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Title: Tempus Fugit
Source: Eric Peters Autos
URL Source: https://www.ericpetersautos.com/2019/07/16/e-rant-time-flies/
Published: Jul 19, 2019
Author: Eric
Post Date: 2019-07-19 08:36:14 by Deckard
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The other day, I found myself behind what – to me – is a relatively new and certainly modern Mustang GT from the mid-’90s wearing “antique” tags. Holy tempus fugit!

Was 1994 really 25 years ago?

Yup. It was.

And this ’94 Mustang  GT is now  . . . an antique. Which means I am, too.

Both of us began our careers at the dawn of the Modern Car Era. Port fuel injection was just then replacing Throttle Body Injection – which was basically an electronic carburetor – often mounted on an intake manifold the same as the ones that actually had carbs underneath them since the era of the Model T.

They were “wet flow” – air and fuel – just like a carb except more accurate and finely sprayed.

No more choke. And no more “warming up,” either. You just got in – and went. The switchover to TBI – and the overdrive transmission – changed everything and ushered in the era of the Modern Car.

Overdrive gave the best of both worlds. Leverage down low, for good acceleration – and gearing reduction once rolling, which made it possible for a car like the Mustang GT in this short video to cruise-control for hours at 90 with its engine turning the same RPM as a pre-modern car with a non-overdrive transmission would have at 60.

High speed legs – and great gas mileage.

I drove a brand-new same-year Mustang GT press car from the DC ‘burbs to my sister’s wedding in Tahoe – almost all the way across the country. It averaged 28 MPG on the open road. With a V8 under its hood.

Have cake – and eat, too.

This was a glorious time for cars. They were just modern enough to be vastly better as cars than all the cars which preceded them, in terms of ease of use, ease of starting, absence of stalling and long-haul running . . . but without the suffocating, nudging, nannying electronic effrontery which afflicts current cars.

There were no “assists.” No one seemed to feel the need. You got in, drove. Often having a lot of fun in the process.

The Safety Cult had not yet risen.

People still loved cars back then, too. They formed emotional bonds with them. Kept them. Like this Mustang, which still looks new despite being almost too old to be drafted.

Part of the reason for the forming of bonds was that the cars weren’t yet disposable appliances  – as new cars are. Wrenching on cars was still common – because people could. Ordinary people; not people with engineering degrees – or the operational equivalent. This Mustang GT still had a 302. The same basic small-block Ford V8 (no overhead cams, variable valve timing or turbos)  that was available in the 1964 Mustang GT – just fuel-injected rather than Holley carbureted. But probably two-thirds of the parts interchanged.

Also the knowledge.

If you knew enough to wrench competently on the ’64, you knew enough to do most of the wrenching on the ’94.

That’s no longer the case.

Or the budget.

A 2019 Mustang GT costs about $6,000 more – in inflation adjusted dollars – than the ’94 GT stickered for. It’s much more powerful – and much quicker. But its power and quickness don’t matter much if you can’t afford them.

For most people under 35  – formerly the age bracket that bought cars like the Mustang – ponying up another $6k is not feasible, especially when must also come up with the mordita payment to the insurance mafia and (in many areas) the annual we’ll-let-you-hold-onto-it tax (property tax) which is based on the car’s value.

So, today, older guys like me drive the new Mustang – and throw it away after a a few years.

Ordinarily, younger guys would step up for seconds – but the new Mustang is a as complex and expensive to fix and keep running when almost used up as it was when it was new and warranted and most younger guys haven’t got the means, tools or skills to fix them and know it and therefore don’t buy because they can’t afford to pay someone else to keep their used Mustang going.

It becomes a throw-way about 12-15 years out.

It is doubtful that, 25 years from now, any the new cars I am test driving today will be seen wearing “antique” vehicle tags. They will have been recycled long before then.

But unless they outlaw them, cars like this ’94 GT will probably still be around.

Hopefully, I’ll still be around then, too!

Got a question about cars – or anything else? Click on the “ask Eric” link and send ’em in!

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#1. To: Deckard (#0)

But unless they outlaw them, cars like this ’94 GT will probably still be around.

Maybe,but you won't be allowed to drive it because it won't be able to burn the fuel available then,assuming not all cars are solar powered by then.

Nor will it be able to pass the emission standards no matter what you do to it.

Stick with something pre-computer that has a carburetor and a distributor,and you may have a chance if you can figure out how to make whiskey,you can figure out how to make alcohol suitable for driving. Yes,it WILL require modifications to keep it from rusting everything metal into dust,and eating rubber and plastic fuel components.

In the entire history of the world,the only nations that had to build walls to keep their own citizens from leaving were those with leftist governments.

sneakypete  posted on  2019-07-21   15:27:01 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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