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Old 10-01-2009, 10:33 AM
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By the way, aren't unrestored cars awesome? I LOVE looking around a car that hasn't been touched. I don't care if its a 65 Corvette bigblock or a 74 Pinto. It offers an insite into the past, into a time that is gone forever.

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Here's my question, what is this and where is it mounted?
Well if nobody else is going to venture a guess, I'll say it's a unibody vibration dampener. They're usually mounted behind a car's bumpers. I remember some talk of these on this thread about 5-6 months ago.

Otherwise, I have no idea.....Maybe it's a clever way for a foreign country to rid itself of some toxic waste - encapsulate it in cast iron, bolt it to a car chassis and send it off to unsuspecting international consumers. Ya never know.
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Old 10-02-2009, 10:13 AM
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Well if nobody else is going to venture a guess, I'll say it's a unibody vibration dampener. They're usually mounted behind a car's bumpers. I remember some talk of these on this thread about 5-6 months ago.

Otherwise, I have no idea.....Maybe it's a clever way for a foreign country to rid itself of some toxic waste - encapsulate it in cast iron, bolt it to a car chassis and send it off to unsuspecting international consumers. Ya never know.

Man, you are too good Joe!

Yep, if no one got it I was going to give the hint "Cocktail shaker" (google it with the word Camaro).

I see them all the time but this one was kinda odd in how big it was and where it was located. They are usually in the center of the bumper and many cars have them. But this thing was huge and heavy!

I call them "Placentas" because you know they were an afterbirth. You know that during testing they found some odd vibration or something and this is how they fix it.

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....I call them "Placentas" because you know they were an afterbirth....
Eeeeewwwww!


OK, next question.

What was the first year that Delco CB radios were available as a factory option in American GM cars?

And an extra bonus question: What GM division were Delco CB Radios NOT available in that year?
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1974, and not available in Cadillac
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I don't know the answer but I would think later than 74. I know that I had a 78 Cad Fleetwood with one.

I also have to say, that was a heck of a car. It handled better and was much faster than my 68 Camaro RS. It was actually pretty impressive what I could do with that car.

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According to the Delco radio service manuals, they were not available in '74.They were in '78, but that wasn't the first year. The answer I'm looking for lies somewhere in between.

Also, after some more research, I found that I have to throw out the bonus question because there was an exception. You couldn't get one in a Chevrolet, except for the Corvette - for some reason that was listed separately in the service manuals as if Corvette was it's own division.
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I'm just going to guess at 77.

My dad was selling new Buicks at that time and 76 maybe, but my guess is 77.

My dad used to joke how people from a certain inner city culture would come in and say they wanted "The A and the Fm Sterio tape deck". Then when the CB was added they added it to their "Must have" list too. "The A and the Fm sterio tape deck cb radio".

My Cad had the mic with the dial on it to change the channels. I can't remember if it was the 23 channel or after they added the extra ones, what is it now, 40? Anyway, that was the "cel phone" of the day. For that matter it was better than a cel phone in many ways. You could put a number of the channel you used on your window and people could contact you on the radio that you didn't know. If you wanted to respond you could, if you didn't, you could just let them talk to themselves.

"Breaker breaker rubber ducky looks like we got ourselves a convoy"

Youngsters, if you didn't know about this CB culture in the 70's you missed out on a good time. There were hit songs on the charts talking about cb radios instead of poppin caps in someones ars. It was a good time.


Convoy by CW McCall
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYS0Epyyu3k


"Teddy bear" by Red Sovine. The video is pretty bad so just listen at least the first time you here it. A little corny, yep, maybe a lot corny. But it was all over the radio and the charts.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JY4BV14OZzQ

It was a damn good time, polyester disco shirts and all!

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I'm just going to guess at 77....
You guessed correct.

I wonder if it was just a coincidence that it was also the same year that Smokey and The Bandit was released; A movie that was chock-full of GM cars and trucks - and CB radios. Next time I watch that movie, I'll be sure to watch closely to see if the cars are using Delco CB's; I'll bet they are.

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Thanks Joe, ok, look at the photo and tell me two things that identify this car's year. It is a "Model 40" comprising of two years. But what lets you know it is ONE of those two years?


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The louvers and the V-8.
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The louvers do tell you something, but not the V8. There are some components on the motor that tell you what year it is though. I am after body parts. There are two very easy things, but now I do see a couple more, on sheetmetal that support what year it is too. But I don't just let "louvers" get you the point, you have to tell me why.

We are talking sheetmetal only.

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re: model 40

is it the door lock above the handle and the suicide door?
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Nope, as far as I know the handles and locks are the same both years.

A little trivia, on the Austrailian model of this car they ran out of door handles and bought GM handles for some of the cars produced!

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Louver are curved on the 34, the 34 has 2 handles for the hood. All in all, there are 65 differences between the 2 years, grille shell and front are the ones I remember without the Google gods. Here's a good reference page:http://www.streetrodding.com/index.c....view&id=31387
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