07-30-11, 10:40 PM
In my random perusal of the internets, I ran across this '76 Fleetwood with factory airbags. The guy wants to turn it into a race car. I didn't even know they had airbags in the '70s.
Car is too far gone to restore, unless you have unlimited funds at your disposal.
07-30-11, 10:46 PM
You can tell just by looking at it? *bows* Such a shame. The airbags are almost worth the wasted time.
07-31-11, 12:36 AM
The Air Cushion Restraint System was a very rare, $300 feature that was introduced in 1974 on Buick, Oldsmobile, and Cadillac models. The system replaced the tilt-telescopic steering wheel with a nonadjustable steering column, and the glove box was moved to the underside of the dash. The system was unpopular and GM discontinued it in 1976. In the mid-80's, Cadillac reintroduced a modified version of the Air Cushion Restraint system, called Supplemental Restraint, which has since became standard all passenger vehicles.
Another useless safety fact: Cadillac was the car to use ABS. In 1971, Cadillac offered a Trackmaster, rear-wheel anti-lock system, as a $200 option. The system again proved unpopular and was discontinued in '76, but was later reintroduced as standard equipment in the '80's.
07-31-11, 01:53 AM
The ACRS steering wheel is uuuuuugly!:
07-31-11, 02:27 AM
From those pictures that car looks pretty bad. For some reason quite a few of them seem to have air bags and the ones that do always seem to be the ones in rough shape.
07-31-11, 04:52 AM
Atrocious steering wheel, Cabbage. Just plain ugly. You'd think they could have dressed it up a little...
07-31-11, 10:33 AM
looks like the wheel on the last gens :$
07-31-11, 11:17 AM
And even worse; it's fixed in position, so you can't even adjust it to where it's comfortable.
07-31-11, 06:44 PM
I don't know what intrigued me to look further into the ACRS system, but I found this:
Am I reading this correctly? That they are dual stage airbags?
07-31-11, 06:55 PM
Yeah they were duel stage. It was primitive, but defiantly a head of its time.