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#18 of 37 Re: my parents' cars (Mr_Shiftright) [hpmctorque]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
May 22, 2007 (11:53 am)
no thank god
#19 of 37 Re: my parents' cars (Mr_Shiftright) [Mr_Shiftright]
May 22, 2007 (4:47 pm)
no thank god
LOL, that makes me think of my dear, departed Grandmother on my Dad's side of the family. Back in 1989, when I bought my '69 Dart GT, Grandmom sat behind the wheel to see how it felt. She was only like 5'2", and she was actually looking out through the little gap between the top of the dash and the steering wheel! Scary! And to think that, back in the day, they had a '75 Dart!
Grandmom had her license, but Granddad did most of the driving. I don't ever remember Grandmom scaring us as kids though, but when I saw her behind the wheel of my Dart, it made me wonder how she ever drove without sitting on top of a phone book!
#20 of 37 Re: my parents' cars [Mr_Shiftright]
May 22, 2007 (5:28 pm)
That's a great history.
I love old Packards, especially prewar...I look at Packard as occupying the Mercedes segment of the NA market in its day.
#21 of 37 To get the Packard into Studebaker story
May 23, 2007 (9:53 pm)
mixed in with family blood is a real treat. Sounds like quite a guy, Joe.
Through my growing up years my dad was king of the $150 car. His brother has borrowed a pretty substantial amount on my dad's credit and never paid him a dime and dad was by his own words broke twice in the early sixties. They were bad days in general for the family but the legend of the $150 cars (who knew they made that many Plymouths?) lives on fondly in memory. DAd is still talking about his next lease even though at 89 he no longer drives.
On to grandmothers driving. My mom's mom drove a while, had an accident with a tree and swore she'd never drive again and kept to that word.
My dad's mother was a better story. My grandfather, who died before I was born, got his licensed suspended for DUI in the late 40s. This was no mean feat in the forties especially since the family knew important folks. Anyway, he decides that while he could maybe walk to work - he had a barber shop across town - that he needed a ride to the bar. That's where my grandmother came in. He started teaching her to drive and she was getting the idea. Then he died suddenly of a heart attack at the exact age I am now. My dad and uncles assured her transportation whenever and wherever she wanted and years later she told me how mad she was that she let them talk her out of that car.
One last thing. When dad got out of the hole his brother dug for him, he'd go out and surprise mom with a new car. Only trouble is his idea of a nice car was like a new Chrysler Fifth Avenue with all the doo dads. Her idea of a nice car was a Datsun 510 with a stick. In that respect I am certainly my mother's son. You couldn't impress her with options either as hard as dad might try.
#22 of 37 Re: To get the Packard into Studebaker story [fezo]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
May 24, 2007 (8:16 am)
Gee, a stickshift 510? I wish I had a Mom like that!! My mom wouldn't know a Ferrari Testarossa if she tripped over it. But she WAS a good cook!
One nice perk with having a Packard man in the family was that he would arrange to have the Packards of local big-wigs fixed up when they were having trouble. This included the local monsignor (Catholic Church equivalent of a local Il Capo) and the dean of the (then excellent) borough university. I wonder if I owe that great, free, 4-year education to a Packard? I'll never know.
#23 of 37 Yeah,
May 25, 2007 (9:29 am)
Mom was an absolute nut about stick shifts. Though it might have been because she learned to drive on a Model T wit the planetary gears. Next to that a stick was a snap! I think she figured that an automatic went too far into wimp territory.
a link into that color on our 57 Plymouth. This one isn't a wagon. Ours wan. It was a Custom Suburban which I think was pretty close to the base model. It did have the two speed push button transmission.
May 25, 2007 (9:48 am)
oh lord if you can drive a Model T you can drive anything. I found it easier to drive an armored personnel carrier than I did a Model T. No wonder in the silent movies you always see people's heads about to jerk off as they start out in their Ts
#25 of 37 Re: Yeah, [fezo]
May 25, 2007 (10:20 am)
I think that turquoise is a pretty nice color, as long as it's used with an accent. Such as, either a turquoise body with a white roof/side accent, or a white body with turquoise roof/accent.
As for hierarchy, I just pulled out my old car book to verify, and it looks like the Custom was the midrange model. There was a cheaper model called the DeLuxe, and a top model called the Sport. The Custom was a broad range, offering a 2-door wagon, as well as a 4-door wagon in 6- or 9-passenger configurations. The DeLuxe was only offered as a 2-door wagon that year, but expanded to offer a 4-door for 1958.
#26 of 37 I remember
May 25, 2007 (8:48 pm)
that the Sport Suburban was considered a bigger deal. Didn't have a park button, which the Custom did not? If I had to guess we were probably two door and a six. It definitely "sat six." There were seven of us when you included the parents which you kinda had to do since they were the only ones who could drive it. In fact that is something missing in my life. I never drove a car with a push button transmission.
Does your deSoto still run?
#27 of 37 Re: I remember [fezo]
May 26, 2007 (3:38 am)
Yeah, the DeSoto still runs, although it has no brakes. It doesn't have a park button either. When you park the car, you basically throw it in neutral and then pull the handbrake. Instead of working on the rear wheels like most parking/handbrakes, the Chrysler system back then clamped down on the driveshaft.
I think they finally made "Park" standard on the 1960 models. It was a lever that you threw into position.
For the time, the pushbutton system was pretty cool, and actually somewhat idiot-proof. It had safeguards built into it that would lock out 1st and 2nd if you were going too fast. And reverse would lock out if you were going forward more than 10 mph. Although I'd imagine that throwing a car into reverse when it's moving forward at 10 mph isn't exactly good for it, either! And unlike most automatics, if your battery was dead, you could push-start it, although I think you had to get it up to about 10 mph. I think the old-style GM HydraMatic, with the 4 speeds and pump in the rear, had that capability too.