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In the lyric
to "Greased Lightning," Kenickie isn't just singing about a cool car --
he's specifically singing about creating a luxury, high-performance drag
racing car. The first verse is about high-performance, and the second
verse is about aerodynamics and aesthetics. Teens in the late 1950s had
seen lots of drag racing movies at the drive-in, and Kenickie knows drag
racing usually leads to sex...
hydraulic valve lifter: A lifter that uses hydraulic oil pressure to maintain no clearance between metal parts so that valve noise is reduced. Also it reduces wear on the valves and eliminates periodic valve adjustments.
quad-cam engine: An engine with four camshafts
barrel: The air horn in the carburetor. In particular, it is that part where the throttle valve is located. If a carburetor has four openings with a throttle valve in each, it is called a "four-barrel carburetor."
fuel injector: The device that works like a hypodermic needle to inject the proper amount of fuel into the combustion chamber in response to signals from an electronic sensing device on cars with fuel injection systems. It receives fuel at low pressure and shoots it into the engine cylinders at predetermined intervals under higher pressure.
deceleration fuel cut-off: A device which stops the flow of fuel to the carburetor or injectors when the vehicle rapidly decelerates in the event of a crash thus preventing the possibility of a fire or explosion.
chrome-plated: In order to prevent iron from rusting, parts are coated with a layer of chromium by process of electroplating (or electrodeposition).
connecting rod: The connecting link or
arm between the
It converts the up-and-down (reciprocating)
motion of the piston into the circular (rotary) motion of the spinning
Often called "con rod."
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