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Community Lounge, Introductions and General Discussion Discussion, Question on car terminology in General Discussion; Originally Posted by cadillac kevin Seat adjustment lever? Liquor ---------- How about an old Buick that had a glass jar ...
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    Re: Question on car terminology

    Quote Originally Posted by cadillac kevin View Post
    Seat adjustment lever?
    Liquor

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    How about an old Buick that had a glass jar in a bracket mounted to the firewall labled windshield washer fluid.

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    Re: Question on car terminology

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    Standard was "three on the tree". A stick shift was "four in the floor with a fifth under the seat".
    My first car ('61 Ford Galaxie) was 4 on the floor.............. but one of those was reverse. Of coarse that was after I converted it.

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    Re: Question on car terminology

    In the 80s when I was selling cars, standard trans was still extremely common term and in Pontiac and GMC trucks most came with it unless you paid more. Only Bonneville and Grand Prix were only automatic.

    ......a fifth under the seat was also quite common!

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    Re: Question on car terminology

    Sure, I remember the term; maybe a regional thing. Also remembering some of the other things mentioned (and gone), one more; the high/low beam controlled with the foot switch. Also, some of the unique places to hide the gas filler cap, i.e., behind the tail light or behind/under the license plate bracket.........................ah, the fifties.

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    Hah !!!! Good ol' '49 Cadillac gas cap ............. Push in on the cat's eye, flip the tail light up. Filled plenty of those during my after-school part time job at the local AMOCO station ..............

    "Hey, Mom ......... That car has water running out of the license plate !!!" ....... "No, honey - he left the gas cap off !" ( some Chevy, Ford)

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    Re: Question on car terminology

    In the '90's I drove a '61 Chevy with the 2-speed powerglide. That transmission was bullet proof, but the car really sucked up the gas if you did any regular highway driving.

    Since we've moved on to features of cars past, one that I really miss was the fresh air vent by the kick panel. Pull a lever on the dash and you get a blast of outside air without the noise and wind from open windows. I wish they'd bring that back. But nowadays, we're just supposed to run the A/C all the time...

    I've often heard the term "Standard transmission". You are right, though. It hasn't been "standard" for a long time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by C&C View Post
    Sure, I remember the term; maybe a regional thing. Also remembering some of the other things mentioned (and gone), one more; the high/low beam controlled with the foot switch. Also, some of the unique places to hide the gas filler cap, i.e., behind the tail light or behind/under the license plate bracket.........................ah, the fifties.
    True, those were common in the '50's, but my '79 still has both of these features

    Going back to the '40's - Before the headlight dimmer switch was on the floor, the starter switch was.

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    Re: Question on car terminology

    Push the choke knob in, Dad !

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    Re: Question on car terminology

    My '65 Buick GS had the 2-spd 'slip and slide'. My '65 GTO had a Muncie 4-spd

    How many other automotive labels are remnants of days gone by? How about parking vs emergency brake? Glove compartment? Even 'dashboard' comes from the horse and buggy days.

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    Re: Question on car terminology

    A "trunk" was a large rectangular container one used when travelling (early suitcase). Early cars came with a rack on back to hold the trunk. Eventually, a storage area in the back of the car became a built-in feature. It retained the name, though.

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    Re: Question on car terminology

    Quote Originally Posted by Submariner409 View Post
    Push the choke knob in, Dad !
    What's a choke knob??

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    I liked the floor mounted hi beam switch....my apollo had one

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    Also, I loved the hidden gas fillers. My dad picked up a friends kid from school once in the 83 lesabre (she was maybe 10 or so at the time). He had to get gas and she asked if she could help. She then spent 5 minutes trying to find the fuel filler door. He then showed her that it was hidden behind the license plate, which she was amazed by (after he explained that the gas did not in fact go into the trunk like she thought) and thought it was the coolest car ever because of it.

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    Re: Question on car terminology

    We had a 'hidden' engine in our VW Squareback. Back in the full service days, the kid wanted to check the oil under the hood. The engine was in the back under the cargo space

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    Re: Question on car terminology

    Talk to Corvair owners about the service station kid filling the engine with water - because the oil fill cap - on the air cooled engine - looked exactly like a radiator twist-off cap.

    Here's my '64 Spyder turbo engine............ (these engines were the source of the now-totally-incorrect term "turbo muffler".)

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    Re: Question on car terminology

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    Here's my '64 Spyder turbo engine............ (these engines were the source of the now-totally-incorrect term "turbo muffler".)
    I used real Corvair turbo mufflers on my GTO back in the 70's. They were the hot setup back then.

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    Re: Question on car terminology

    Quote Originally Posted by cadillac kevin View Post
    I liked the floor mounted hi beam switch....my apollo had one
    I did too.


    Quote Originally Posted by bigm57ict View Post

    Going back to the '40's - Before the headlight dimmer switch was on the floor, the starter switch was.
    I remember the starter switch on the floor in my fathers 1950 Ford. Used to like to go in the garage and play like I was driving when I was a kid. Scared the living shit outa me the first time I stepped on it.

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