Last Call: Product Misplacement Edition

At first I was going to do a joke about “keeping your whites their whitest” but then I thought better of it. Instead I thought I would just note the history of Dublin Ireland’s Swastika Laundry and the electric vans they used to pickup and deliver Dubliners’ wearables. The company was founded in 1912, and took its name from an Indian symbol for good luck. They used electric vans owing to their quiet nature and low operating costs. The Brush Electric Van above isn’t an actual Swastika van, but a van from another Dublin laundry company—Darty—painted up for the 1983 RTE television series, Caught in a Free State.
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  1. dead_elvis, inc. Avatar
    dead_elvis, inc.

    I’ve never thought of FC trucks as particularly metal, but if I was in LA, I’d probably call these guys.

    1. 0A5599 Avatar

      They need a Corvette.

    2. Rover 1 Avatar
      Rover 1

      There looks to be room in the tray for an actual iron maiden.

  2. Tomsk Avatar

    Were they headquartered on the ground floor of a skyscraper whose penthouse housed a similarly unfortunately-monikered spy agency?

  3. Van_Sarockin Avatar

    Time to get your Whities tighty.

    1. Wm. B. Beefeater Avatar
      Wm. B. Beefeater

      They should have gone with Eins, Zwei, DreiCleaners.

      1. Van_Sarockin Avatar

        They have ways of getting that stain out.

  4. LEROOOY Avatar

    My Civic air conditioner has been fritzy for the last month. Finally I troubleshooted the issue down to (1) the refrigerant is just low due to a tiny and very slow leak; or (2) the compressor is about to go tits up.
    Today I took the shadetree (rube) approach – a cheap gauge and a can of refrigerant (no additives). With the engine/compressor running, before I added anything, it was 30 psi…just teetering on the threshold on the temperature/pressure chart where Honda’s pressure switch will turn off the compressor.
    I added refrigerant for a while, engine on, compressor running…and waited, and waited, and the can got freezing cold, and, after some time…it came out to 30 psi.
    So now I’m concerned I may have overfilled the system and my gauge made out of Chinesium isn’t going to warn me of my compressor’s imminent doom. A real manifold gauge is the way to go, but it’s a bit out of my price range.
    I’m giving up, tomorrow I’m going to Goodyear to let them poke it with a stick for a few hours. The weather’s nice, I can walk from there to work.
    Who is using these recharge cans and endless stop-leak products when the Internet advises so heavily against it?

    1. 0A5599 Avatar

      So it sounds like whatever you bought was a single gauge that hooked to the low side, and you had nothing to get a reading on high side pressure. You probably didn’t overfill. Do you know the capacity of the system? It would have been on an underhood sticker originally, though those tend to fade or get damaged as years pile up. The high pressure side is where you likely would have noticed a pressure increase.
      I’ve never had the stop leak stuff actually fix anything. I have had some leaks that were easy fixes (bad cap over the Schrader valve), and relatively cheap fixes (not counting the cost of the Freon that had already leaked out), but also some pretty expensive ones, too.

    2. Alff Avatar

      I don’t know him, but I’ll bet he answers to “LEROOOY”.

    3. Alcology Avatar

      You might be able to find a manifold gauge for rental from Autozone or Advance auto or another parts store for free.
      I’ve done the crappy can thing. I figured if it fixed it for the cheap cost of a can, then that’s a bonus. I had low hopes. Nothing was fixed. AC was slightly colder for a short while then back to blowing normal temp air. Not looking forward to paying for repairing the AC system on a 10 year old BMW.

      1. dukeisduke Avatar

        Do any Hondas still use Diesel Kiki compressors? I’ve heard stories before of the infamous “black death”, where the compressor fails and spreads contamination through the system, necessitating the replacement of most or all components.

        1. Alcology Avatar

          That sounds terrible.

    4. peugeotdude505 Avatar

      I have a friend who does commercial AC and refrigeration systems, just brought the car to his shop and got it refilled. 40$ 2 years ago and it’s been nice and cool since then

  5. JayP Avatar

    Tonight’s for bitching about old car problems?
    Changed out the radiator in the Vic about 2 weeks ago. Just noticed the fan comes on almost immediately when the AC is turned on. But it never shuts off. I think I’ve tanked a sensor.
    It’s good for now but I had crap that’s not working right.
    And not working right is UPS!
    Thanks to these ham fisted chumps, 3 of the 4 wheels I had delivered today have significant damage to the lip. The shipper packed them in boxes, with a plastic protective cover for the lip and 1 cover, 2 bags and a cardboard piece to protect the face. Significant abuse caused.
    UPS- thanks jackasses.

    1. 0A5599 Avatar

      Never shuts off, meaning even after you take the key out?

      1. JayP Avatar

        Turns off with the key.
        I’d read up on the forums… but after about an hour of investigating I’d been reading about the newer Vics. I may just buy a new fan kit and go from there.

        1. 0A5599 Avatar

          AC on = fan on is normal operation for many cars. If it shuts off with the key, it shouldn’t leave you with a dead battery, so what’s the issue?

          1. JayP Avatar

            I don’t recall it working that way before which means its wrong.

          2. 0A5599 Avatar

            I dunno. Maybe it means it was broken before, or you hadn’t noticed.
            Whatever, please confirm what correct operation SHOULD BE before spending any real time or money on it.

          3. JayP Avatar

            To be honest, if this is all I need to worry about… I’m in good shape.

  6. Batshitbox Avatar

    The K-R-I-T automobile company out of Detroit never even made it throught World War One, so their choice of a company logo never really became an issue. (I stumbled across one of their engines, similarly decorated, in storage at the Larz Anderson museum back in the Cold War era. Kinda freaky.)

    1. Dabidoh_Sambone Avatar

      How was I unaware of the existence of this Renault? It’s got perfect supercar proportions at the Honda Beat scale. At any rate, I’m still going to import a Beat. One day.

  7. Alff Avatar

    And that’s all I have to say about that…

    1. elan Avatar
      The swastika is a sign of wellbeing. That is what it translates as from sanskrit, “wellbeing”.

      1. nanoop Avatar

        I’ve heard the symbol is derived or an abstract version of “four cows replenishing at a water hole” – that must be wellbeing!

  8. PaulE Avatar

    “Swastika Laundry: For well-starched right sleeves…”

    1. Alff Avatar

      “Do your underarm stains make you too embarrassed to seig heil?”

      1. Rover 1 Avatar
        Rover 1

        For when your swastikas absolutely definitely, must be clean?

        1. Tiberiuswise Avatar

          Free pick up for moneylenders.

    2. Wayne Moyer Avatar
      Wayne Moyer

      Free delivery to Argentina.

  9. Sjalabais Avatar

    I stepped up my Excel game the other day (yo!) and I can thus provide really precise numbers about the cost of owning my Honda Stream. It adds up ridiculously well in my currency, with both gas and repairs/maintenance costing ~1 NOK/km driven.
    The car has put down 49000km in my ownership so far, at a total cost of 18000$. Gas and repairs cost about 20 US ct/mile each, with total cost of 0.74 $/mile driven or 53.4 ct/mile after today’s expected residual value is factored in.

    1. nanoop Avatar

      1NOK/km is extremely cheap, that’s less than fuel costs for our Focus alone (8L/100km at ~14NOK). You must be washing yourself!
      I made up a rule of thumb once: fuel cost are about half of the overall costs, do you see that pattern, too?

      1. Sjalabais Avatar

        We have a tiny, independent gas station in our village that has been selling gas at a constant 12.99 for months. Here are the gas details:
        With the small engine, fuel consumption hardly ever varies.
        With my ultra cheap cars (“Letzthandbesitzer”) fuel was about 50% of the overall cost. But the Honda does worse due to a relatively high frequency of issues and because it’s almost a proper family car with a depreciation that can still be counted…low fuel consumption is a positive factor here, too. Currently, I’m closer to a third than half.

        1. nanoop Avatar

          Spritmonitor – you can’t deny your roots, I’m “turnierfisch” there.
          Well, my rule of thumbs is based on engine technology and repair costs from 10+ years ago, maybe it needs revision.

          1. Sjalabais Avatar

            Haha, true. It works, and I like the opportunity to compare with others. Great continuity on your Focus!
            One thing affecting my statistics is that I rarely have held on to a car for long. The Honda might actually be a new record.

  10. crank_case Avatar

    I think they actually operated right up until the 80s, dodgy name/logo and all. At least we can look back on this and laugh at more innocent times, unlike those “magdalene” ones…

  11. Tanshanomi Avatar

    So, Saturday didn’t suck.

    1. Alff Avatar

      Yes it did. I did Subaru timing belt.
      I’ve had the Alfa on that stretch. It’s a good one.

    1. Batshitbox Avatar

      A Dutchman named Wim Peters started a little motorcycle suspension company back in the ’60s. Since he sourced his springs from a hospital supply company, they only came in white. Subsequently, the company became known as White Power, a name they stopped using in 1991. Now known as WP, it can be taken to be Wim Peters’ initials or ‘Winning Performance’, as the marketing department claims.

      1. Vairship Avatar

        Similarly, the White Motor Company used the following emblem on some of its trucks:

  12. dukeisduke Avatar

    The swastika has also traditionally been used as a symbol to indicate the location of Buddhist temples, particularly in Japan. My late brother (Army, MI) talked of seeing signs with just a swastika and arrow, pointing toward the nearest temple. A recent decision to change that has been controversial:
    Japan’s plan to drop swastikas as temple symbol sparks backlash

    1. Sjalabais Avatar

      The swastika is an ancient symbol, it was all over Rome, too. Part of the reason for the Nazis to adopt it in the first place.

      1. Tanshanomi Avatar

        The socio-political version of The Minnesota Vikings…or Vanilla Ice sampling “Under Pressure.”

  13. gord l Avatar
    gord l

    something to note.. the nazi symbol is on a 45 degree angle, whereas the swastika as an Eastern symbol is at right angles as in all these pictures (the Nazi one is rotated 45 degrees, hence why they were never correct)

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