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Author Topic: Interview and video in Petrolicious - "Dominick's Legacy" - must see  (Read 791 times)
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« on: 13 December, 2016, 07:03:20 PM »

I thought this was something all of us would enjoy reading. I have cut and pasted 1 of the questions and answers below as well as the hyperlink. The entire article is worth a read.

http://petrolicious.com/dominicks-european-car-repair-is-a-living-legacy

Q: What cars do you, personally, most enjoy working on?

A: I love Lancia. As a mechanic, I notice that everything was made with a very purposeful eye to beauty, detail, form, and function. If you look at the Fulvia, it even has beautiful bolts that are copper coated, and the front suspension has two cast aluminum pillars. Lancia could have easily fabricated these with sheet metal, but it would have looked horrific.
Most cars are not really made to be taken apart, but these cars are like old-school watches that you can use a little jeweler’s screwdriver with. Most things today are pressed together and not meant to come apart, and when they are used, they get thrown away. These cars are the opposite. They really look like they were made by mechanics: every piece comes apart and can be re-used. Lancia was an out-of-the-box thinker. They didn’t tinker with other people’s solutions to engineering problems. They came up with their own. The stuff that they came up with was 180-degrees opposite from the norm and then slowly were adapted as the norm.
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« Reply #1 on: 14 December, 2016, 12:20:46 AM »

I thought this was something all of us would enjoy reading. I have cut and pasted 1 of the questions and answers below as well as the hyperlink. The entire article is worth a read.

http://petrolicious.com/dominicks-european-car-repair-is-a-living-legacy

Q: What cars do you, personally, most enjoy working on?

A: I love Lancia. As a mechanic, I notice that everything was made with a very purposeful eye to beauty, detail, form, and function. If you look at the Fulvia, it even has beautiful bolts that are copper coated, and the front suspension has two cast aluminum pillars. Lancia could have easily fabricated these with sheet metal, but it would have looked horrific.
Most cars are not really made to be taken apart, but these cars are like old-school watches that you can use a little jeweler’s screwdriver with. Most things today are pressed together and not meant to come apart, and when they are used, they get thrown away. These cars are the opposite. They really look like they were made by mechanics: every piece comes apart and can be re-used. Lancia was an out-of-the-box thinker. They didn’t tinker with other people’s solutions to engineering problems. They came up with their own. The stuff that they came up with was 180-degrees opposite from the norm and then slowly were adapted as the norm.

Thanks for that, although with us it's preaching to the converted, I also like his face page has a Flaminia GT.

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« Reply #2 on: 14 December, 2016, 02:03:04 PM »

Good to read, and great to see that places like this still exist, and seemingly thrive.
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