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Why do petrol engines scare me so much?

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#31 OFFLINE   Junkman


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Posted 20 March 2017 - 03:34 PM

I also failed to do an "Are You Autistic?" self test.
I just couldn't get over the use of green colour script on pink background and Apercu typeface.

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#32 OFFLINE   twosmoke300


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Posted 20 March 2017 - 04:10 PM

I found the Saab 2.3 to be a very gruff unpleasant engine to listen to . Thought it was poorly when I bought it but after 30k I stopped worrying about it .
Modern diesels sound horrible under high load low rev situations but I love a big old 6 cyl diesel rumbling away . In fact any straight 6 is music to my ears . Not fussed about v8's

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#33 OFFLINE   AMC Rebel

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Posted 20 March 2017 - 04:16 PM

I am also a tad wierd about noises.... And smells.... As do random smells when driving. A nearby skip fire recently had me on the hard shoulder with the bonnet up sniffing frantically!

When I hired a car for a weekend jaunt along the Wild Atlantic way in Ireland I thought I'd cooked the clutch until I realised it was the smell of peat fires.

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#34 OFFLINE   rantingYoof


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Posted 20 March 2017 - 04:43 PM

Warm day, Mason the LS400 with cheeky stainless steel tips, both windows and sun-roof open, driving through a village with a high stone wall on one side and cottages fronting the highway the other...blipped the throttle to get up to speed and the V8 grumble converted me forever.


Also, having now heard a TVR 290 with the Cosworth 24v lump with a stainless steep twin-pipe no-crossover set-up, I'm quite interested to find out what a Volvo five-pot would sound like with a similar arrangement.

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#35 OFFLINE   Mally


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Posted 20 March 2017 - 05:12 PM

Without my hearing aid I hear nothing.

With my hearing aid, I often hear nothing due to an ear infection blocking my ear canal. My other ear is even more useless.

It can be an advantage at times, except when someone thinks I'm ignorant.

#36 OFFLINE   DodgeRover


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Posted 20 March 2017 - 08:11 PM

I would recommend exposure to diesels from the 60s through to 80s on a daily basis ideally from childhood to get you used to the wide variety of noises a car can make without expiring terminally.
After that petrol engines will all seem ever so refined and quiet.

#37 OFFLINE   MikeKnight


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Posted 21 March 2017 - 09:32 AM

I keep thinking the injectors in my Supra are too loud, but then I remember they're firing pound coins into the engine.

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#38 OFFLINE   mercrocker


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Posted 21 March 2017 - 11:40 AM

Its not the mechanical din I over-react to, its the other cacophony you tend to get in old motors.  The clips that hold door cards on in my Morrises tend to lose their springiness and rattle in their holes.   The Cowley has a slightly under-size bonnet hinge pin which sets up a resonance right through the whole bonnet and hence the car.    


Drives me bloody mad, I haven't got time to worry about whether the engine is making an odd noise.   I was convinced the Minor had a death rattle not long ago, though, when the battery steady had got loose and dropped forward over the rocker cover..... 


There is a lot to be said, however, for plenty of underbonnet insulation.

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