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Old 01-23-2003, 10:42 AM
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Post Scare stickers on muscle cars.

I have heard that in the 60's and 70's hotrodders ran stickers on their cars and you could determine how modified the car was by the stickers. Is this true? Was this a wide spread practice or did a small minority do this.
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Old 01-23-2003, 10:45 AM
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Sure, lots of guys did it. BUTTTTT, it often was a sign of who had a buddy in the speed shop business where they got free decals scavenged from the packages on the shelf for cams, converters, ignition and so on!
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alot of my friends did that every time they would get a new H.P. part and a sticker came with it they would find a place to stick it.
I had a couple put in the rear pass window but never on the paint like they did.
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Yeah Hot Rod, these stickers were usually plastered all over the rear side windows on race cars as well as street machines back in the 60's and early 70's! They didn't mean the car actually had these brand name parts on it! Or that the car was even FAST for that matter! People just thought it was COOL! A lot of the old classic stickers are still available through MOON! Go to <a href="http://www.moonequipment.com" target="_blank">www.moonequipment.com</a> check 'em out!
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Old 01-23-2003, 11:21 AM
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I had a new 1969 Nova SS 396....the 375 HP 4 speed, 4.10 ratio kind. It was a joke to see all the stickers on all those S L O W cars.

The quick guys bought speed parts, the slow guys just bought stickers.


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[quote]<strong>They didn't mean the car actually had these brand name parts on it! Or that the car was even FAST for that matter!</strong><hr></blockquote>

[quote]<strong>it often was a sign of who had a buddy in the speed shop business where they got free decals scavenged from the packages on the shelf for cams, converters, ignition and so on!</strong><hr></blockquote>

So this riceboy trend started in the 60's after all. I knew it!!! Just kidding, guys.

Personally, I put the stickers from all my aftermarket parts on my car...but I stick them under the hood. I hate when they're on the outside of the car. If I'm going to advertize for a company, they can pay me to do it.

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Hey Deuce! I had the same setup in a 1969 Chevelle SS! With a bench seat and full factory gauges, no less! The car was totally stock and ran like a drag car! Got pulled over one night after floggin' her pretty hard, and the smart ***** cop told me that it sounded like I had a header leak! I didn't bother to tell him that was the solid lifter cam he was hearin'!
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I remember applying those stickers proudly on the rear 1/4 windows. Everyone knew, undisputedly, that STP stickers added 10hp, Thrush woodpeckers were good for 10hp, and Isky, Crane, and Crower stickers added about 20hp, and Holley stickers could give any 60s-70s 2 door car, a whopping 30-50hp. 4 door cars only increased by 50% of these specs. If the guy's whole rear 1/4 window was full, only a fool would try to pass em.
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yah... my dad's Blazer has a few stickers on the inside of the passenger door, more on the glove comparment, but that's sitting on a shelf. and there's a hooker headers sticker <img src="graemlins/mwink.gif" border="0" alt="[mwink]" /> on the bulletin board in the shop. i seem to remember my dad telling me that manufacturers would occasionally give bonus prize money to winning cars running with their parts, as shown by stickers. i'd guess there were a lot more stickers on the cars than there were parts. at least they were in english, though. (anyone up for translating 'slow, stupid white boy in small whiny car' into kanji characters and marketing it as a sticker?)
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What I like to do is go to a Staples or any craft shop and buy a sheet of the thin magnetic material, put my stickers on this then carefully cut out around the sticker. This way you can mount them on the firewall, dash, or any where there's steel, and best of all, you can move them around without destroying them or the paint.
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Real race cars had them to collect contingency money at the 'big races'. At the NHRA and IHRA drag races, manufacturers PAID cash and sometimes parts to the winners of certain eliminator groups. You had to have the sticker to collect the cash, but even that did not mean you had that part.

For example.....you are at Indy at the big Labor Day Nationals and you see that Hooker Headers is paying $200 for a winner and Hedman is paying only $100......whose sticker are you going to have on your race car?


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good idea, slomotion, and thanks for the back-up, Deuce!
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When I found my nova...it had stickers plastered up on the side window and back window...very old stuff. I almost didn't wanna take em off. I kept the old isky racing cams on on there tho. haha
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I'm guilty of the stickers. I have two large Jeg's sticker on my bumper and a little one on each rear quarter window. I think they added about 50-75hp. Seriously though, I do have a few parts from Jeg's: dynomax muffler, auto gauge tach and temp/volt/oil press gauges. And I really don't believe in putting stickers on of parts that are not on the car. I have a couple of holley stickers that I won't put on 'cause I have a carter.
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I remember seeing STP stickers on everything from stop signs to jackets. Wonder how much HP they added to them?
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