YEEEAAAAHHH! 10mpg 1970s cars alive in Arleta, Ca.

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YEEEAAAAHHH! 10mpg 1970s cars alive in Arleta, Ca.

Postby 89ARIES » Thu Dec 01, 2011 1:03 am

A very pleasant miracle. I have given up on finding non-muscle more beautiful 70s family land yachts, wagons, and sedans. Most models are down to one
left for 100 miles. BUT......In Arleta and Pacoima, Ca, where it is 90% Latino, there are a few left.

As I was driving down Woodman Ave, I pulled over to park behind a 100% perfect mint 84 LTD Midsize 4dr Sedan to take a cell phone call. Out of the corner of my eye:

A 1973 Buick Century 2dr Sedan blows by. Tan.
I discover a 1975 Oldsmobile Delta 88 4dr Hardtop Sedan parked near the LTD.
I stumble upon a 1972 Plymouth Satellite Wagon!
A 70s Monte Carlo blows by
And this parking lot at the 99 cent store routinely has 2-3 surprise classic cars showing up everytime I go there.

It is a miracle because they are 99.9% gone. Who can afford to drive one of these today? There are also a fleet of Dodge Aspens and Plymout Volares hidden around here
as they are BIG in Mexico. :lol:
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Re: YEEEAAAAHHH! 10mpg 1970s cars alive in Arleta, Ca.

Postby MyDodgeDip » Thu Dec 01, 2011 2:12 pm

a properly tuned slant 6 can still deliver relatively tolerable gas mileage.
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Postby nszotovich » Thu Dec 01, 2011 8:09 pm

...and properly maintained can drive you into the end of the world. ;) My slant six Dart was still going strong at 280K when I retired her. It is still sitting on my acreage in the the high Desert. I'd like to find someone who wants it as a parts car.
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Postby 89ARIES » Thu Dec 01, 2011 8:55 pm

Not to change the subject, BUT.......as much as 2.6 has almost disappeared and is not common, I have driven several 2.6 Ks for sale that ran better than mine. There has got to be a secret to keeping these motors running. George Nerrie has 175,000 on his 82 2.6 Coupe and it runs like a new car.
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Postby 88 aries » Fri Dec 02, 2011 1:05 am

lets see its real simple. you beat the engine it doesn't last long, I can see that georges Lebaron has been cared for since 1982... id rather hear about a slant 6 more than a Pile of junk.....
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Postby K-CAR_WAGON » Fri Dec 02, 2011 11:09 pm

In general Slant 6's could take lots more abuse than the K-car 4 cyl engines. Cast Iron block/head - could usually survive overheating and did not have the head gasket failure issue because of similar metals. Timing chain design - so no timing belt to snap, no counterbalance shaft chain or chain guides to worry about. Ocassionaly a plastic distributor drive gear would crack. On the slant 6's the valve guides would tend to wear with very high mileage (bellmouth) and smoke. Also, the older ones from the 60's-70's did not have hardened valve seats so when only unleaded gas was available, if you drove it hard the exhasut valves would tend to recess into the head over time. Cars with slant 6 in areas with salt were scrapped becasuse of rust issues - rarely because of engine issues.
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Postby 89ARIES » Sun Dec 04, 2011 8:44 am

IMMACULATE GREEN PLYMOUTH VOLARE 4DR SEDAN ON FREEWAY TODAY. :o :D
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Postby thenewportblues » Wed Feb 22, 2012 5:19 am

The slant six is/was on of Chrysler's best motors! I have a 68 Newport coupe with a 383. The 383 is another one of Chrysler's best motors. In my humble opinion Chrysler really has produced many solid engines over the years.
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Postby Pete in NH » Wed Feb 22, 2012 2:08 pm

The slant six in my opinion and the opinion of others was the best six cylinder engine to ever come out of Detroit until de-smogging caught up with it in the mid 70's. The 383 was also a bullet proof engine, I still love driving my 71 Charger 383, nothing today comes close to the power and smoothness of a big V8. In the late 60's and Early 70's Chrysler had the best drive trains in the industry. Rock solid engines and the famous Torqueflite automatic.
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