Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona on September 22, 1968 · Page 131
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Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona · Page 131

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Antoin 12*E The Af tedna Republic 0 Sunday, Sept. 22, Car Noises Hard to Understand GRAND PRIX — Pontiac's pride and joy is all- new this year, with the top-of-the line SJ package which includes 428 cubic inch engine, disc brakes, and distinctive new radiator and hood. German Import Buick's Star By TURK SMITH Republic Auto Editor LOS ANGELES — A sprightly looking sports car that isn't even a Buick was center of attraction at the Buick press preview here. The Opel GT is a two passenger sports car with a rear deck spoiler and the general appearance of a Grand Prix racing car, except that it's much smaller. A German import marketed by Buick, it will join its sister cars, the Opel Kadett and Opel Rallye in January. Price hasn't been established, but factory people were estimating something around $3,000. Frank Frost, assistant sales' manager for Buick, said the firm expected to market about 90,000 Opels in -the ...United States in 1969, including about 9,000 of the special GTs. The Buick line itself, he said, was 'little changed in styling, except for new grilles and a standardization of the swept line on the side for all models, giving the Buick instant curb identification. ? '..; THE BIG CHANGE, he said, was m the suspension system in the more expensive models, a refinement of the "positrac- tion" system that has been used on the smaller cars, especially the Skylark Gran Sport high performance model. Oldsmobile, which campaigned with success in the "youth market* in 1968, is standing pat for 1969, with only the usual grille and trim changes. The high performance 442 gets new, wide stripes on its hood replacing the ones running up the jsjde' for 1968, and most models feature a slightly longer wheelDase'. t Despite pursuit of the young buyeiv-the division hasn't forgotten the older, more conservative set. "We think that Delta Royale is a winner," said Harold Metzel, division manager. "Our dealers have raved about that one more than any other car. THE ROYALE is top of the line, with all the luxuries as standard, and a distinctive thin stripe following the sheet metal contours on the side. "They (the dealers) were more enthusiastic about the stripe than anything else," Metzel said. Pontiac Division has, as usual, its offering for the set that demands performance but wants luxury too. Lead offering is a completely redesigned Grand Prix, complete with a new chrome grille emphasizing the split radiator trademark, more powerful engine offerings, and a radio antenna buried in the windshield. Reports are that the new antenna is only slightly directional. It is virtually invisible, and impossible for vandals (or car washers) to bend or break off. Cockpit of the Grand Prix has all instruments tilted toward the driver for easy vision, and they are concentrated in a pod behind the steering wheel to prevent injury to driver or passenger. ALL GENERAL MOTORS divisions exuded the confidence usually shown by auto makers at this time of year. All predicted a total U.S. market of more than 9 million sales for the 1969 year. V v ¥ AUTO GRAPHS: Cadillac and the Chevrolet Corvette are offering a coolant recovery system as a 1969 come-on. It's a good talking point, and the system works. Except that one of the foreign cars (Renault) has had it for some time. If you want to take the trouble, you can install it yourself for about $10. It's distributed here by Saf Card Products, Inc., 1852 E. 3rd St., Tempe. * # * THE AUTO MAKERS take their lumps when they make mistakes, what with callbacks for sticking door handles and malfunctioning cigarette lighters and such. What would happen if the same discipline applied to writers? Viz: Callback — The Arizona Republic was ordered yesterday to recall a quarter million copies of its Sept. 15 issue for inspection and possible correction of a statement implying that a Datsun trunk lid was defective. The locks were found to be operational, although it is admitted that they were a little too stiff for a 120 pound weakling of an auto editor to open easily. This order will be rescinded provided proof is furnished the author (1) apologize publicly, and (2) covers his head with sackcloth and ashes. —Wonder where I can find some sackcloth? * # * WHY NOT, T. A. Packard of 2607 E. Capt. Dreyfus asks, brake with your left foot? Practically everybody has an automatic transmission these days and the right foot does all the work while the left does nothing. Driving experts feel that Packard's idea is right in there, and many test drivers drive that way. But it does take a little practice, and it's not such a good idea if you drive several kinds of cars. You might forget which foot goes where, and then, Crash! Testing Your Muffler By EUGENE B. MILMOE By TAD BURNESS ACDNTCCTWASHELP. TOPtXANAWE FOR THIS CAR ;N I95O.) I95IHENRYJ KAISER'S ECONOMY CAR 4 PR <s CYLINDERS * OVERDRIVE TOP SPEED - SO UP 7O 35 WiLES WB G« THIS ENERGETIC LITTLE 1 WAS AVAILABLE row I950TO 1954-. IT WOULD HAVE SOLD BETTER. IN EARLY l%Os WHEN tOMPACTE," REIGNED / ' 72 oft IS HORSEPOWER 100 »WK \ffiS SOU? IN WS2-S3 9f You can't positively test muffler, exhaust and tail pipe condition by just looking and listening. Internal corrosion, caused by condensation of exhaust gases, is the chief damage-maker, and before it takes its full toll, it can only be detected by the "touch system." This means applying a slight squeeze or hand pressure, particularly at the lower points of the pipes and muffler, to check for paper- thin metal which has almost rotted through. Next, inspect both pipe connections to the muffler. Leakage will often occur here because of looseness or poor sealing. Then check the tail pipe for a bent, crimped or dirt-clogged end, usually the result of accidentally backing the car against a dirt bank, tree or other obstruction. This type of damage doesn't produce excessive exhaust noise or odor. But it will increase engine back- pressure, causing greater gas waste, higher engine heat and loss of pep and power. Question: As a salesman covering several Northeastern states, I travel about 2,000 miles a month, mostly on turnpikes. Are studded snow tires safe for this type driving? — S.D. Answer: Yes — but they are not permitted in all states. Even where legal, certain restrictions are set forth to limit their period of use (usually October to May), type and size of stud and so forth. Check with a tire dealer who has complete information on this. GOT A MINUTE? See By FREDERICK C. RUSSELL It tries hard to tell you what it needs but your car has more difficulty talking to you than Dr. Dolittle has talking to the animals. Turning a deaf ear to the car's chatter has thus become one of the big factors in boosting unnecessary operating costs. There is hardly an ailment that is not capable of expression in the automobile's own special jargon, but communication is breaking down because of the motorist's inability to interpret. With a little better understanding of audible symptoms what seems like Greek can be translated into warnings that will bring appropriate action. "When" a car speaks is equally important as "what" it says. And sometimes it uses sign language. A loose piston will slap more when the engine is cold, or even disappear when it has warmed up. Loose bearings pound at all times, while loose wrist pins speak out after the car gets rolling along easily on level ground or on a slight downgrade. If the engine starts skipping regularly along toward the top of a hill it usually means that valve clearness are insufficient or that there is valve stickage. Spark plugs that overheat will cause popping back through the carburetor. Shrill, continuous squealing under the hood may be the cry of a distributor cam that is dry. A small pat of petroleum jelly will cure this. A similar noise can be caused by a faulty diode in the alternator. Erratic squealing noises, especially when the engine the MG MIDGET Mighty sports car at a midget price! of Switzerland MG— Austin America— Jaguar «»1J E. MCDOW«II, SCOttsd»le, 94S-454J » ADJUST lANPt * ClIAH »CMW • UO-NIWHUI* tABJUSTLINKAfrl I.Pay Transmission Repair TOTAL VAI91 CHAW* Orlvi In tit * frit DIAGNOSTIC INSPECTION uv* Timi t Montr. MOTOR OVERHAUL [ LARQE DISCOUNT ON ALL PART? | CORVAIR & VW SPECIALISTS OWING WAN MAJOR CREDIT CARDS HONORED. TERMS ARRANGED has first been started usually ffleafl belt tfdublft. This can be due id slippage of »eed tof ifJptytog belt dressing. But oftefi belt noise tufas out to be the result of the pulleys not being in proper alignment. That hollow gasping sound under the hood is a sign that the engine is running out of fuel. A sound like a canary bird chirping when the car is accelerated means that one of the cylinder head gaskets isleakifig. '• Most drivers believe that when brakes squeal there's trouble with the lining, but more often it Is due to lack of equalization. When one brake shoe doesn't engage at the right time it may vibrate. Noise is always due to vibration. It is fairly normal for some automatic transmis- sions to give out with a single "klunk" when first putting the selector levef into lotr, drive of reverse and often is due merely to the cold engine idling fast. But rattling of the transmission will indicate that the selector lever isn't fully in one of the drive positions. Whatever your car is saying it's comforting to know that it's invariably talking sense. Calendar ior Sports Cars By DOUG MAY Ernie Rolston driving a Formula V posted top time of the day in the Charity Slalom held this past Sunday at the Westown Shopping Center. Ernie's time through the pylon - lined course was 38.35 seconds. The slalom was conducted by the Muscon Roadrunners and the North Phoenix JC's. Jack Winemiller drove his Cobra through the course in 38.80 seconds to win second overall and the B production class. Third overall went to Tom McDaniel driving a Formula V with a time of 39.34 seconds. Clydene Deckert posted a 41.50 second run to win the under two liter ladies class in a Formula V. Ellie Grim drove a Mustang and set a time of 46.80 seconds to win the over two liter class. The Double A sedan class was won by Jim Woods in an AMX with a time of 44.15 seconds while the A sedan win went to Chuck Dager driving a Mustang with a recorded time of 43.20 seconds. Wally Bourne took the B sedan win with a time of 41.45 seconds in a Ford Cortina. 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