Date: 22 Oct 2001 15:36:11 -0700
From: (Johannes H Andersen)
Subject: Re: Vintage (Was: running on 3 cylinders) wrote in message news:<3bd43391$0$65156$>... > Johannes H Andersen <> pressed random keys until the following was produced: > > wrote in message news:<3bd0571c$0$35570$>... > >> > >> My 1963 model 96 does this; and I also go through a quart of oil every > >> time I fill up the gas tank. I'm told that it's normal behaviour. > >> > >> Something may have changed in the 29 years since, though... > > > In those days, a manufacturer of such engines made the claim: 3=6 ! on > > the account that it was a two-stroke. But I think it was DKW. > > If it was Saab, I haven't seen the ad. I do have a copy of "Look Ma, no > valves", and several other ads of the time. Just bought on eBay a copy of > the ad where Eric Carlsson is rolling the white 96 down a snow-covered > hill, but I don't think it was on purpose. With Eric, who knows though. > > The '63 is just about stripped down to the shell now; still have to remove > the tranny and suspension, at which point I'll be doing a bit of rust > repair (not much; it's a very solid car), and getting it ready for the > paint shop. > > Dave Hinz Hi, I remember now that it was a DKW that had the inscription: 3=6 on the boot (trunk). The DKW 1 liter engine was quite strong for its time, 50 hp 2-stroke. That would normally require an 1.5 liter 4-stroke. The lack of valves was probably a bonus as valve gears usually required a lot of attention and adjustments. Does your Saab have free-wheeling? The old Saabs were on the small side for a family car, but this was quite normal. My dad always insisted on four door cars, he had Renault 4CVs, a very small four door rear engined salon with 21 hp, and Renault Dauphine; unbelievable narrow doors, but four it was. I think the best example was Austin A30 4-doors, I would't be able to get through the narrow gaps at this point in time! Johannes

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