Those that rumble in the morning: a history of Soviet garbage trucks
Today, without communal cars, the life of a big city is unthinkable, but it seems that they cause continuous inconvenience to the townspeople. We have already talked about Soviet sweepers…

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Wide bonnet car and trailer
Last time we talked about how an unusual off-road passenger car was developed at the NATI Scientific Automotive and Tractor Institute on the eve of the war, and how its…

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In 1948, Georgia made a variable compression motor and outperformed Infiniti
At that time, when the ICE power supply systems were imperfect, and the gas distribution mechanisms were primitive, the return per liter was small, and the consumption of gasoline and…

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Monthly Archives: February 2018

Four cylinders and nine gears: presentation of the Cadillac XT6

Still, it would seem, recently there were times when Europeans sang “I wanna be Americano, I want to drive a Cadillac”! But only a couple of dozens of years passed, and the Americans were already singing “Oh God, could you buy me a Mercedes-Benz” … It’s not news that sales of cars from the USA in Europe are hard, much harder than European ones in the USA . In Russia, the Caddy is also a niche brand, with a modest number of dealers (only 14 all over the country) and three models: Escalade, the unit-selling CT6 sedan and the mid-size XT5 crossover. Few? Cadillac also thinks so, so the large family “cross” XT6 will replenish the gamut – in fact, a luxury version of the Chevrolet Traverse known to us.
5 meters long, chopped silhouette, multi-liter V … Although wait a minute, there is no V8 here. Continue reading

Demon in the Rib: 1994 Cadillac Fleetwood Ownership Experience (part 2)

The neck of the fuel tank, by the way, is conveniently located above the rear bumper strictly in the center, covered by a shield to which the number of the American dimension was attached.
The weak point of the LT1 motor is Optispark’s proprietary GM technology, which was also used on the LT4 and LT99 engines. Because of it, our Fleetwood once (the only one staying in the property of the current owner) failed to start and had to ride on a tow truck …

Optispark is a small box with a rotating shaft. It is mounted on the front of the engine, under the antifreeze pump, driven directly from the motor and combines an optical (like a computer mouse) crankshaft position sensor and a high voltage distributor for the cylinders. Continue reading

Demon in the Rib: 1994 Cadillac Fleetwood Ownership Experience (part 1)

In those years when the whole world was already accustomed to compact, light and economical cars with a leading front axle, Cadillac suddenly released a car completely uncharacteristic for the trends of the automobile industry of the 90s, as if it had fallen out of a hole in time. This is the Cadillac Fleetwood, a giant frame rear-wheel drive battleship with a powerful multi-liter engine. Last True Caddy, the last of the 20th century patterns.
Purchase history
“Once upon a time, having tried Lincoln Towncar, I got sick with classic American cars,” says Fleetwood’s owner, 30-year-old Muscovite Evgeny, who works in the financial sector. – I tried a lot of models, but for a long time I could not get hold of one of those that attracted me – I couldn’t find it, then I didn’t have enough money … Continue reading

Dangerous consumables: what is the difference between fake brake discs and pads from the original (part 1)
A motorist who saves money on the brakes of his car does not want to live for sure. Maybe he even wants to kill someone. This, of course, is a…

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Motor V12 with a gun - there were such trucks in the USSR!
In the Soviet Union, trucks were the main cars. They were produced in huge quantities by giant, large, medium and small plants. Almost every citizen of the USSR one way…

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The muscles of the world. Why, after 70 years, a descendant of the Land Rover Series I got an aluminum body again? (part 2)
Computer and aluminum are power! How to combine the strength and rigidity of the frame with the characteristics of the supporting body? It was here that engineers, along with the…

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Hyundai Santa Fe I with mileage: inevitable corrosion due to drainage and a very simple electrician
This mid-size crossover can now be found at a price of 350-400 thousand rubles. They say he has very reliable 6-cylinder engines, and all-wheel drive - like SUVs. The feature…

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