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Old 08-07-2011, 06:47 AM
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So, I happened to be flipping through a recent issue of "Cars" magazine (June 1966) and ran across something I thought might interest some of the forum members. (See image below).

The issue also covers John Smysers 850 ci, 2400 horsepower, 2-engine Toronado, a preview of what was once known as the '67 Chevy Panther, and features a commentary by contributing editor Roger Huntington on calls for car safety. He says that Washington was so upset, it hinted that "if Detroit doesn't buckle down and build safer cars Uncle Sam will! That's right. There have been threats that the federal government might go ahead and develop and produce a car that would meet its own safety standards, or standards that might not be practical to try to impose on Detroit by force." (paragraph 2, page 10).

I was quite entertained by such headlines as "Mustangs, Fairlanes & Falcons clean house at the AHRA Winter Championships and send the MoPare hemi honkers back to their drawing boards" and technical articles like "How to Rig a Racing Rear". They just don't write like that anymore...

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Old 08-08-2011, 08:35 AM
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Ah yes, good old J.C.Whitney - - - what a memory flash back. In the small East Texas town that I grew up in, when you wanted "Bling" it all came down to J.C.Whitney OR Western Auto

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Old 08-08-2011, 12:30 PM
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Thanks! I gotta ask, is J.C. Whitney as big today as it was back then? Because when I hear of automotive mail-order places (if one may call them that, since most of their business now takes place online), Summit and Jegs are the only two that seem to be mentioned regularly.

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Old 08-08-2011, 01:46 PM
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I surely don't think that they are - - - - I do know that they don't carry the inventory that they did back in the '60s and '70s.
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Found in an April 1967 copy of "Motor Trend". These companies still around?











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Old 11-20-2011, 08:47 AM
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Good old JCW,and Honest Charley...

Those were the days of great prices...Honest Charley had EVERYTHING automotive,i went to Chattannoga many times for Honest Charlet items.
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I have an Amalie hat that I wear occasionally. I suppose it's worth $100k in like new condition now. My luck haha
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Am I the only one that noticed in the Lubriplate ad that depicts a 1968 Cougar, that the grille has 3 horizontal dress bars? No horizontal dress bars would be 99.9% of the Cougars, 2 bars would be the very rare GTE with a medium riser 427, that package was a $1250 option, a lot of coin in '68, hence as rare as the 426 hemi for Mopar folks, but what is with the 3 horizontal dress bars?

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Old 11-28-2011, 01:55 PM
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Hey Bob,
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Those were the days of great prices...Honest Charley had EVERYTHING automotive,i went to Chattannoga many times for Honest Charlet items.
I never heard of Honest Charley's until the beginning of this year when I saw their page on Facebook. Are they not as big as they used to be? I'm definitely interested in knowing more about them.




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I have an Amalie hat that I wear occasionally. I suppose it's worth $100k in like new condition now. My luck haha
Ouch!




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Am I the only one that noticed in the Lubriplate ad that depicts a 1968 Cougar, that the grille has 3 horizontal dress bars? No horizontal dress bars would be 99.9% of the Cougars, 2 bars would be the very rare GTE with a medium riser 427, that package was a $1250 option, a lot of coin in '68, hence as rare as the 426 hemi for Mopar folks, but what is with the 3 horizontal dress bars?




Bob
My guess is they were probably trying avoid any licensing issues by changing up the grill. So while it resembles a Cougar, its not exactly a Cougar.




Here is one for today. Though it has enough technical merit to be posted in the Transmission forum, the nostalgia factor won over:

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Honest Charleys.,,,,

Hi,i dont think thats the same people now,who used to own it,i dont know if the new company is in Chattannoga,Tenn,thats where the original one was.im thinking someone just bought the name.
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Hey Bob,

My guess is they were probably trying avoid any licensing issues by changing up the grill. So while it resembles a Cougar, its not exactly a Cougar.




Here is one for today. Though it has enough technical merit to be posted in the Transmission forum, the nostalgia factor won over:

And it didn't take engineers too long to figure out if they used curved vanes they could speed up the oil and exert more force (torque multiplication) and have a torque converter.
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Old 11-29-2011, 09:50 PM
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A torque converter also has a "stator" with a OWC in the hub to redirect the fluid flow, adding torque multiplication, as well. W/O that stator, you just have a fluid coupling, and a bunch of shear heat.
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1961 Chevrolet commercial... Now I finally know how to pronounce Biscayne.


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1961 Chevrolet commercial... Now I finally know how to pronounce Biscayne.


Too cool! This was when Chevy used to roll out the new cars, notice this commercial was 2:33 minutes long? I bet it was first shown on Bonanza.
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Too cool! This was when Chevy used to roll out the new cars, notice this commercial was 2:33 minutes long? I bet it was first shown on Bonanza.
Yeah, I was quite surprised by the length of time, and the fact that they had a singer doing the showcasing the entire time. Nowadays its all about getting it out there in 30 seconds or less. Was Bonanza the ideal show for pushing advertising in the that time?
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