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#1 TerryS

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Posted 30 May 2024 - 01:23

Real nostalgia

 

The strange world of forgotten car accessories (msn.com)



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#2 sabrejet

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Posted 30 May 2024 - 05:33

I have to admit I have owned three of those items: a Sit-Rite back rest (I don't think it did much), the steering wheel glove (not sure why) and a genuine Rootes replacement 1725 engine for my Humber Sceptre (an absolute must, since the original was seized solid). The engine came from the Rootes dealer in Ramsgate, delivered in 'long' engine format and IIRC cost about £250. I wonder if such a thing is even possible these days?



#3 Glengavel

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Posted 30 May 2024 - 07:06

On a similar topic, 1965 Halfords goodness:

 

https://classics.hon...1965-catalogue/



#4 GreenMachine

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Posted 30 May 2024 - 07:30

Where have all the nodding dogs gone, long time passing ...



#5 Ray Bell

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Posted 30 May 2024 - 07:56

Most Australian cars were fitted with the weathershield and sunvisor in the fifties and early sixties...



#6 absinthedude

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Posted 30 May 2024 - 08:01

Didn't Tony Jardine make millions from those rubber strips that hung off the back of the boot....purporting to ground the car against static electricity?



#7 absinthedude

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Posted 30 May 2024 - 08:19

One can track changes in popular culture through various catalogues, as well as identify products that really made an impact (those Campingaz cylinders in the Halfords catalogue are still available today, and while the camping equipment is very outdated today's kit is a direct descendant)...and those that didn't! It's fascinating to see what manufacturers and marketers *thought* would be popular, and what actually was. Just look at the variety of ash trays in that Halfords catalogue....sometimes I need to remind myself that even in my lifetime (I was not born at that point), most people smoked everywhere. 

 

Why is the flat cap a "safety cap" for motorists? 

 

It seems there has long been a desire to make cars more adaptable, carry more luggage, make the seats that bit more comfy, add stowage cubbies, and before even radios were standard equipment...to have some kind of entertainment. 



#8 BRG

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Posted 30 May 2024 - 08:20

I never go anywhere without my Silverstone driving coat and protective felt cap.  

 

As for replacement engines, they were a common thing.  The BMC Gold Seal range was well-known.  I had a Ford exchange engine for my Escort 1300GT but when we opened the crate, it turned out to be a brand new unit - presumably a proportion of the exchanged engines were only good for scrap so they had to top up the supply with brand new ones.  I can't remember the cost exactly but it was around £300 (?)

 

Whatever happened to those vacuum gauges that were often seen as after market fits?  And were they worth having?



#9 BRG

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Posted 30 May 2024 - 08:24

Where have all the nodding dogs gone, long time passing ...

Place your order here! 



#10 john winfield

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Posted 30 May 2024 - 08:36

DIY electronic ignition kits seemed very big in the 70s then, presumably, manufacturers began to include it as standard. So, like many accessories, technical or cosmetic, the market changed or, in some cases, disappeared.

#11 john winfield

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Posted 30 May 2024 - 08:38

I still have a tube of Solvol Autosol, but I can't find any chrome to polish.

Edited by john winfield, 30 May 2024 - 08:38.


#12 BRG

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Posted 30 May 2024 - 09:01

DIY electronic ignition kits seemed very big in the 70s then, presumably, manufacturers began to include it as standard. So, like many accessories, technical or cosmetic, the market changed or, in some cases, disappeared.

Like quite a few of the other more useful accessories, these are still a thing in the classic car field.  You can get electronic ignition that fits into a conventional style distributor. to maintain a period original look.   There are also alternators disguised as old skool dynamos. available for the same reason.



#13 Sterzo

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Posted 30 May 2024 - 10:46

I am sure my 1965 Triumph Vitesse wouldn't have been nearly so fast without its polished wooden gear knob.



#14 F1matt

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Posted 30 May 2024 - 11:17

The 1980's comedy stickers seem to be making a comeback, especially on motorhomes. I have seen several "don't come knocking if the van is rocking". "I may be slow but I am in front of you", and "my other car is a Porsche" sticker emblazoned on the back of a motorhome. Fortunately the "Don't laugh your daughter may be inside" sticker is nowhere to be seen, probably for the best as it sounds sinister now. 



#15 amerikalei

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Posted 30 May 2024 - 11:22

I am sure my 1965 Triumph Vitesse wouldn't have been nearly so fast without its polished wooden gear knob.

I upgraded the plastic one in my '81 Rabbit to a lovely walnut Momo knob.  Turned it from a utility hatchback to a GT car with the twist of a couple of the tiniest allen set screws I've ever encountered.



#16 GreenMachine

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Posted 30 May 2024 - 11:56

Where have all the nodding dogs gone, long time passing ...

 

 

 

Oh woe is me, out of stock not known if stock will become available  :down:  :cry:  :(



#17 BRG

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Posted 30 May 2024 - 16:18

You weren't quick enough!!



#18 marksixman

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Posted 30 May 2024 - 16:47

Whatever happened to those vacuum gauges that were often seen as after market fits?  And were they worth having?

A vacuum gauge is a very very good indicator of engine efficiency - if I was told to tune an engine (and that was once my profession) with only one instrument, it would be a vacuum gauge. 

 

Were they worth having ? As a dashboard item they merely told you how efficiently (ie. light on the gas) you were driving, so that was good. But it could also warn you of something not right if you understood 'normal' readings.



#19 Bob Riebe

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Posted 30 May 2024 - 16:54

J.C. Whitney: One stop shopping for car parts and weird stuff.

 

https://honkjournal....nd-accessories/



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#20 Lee Nicolle

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Posted 31 May 2024 - 09:12

Most Australian cars were fitted with the weathershield and sunvisor in the fifties and early sixties...

And I have removed hundreds of them in 50 odd years



#21 Lee Nicolle

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Posted 31 May 2024 - 09:20

I never go anywhere without my Silverstone driving coat and protective felt cap.  

 

As for replacement engines, they were a common thing.  The BMC Gold Seal range was well-known.  I had a Ford exchange engine for my Escort 1300GT but when we opened the crate, it turned out to be a brand new unit - presumably a proportion of the exchanged engines were only good for scrap so they had to top up the supply with brand new ones.  I can't remember the cost exactly but it was around £300 (?)

 

Whatever happened to those vacuum gauges that were often seen as after market fits?  And were they worth having?

Th engine trade has changed somewhat. Not that many reconditioners left these days, Modern engines generally outlast the throwaway cars. Though 'crate' engines seem to be very popular, generally performance versions for both modern and old cars



#22 2F-001

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Posted 31 May 2024 - 09:22

Like quite a few of the other more useful accessories, these are still a thing in the classic car field.  You can get electronic ignition that fits into a conventional style distributor. to maintain a period original look.   There are also alternators disguised as old skool dynamos. available for the same reason.

 

... and fuel injection throttle bodies disguised as DCOEs too.



#23 Lee Nicolle

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Posted 31 May 2024 - 09:23

I still have a tube of Solvol Autosol, but I can't find any chrome to polish.

I have a tin of it as well as a tube. Mostly used polishing alloy. Though I do own a chrome bumper car.



#24 john aston

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Posted 31 May 2024 - 09:49

I was consulting my wife's Shell Road Atlas of Gt Britain , 1974 edition , only this morning . Although I'm no stranger to Sat Nav , I made it a point of honour always to plot my Caterham trips using the proper map - an analogue car needs analogue navigation . 



#25 Dick Dastardly

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Posted 31 May 2024 - 10:08

Are Furry Dice still available?   



#26 Vitesse2

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Posted 31 May 2024 - 10:11

Are Furry Dice still available?   

Yep. Three quid from Halfords.



#27 Odseybod

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Posted 31 May 2024 - 10:17

I still have a tube of Solvol Autosol, but I can't find any chrome to polish.

About 20 years ago, when my late wife and I were the Shuttleworth Collection volunteers responsible for the 1910 Deperdussin monoplane being well-polished, Autosol was the prescribed stuff for keeping its alloy panels shiny.



#28 john winfield

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Posted 31 May 2024 - 11:45

About 20 years ago, when my late wife and I were the Shuttleworth Collection volunteers responsible for the 1910 Deperdussin monoplane being well-polished, Autosol was the prescribed stuff for keeping its alloy panels shiny.

 

I hope your efforts were appreciated!

 

My Autosol was used primarily to make my Honda CB125 look sparkling, on the odd occasion that I bothered to wash it (which wasn't very often in the summer of 1976).



#29 B Squared

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Posted 31 May 2024 - 12:40

Vilem B. Haan, Inc. was a regular advertiser in Car and Driver and also Road & Track for many years.

#30 10kDA

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Posted 31 May 2024 - 12:46

Vilem B. Haan, Inc. was a regular advertiser in Car and Driver and also Road & Track for many years.

MG Mitten's full-page ads. Coco mats!



#31 Tom Glowacki

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Posted 31 May 2024 - 21:21

Every time I see a Tesla coming at me with that big flat spot at the very front, I think that J..C. Whitney, were it still with us, would have several chrome grilles in its catalog to mount on that spot.  A nice faux Buick Roadmaster grille for example.



#32 Bikr7549

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Posted 01 June 2024 - 04:06

J.C. Whitney: One stop shopping for car parts and weird stuff.

 

https://honkjournal....nd-accessories/

 

I still have and use a few things from JCW-a nice rubber mallet and a small impact driver. Both still work fine and at least the mallet gets regular use.



#33 Bloggsworth

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Posted 01 June 2024 - 10:03

Are Furry Dice still available?   

Not only still available, but still getting past go and collecting £200...



#34 DogEarred

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Posted 01 June 2024 - 11:02

I'd swap everything for a 'Put a Tiger in your Tank'  tiger's tail...



#35 BRG

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Posted 01 June 2024 - 11:12

But have you got a radio aerial to display it upon?  I can't remember my last car to have an aerial!



#36 2F-001

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Posted 01 June 2024 - 11:24

Wasn’t it an Esso-style tiger tail that adorned the crowd-favourite Opel that raced for year after year at the Nurburgring 24 hours?

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Posted 01 June 2024 - 11:34

But have you got a radio aerial to display it upon?  I can't remember my last car to have an aerial!

 

I hung mine off the rear bumper of my Bedford Beagle.

 

Much more realistic but it did get a little dirty...



#38 10kDA

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Posted 01 June 2024 - 11:34

J.C. Whitney: One stop shopping for car parts and weird stuff.

 

https://honkjournal....nd-accessories/

I actually bought some "speed equipment" from JC Whitney for my RD350 race bike. I bought a fork brace, air caps for the fork, and I'm pretty sure I got a super lightweight ABS front fender from them too.



#39 10kDA

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Posted 01 June 2024 - 11:38

I'd swap everything for a 'Put a Tiger in your Tank'  tiger's tail...

And Gulf horseshoe stickers on the same car.



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#40 GeoffSanders

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Posted 01 June 2024 - 12:58

Great memories

Mention of the Esso Tiger takes me back to my childhood

i hesitate to say it, but my first car had ‘Furry Dice’ - Yes - Shame on me



#41 BRG

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Posted 01 June 2024 - 15:45

But whatever happened to the personalised sunstrip?

 

own-up-did-you-ever-announce-your-relati



#42 john winfield

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Posted 01 June 2024 - 16:13

But whatever happened to the personalised sunstrip?

own-up-did-you-ever-announce-your-relati


Saw one five minutes ago. 'Lukasz'. Just 'Lukasz', so presumably not currently in a relationship.

#43 Dick Dastardly

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Posted 01 June 2024 - 21:43

I used to have a car with "Tiger in Your Tank" sticker on the boot......was a Corgi Model :clap:

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#44 LittleChris

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Posted 01 June 2024 - 21:52

Saw one five minutes ago. 'Lukasz'. Just 'Lukasz', so presumably not currently in a relationship.

 

Or a very singular one 



#45 D28

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Posted 02 June 2024 - 00:32

Jack's Repco-Brabham had such a sticker on it. I ordered a quality print from R&T which I still have and that tiger symbol is on the right flank. Dutch GP 1966


Edited by D28, 02 June 2024 - 01:23.


#46 Lee Nicolle

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Posted 02 June 2024 - 03:07

I'd swap everything for a 'Put a Tiger in your Tank'  tiger's tail...

I saw one on the Bay to Birdwood last year on a Hillman



#47 seharvin

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Posted 02 June 2024 - 12:11

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Picked one of these up in the local classifieds.

 

Decided it was unwise to burden ancient electrics by testing it so relegated to "for display purposes only" at the Sunday cars & coffee :)



#48 B Squared

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Posted 02 June 2024 - 13:26

MG Mitten's full-page ads. Coco mats!

Jim Clark driving gloves

#49 bsc

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Posted 02 June 2024 - 13:59

Wasn’t it an Esso-style tiger tail that adorned the crowd-favourite Opel that raced for year after year at the Nurburgring 24 hours?

The Opel Manta purported to have a fox tail attached to it (obviously not genuine).

#50 2F-001

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Posted 02 June 2024 - 14:42

The Opel Manta purported to have a fox tail attached to it (obviously not genuine).

Ah, yes - thanks for correcting my flakey memory.