Greg Zyla’s Readers Respond

Greg Zyla’s Readers Respond
By Greg Zyla

More advanced transmissions necessary

Q: Greg, the Ford Model T had an accessory you could buy called a Ruxell 2-speed (rear axle). In the late 1930s early 1940s, they had an aftermarket Columbia 2-speed axle. With the price of gas so high, why don’t manufacturers offer things like this today? I have a 2006 pickup 2500 truck for hauling my camper and boat, and I need the 410 gears. When I am not hauling it would be nice to have some higher gears.
With the new transmissions today maybe you can’t do that, what are your thoughts? Thanks, Wes Jewell, Spokane, Washington.

A: Wes, after talking with several car manufacturers, your hopes will all come true as transmissions with up to 10-speeds are in the working, even for the heavy duty pickups like yours. Most companies already offer six speeds, and a few have 8-speed automatics. It’s just a matter of time.

Remembering Richie Evans

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Richie Evans at speed at Stafford Speedway, Stafford Springs, CT., in 1984. Evans, who ran in NASCAR’s Modified division regularly, was named to the NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2012, the first non-Cup driver to be named. (Photo compliments of Stafford Speedway and the Richie Evans Collection).

Q: Greg, I enjoy articles in the newspaper here in Owego, N.Y. How about an article about Richie Evans and his induction into NASCAR Hall of Fame? Richie pitted next to us many times, and is still missed by many. Ron Messemer, from near Owego, New York.

A: Thanks Ron. Richie Evans is still the most beloved NASCAR Modified driver of all time. He lost his life in a racing accident at Martinsville Speedway back in October of 1985, stunning the racing fraternity. Evans, from Rome, NY, won nine NASCAR National Modified Championships including eight in a row from 1978 to 1985, and was elected to the NASCAR Hall of Fame on June 14, 2011. As a member of the Class of 2012, Richie is the first Hall of Famer from outside NASCAR’s premier series of Sprint Cup, formerly known as Grand National, Winston Cup and Nextel Cup.

Model lover

Q: Greg, you bet I remember building models! After a few years of building car models I got a 1960 Bonneville convertible. It was so long and sleek. It remained my favorite for a few years over many other cars, ships, boats and planes. My brother and I assembled Ala Cart, a pair of ’32 Vickies, ’56 Ford Pickups, ’39 Ford and customized a few too. Ships and planes took over for a while. The companies were still making many WWII planes and ships. PT 109 was a favorite.

A: My son did a somewhat short stint in model building in the ’80s and I did one or two with him. His favorite was a high end P-51 Mustang. Thanks for your article and for the trip down memory lane. Car model building was a great experience. Don Davis, Sagle, Idaho.
(Greg Zyla is a syndicated auto writer who welcomes reader comments on collector cars, auto nostalgia and old-time motorsports at or at 116 Main St., Towanda, Pa. 18848.

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Originally posted on Tuesday, March 13th, 2012 at 6:24 pm
Category:  Auto Round-Up News

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