9979Re: HO model for FJG bus
- May 8, 2004--- In FJGRailroad@yahoogroups.com, "Malcolm Horton" <mdhorton@m...>
> The Gloversville High School band used to have a spring outing atPine Lake in the late 1930's. We went by FJ&G chartered buses having
their engines in the front. When climbing the long Mary Jane Peck
Hill, just west of town, the driver would be steering with his left
hand and pushing and pulling a piston, which projected out from the
front of the dashboard, with his right hand. I asked him what he was
doing. He said that the normal fuel pump was operated by engine
vacuum. It pumped gasoline to a small holding tank on the engine side
of the firewall where it then flowed by gravity to the carburetor.
When on a long hill, the engine vacuum dropped to a very low value
and the fuel pump either stopped completely or at best, ran very
slowly. At the same time, the demand for fuel was very high. The hand
pump then had to be used to prevent running out of fuel to the
carburetor else the engine would stall.
> This is just an interesting side light on the subject of Mackbuses at that time. Thankfully, you don't have to model the hand pump.
> Malcolm Horton
Boy, does that bring back memories for my father. He originally said
that any car that could make it up Mary Jane Peck Hill was a car
worth having. He later modified it to add "in high gear" as cars got
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