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Re: High Technology is all relative

To: "Vintage Race List" <vintage-race@Autox.Team.Net>
Subject: Re: High Technology is all relative
From: "Tony Clark" <>
Date: Tue, 14 Jul 1998 22:38:26 -0500
Love stories like that . . . makes you appreciate how much toil went in to
those great racing cars . . .  I helped a friend with his Cooper-Norton F 3
once . . .  The starting drill involved:  install hot plug, prime with
alcohol,  turn motor back against compression, tow briskly, dump clutch, and
. . . if it fired on the first spark,  you were okay.  If not, repeat above
with dry plug.  Then, warm engine, install cold plug and repeat, repeatedly!
>Ever see an early Ferrari with plugs in the exhaust pipes? Ever watch a
>mechanic unscrew a plug & put a thermometer into the hole to see if the
>cylinder was firing properly? In fact ever see an early Ferrari run on
>12 cylinders without this process?

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