Yesterday’s Name That Part had a personalized touch. As Mike The Dog pointed out, it was the fuel pump from an AMC 195.6 OHV inline-six, circa 1964. I fought with this part at length, and after replacing it twice, ended up taking one apart and making a few tweaks to solve a problem I was dealing with. My dad, after watching me fight with this for more hours than I care to admit, told me I was “obsessed.
We understand that many of us could safely qualify as “obsessed” when it comes to cars. For some of us, that obsession also translates into other parts of our lives. Not content with “good enough”, we insist on finding a product that perfectly suits our needs. Personally, I like my music.
As a musician and performer myself, I tend to be critical of music, and am a horrible critic when I hear it live. When directing a musical several years ago, I went up to the conductor after the twenty-one-piece orchestra finished playing the prologue, and informed him that the tenor saxophone was off-key. He argued with me, insisting there was no way I could know that. I asked him to check, and sure enough, it was.
To that end, I’ve chosen a home entertainment system that was the absolute best I could afford. I’ve spent months shopping for all the best deals so that I didn’t have to “skimp” on any part, and chose to use analog equipment where possible. I was heartbroken, a few years ago, when my old record player broke, because I couldn’t afford the cost to get it repaired. Not that it mattered, I only had a few vinyl records, but it was the principle of the matter. I no longer had a way to listen to that “raw” analog music.
Some people, of course, are even more obsessive than me. The record player in the photograph is called a ClearAudio Statement. It retails for $125,000, and can perfectly play your record through a fairly significant earthquake. Now, I’m not that obsessive, but I’m sure if I had unlimited funds, I could become that way. I would need unlimited funds, too, as it weighs almost 800 lbs, and can tax the floors in some houses.
What does all this have to do with today’s Name That Part? Well, that’s for you to figure out.
In fairness, I’ll disclose that this part has been very slightly modified, but not in any way that will prevent it from being identifiable. Whether or not the generous number of hints help in your identification will depend heavily on how “obsessed” you are with your mission.