Originally Posted by nolatom
If there are four spark plugs on top, it's the venerable gas engine. All the technology of a Model A Ford. Reliable though.
Simpler is nearly always better
Years and years and years ago I owned an Oldsmobile Cutlass with a 315 HP 4 bbl. carb. I upgraded the ignition system's components to performance parts, curved the distributer, "tweaked" the Rochester Quadrajet carb and converted to dual exhaust. (I may have polished the intake manifold--don't recall.) Made it faster, this stuff did. Never was beat, street racing, by anything in my class. But it all had another effect: Vastly improved gas milage. In fact: On the expressway, keeping my foot out of those big ol' secondaries that carb had, I averaged over 20 MPG. All w/o fuel injection, electronic ignition, computer control/monitoring, with a bit ol' 8-cylinder engine pushing good ol' heavy Detroit iron.
Reliable? Ha! It was too simple to be anything but
reliable. Gasoline, air, spark, compression, ignition, bang. That's all there was to it.
IMO: A lot of the crap they hang off engines these days is just an excuse for poor engineering, poor parts and even poorer manufacturing.