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 Post subject: longing for an ERA
PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2007 2:07 pm 
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I wasn't even alive during the 50's or most of the 60's, but this link made me long for an era. I wish I could have been part of the "real American" muscle!!!

http://thefiftiesandsixties.com/CarsWeDrove.htm

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2007 3:30 pm 
Thanks a lot stu.... that really made me feel old! :lol: A lot of those cars were still on the road when i got my drivers license. They weren't collectors items then. just old used cars. Those older cars were the only thing we could afford. My first ride was a old beat up Chevy impala. Paid a whopping $200 bucks for it, and that was a chunk of change at a $1.10 per hour wage working nights at a gas station. Anyone remember when TWO guys would run out to the gas pumps to "fill'er up" AND wash your windshield? Necker Knobs!!! who can explain what they were and why it was so so important have one? My buddies and I spent so much time in that car, it was dubbed the Impala hotel! Thanks for the little trip down nostalgia lane :lol:


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2007 6:39 pm 
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what is a necker Knobs? I never heard that one, and I even remember people fillng up our tank for us and checking the oil... :roll:

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You've probably seen pictures of them Stu but didn't know what they were called. They were the knobs that were mounted on steering wheels so you could turn the wheel with one hand... That was before the time of power steering when heavy cars where hard to steer... and one handed steering was a chore.


I think they were called necker knobs because you could keep one hand on your girlfriend (giver her a little "neck" and feely... ) and another on the wheel... otherwise you had to use both hands to drive. Maybe I'm wrong about that last part because I guess you could neck and not use a hand... but what's the fun in that! ;)


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I remember those days...

Remember when Power Steering was a luxury option. The knobs helped...

My 1st car was a 63 2-Door Chevy Station Wagon. I paid $150 for that car. It had a 6-cylinder in it. I won a lot of drag races in that car. It was so light, the guys at the track would spot several seconds. Just enough to squeak out a win. I'd make more money at the track than I did at my job.

My 2nd car was a Chevy II (I don't recall the year). It was the car that would become the Chevy Nova.

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OH, a Suicide Knob... I got it, I guess i don't understand the "older" lingo.. :twisted: :twisted: Of course I know what that is, but I think in the North east they always called them Suicide Knobs, or somtheing, because I have never heard the Necker term.. Anyway, check out this link... you can get some cool ones still today.

(even the clip above reffers to them as Suicides)

http://www.thehotrodgirl.com/suicideknobs.html

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Funny, I just went back and read some descriptions. They confirm Stves story, and they reffer to necker's, and they also call them Brody's...

I want the Skull!!!

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We always called them suicide knobs and I had one on my 69 Chevy II Wagon! Loved that car! Paid $500
350 Small block that I put a spider manifold and a 750 Holly Double pumper on and took the exhaust off at the manifold! Baddest car I ever owned!! Short wagon with tinted windows all the way around, an air mattress in the back complete with Psychedelic comforter and black light and (4) 10" Jensons pumping out 8 track jams! :-)
AHhhh, those were the days!!

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TeamHog wrote:
I remember those days...

Remember when Power Steering was a luxury option. The knobs helped...

My 1st car was a 63 2-Door Chevy Station Wagon. I paid $150 for that car. It had a 6-cylinder in it. I won a lot of drag races in that car. It was so light, the guys at the track would spot several seconds. Just enough to squeak out a win. I'd make more money at the track than I did at my job.

My 2nd car was a Chevy II (I don't recall the year). It was the car that would become the Chevy Nova.

Memories,

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Had a 63 ChevyII 6 banger myself. Three on the tree. $50.00!!

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Ya, that's the one...

I swapped it out for a small block 327 and a 4-speed. It was my first mod's. That car would fly...

I remember taking a tax refund check and buying a car with it. I think it was $300 or so...

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I drove the "old mans" yellow 70 chevelle malibu wagon back and forth to high school...350 small block with corvette rally wheels on it.

hated the "bananna" at the time, now I wish I still had it :lol:

Won lots of "highway races" with it...shocked some camaro's and porshe's with it :twisted:

IT pulled our boat better than my truck does today :roll:

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OK, OK, something's wrong here. How did I go from driving a 1971 Dodge Challenger w/a 383magnum, slapstick auto, and dana posi rear axle, to driving a 150cc minibuggy? :-k

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Team913 wrote:
OK, OK, something's wrong here. How did I go from driving a 1971 Dodge Challenger w/a 383magnum, slapstick auto, and dana posi rear axle, to driving a 150cc minibuggy? :-k



Thats a good question, how did i go from driving a 150cc mini buggy to a 281 4V marauder :)


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i have a 1969 c-10 small block 350. it is it the one with more horsepower than the one in the truck. my pa has a 1969 camaro z-28. it is real not a clone. it is le mans blue.

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Team913 wrote:
OK, OK, something's wrong here. How did I go from driving a 1971 Dodge Challenger w/a 383magnum, slapstick auto, and dana posi rear axle, to driving a 150cc minibuggy? :-k


Gee I don't know...Maybe the $30,000 price difference?
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I don't know, I spent a little over 4000 for my buggy. I know I didn't spend that for the chevelle or the jeep.

of course that was 20 years ago :lol: :shock: :evil:

Oh wait...I am getting old :cry:

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