12 Car Terms Only the Most Hard Core Enthusiasts Know! Tony Angelo’s Stay Tuned

Picture this. You roll up to the local cruise night in your 4 speed racer with that 3/4 race web cam choppin', and all the regional guys are shouting "PUT IT ON THE CHIP!" You whack it versus the limiter and weed that thing for 200ft with the tires boiling as you bang shift it through the equipments. Your best bud remains in the traveler seat with his arms flailing around screaming "LET IT EAT!" as you skate sideways with the tires up in smoke. This is what dreams are made from! Stay Tuned to discover what the hell we're discussing as we reveal the 12 vehicle guy terms that will MAKE YOU COOL!

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Chapters:

0:00 – Introduction

1:09 – Let It Eat

1:56 – On The Pipe

3:23 – Bed linen In The

4:17 – Weed It

5:08 – Spindle It Up

6:38 – Bang Shift

7:51 – 3/4 Race Cam

10:13 – Flash The Converter

12:01 – Make A Struck

12:43 – Toe And Go

13:44 – Switched Ends

14:19 – Put It On The Chip

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12 Only the Most Hard Core Enthusiasts Know! Tony Angelo's Stay Tuned

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  1. You know it’s Monday when you see Tony. Ready to Stay Tuned! You got the best thing going in the car space on YouTube. Keep it up brother.

    1. I have never.. had to double clutch a non-syncro manual passenger car or light/medium truck, not talking about large tractor trucks or farm equipment either. Not even my dad’s old ’49 Plymouth. In that scenario double clutch is for people who didn’t bother to learn shift points and speed matching (wheel speed matching, not rev-matching) the gear changes, or just trying to force it in gear. Rev matching is another ridiculous concept as it does nothing at all when your CLUTCH is disengaged. Think about that mechanically in your head 😡

    2. @drmcclung If you drive like your grandmother you don’t need to double clutch. Otherwise, it’s a very useful skill.

    3. @drmcclung if you are pulling a heavy load up a hill and need to drop back in 1st. Are you going to wait for the wheel speed to match or are you going to double clutch and keep the RPMs in the upper range? Your entire statement tells me you don’t understand the need for double clutching.

    4. @Featherburner Get good enough and time it right you don’t even need the clutch going up or down but that’s granted you know the vehicle very very well. Every time I see someone driving a ’56 Chevy truck or an old Packard on TV grinding away at the gears like it’s a Honda, something inside me dies.

  2. Stage one, two and three go back to the 1960’s with the Buick GS which offered three levels of performance engines with stage three being the highest horsepower output.

  3. Thanks, ya can teach an old dog new expressions. First time I herd “spool it up” was in GSM school (navy gas turbine mechanic) in 1977 and I’m sure it predates that, the Spool was the turbine rotor. Starting procedure was to spin the turbine rotor to n1 speed hit the igniters the open the fuel control. ( of course this was automatic the operator monitored the process) Old school turbo has a rotor was called a spool .

  4. Bedding in breaks is a literal term. A properly broke-in brake system embeds pad material into the rotor or drum. Its the friction from pad material on the rotor/drum surface and the brake pad itself that really stops a car.

  5. Back in the early 70s we use the term quote on the pipe” to refer to hitting the power band on a two stroke motorcycle with an expansion chamber for a legs lost. Basically the same thing you’re saying but it really makes more sense, when you hit the pipe in a two stroke with an expansion chamber you go from like 5 hp to 40 in a split second.

    1. I’ve always thought of that term in a two stroke setting… and yeah, 5hp to 40hp in FUUUUUUUUCCKKKKK.2 seconds

  6. If you had a racing cam in your engine, it was said to be ‘lumpy’, because of the way it idled. I’ve raced cars since before the stone age(lol), I’ve never heard of a lot of the automotive vernacular you reference. Different generations are using sayings, along with changing everyday slang. It’s always good to learn something new!

  7. We had “getting 2nd gear rubber”, “layin drag”, “peelin out” (same thing), and “kick it” which was usually said right before “let’er eat”.

  8. You nailed that Tony. On the pipe back in the day for the old two stroke dirt bikes and also the Kawasaki H1 and H2 triples, any 2stroke that ran an expansion chamber was a dog until it was “on the pipe”

    1. H1s and H2s are the OGs of crotch rockets. Ideally you had ignition advance along the powerband being on the pipe for that explosive burst of torque and horsepower.

    2. Those flat liners didn’t actually get on the pipe nor really have expansion chambers. They were just run of the mill piston port induction. And if say they exploded is a joke! They basically just pulled, nothing explosive about them, was basically a flat power band, nothing exciting. Now ride a mid 70’s to early/mid 80’s motocross bike and then you will know what a real 2stroke power band is! More so the 125’s.

    3. @Shawn Satterlee The one my friend had had after market expansion chambers, the piston skirts altered and port work. If you never rode one you truly don’t know.

  9. I believe 3/4 race cam goes back to the days of flatheads. I think it was Ed Winfield who first marketed a “3/4 race cam” which used the intake lobe from his full race cam along with a much less aggressive exhaust lobe profile and named it the 3/4 race cam. I’ve also heard the terminology credited to Zora Duntov who sold cams as 30/30, 50/50, etc.

    1. I heard it was a cam designed to work best on a 3/4 mile race track but I could very well have been fed a line of BS too.

  10. “Set the toe and let it go” was an old term that tire and alignment shops would use. Usually cars didn’t need the castor and camber adjusted. It makes even more sense with modern front wheel drives cars that have struts.

    1. yep… our instructor told us if the toe was off, it would eat tires quick & the customer would come back pissed off. camber & caster wouldn’t do that (if i remembering right)

  11. Thanks for this fun video! About “On the pipe” , I think they call the sound wave reverberation “harmonic resonance “using sound waves to keep more of the intake charge in the cylinder of a piston port engine.

  12. When I was growing up, Stage 1 was stock equivalent; stock level of performance, no loss in road manners/reliability, no additional maintenance requirements above stock.
    Stage 2 was a mild upgrade which increased performance with minimal loss of “stock level” performance, but not to the point of risking an unexpected grenade; with a little more additional maintenance. Think adding a couple of pounds of boost and an ECU tune.
    Stage 3 was living on the edge, performance way higher than stock, lots of extra maintenance/warm up, loss of every day “streetability”, and hi potential of grenading. Think forged pistons, heavy forced induction on what started as a normally aspirated engine, and clutch plates that required you to never skip leg day at the gym.
    Then they turned it up to stage 4, which by the previous logic meant you were always working on it and it was about as likely to blow up as to start up when you turned the key. This would be your garage level dude trying to run in the top fuel category against the factory backed guys.

  13. Hey Tony, THOUSANDS of 3/4 and FULL
    race cams were advertised and sold back in the day by all of the performance shops and catalogs. It’s definitely a flathead Ford V8 thing and Speedway Motors still sells them made by Isky. They don’t list them that way on their website, but if you get one of their old school catalogs, they still list them that way (plus cam specs too 😜)

    People back in the day (50s, 60s & 70s) weren’t as tech savvy as we are now with cam specs. They just wanted to buy what their parts guy recommend, throw it together and hit the streets.
    Similar cam terms that still exist are:
    RV cams, Thumpers and the famous 30-30 Duntov cam

    Modern day equivalent would be the LS Truck Norris cam

  14. Bang shifting back in the 70’s was synonymous was speed shifting. That is, shifting a manual trans without lifting off the accelerator. Just like you showed in the video clip.

    BTW, good luck and most importantly have an awesome time this week on Sick Week!

  15. I always thought about that scene on Terminator when I was kid. He’s on a four-stroke Honda XR but it sounds like a 2 cycle. Always made me laugh.

  16. In the 80s and 90s “put it on the chip” meant a completely different thing than what you said.

    As computer controlled systems became more prevalent on cars in the 80s, performance companies started offering literal computer chips that you would install in your ecu to defeat safety and emission restrictions as well as change shift points and other parameters. Essentially the precursor to modern tuning. Instead of being able to use a computer or tuner, you had to get a preprogrammed computer chip and replace the factory one. It was literally the first thing on the list for performance add ons for many of us racers in that time period. I’ll never forget the first time I did a chip replacement on my 92 firebird.

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