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DizRotus

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  1. My father was drafted out of Johns Hopkins and made into a 90 day wonder officer in Army Corps of Engineers.  He served in France and the Philippines.  After the war her returned to Hopkins and then married my mother who was a war widow with an infant daughter.  At 24 he was married with an almost two-year-old daughter and had helped win the war.  He and his brother and sister vets were forced to grow up fast.

     

    At 24, I was 24 going on 18.

     

    Thank you to all vets, to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice and to those who returned.  We need to demonstrate our gratitude by doing more to heal those damaged by their service.

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  2. Rochester fuel injection was also available on the ‘57 Chevy Bel Air.  The same friend mentioned above owned one that his father kept running like a Swiss watch.  We took it from Portage, MI to Indy and got a kick out of the reactions when people saw the “Fuel Injection” logos on the front fenders. The gas pump jockeys (remember those days) wouldn’t believe it was really fuel injected until they popped the hood.

     

    An even more rare option was Rochester fuel injection on ‘57 and ‘58 Pontiacs.  It was similar, but not identical, to the Chevy version.  Last photo.

     

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  3. That Rochester mechanical fuel injection, new in ‘57, was tricky to make run correctly.  A high school friend’s father had a ‘62 327 fuelie.  He was a mechanic at an Olds dealership, but he had a well deserved reputation for being able to properly setup up that fuel injection unit.

     

    A very good friend of mine and his wife owned two ‘65 Vettes, a 327 300hp blue coupe and a silver 327 365 hp convertible.  The license plates read, “HIS VET” and “HER VET.”  In the days before cell phones we drove both from Grand Haven, MI to the INDY 500 using walkie-talkies from Radio Shack to communicate with each other while driving.

     

    To illustrate just how good a friend, he lent me the convertible for the weekend in 1980 when my now wife and I reunited after losing track of each other for eight years after college.  I enjoyed driving that car, but she could not have cared less about it.  

     

    The 365 hp 327 was the same as the 375 fuel injection engine, except a large Holley carb replaced the mechanical fuel injection.  Otherwise, the same cam, solid lifters, dual point ignition, and compression ratio as the fuelie. The car was silver with black leather interior, aluminum knock-off wheels, and factory side pipes, similar to the attached photo.  That car is worth serious money today.

     

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  4. Lovey Smith and the Fighting Illini come to East Lansing today as a 14 point underdog.  What are gamblers smoking? The Spartans will be lucky to score 14 points period.  I do not predict Sparty covering the spread, if they manage to win at all.

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  5. I met PWK one time only.  It was approximately 1975 in Lansing, MI at a demonstration of 3-channel hosted by The Stereo Shoppe of East Lansing.

    After the very enjoyable demonstration, PWK was kind enough to speak with me.

     

    I asked him why the Heritage squawker and tweeter horns are mounted to the rear of the motorboards, rather than flush at the front.  “Doesn’t make a dime’s worth of difference,” was his reply.

     

    I next asked him about the history of licensing patented designs to Electro-Voice, Brociner, etc.  He explained that the inability to monitor and control the quality of licensed products made him uncomfortable associating his name with something Klipsch didn’t make.

     

    He suddenly asked me if I know what a patrician is.  Before I could reply that it’s an E-V speaker, he said, “A patrician steps out of the shower to take a leak.”   The members of his entourage rolled their eyes.

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