probably been driving your car around for years without giving too much thought to the principle of action behind the engine. You don’t need an engineering degree to understanding the basics of an engine. The purpose of a gas-based engine…

  • Bugatti

    The name, Bugatti, conjures up some mental images that surpass mere mechanical and engineering accomplishments. The name carries with it something almost magical. Today’s Bugattis are famous for speed and power, just as were the earlier models in the 1920s and 30s. The most iconic Bugatti of all, the type…