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The Old Motor Is Getting A Routine Tune Up This Week

By David Greenlees:  After six and a half years of being published daily with a total of 3,951 articles and a total of over 16,250 photos, The Old Motor needs an overhaul of the site software and content which will take 5 to 7 days. Consider this just a short summer shut down for a ring and valve job. The website is a one-man band, so to do a site tune up and an update, I need to stop the presses, adjust some of the parts, and grease the wheels of the site software.

In the meantime, during the shutdown, you can look back and view thousands of articles and photographs in store here that are sure to interest you. Click on the light grey “Categories” box near the top of the column of ads on the far-right. You can view all of the different types of articles some offered in various time periods. At the end of a visit, save the page by using the bookmark section of your computer to make it easy to find your place when you return.

We regret any inconvenience to you during the shutdown, and The Old Motor will back online with new content as soon as possible. In the meantime leave a comment on this post about your automotive interests and what you would like to see added to the site.

This image was taken at the A.W. Carter Limited Garage at 845 Burrard Street by Stuart Thomson and is courtesy of the City of Vancouver Archives.

43 responses to “The Old Motor Is Getting A Routine Tune Up This Week

  1. Keep doing what you’re doing. I like the fact it is not political. It’s not always easy to refrain from that scene, but that is what makes this a nice ‘ break ‘. Friday Kodachromes are my personal favorite, but they’re all good. Toss in a dog picture from time to time, too and take a extra day off for yourself!

  2. Wow, and may I say thank you for this site. I have enjoyed your work! Kinda like time travel as aspects of life I lived with autos returned. Would not change a thing! I enjoy the restoration articles as well as the Friday color shots. Good luck with “tune up”, I find both cars and computers follow Murphy’s law… Thanks again.

  3. Yours is a daily read and I can only imagine the effort the site requires; excellent work and very much appreciated.
    All the subjects you touch are of interest, and I especially enjoy repair technique, shop methods, before-and-after, and photo essays that put context to an image.
    Enjoy the time away.

  4. Well, have a great vacation, David. Thanks for all you do here.

    My father had a smaller version of that electronic gizmo when he had his garage in the 1950s.

    I wonder if the caged birds were there to detect by their demise, a too high concentration of harmful gases from cars’ exhaust fumes, a procedure used by miners.

  5. I would like to take this time to thank you for all the posts and your devotion to the hobby.

    I read them every day and sadly miss the day that you “sleep late” and dont have the post up and ready for my morning coffee.

    There will me a lot of people that will be patiently waiting for your return. So take some time off and smell the roses while you are at it.

    • Roger, Thanks, if The Old Motor is late it’s usually because I’m working on that day’s post or the internet is down.
      8-10 am is usually the time the a new post goes live in the morning.

  6. Like so many others, I enjoy this site and all the old days that it brings back to mind. I fully understand the burden you have, and will wait patiently for your return. Thanks again for a wonderful site!

  7. Hope you throughly enjoy some down time.I access you site every day and am always amazed at the variety and clarity of the posted photos.The black and whites are my personal favorites.Thanks for your continuing efforts and bringing countless hours of fun to the vintage gear heads of the world.

  8. Thank you, David, for your daily gift to the old car community (old cars, that is, not old community!). I hope you enjoy your working vacation and are able to extend it a few days to recharge your own battery. Best wishes.

  9. Mike W. , that caged bird is really 2 old spark plugs , with wire legs , with a sign underneath stating “These birds were caught stealing gas ” !
    When I was A kid , many moons ago , the “alley” garage I hung out at had one hanging from the ceiling just like it .

    David , every one of us here owe you a tremendous amount of thanks for a well done labor of love that you send out for us to enjoy !
    You’re hard work is MUCH appreciated !

  10. What an amazing and enjoyable site! Thanks for all your hard work! Though it’s clear you love it, it still takes effort, and I’m sure all of us who like to stop by for a visit would agree that your efforts are sincerely appreciated!

  11. Love the site and the fun of identifying the cars. The pictured car is a bit of a mystery to me. Suicide doors means it is probably a 1935 model, and the flat head engine eliminates it being a Chevrolet. I know someone can identify it
    since the knowledge of the readers here is amazing.

      • David,

        Thanks for maintaining your “The Old Motor” site. Enjoy all your listings.

        The HUDSON looks like a 1936 Six Custom Sedan. Not an expert, but believe the wheel showing in the picture was only used on the six cylinder models.

        The customer would pay $2.50 for the tune-up [The mean average hourly wage in the United States in 1936 was 61.7 cents. The Federal Minimum Wage Act of 1938 was set at $.25 hourly. $2.50 was thus a lot of money].

        Again thanks,


  12. A whole week of no new TOM posts?

    Maybe you should try the old hot rodder’s quick fix tuneup in a can instead!

    The ingredients are well known, the exact proportions are worth AT LEAST ten tenths in the 1/4 mile so that remains a secret!


    Kerosene,VM&P Naptha and Isopropyl Alcohol (the proportions are indeed a speed secret) and that cleans the valves and frees the rings. Since TOM is on some sort of computer then maybe you’d inject it into the SUB port? Or is the BSU port? (Or clean the hardly driven discs with it?)

    Does T.O.M. still have a redundant array of floppy drives?

    SERIOUSLY: DON’T TRY THIS AT HOME unless the computer is powered down and you or your wingman is a fireman in real life!

    I’ll be occupied with the old posts here while you get it all figured out.

    Thanks for all the hard work running the TOM site, this place is a favorite destination of mine.

  13. Trucks, trucks, TRUCKS,,,,please. Also, why not try the “Italian”tuneup, like my old man and his Oldsmobiles. Keep it to the floor in neutral, until she clears out,,, just be done by Friday,,,thanks for everything.

    • Hey Howard, I had a laugh about your “Italian tuneup” !..I have actually seen an Alfa Romeo factory rep do this to a misfiring 1750 GTV back in the day, it didn’t work for him but I showed him an old trick by holding the misfiring spark plug wire ( insulated pliers) as far away from the spark plug as you could but still sparking,hold the throttle steady at about 3/4 open and if it’s just a dirty plug it will clear it most times,, revving the ring out of works too

      I love this site and appreciate the work David puts in here, so much to see here for an old retired petrol head..

      Cheers from dow nunder

  14. David,

    Although it’s only a short time you’ll be gone, you’ll be missed. The Old Motor is very much a part of my day, every day. I so appreciate your work here. Thank you, and I hope your time off is nothing but great new memories.

  15. David, since finding your site it has become a daily ‘must read’. Thank you so much for the effort you put into making it all that it is . I will be here when it returns, just as grateful for the content, and eager for that time of the day when what you provide gives me a chance to enjoy the hobby and a welcome escape from the day’s cares. What you do may mean more to us readers than you know!
    Thanks again
    PS- the Kodachrome Friday, b&w street scenes, mystery car, and great historical information are all favorites I hope will return– that and anything Cadillac!

  16. david enjoy the break as much as I have enjoyed every post every morning!!!!!
    a big thankyou from ‘down under’ lookin forward to your return mate!!

  17. Davi, I’ve said many times how much we all appreciate the effort and time you put into TOM. It’s such a nice bra=eak from the usual stuff on the web. I thought I was knowldgable about old cars until TOM. Now I realize just how little I do know, but I’m loving every minute of the learning experience.

  18. I enjoy the site just as it is. Please don’ t stop the Fun FridayFifties/sixties kodachrome series, maybe extend to the forties as well (though there’ll not be much colour).

    Regarding the Hudson tune up, even allowing for inflation, a $2.50 tune-up is cheap.

  19. I’ll certainly be here when you resume. If possible, I would like to see more detailed views and stories of unusual engines.

  20. TOM is one of a very limited number of sites I visit very day, if I can.

    Thanks for what you do, David. It is appreciated!

  21. From your post, don’t look like it’s going to be a vacation for you if you got to do computer work. Looking forward to more of your interesting and instructive posts. Thank you for all your work!

  22. Having reached my 81st year,and having been car-crazed since the age of 4,and having had a terrific career in the car biz for 43 years,I truly appreciate all the hard work that must go into The Old Motor;a fountain of knowledge to which I look forward daily!I feel somewhat guilty that I can revel in the content for free…….

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