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Discussion in 'The OT' started by Chris Blount, Apr 27, 2012.

  1. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    You paid about $400 too much too.
     
  2. TBoneit

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    I knew those looked familiar!

    Way back when I bought a used 50s VW that had two small split windows for the back window.

    It looked a lot like this in black.
    http://www.seriouswheels.com/1950-1959/1950-Volkswagen-Beetle-brown.htm
     
  3. veryoldschool

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    1951 was the last year of the split rear window
    [youtube]Vnu9FKuJwII[/youtube]
     
  4. dmspen

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    I called my Mom after eading your statement. The cost was $1250. My childish brain (at the time) didn't get it I guess.

    That little bug took us cross country in 1961 and 1965 (5 of us!)
     
  5. Nick

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    Wow! I'm guess that when you stopped for gas about half-way across the country, when you all got out to stretch it resembled a circus clown car (no offense).
     
  6. veryoldschool

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    And even in 1968, you couldn't put $3 of gas into it either.
     
  7. harsh

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    Unless the car was of European origin in which case it may be window washer switch.

    Finding carpet in such a European car was surprisingly rare though.
     
  8. harsh

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    Cigarette lighters are still standard equipment in most new cars.

    The Nissan Leaf has a lighter port, but no lighter. I can imagine where lighting up may cost you a few miles. Lighting up on cold weather may mean you can't get out of the driveway. ;)
     
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    Marge Simpson: "Gramps, are you sitting on the apple pie?"

    Gramps: "I sure hope so!"
     
  10. harsh

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    My convertible has the deluxe two-speed wipers that included an electric, bag mounted washer pump. Same setup on my '67 Custom 100 pickup.
     
  11. TBoneit

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    As many types of electronics that plug into a cigarette lighter socket as there are I can't really see it going away. I could see it being renamed by some marketing genius to Something like electronic device port.

    For example, Cell phone chargers, Laptop power and so on.
     
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    head light dimmer
     
  13. harsh

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    They're pretty commonly known as 12V outlets if they don't have the lighter installed in them.
     
  14. dmspen

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    Our 61 bug had no electroincs device port!

    When we traveled cross country the first time - summer of 61 (Dad was a high school teacher), we took out the back seat back and my Dad built a padded bench thing that went behind the front seats. Us 3 kids (5, 4, and 1!) had a platform to hang around in. Coolers were put under the bench for food. Luggage was in the trunk, uh, under the hood and on top! Yep, we had a luggage rack with suction cups and tie downs to the rain gutters.

    Anyone remember the 'vapor lock' problem with these cars?
     
  15. veryoldschool

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    "Vapor lock" was when the fuel got so hot it turned to a vapor and the fuel pump no longer could pump, but I don't ever remember this being a problem with VWs. There was a problem with the pump push rod though, where it would stick and cause a similar problem. The remedy was to drill the phenolic block, supporting the rod and pump, so it didn't stick when it got hot.
     
  16. TBoneit

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    ah, OK. As someone that hasn't bought a new car in many years, My old Pontiac still works why replace it? I wasn't aware of that. The AC Died around 1998, For the 5 minute drive to work and then back to home it hasn't seemed worth fixing either.
     
  17. dmspen

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    Yes, the gas 'vaporized' in the tiny fuel pump due to heating from the engine compartment. The solution? Put an ice cube on top of the fuel pump.

    It happened to us a number of times on our long trips.
     
  18. veryoldschool

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    That's a new one for me, and in my first life I worked on them for many, many years, and never, ever, heard of this before.
    The '61 still had the old thermostat controlled "ring" on the fan shroud inlet. These were known to fail, so they were commonly removed.
    For this much heat to get to the fuel pump, I wonder how hot the engine was. :eek2:
     

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