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Robert Emslie November 23, 2012 Mystery Car

The world’s greatest detectives – Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Poirot, Poe’s Dupin – all were able to solve complex crimes based on the merest shred of evidence.  For today’s Mystery Car challenge, I am providing you with what you might consider to be the merest shred of a car – that being a single instructive label located (probably) somewhere on the car’s person.

The answer my friend, is blowing in the wind, as the label’s direction is in regards to changing an air passage dependent on the season. That will either cause the little 40-watt over your head to go on, or will cause great consternation, depending on how great a detective you are.

Like stereotyped machinations of criminals, great sleuths often return to the scene of the crime to lay out their convoluted exposés of how the said crime went down. You may do so as well, offering up your solution to today’s Mystery Car right here in the comments – just remember to mind the police tape. Also remember to solve the mystery in its entirety including makemodel, year-range, and the likely engine powering the thing. The game is afoot!

Image: [©2012 Robert Emslie, All Rights Reserved]

Currently there are "15 comments" on this Article:

  1. Steamcorners says:

    It's a Chevy Corvair..65-69, lemme guess a Monza with the 2.7/164?

  2. Number_Six says:

    It's not an Isdera Autobahnkourier AK116i but that's not gonna get me down.
    <img src="http://www.madle.org/og06ak3.jpg&quot; width="500" />

  3. Kamil_K says:

    I think I saw this on the early 3.0 NSXs.

  4. Batshitbox says:

    I remember SAAB 99s having a big lever marked "Winter – Summer" on the firewall, but not anything like this. When the motor mounts started to go bad on your 99 the thing would tilt back and the alternator pulley would wipe out your winter-summer valve. That's what they get for putting the engines in backwards.

  5. muthalovin says:

    <img src=http://www.nsxprime.com/photopost/data/500/447794_NSX_Dec_8_2005_snow_front_dr_side_Indy_.jpg">

  6. mazder3 says:

    Rover P6 3500

  7. Mister X says:

    Actually, to be technically correct, what you're looking at is likely a 110 HP 164 C.I. Corvair engine that someone has installed a 12 plate oil cooler on, this engine came stock with an 8 plate oil cooler (unless it had factory A/C). The way to tell this has been done is the bent sheet metal on the upper left, whomever made the conversion just bent it out of the way which allows an air leak (bad in an air-cooled engine), and there are no lower mounting holes for the oil cooler so no fasteners are securing it. It's a hack job.

    Oh, and the plate when removed in cold climates/winter allows hot air from the exhaust manifold ducting to enter the engine compartment thus warming the intake charge and shortening warm-ups and preventing carburetor icing.

    • Mister X says:

      I should add that the 12 plate oil cooler came stock only on the Turbocharged and 4 carburetor Corsa models, and on all factory air-conditioned engines. The engine above did not come stock with a 12 plate cooler.

    • dukeisduke says:

      This one's a 140. You can tell by the dual snorkel air cleaner, and the fuel line set up for four cabs. And yes, I remember the annual ritual of using my 5/16" nutdriver to pull the screw and flip the plate around 180 degrees. Flipping the cover around allows some of the warm air going out the lower shroud to recirculate into the engine compartment, to help the engine warm up faster.

      • Mister X says:

        Not to be pedantic, but the photo in the original posting is not a 140 HP engine, you are referring to the photo posted later which is clearly a 140 HP engine, and if one compare both images they'll see the photo posted later clearly shows one of the two lower oil cooler mounting screws (black 5/16), and the upper photo has the screw missing and no hole in the lower shroud to accept it because it's not a 140 HP engine that's had a 12 plate oil cooler installed.

        And besides the dual snorkel air cleaner the obvious clue is the T in the fuel line leading to the secondary carburetor, the carb in the photo is a primary as one can see the choke rod that leads to the bottom of the cyl head to a bi-metallic coil next to the exhaust manifold.

  8. TheAutoPhilosopher says:

    Rover P6 3500

  9. dukeisduke says:

    And it's a '66 or later, judging by the rear motor mount – it's different from the '65 mount. The one in the picture has some sagging evident. Companies like Steele re-vulcanize these with new rubber, using recycled cores.

    • Mister X says:

      This late in the game that car could very well be a '65 with a later engine mount, I used to install these later style motor mounts in every '65 that came through my shop. And when GM ran out of NOS mounts, I had them specially manufactured with better materials, but that was in another lifetime, long ago.

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