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Old 09-26-2011, 08:16 PM   #31
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Mine was a 56 ford 2 dr sedan 272 cu in. Got it in 62 great car. Added 4 bbl carb, dual exhaust, 4.10 rear gear and a heavy duty overdrive trans that took a lot of abuse.Had a lot o fun. Larry
My grandfather had a 56 Ford- a blue 2 door sedan, straight six cylinder, three on a tree. The thing I remember most about it was the windshield wipers. They ran off the manifold vacuum instead of an electric motor. Wiped like crazy until you stepped on the gas and lost the vacuum. Then they almost stopped. Not a good thing to happen when you're driving in a torrential downpour.
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Old 09-26-2011, 09:24 PM   #32
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...The thing I remember most about it was the windshield wipers. They ran off the manifold vacuum instead of an electric motor. Wiped like crazy until you stepped on the gas and lost the vacuum. Then they almost stopped. Not a good thing to happen when you're driving in a torrential downpour.
Been there, done that with both Plymouths.
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...a Buick straight 8 with the Dynaflow transmission. Who remembers that one?
I do. A neighbor of mine when I was in college had one.
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Old 09-27-2011, 04:28 AM   #34
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My Chrysler had vacuum wipers also. One thing those wipers did well was to make you slow down in the rain because as an earlier post said, when you stepped on the gas too hard they would slow down or stop.
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...It was worse on performance than a Buick straight 8 with the Dynaflow transmission. Who remembers that one?
I had a friend who owned a 1953 Buick 2 door sedan with a straight eight, but it had a three on a tree instead of the Dynaflow. The transmission had a non-synchromesh 1st gear... oh what fun. The car's interior was so cavernous that we could get four guys and an eight foot toboggan inside. Try doing that in one of today's sedans.
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Vacuum wipers? Way before my time!
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Old 09-27-2011, 01:33 PM   #37
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Don't worry, Lee. You'll eventually catch up to my age and have lots of things to talk about that will be way before someone elses' time. And, then, when when you see a posting like that, you'll sit back in your chair and ponder (like I'm doing right now) "Wow, am I really that old?"
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Here is one of the vehicles I used to be responsible for -- 1953 Pirsch open cab aerial. Not only did it have vacuum wipers - it had a pair on the outside AND the inside of the cab. It was a lot of fun in the pouring rain!

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Don't worry, Lee. You'll eventually catch up to my age and have lots of things to talk about that will be way before someone elses' time. And, then, when when you see a posting like that, you'll sit back in your chair and ponder (like I'm doing right now) "Wow, am I really that old?"
If you want to feel old, go to an antique store and look at all the stuff that you used to have and use when younger. I've corrected many a store owner on misidentified items in the store. When asked how I knew what they were, it was because I, my parents, or my grandparents had used them.

One recent incident that really made me feel old was when I was on a tour of an early 20th century mansion, the guide pulled out something that looked like a piece of chain mail. I was the only one who knew it was a pot scrubber. Ack!
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Vacuum wipers? Way before my time!


And there were also vacuum horns. I had a great uncle with a 1948 Dodge that you had to start up just to sound the horn. I'm sure the wipers were also on vacuum.
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