Thursday, September 06, 2007

Answer to yesterday's quiz on my Wordless Wednesday post

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A slug-bug at that!

This one's a 1955 Volkswagen,

my 1:18 die cast toy car.

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The 1955 VW did not have a gas guage (fuel gage). Instead, when it ran out of gas and started to sputter, the driver reached below the dashboard, turned a lever there to the 'RESERVE' position and the car would run to the next gas station on 'reserve.'


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Many motorcycles are like that today, just don't forget to turn the lever back to 'main gas tank' after refueling.

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In 1962, Volkswagon introduced the gas gauge (mine yesterday was from a later model, the one on the right is a 1960's gauge.

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The reason for having an "R" position instead of "E" for empty was that VW drivers were used to driving on that "RESERVE" gasoline.


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It bothered them, so figured the design engineers, to be driving close to "EMPTY." So the "R" remains to this day, signifying "RESERVE."


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Trivia question, why does this gauge say gasolina instead of fuel or gasoline?

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Answer, this gauge came from a Spanish language country in South America or Mexico..

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6 Comments:

At Thursday, September 06, 2007 10:11:00 AM, Blogger Lucy Stern said...

We have had our share of VW's as far back as the mid sixties to the one my daughter drives right now, a 2004 Jetta.

 
At Thursday, September 06, 2007 4:50:00 PM, Blogger Doug said...

In Argentina it would have read "nafta"

 
At Thursday, September 06, 2007 8:25:00 PM, Blogger Rachel said...

Very interesting Jim. I figured it stood for "refuel."

 
At Friday, September 07, 2007 4:41:00 PM, Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

Very cool miniature VW.

I never knew that about their gas gauges (or lack there of) back in the olden days.

I suppose R could have stood for...

Rats!! I'm outta gas!!!!!

 
At Friday, September 07, 2007 9:09:00 PM, Blogger Cliff said...

I knew someone with dislexia who ran out of gas and would put the car in 'reverse' and drive to the next station.
Marilyn won't let me play with toys.

 
At Tuesday, September 11, 2007 10:47:00 AM, Blogger LZ Blogger said...

Oh GOOD! Once again I have shown that I have NO CLUE! ~ jb///

 

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