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Common Collector Car Terms M - Z

Common Collector Car Terms M - Z

Terms and Definitions

Marque - Make or manufacturer of automobile.

Mopar - Chrysler vehicles, including Dodge, Plymouth, Imperial and Desoto.

Muscle Car - A muscle car, is an intermediate sized, performance oriented American vehicle, powered by a large V8 engine, offered at an affordable price. Usually from 1964 through 1972 models.

Navigation System - In-vehicle navigation system which provides directions to a destination. Instructions can be delivered by voice, graphic icons such as arrows, a scrolling video map or a combination.

NOS - New Old Stock. Parts built by the original manufacturer that have never been used.

Nosed - Hood trim removed, holes filled.

Panel truck - An enclosed light truck or van having no windows in the cargo area.

PCV - Positive Crankcase Vent - a system priving a means for an engine to burn the crankcase fumes. Prior to this system (early 1960's) the fumes were released into the air.

Pearl paint - A color paint with fine mica particles blended into the pigment.

Phaeton - A four or five passenger, two- or four-door, open-body style that was most popular in the 1920s and 1930s.

Radial ply tire - A tire having the ply cords placed at right angles tot he beads, plus belts under the tread section providing the least tread distortion while moving, thereby minimizing tread wear and rolling friction.

Rat Motor - A nickname for any engine from the Chevy V8 (Big-Block) family. Originally released in 1965 as a 396 cid and available today with displacements as high as 572 cid with 720 BHP.

Rat rod - Normally, a pre 1949 automobile in the syle of a fifties rod or custom and painted in primer.

Roadster - A two-passenger, open car.

Rotary Engine - A four-cycle engine having a revolving triangular-shaped rotor to transfer power thrust via eccentric(s) to the output shaft.

RPM - Engine speed in revolutions per minute. Measured with a tachometer.

Rumble seat - A folding seat in the rear deck of some older two-door coupes, convertibles, and roadsters.

Sedan Delivery - Like panel truck, with lower top and single rear door configuration.

Shaved - Door handles removed, holes filled.

Shoebox cars - Term for automobile design of 1949 to 1958 when fenders were first integrated into the body design and very little other streamlining was involved.

Slicks (tires) - Wide tread-less tires used in drag racing.

SOHC - Single Overhead Camshaft. One camshaft for each cylinder bank.

Spinner wheel cover - A Full wheel cover with a spinner in the center.

Street machine - A custom-built vehicle or hot rod of any year, built for street use.

Street rod - Any modernized motor vehicle manufactured prior to the year 1949 or any motor vehicle designed and manufactured to resemble a motor vehicle manufactured prior to 1949.

Sub-framed - A vehicle in which the front suspension has been removed and replaced with a later model or after-market assembly, by cutting the old frame off and replacing it with the new section.

Suicide Doors - Doors that are hinged at the rear.

Supercharger - A Supercharger is an air pump or compressor that forces pressurized air into the cylinders during the intake stroke of the engine. increased density intake air, along with additional fuel, increases power.

Three-in-a-tree - Steering column shifting mechanism for three speed transmissions.

Tricked-out - Loaded with after-market products and customizing.

Tri-Power - Engine with three 2 barrel carburetors.

Tubbed - A standard car or truck body with cut-out rear wheel wells to accommodate oversize rear wheels.

Turbocharger - A Turbocharger is a type of Supercharger that is powered by engine exhaust gas. It increases engine power by pressurizing intake air into the cylinders.

Two-door hardtop - A four+ passenger car with only two entry doors and no side B-pillar between the door glass and the 1/4 window.

Victoria - A close-coupled, two-door sedan first offered by Ford in the early 1930s.

VIN - The 17 digit and letter vehicle identification number. It has been in use since 1981. Replaced a more somple serial number.

Vintage - Vehicles built from 1915 to 1942.

Wheelbase - The distance between the center of the front axle and the center of the rear axle. It's usually expressed in inches.

Wheelie bars - A pair of long bars with wheels extending from the rear of the vehicle to prevent wheelstanding.

Woody - Vehicle with wood as a part of its body panels.

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