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Old 08-07-2005, 08:35 PM
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Little Vent Windows

Remember on old cars up into the 70s and trucks into the 80s that had those little vent windows in the doors? What happened to them? I liked them on my grandpa's old pickup (he sold it, I miss that truck, it was a real truck, no soccer-mom-ized truck there... I doubt it even had cupholders). My dad had an old work van that had them, and I can rattle on for ages about them.

So, finally, where'd they go?

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Old 08-07-2005, 08:40 PM
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I was wondering the same thing the other day.I wonder if the manufactures where trying to sell air conditioning and did away with them.
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Old 08-07-2005, 08:54 PM
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I think that they said that they were not necassary, but we all know that a piece of solid glass is cheaper than all that metal framework.......I miss them too. GM cars did away with them in 69.
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I still go mine ah the joys of an old truck



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Old 08-07-2005, 11:00 PM
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I think the last year for any GM was 87. My trucks an 86 and has them. I love my vent windows. I like it better than air conditioning for gas mileage, and they put more air in than the other windows. Good for in light rain.


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Old 08-08-2005, 01:20 AM
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As air conditioning became increasingly popular, and standard equipment, the wing windows were no longer needed.
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Old 08-08-2005, 08:41 AM
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They couldn't make them out of plastic.... Dan
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The vent windows are great. My 1969 rambler, & my dad's 1990 dodge full size has em too. I don't miss those as much as I miss the fresh air vents that were under the dash in the old cars & trucks. My rambler & nova have them. I love em at the drag strip so you can stay cool since the windows have to remain up.
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Old 08-08-2005, 02:59 PM
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My mother had an old Ford Comet when we where growing up. The wing windows were great for rain and to shoot a direct blast of air across you. Another thing the older cars had were rear sail windows that actually rolled down on coupes.
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They were great for smokers.

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im 50/50 I like them for the air..but looks wise gimme a vent free window.. I was thinking of doing away with the ones on my ranchero.. My fresh air vents are another story, those things are fiberglass, and the previous owner broke the door, and a good chunk of the vent out, so lets say I have premanent frsh air now...
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I love both the vent windows and hte fresh air vents. my 71 has both and i love them to death, i just got a driver window after i broke mine last year, and im happy again. both help a lot when there is no AC.
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Needless to say I have them in my 38 DeSoto.
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They couldn't make them out of plastic.... Dan
Ain't that the truth!

They made a big fuss about how they impaired your vision, etc., then they replaced them with big plastic mirrors that you can't see through.
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mighty mouse has the right idea! I have a grand cherokee thats got window vents and you dont have to worry about smoke going all over the place. one side would blow in new air and the other sucked it out. not to mention for those of us who like to hang our arms out the window, it acts like a little shield, so ash wont get everywhere.
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