Is it just me, or do others want a dash-mounted gauge in their
car that tells the gradient percentage while driving ? I often think
of trains pulling grades in these old photos as I am driving and
wonder what the difference between 3% and 4% feels like as I
drag a heavy load up a hill.
Never have been able to find such a critter available.
...a dash-mounted gauge in their car that tells the gradient percentage while driving ...
I put a couple of tilt gauges in my first 4WD (back in the 1980s), one on the dash to show side tilt, the other on the b pillar to show grade. They weren't calibrated in percent, but it should be fairly easy to find a place to park on a 1%, 2%, etc grade and in mark those points. They were intended to be attached to a trailer for leveling, and should be available at RV stores. I bought mine at a 4X4 store, and was instructed to keep an eye on them when I'm on a tricky slope. That way, if I roll, I can see what my limit was and would know just far I could push it next time;).
did you teach that to Joe Crea or did he teach you?
Joe whilst taking me on several trips, delighted in driving along the edge with the driver's side way higher than the passenger. The numerous switchbacks on the A.C. were quite unnerving at that angle for this flatlander.
I imagine a digital or analog inclinometer could be installed in a vehicle.
First- find a place where are tires sit level- check and equalize air pressure
Install inclinometer on first metal part found behind the polyethylene or skinned foam dashpiece.
Adjust inclinometer to level.
You are set until someone is jarred out of their seat and damages the device.
I think that was the same trip where we drove to the east portal of the Alpine Tunnel. As we approached the parking area with room to turn around, there was a spot where the road narrowed because of a boulder that slid down. The road had quite a side slope by that boulder, and it had a fresh layer of ice. We had the choice of driving on the slick and narrow road and hoping we didn't slide off and roll down the hill, turning around then driving across it again, or backing several miles to a spot wide enough to turn around. That was about 25 years ago, but I'm pretty sure you said something like "I think you should go for it. You probably won't slide off. Why don't I get out, walk across, and guide you." I interpreted that as "I don't want to roll down the hill if this doesn't work, and besides, there should be a surviving witness to tell the story."