Stuff dishonest car dealers used to put in the oil of worn out engines?

The first car I bought was a 1947 Pontiac back in 1962. I paid $75 for the car. The paint was dull, and the chrome had surface rust. However, some steel wool on the chrome, and some rubbing compound, polish and wax and the car looked new. The body and floor pan had absolutely no rust. However, the engine used oil at the rate of a quart per 250 miles. The cluster gear in the transmission made a howl when the car was in first gear. I should have swapped in another engine and repaired the transmission, but I bought a newer car when I saved the money. I should have stuck with the 47 Pontiac. I learned that if the body and chassis are rust free, the car is worth fixing,-at least it was the case back then.

Years ago my friends & I were towing a very heavily loaded car with my dad’s truck that was also very heavily loaded with engines, transmissions and other parts. We had barely started home we the clutch pads in the automatic transmission in my dad’s truck went. My friend was a master at fixing cars. He dropped the trannie packed it with 90 at gear oil and saw dust…and it worked. He had do this several more times because of the weight of our load to get us home. We unloaded and the truck ran great for about 10 or 11 years. My dad sold the truck and a camper to some friends of his …and when they tried to make it up the Siskiyou Summit in Oregon with the camper on… the transmission failed…they towed it back to my dad who was so confused about how the heck sawdust got into his transmission. I could hear him hollerin clear across the street. I of course knew nothing lol.

I never heard that about an automatic but the rumor was some of the used car lots used saw dust in the manuals to quiet the gears.

… and in the differential.

I wonder if this crap would work in a modern car with the tighter tolerances and emissions controls. I mean sawdust in variable valve timing and such probably isn’t going to go too well. Then there is the oil filter which I guess would plug and bypass. I am too young to have ever dealt with an automotive engine without a filter.

One thing I have noticed in recent years is the great reduction in gross polluters. You used to get stuck behind some old turd just blowing oil smoke out the tailpipe. It was usually a Chrysler product but you saw it across all brands. Now you NEVER see this except for the black smoke trucks which do this on purpose. I figure with tighter tolerances and emissions controls, an oil burner like that would foul some sensor and basically refuse to run or run so poorly and get such bad mileage it wouldn’t be worth trying to keep it on the road. You would either fix the problem or junk the car.

The new scam is the financing. You take a $3000 car and it ends up costing $10,000 by the time it is paid for! It has always been this way but I have checked out some of the local “Buy here, pay here” places and am just amazed that this many people fall for this. There is sucker born everyday!

One thing I have noticed about all the buy here, pay here places around here is that all maintenance is included in the price of the car until it is paid off. They want it to run as long as possible to keep getting those payments. The days of putting sawdust in the oil, transmission fluid, or whatever just to get it off the lot are over. It is all about the financing these days!

One thing about the older cars, they tended to belch and puff more noxious stuff out the rear anyway. No catalytic converters before 1974 or 75ish. Also, carbs delivered fuel less precisely than efi. So you’d generally have more unburned fuel in the exhaust too. Just more emissions on the older cars, even if they were running relatively well.

I am talking about even 1980’s and 1990’s cars that used to be seen burning oil. These are not that old and most are probably fuel injected.