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How many of us remember the "Blue Flame Six"?

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I sure do-- my first car was a 1951 Chevy coupe-bought it from a neighbor with 200,000 miles on it-he babied it- had the 216 CID in-line "Blue Flame six" engine, with both a hand throttle and choke, a push button starter, "Three on the tree" tranny- had a driver's permit at 14, as I worked after school and on Sats. (except during fall hunting season) in my Grandpa's machine shop. Dad had a 1953 Chevy Bel-Aire Coupe, with the same engine, if memory serves. Of course, since then, "Blue Flamer" has come to have a few different meanings, which, out of proprietary I won't mention here.. RWTF


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Had a school teacher in our little town who drove a post war Chevy. After many years of service, she went back to the “garage” and traded it in for a new one. A couple days later she was back complaining that her new car didn’t have a purse holder. Since her old car didn’t have one either the salesman went outside with her to try and understand what she was talking about. Seems that every morning she would get in her old car, pull out the choke, hang her purse on it and go about her day.

(And with apologies for going down the OT rabbit hole, I suppose I should also confess that she didn’t shoot skeet.)

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Originally Posted by eightbore
How many of us remember the "Blue Flame Six"?


I remember it from antique car shows.


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My parents were in a rut with six cylinder, three-speed, middle grade Chevrolets -- 1937, 1938, 1941, 1948, 1950, 1954 and 1959. I remember the 1941 and 1948 as the 1941 was sold to a family in the next block and the 1948 went to my Mother's foster brother who lived next door and drove it until I was in High School. Finally for 1965 my Father got a new Impala with a 283 four-barrel with dual exhausts.

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Originally Posted by eightbore
How many of us remember the "Blue Flame Six"?


I had one in a 56 Chevy Bel-Air. Great engine! Couldn't kill it! Tried but couldn;t.

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How about a slant 6?

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Originally Posted by FallCreekFan
Had a school teacher in our little town who drove a post war Chevy. After many years of perfect service, she went back to the “garage” and traded it in for a new one. A couple days later she was back complaining that her new car didn’t have a purse holder. Since her old car didn’t have a “purse holder” the salesman went outside with her to try an understand what she was talking about. Seems that every morning she would get in her old car, pull out the choke, hang her purse on it and go about her day.


That exact thing happened to me in 1964 working as a mechanic at the local Shell station.

We did a valve job on a Ford Falcon with a 194 CID engine. Less than a year later the lady came back in complaining the car was acting "that way" again... Sure enough the exhaust valves were burned again so I did another valve job on it. When she came to pick up the car I asked if I could sit in the car with her as she started it and drove it around the block. She sat in the driver's seat and before she even put the key in the ignition she pulled out the choke, hung her purse on it, put the key in, started it and off we drove. Back at the garage she pulled into the lot, put it in park and shut it off. Only then did she remove her purse and push in the choke.
I explained what she was doing wrong and she never had a problen after that.

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great car stories...

anybody else here remember floor starters and steering column throttles?


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Yup, 41 Ford - put the key in the slot and turn it, next to that was the switch lever ( looked like a nickel plated trigger) that you lifted up then step on the starter. Mine even had a oval hole in the grill and on the front of the crankshaft/harmonic balancer pulley was the cog to engage the crank rod... but I never had to use that feature.

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