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Old 10-11-2012, 04:35 PM
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What is this and what is the proper name for it?
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Old 10-11-2012, 04:58 PM
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That would be a vintage VW semiphore. Named after this dude.



Back in my VW days I worked with them a few times. My Austin A100 also had them.

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Old 10-11-2012, 05:30 PM
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Not the name I'm looking for. Keep trying.
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Old 10-11-2012, 06:28 PM
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Well, it is a semaphore... were you looking for "turn signal"? Vintage VW, of course!
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Old 10-11-2012, 06:31 PM
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Are you looking for trafficators?

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Old 10-11-2012, 06:49 PM
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My Dad's old VW service manual calls it a Winker.
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Old 10-11-2012, 11:01 PM
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Brian you knew what it was and John you knew the proper name for it so either of you should post away.
Trafficator. Hudson used them a little. I remember them on trucks and busses. everybody used them in Europe including American exports
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Old 10-12-2012, 07:40 AM
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I think Brian's answer is as right as mine but since he hasn't posted yet, I will throw up something.

What year did an American car builder offer the first all steel body and who did they contract to build it for them?

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Old 10-12-2012, 04:56 PM
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Darn. Wasn't that the Chrysler Airflow, and contracted to Budd? 1934??
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Old 10-12-2012, 07:23 PM
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I think the airflow is considered to be the first unibody but not the first all metal body.

Hint: This make did become part of the Chrysler brand.

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The first all metal bodied automobile was the Eastman Eletro-Cycle manufactured in 1897. It was built by H Jay Hayes and Henry F. Eastman. In 1902 the two re-organized into the Eastman Metallic Body Co. and became the nationís first all-metal automobile body builders. In 1915 Hayes produced the first unibody automobile, the Ruler Frameless for the Ruler Automobile Co. Three thousand unit were slated to be buiilt but they went out of business in 19917. Only a handful were built. Hayes later went on to become a metal parts supplier for numorus automobile companies. Fenders to bodies. Good old Hector taught them all how to do it! GM, Ford, Dodge, Durant, Marmon, Rio, Star to name a few.
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Old 10-13-2012, 02:27 PM
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I was looking for a mass produced brand and in my hint stated the brand became part to Chrysler Corp. I apologize if I did not make my question clear enough.

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Ok, no Google, we are talking 1941 it was the Willy's jeep and they contracted Ford to build them during the war.

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Old 10-13-2012, 06:29 PM
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Good guess but no. It was years earlier.

Second clue: If I am correct, the company that built the bodies for them is still in business and makes heavy truck wheels today.

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I think in the 20s maybe earlier, Dodge? by "Bud Wheel" Without looking it up thats as best I can recall!! Im pretty sure Bud? had something to do with it ?
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