20 Things That Used to be Common on Cars...

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  1. The Champ

    The Champ Veteran Member

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    1. Rear facing seats in station wagons

    2. Suicide doors (have them on my '49 Caddy Limo)

    3. Tail fins (see #2)

    4. Pop-up headlights

    5. Foot dimmer switches

    6. Crank up windows

    7. Ashtrays (never smoked, never needed)

    8. Big trunks (used to be able to put my downhill skis in the trunk of my '60 Bonneville)

    9. Glove box cup holders (got em, only used them at the A&W drive in)

    10. Horn rings

    11. Cigarette lighters (see #7)

    12. Hood ornaments (see #2)

    13. Front bench seats

    14. T-tops

    15. Manual transmissions (usually only performance cars or ultra stripped economy cars now)

    16. Wood paneling (real or fake)

    17. Vent Windows (they really worked if you didn't have ac)

    18. Full size spare tires

    19. Keys

    20. Whip antennas
     
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    You should add style... Everything looks the same these days...



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    I’m giving my age away but who remembers those nasty clear plastic seat covers? Especially nasty here in Texas
     
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    When we bought my wife's '72 Camaro from a 76 year old widow (original owner) in 2000, she still had those seat covers on the front seats (she lived in Belton, MO)....

    My dad sold cars for a living, and his company demonstrators typically kept those on to protect the seats.
     
  5. Gary S

    Gary S Administrator Lifetime Gold Member

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    I still have most of the items on your list on my vehicles. I don't have any use for the newer overpriced vehicles so I keep driving my old ones.

    If you throw the cigarette lighter away you can use the socket for your dash cam to fight against the cellphidiots on the street. :)
     
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    I'll add stainless steel trim to the list.
    I had a 1962 Buick Lesabre 2 door in the late 70's that still had the plastic on the back seat.
     
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    You forgot carburetors.
     
  8. Twisted_Metal

    Twisted_Metal Administrator Staff Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    ^+1 on carbs.

    "Points" ignition systems too.

    Drum brakes.. In the front.

    Chrome bumpers and body trim are pretty much a thing of the past too.
    Most trucks don't even have solid bumpers anymore!

    Automotive assembly has completely changed... The body and interiors are engineered for quick assembly so the parts and electrical systems just snap into place or use push pins.

    Looking at the interior of my GF's 2018 Equinox... I don't see a single screw anyplace in the dash or doors.
    Hidden clips and tabs hold everything together so you have to guess at where they are to know how to pop things apart if anything in the dash or doors ever requires maintenance.

    Door hinges are often welded to the body and doors so they are attached to the car with hinge pins with no adjustment needed (or possible).

    Heavy gauge steel body panels are gone.
    Exterior sheet metal used to be an integral part of the structure of a vehicle.
    Now... There's a box built around the engine (which sits in a cradle) and the exterior is just a thin skin of tin or plastic to give the vehicle a shape and hold paint.

    Rust repair? Forget it... The metal isn't thick enough to weld!
    (Your welding ground clamp would probably dent it.)
     
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    Built in Kleenex box , 8 track player , cassette player , CB ,power antenna, roof visor, vinyl floor, Bench seat
     
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    Outside Hood releases
     

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