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Tuesday
Dec222015

Dashboard...Nostalgia

Do you remember old school dashboards, with a prominent speed indicator, and perhaps a temperature and oil pressure gauge, a simple sound system, complemented by temperature control knobs.

Those were the days of "idiot lights" that would not forewarn you, but simply turn on when you were in deep yogurt.

They were the days when enthusiasts/gearheads wanted a temperature gauge, oil pressure gauge, ammeter, and obvious a tachometer.

Lets take a look at a few of these gauges...

Tachometer:

It was essential to know how fast you were spinning and engine, while staying on the right side of the red line. This often resulted with a "tach" mounted on the steering column. Back then you did not want to over rev a performance engine. Today you want to stay away from the rev limiter.

Temperature Gauge:

It was essential to know the temperature of the engine, and in cold climates at one time there was a summer and winter thermostat. With the onset of pollution controls all engines were running "hotter" to improve emissions. Thermostatic fans, auxiliary electric fans its for another time. On very cold days the gauge will run up to open the thermostat, then the temperature drops once the thermostat opens. You have to wonder who pays attention to temperature variations.

Oil Pressure:

Old school you wanted a mechanical oil pressure gauge with a copper line. Obvious this transferred engine sounds to the interior of the car...but it was fun. The rule of thumb...10 lbs of pressure for 1,000 RPM, you were spinning an engine to 6,000 you wanted to see 60 lbs of pressure. The gauge also indicated when an engine was properly warmed up, that you could start hitting the red line.

Ammeter/Voltmeter:

Remember the old ammeter (generator) with the + and - on the dial, now replaced by the voltmeter (alternator). You want to be over 14 volts. ideally you need the battery to start a vehicle, then the alternator takes care of all the electrical requirements.

Temperature Controls:

Do you remember the old school temperature controls with levers, cables, valves in the heater lines, and constantly adjusting and fine tuning the interior temperature. To this day these manual controls in various forms are still widespread; with the addition of the air conditioning variable. By now you know that at Strada we have a dislike for these manual controls. We prefer that automatic, set it, and forget is controls.

Radio:

It all started with the lowly AM radio with knobs, which progressed to push buttons, wonder bar, floor button. The advent of AM-FM with a rear speaker, subsequently stereo with at least 4 speakers. Casettes, CD's, Bluetooth, USB plugs. Aftermarket sound systems were a big business for several years.

Back in the day the sound of a high performance V8 was always more entertaining than a lowly AM radio with a single speaker in the dash.

To this day if you have a "killer" sound system in a vehicle, you will need a CD player/changer to truly experience your sound system. Think about this...

The Same:

For countless years especially with luxury cars manufacturers adherent to a constant dash layout. On the premise that their customers were not expected to acquire a new dash learning curve. Think about this for a moment...