Great point. I'm astounded by how little my son's and their friends know about cars these days, but I really shouldn't be. Cars are far more complicated, but they're far more reliable. Other than an unforeseen part failure, the hoods on cars stay down for the most part nowadays.
As with the the old Aerostar I mentioned in my previous post, cars today just don't need to be fiddled with as much. That old high mileage Aerostar that hadn't been run in over two years started immediately with just a two second crank and idled and ran like it was run minutes before. Didn't struggle to life, didn't smoke, didn't shake, didn't repeatedly stall, didn't stumble or surge under way. Again, there's nothing extraordinary about this example. Just wasn't like that with old cars.
Our 97 Towne and Country sits outside (this is Wisconsin) waiting for occasional hauling or moving a large item or items. Sometimes it has sat for a month, sometimes 2, has snow piled 6" or more over it. Clear it off and it fires up like it was used yesterday!
Gotta add it has the big Chrysler regular OHV v6. We had an 88 Voyager that had the Mitsu OHC v6. That engine was shot at about 90,000 we did an exchange with a rebuilt.
For historic purposes. Back in 66 I ran into a "barn find" 37 Ford business (2 pass) coupe. Little old lady was selling, bought it new, her only car all service do at the nearby Ford dealer. The wool seat had seatcover when new, had second layer when first wore. The factory seat literally had never been sat on directly! It was a close to new
37 coupe. I HAD to buy it! 54,000 ran like new but burned oil lioke crazy! Young (under 60) people today seem to
think using a quart in a 1000 miles indicates engine is shot! That low mileage 37 didn't leak engine or trans oil. The engine (85 hp flathead V8) burned a quart per 50 miles! 40 wt abd a can of STP and an easy gas pedal foot I could make 100 mile/qt! The original owners had a space in the back to fill in replacement Ford engine and new serial number. The new car came with info on engine exchange.
Enough blah blah, I didn't make this up this is how it was!!
My '64 1/2 vert. Ordered May '64. D code 4 speed, handling package, caspian blue, accent group, Ford blue manual top.
'68 vert. driver. Owned since Apr '78. C code AT, AC, PS, P disc B, PT lime gold, standard black interior and top. NOS RF fender and left quarter.New top and folding glass.