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Old 11-30-2012, 06:13 AM   #1
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Eye lashes for cars, peel and stick hood scoops, V8 engine sound effects, musical horns, zebra striped interior, cardboard wing and ground effects? Silly? Yes...Perhaps, but none compared to 5 of the silliest automotive features ever

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Old 11-30-2012, 06:13 AM   #2
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Eye lashes for cars, peel and stick hood scoops, V8 engine sound effects, musical horns, zebra striped interior, cardboard wing and ground effects? Silly? Yes...Perhaps, but none compared to 5 of the silliest automotive features ever

<sub>I hear a stampede of sheep coming this way...</sub>
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Old 11-30-2012, 06:35 AM   #3
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i just saw the eye lashes yesterday at Auto zone
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Old 11-30-2012, 10:14 AM   #4
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The sad part is I remember some of those.
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Old 11-30-2012, 10:27 AM   #5
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I remember the swamp coolers and my '58 Chevy Nomad wagon had the third row rear facing seats.
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Old 11-30-2012, 10:31 AM   #6
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#5 is of interest to me, as my father had a 1950 Dodge, with fluid drive.

The standard Fluid Drive configuration consisted of the fluid coupling and a manual transmission and clutch in tandem. If the Fluid Drive was mated to a manual transmission, the driver still needed to use the clutch to shift between any of the gears. The presence of Fluid Drive, however, prevented the driver stalling when taking off from a dead stop. The driver could also come to a stop in third gear without using the clutch and proceed without downshifting. It must be emphasized that Fluid Drive was not a transmission, only a fluid coupling between the engine and clutch.

Fluid Drive could also be mated to the semi-automatic transmission, which was not automatic in any way and should not be confused with Fluid Drive. With the semi-automatic transmissions, the driver shifted manually, selecting reverse or a low range and a high range. Each 'range' had two speeds. To shift between them, the driver accelerated then released pressure on the accelerator. In high range, this shift point was about 23 mph (37 kmh). The transmission shifted into high speed range, the driver then depressed the accelerator pedal, and continued accelerating. The solenoids on the transmission connected to the carburetor and ignition system and momentarily interrupted engine operation to allow trouble-free shifting.

The driver could down-shift for passing by fully depressing the accelerator. The clutch was needed to change between low and high range. The fluid drive system allowed the driver to stop at a light or in traffic and remain in gear without depressing the clutch. The driver could, if not concerned with fast acceleration, drive the car all day long in high range, stopping and starting, without ever having to touch the clutch pedal or gearshift lever unless faster acceleration or reversing was required. For this reason, DeSotos and Dodges were favored by city cab companies from the mid Forties to early Fifties.
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Old 11-30-2012, 10:49 AM   #7
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When I was stationed in Germany during 1970 I had a 1957 Opel with a semi-automatic. Took some getting used to. I found a little info about that particular setup.

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A clutch servo powered by the vacuum at the induction manifold operated the automatic clutch - a conventional clutch incorporating centrifugal operation. A switch in the gear lever operated a solenoid valve so that when the gear lever was moved the clutch was disengaged. A control unit made throttle adjustments to keep the engine speed matched to the driven clutch plate and also varied the speed of clutch operation appropriate to road speed.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manumatic
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Old 11-30-2012, 11:44 AM   #9
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Katie loves the eye lashes. If she ever tries to buy them however, I'll slap her around with my pimp hand.

Growing up we had station wagons with a rear facing "back, back" seat. I can't say I ever remember getting nauseous though.
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Old 11-30-2012, 04:01 PM   #10
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I remember some of these, in fact owned some. One of my Desoto's had Fluid Drive, Believe it was a Renualt that had the Auto Clutch. My Dad had a Water Cooler on his 49 Hudson and I had a record player. It played standard 45rpm records. It sat on four tall springs that bounced all over the place, it was useless when driving but would work when parked. The real problem was that the standard 45 records were really heat sensitive and would warp when left in the car. Fortunately the eight track came out soon afterwards and we all remember how well those worked. You would drive down the street and see strings of tape laying around with broken plastic cartriges from where someone had just trashed his favorite tape and fling it out the window with pieces of tape still hanging out the front of the player. Great fun..
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