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4 Bizarre Car Accessories that Used to Be Cool
http://blog.allstate.com/awesome-or-atrocious-4-bizarre-car-accessories-that-used-to-be-cool/ ^

Posted on 08/16/2012 2:44:55 PM PDT by djone

"Most of us don’t spend much time listening to vinyl anymore, but just like that DJ spinning records in a trendy nightclub, there was a time when you could cue up some 45s in your Chrysler. In 1956, you could get an optional record player in Chrysler, DeSoto, Dodge and Plymouth vehicles......Years ago, automakers used to hide gas caps in stealthy locations. Cars like the ’56 Chevy Bel Air had the gas cap hidden behind a taillight, which would swivel out of the way, while numerous cars from the 60’s and 70’s had their fuel fillers located behind the license plate.

'56 Chevy

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"Third Headlight

The 1948 Tucker Sedan pushed the boundaries of car tech in its day. And although only 51 cars were ever made, the Tucker’s third headlight pioneered some of the features found on today’s high-end cars. Known as the “Cyclops Eye,” the Tucker Sedan’s third, middle headlight would swivel with the steering wheel to improve visibility around corners.... op-up Headlights

The first car that could wink its lights at you was the Cord 810, which was introduced in 1936. Each of the Cord’s headlights had a hand crank on the dash, which had to be turned to pop the lights out of the front fenders.

1 posted on 08/16/2012 2:45:00 PM PDT by djone
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To: djone

Gas cap behind the license plate lasted until the 1990’s, my 1995 Buick had it there.

Very convenient, didn’t have to worry which side of the pump to pull into.


2 posted on 08/16/2012 2:48:47 PM PDT by I_Like_Spam
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To: djone

I had a job pumping gas as a kid (40+ years ago), and I remember those sneaky places where the gas cap was hidden on some cars. I was defeated only once, and it was the first time I had to gas up one of those ‘56 Bel Airs. I had to ask the driver how to find the gas cap.


3 posted on 08/16/2012 2:51:37 PM PDT by NewMexLurker
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To: djone

I have a 1957 Bel Air with the gas in the tail fin. I’m so cool.


4 posted on 08/16/2012 2:53:52 PM PDT by DaxtonBrown (http://www.futurnamics.com/reid.php)
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To: djone

I don’t see how that record player could work. Wouldn’t any bump cause it to jump a track?


5 posted on 08/16/2012 2:55:38 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: djone

Some years ago, I was driving through Long Beach, Calif. and saw 1948 Tucker just moving along Long Beach Blvd. like any other car—something you don’t see every day.


6 posted on 08/16/2012 2:55:41 PM PDT by Fiji Hill (Deo Vindice!)
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To: NewMexLurker

Reminds me of that scene in “Vacation” where Clark is searching all over the new car for where to put the gas pump in, after searching everywhere his wife pulls open a hinge on the front hood and yells out “Clark- Isn’t this the gas tank?”.


7 posted on 08/16/2012 2:57:20 PM PDT by richmwill
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To: djone

I miss vent windows.


8 posted on 08/16/2012 2:57:28 PM PDT by Flag_This (Real presidents don't bow.)
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To: I_Like_Spam

I had a Riviera like that. The last of the FWD V8 ones.


9 posted on 08/16/2012 2:58:06 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: djone

My grandmother had a baby-blue, 1956 Cadillac. I was always fascinated by the hinged, driver-side [IIRC] tail-light that flipped up to fill the gas tank.

As tiny children, we also loved the rear-seat, center, fold-down armrest which we assumed was a booster seat for, well, tiny children. No car-seat contraptions then, baby. We roamed free!


10 posted on 08/16/2012 2:58:15 PM PDT by BfloGuy (Without economic freedom, no other form of freedom can have material meaning.)
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To: colorado tanker

I put one in my ‘51 Ford. Only used it when we were parked in the hills.


11 posted on 08/16/2012 3:01:44 PM PDT by RC2 (Support the Wounded Warrior Project......please.)
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To: BfloGuy

I remember falling asleep on the deck behind the back seat of my Dads 51 Buick.


12 posted on 08/16/2012 3:02:30 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: colorado tanker

We only used ‘em while watchin’ the submarine races.


13 posted on 08/16/2012 3:03:18 PM PDT by Roccus
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To: RC2
when we were parked in the hills

Ah, yes, those were the days . . . :-))

14 posted on 08/16/2012 3:04:36 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: colorado tanker

The mechanism was suspended on springs so they would tolerate small bumps. They only played 45s which are less fussy than LPs.

I had one of these once (not in a car, though). Got good money for it.


15 posted on 08/16/2012 3:06:27 PM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: colorado tanker
I don’t see how that record player could work. Wouldn’t any bump cause it to jump a track?

I thought this too.... but then, my 2003 Honda Odyssey CD player has started doing the same thing. (my only complaint)

16 posted on 08/16/2012 3:07:31 PM PDT by workerbee (June 28, 2012 -- 9/11 From Within)
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To: colorado tanker

I think it was supposed to be used when parked on Lover’s Lane.


17 posted on 08/16/2012 3:08:23 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: Roccus

“We only used ‘em while watchin’ the submarine races.”

Wasn’t often but occasionally a girl would be surprised that there were submarines in Lake Erie. And that they raced underwater so you could just see the waves.


18 posted on 08/16/2012 3:08:43 PM PDT by Cyman
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To: djone
My first car was a 1955 Mercury Monterey.

It had a button on the dashboard which when pushed, would shoot lubricating fluid through the car.


19 posted on 08/16/2012 3:10:03 PM PDT by eCSMaster ('Nancy Pelosi is a DINGBAT.' - Gov. Sarah Palin)
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To: djone

VW Bugs used to have the gas tank and cap under the front hood. Some also had an interesting accessory—a gas heater that tapped off the gas tank. This heater was required in cold climates as the aircooled engine heater put out about as much heat as a hamster blowing on a burned out match. Anyhow the gas heaters smelled bad and used more gasoline than the car engine did. Glad that one went away.


20 posted on 08/16/2012 3:12:39 PM PDT by Harley (Life is Tough, But it's going to get a lot Tougher if you vote for Obama in Nov.)
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To: colorado tanker

When did “parking” go out of style? When cars got smaller or when cops went nuts?


21 posted on 08/16/2012 3:13:48 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: colorado tanker

I was just reading something yesterday about the American Legion hall in El Monte, CA, and how it drew kids from all over LA to “underage” rock’n’roll shows, because they were not allowed within the city of LA. It also supposedly led to the LA car culture, because kids would drive long distances to go there.

One person reminiscing about those days mentioned having a Craig record player in his car. He said “you hit one bump, and it’s goodbye ‘45.”


22 posted on 08/16/2012 3:14:33 PM PDT by Flash Bazbeaux
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To: djone
I remember my dad's 57 Ford pickup with a wooden knob on the steering wheel and the registration wrapped around the steering column while my dad used hand turn signals.
23 posted on 08/16/2012 3:14:58 PM PDT by 4yearlurker (No matter who you elect,the government eventually gets in.)
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To: colorado tanker

That’s when back seats in cars were big enough to have a dance in. LOL


24 posted on 08/16/2012 3:15:04 PM PDT by RC2 (Support the Wounded Warrior Project......please.)
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To: djone

The picture of the 56 Chevy isn’t showing up for me.


25 posted on 08/16/2012 3:15:19 PM PDT by RGVTx
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To: Roccus

Submarine races..brings back memories at the drive in

Think the really old VW`s the gas cap was

under the front hood


26 posted on 08/16/2012 3:16:34 PM PDT by Harold Shea (RVN `70 - `71)
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To: Kirkwood

There was (might still be) a sign along a secluded road in my area. It said “No Parking-No Excuses”.


27 posted on 08/16/2012 3:19:02 PM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: Flag_This
Amen to the vents

But the COOLEST thing was my brother and his '65 Galaxy XL, 500 .. dark green, black interior and a lot of chrome.

Uncle Fancy (as he came to be called) had a 45 record changer under the dash. I remember it held 6 or eight 45's. Y'couldn't play 'em unless you were parked (at the submarine races) or cruisin' around town.

Yep ... uncle Fancy.

28 posted on 08/16/2012 3:19:52 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: djone

Heck, I just want to find one of those aftermarket cupholders you stick on your window sill. Need to hang it on the sidecar of my Ural. Nobody carries them any more.

I tried the trick of putting my mocha in the spokes of the spare tire. That must only be for staying still. Bernoulli effect sprayed coffee all over my trunk.


29 posted on 08/16/2012 3:20:26 PM PDT by Rinnwald
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To: Harold Shea
Think the really old VW`s the gas cap was

under the front hood

My '64 Beetle had it under the front hood in the trunk.

The fuel gauge didn't work so I used to dip the tire iron into the tank to see how much fuel I had.

30 posted on 08/16/2012 3:20:29 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: djone
1978 Cougar.

Moonroof.

31 posted on 08/16/2012 3:25:20 PM PDT by real saxophonist (Proud to have been beat up and shot by the late Paul Gomez. RIP, 'Gnomez'.)
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To: djone

I remember my Brother’s 55 Buick had the starter in the accelerator pedal. When you pressed on the accelerator the starter was engaged. I guess it had some solenoid or something which disengaged after it started.

I also remember my Father’s pickup had a throttle. It was sort of an early cruise control except it simply kept the carburetor at the same amount of gas. There was nothing automatic about it. You had to push it back in if you stopped.


32 posted on 08/16/2012 3:25:20 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: Venturer

6 kids on a long trip, 54 Pontiac, We had to sleep somewhere. Floor boards, rear decks etc.


33 posted on 08/16/2012 3:25:20 PM PDT by Starstruck (Only the wealthy and the poor can afford socialism)
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To: djone

You couldn’t cue up 45’s in your Chrysler.

Hi-Way Hi-Fi played 16-2/3 RPM disks.


34 posted on 08/16/2012 3:26:29 PM PDT by Peter W. Kessler (Dirt is for racing... asphalt is for getting there.)
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To: Kirkwood
"When did “parking” go out of style? When cars got smaller or when cops went nuts?"

I think it was when society accepted that we were getting laid and we didn't give a shit if we were caught or not.

35 posted on 08/16/2012 3:27:57 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: djone

I miss vent windows. I also miss floor vents, and station-wagon rear windows that could be rolled down. I miss big V-8 engines that would let you cruise effortlessly at 75 miles an hour or more all day long, hardly noticing hills or mountains.

I miss the days when everyone looked forward to the new fall models, with the top-secret new models hidden under sheets as they were rolled along during the Fourth of July parade. There were expensive color brochures in the showroom, all shot with gorgeous sunsets playing on the sleek flanks of the new cars. I miss the excitement when the family bought a new Chevrolet every other September (because only Democrats bought Fords).

For that matter, I miss good old Detroit steel that could survive an accident over 20 miles an hour without being totalled. I miss road trips, and Sunday drives, both concepts that my own children have not been exposed to because gas is so expensive and no one has the time anyway.

What the hell have they done to my country?


36 posted on 08/16/2012 3:29:57 PM PDT by ottbmare (The OTTB Mare)
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To: knarf

Ah, yes...the submarine races. I remember them well...


37 posted on 08/16/2012 3:30:26 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: colorado tanker
Yes it did. Hit a rr crossing with 3 or 4 sets of tracks and you could ruin a new $0.99 record and maybe the needle.
38 posted on 08/16/2012 3:30:45 PM PDT by Tupelo (Sara Palin.............my write in vote for 2012)
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To: djone
I had a 64 Ford Galaxy convertible with a swing away steering wheel. When the car was placed in park you could slide the wheel over to make entrance and exit easier.


39 posted on 08/16/2012 3:32:23 PM PDT by Harley (Life is Tough, But it's going to get a lot Tougher if you vote for Obama in Nov.)
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To: colorado tanker

I think the “Green Hornet” had a record player in his ride. And that was a Chrysler.


40 posted on 08/16/2012 3:34:09 PM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: ottbmare

And the dimmer switch on the floor where you could find it.


41 posted on 08/16/2012 3:35:39 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin (The democratic party is the greatest cargo cult in history.)
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To: I_Like_Spam

Yes, I had a car with the gas cap there too. The annoying thing was I was driving an old Delta 88, so if the car at the pump in front of me didn’t pull up far enough, I had to sit and wait for them to leave. Otherwise, I could not pull up far enough to get the stupid hose all the way to the back of the car.


42 posted on 08/16/2012 3:38:16 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: djone

The richest guy in our HS had a new midnight blue 1964 Impala with a 45 rpm record player where the glove compartment usually was. Kewl!


43 posted on 08/16/2012 3:38:16 PM PDT by morphing libertarian
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To: colorado tanker

YES, but while crusing slow or parked, very “functional.”


44 posted on 08/16/2012 3:39:59 PM PDT by morphing libertarian
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To: Harley

To this day I can’t see a 64 Ford Galaxy without thinking of the high school beauty I had a crush on.

Her Father had a 64 Galaxy 4dr. hardtop. It was yellow. I think I somehow transferred her beauty to the car as I still think they were a striking car.


45 posted on 08/16/2012 3:42:55 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: Rinnwald
You have a BMW R71 Ural? Rocket 3 guy here.

How do you like it? They look like fun.

46 posted on 08/16/2012 3:43:46 PM PDT by Riley (The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.)
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To: djone

Family had a 1960 DeSoto which had front seats that would swivel when the doors opened to allow easy exit.


47 posted on 08/16/2012 3:44:55 PM PDT by sockhead (Socialism means equality . . . everyone is equally miserable.)
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To: Flash Bazbeaux
He said “you hit one bump, and it’s goodbye ‘45.”

Was it this one?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXotL1EtbKk

48 posted on 08/16/2012 3:46:11 PM PDT by Argus
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To: djone

My first car was a 1953 Plymouth with a flat head 6 cyn
and a power glide transmission that was a standard or and automatic. Neither of which worked very well.


49 posted on 08/16/2012 3:49:44 PM PDT by WKB (After 4 years I am ready from a little R and R!!)
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To: eCSMaster
Nice mercury. 55 Plymouths had a lever shifter on the dashboard. 57 & 58 I think had push button shifters. You could also roll of a Plymouth automatic to start it if needed.

The weirdest car I had that really hid the gas fill was a 69 Renault 10. It was in the rear inside the engine compartment. The battery though was up front in the trunk. Very cheap car. Very expensive to keep running afer 30K miles.

50 posted on 08/16/2012 3:50:53 PM PDT by cva66snipe (Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?)
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