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#4686566 - 03/06/18 05:48 PM 100% Mechanical vehicle
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Registered: 01/14/09
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Would like to know What vehicles still out there that are all mechanical. No solenoids, no electronic anything. Seems like I am always tracking down and replacing these POS gadgets that leave U stranded. Would like a simple fuse box and nothing else! Most likely looking at something pre 1975 I am guessing. Someone told me the Cummins 12 valve would be a candidate. Anything else? How about the square bodied Chevys? How about something smaller? Any cars?

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#4686569 - 03/06/18 05:50 PM Re: 100% Mechanical vehicle [Re: ridgerunner]
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Model T...

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#4686570 - 03/06/18 05:52 PM Re: 100% Mechanical vehicle [Re: ridgerunner]
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All vehicles will have at least one solenoid for the starter unless you go back to crank start.
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#4686580 - 03/06/18 06:01 PM Re: 100% Mechanical vehicle [Re: ridgerunner]
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Old Mercedes diesels.
The turbo fives even offer what almost resembles acceleration.
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#4686583 - 03/06/18 06:04 PM Re: 100% Mechanical vehicle [Re: fdcg27]
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Originally Posted By: fdcg27
Old Mercedes diesels.
The turbo fives even offer what almost resembles acceleration.


LOL

Is that downhill?
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#4686584 - 03/06/18 06:05 PM Re: 100% Mechanical vehicle [Re: fdcg27]
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Originally Posted By: fdcg27
Old Mercedes diesels.
The turbo fives even offer what almost resembles acceleration.

This was one I was wondering about. R they hard to find, what years?

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#4686585 - 03/06/18 06:06 PM Re: 100% Mechanical vehicle [Re: Donald]
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Originally Posted By: Donald
All vehicles will have at least one solenoid for the starter unless you go back to crank start.

I could deal with one

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#4686607 - 03/06/18 06:26 PM Re: 100% Mechanical vehicle [Re: ridgerunner]
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Just looked at a few Mercs on youtube. Kinda like them actually!

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#4686619 - 03/06/18 06:36 PM Re: 100% Mechanical vehicle [Re: ridgerunner]
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What vehicles have you owned like this?

The only reliable stuff I have owned was 1990+ when electronic fuel injection replaced those horrific carbs. I have NEVER been stranded in 26 years driving a Subaru or Honda product.

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#4686626 - 03/06/18 06:38 PM Re: 100% Mechanical vehicle [Re: ridgerunner]
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If you get an older diesel with a mechanical fuel pump..the dreaded seals and o-rings will eventually get u.

Find an older ford truck or van with the 300 6 cylinder. It will run on budweiser and stripper glitter.

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#4686631 - 03/06/18 06:42 PM Re: 100% Mechanical vehicle [Re: ridgerunner]
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#4686650 - 03/06/18 06:52 PM Re: 100% Mechanical vehicle [Re: ridgerunner]
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#4686652 - 03/06/18 06:53 PM Re: 100% Mechanical vehicle [Re: ridgerunner]
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Registered: 01/01/18
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Loc: San Antonio, TX
The only thing electronic about a 1978 Cadillac Sedan DeVille 7.0L V8 was the HEI distributor, but that can easily be replaced with a breaker ignition because there's no computer to upset. You don't have to go all the way back to the Model T to get all mechanical.

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#4686668 - 03/06/18 07:02 PM Re: 100% Mechanical vehicle [Re: fdcg27]
javacontour Offline


Registered: 06/26/03
Posts: 10306
Loc: Illinois
I was going to say the same, something old and diesel that has a mechanical injector pump.

There is probably a solenoid on the injector pump to stop fuel from entering when the key is switched off.

Anything gasoline will have an electronic ignition to say the least, unless it was pre-1972 give or take.

The model T suggestion was good. No starter solenoid if you hand crank it.

Originally Posted By: fdcg27
Old Mercedes diesels.
The turbo fives even offer what almost resembles acceleration.
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#4686669 - 03/06/18 07:02 PM Re: 100% Mechanical vehicle [Re: ridgerunner]
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Registered: 09/23/08
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I think I'd rather stick with early 90's Japanese tech, simple cars with good usability, reliability, and mileage. No body control modules or integrated radio/HVAC controls.
Get a manual and the starter becomes optional.
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