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2012-07-25 01:01:09 PM  
That's pretty damn groovy. I'm not really into cars but I'm doing a little coveting right now.
 
2012-07-25 01:15:25 PM  
My mother told me years and years ago, she had a college friend who had one of them. I have suspected for years that she was just testing my gullibility. One apology, coming up..
 
2012-07-25 01:47:44 PM  
My grandmother had an old boxy hideous Dodge that had buttons for the transmission that you would press like you were changing radio stations that was pretty groovy.

My sister had a VW bug that had an "autoshift" transmission. To engage the clutch you just lifted your foot off the gas, that was groovy but appararently a complete biatch to keep in working order. It was really fun to drive.
 
2012-07-25 02:04:39 PM  
I had a boom box in 1982 that had a built in full album record player that slid out when you hit a button. I was so much cooler than the weenies with just the dual tape decks, (mine had those too). No way in the world that worked for a car unless you were at a complete stop.
 
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2012-07-25 02:09:53 PM  

brap: My grandmother had an old boxy hideous Dodge that had buttons for the transmission that you would press like you were changing radio stations that was pretty groovy.

My sister had a VW bug that had an "autoshift" transmission. To engage the clutch you just lifted your foot off the gas, that was groovy but appararently a complete biatch to keep in working order. It was really fun to drive.




My mother had a Plymouth that had a push button transmission. The lever on the far left put the car in park.
www.carnut.com
 
2012-07-25 02:13:01 PM  
Love the Tucker. I used to work near the mall that was the Tucker factory after the war. I haven't been there in a while, bit in the 90's you could walk all over the underground paths that were used by the workers. That car was so state of the art 1940's that it hurt. Gonna go watch the movie now. "Hold that Tiger!"
 
2012-07-25 02:22:18 PM  
Also in 1956, you could tell 'em Groucho sent you.

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2012-07-25 02:38:18 PM  
I read somewhere that Marilyn Monroe had one of those.
 
2012-07-25 03:17:27 PM  

brap: That's pretty damn groovy. I'm not really into cars but I'm doing a little coveting right now.


This offers more info on the in-car record player. It was originally 16 2/3 r.p.m. speed and only played specially made 7" records. The one in the video is from the later version which played 45 r.p.m. records upside down.

// I guess the needle would skip a lot less if the record pressed down on it.
 
2012-07-25 04:12:30 PM  
I don't think you want to keep records in your car on a hot summer day.
 
2012-07-25 04:14:17 PM  
That would have to be the ultimate test of how smooth your car drives.
 
2012-07-25 04:41:19 PM  

TommyymmoT: That would have to be the ultimate test of how smooth your car drives.


I owned a '56 Chrysler. Yes, it was a really smooth driving car. Yes, it had push-button transmission. No, it didn't have a record player, but when I bought the shop manual for it and I saw the record player on the list for the factory options I was pretty intrigued. Never could find one for sale to install into my boat, but I probably would have. Damn, I miss that car.
 
2012-07-25 04:53:55 PM  

notmtwain: // I guess the needle would skip a lot less if the record pressed down on it.


I was wondering how they addressed that...
 
2012-07-25 04:57:20 PM  
I've heard they didn't work well at all, also they were "special" records which ran at 16&2/3 RPM instead of 45RPM.

http://www.darkroastedblend.com/2010/04/car-record-players-other-cool - vintage.html
 
2012-07-25 05:03:18 PM  
Thank goodness 8-tracks came along.
 
2012-07-25 05:09:28 PM  

cptjeff: notmtwain: // I guess the needle would skip a lot less if the record pressed down on it.

I was wondering how they addressed that...


I was thinking it must have had some kind of spring-pressure contact with the record to avoid skipping when the car went over bumps and such.
 
2012-07-25 05:12:20 PM  

buckler: cptjeff: notmtwain: // I guess the needle would skip a lot less if the record pressed down on it.

I was wondering how they addressed that...

I was thinking it must have had some kind of spring-pressure contact with the record to avoid skipping when the car went over bumps and such.


You guys are way over-thinking this.

The record players were not for use when the car was being driven.
 
2012-07-25 05:12:33 PM  
Every album sounded like an early 80s rap album?
 
2012-07-25 05:16:25 PM  
You youngsters have NO IDEA what a godsend portable music like 8 tracks and cassettes were. Radio wasn't terrible back then but for the first time you could decide what you wanted to listen to. I still love cassettes but i don't miss 8 tracks at all. It was always a lousy format but it was the first practical car system so I will always remember it fondly.
 
2012-07-25 05:18:32 PM  

brap


My sister had a VW bug that had an "autoshift" transmission. To engage the clutch you just lifted your foot off the gas, that was groovy but appararently a complete biatch to keep in working order. It was really fun to drive.


"Autostick", actually. There was a vacuum-operated clutch that was fairly fragile and prone to breakage.


Yes, the vacuum clutch sucked.
 
2012-07-25 05:19:49 PM  

Lando Lincoln: buckler: cptjeff: notmtwain: // I guess the needle would skip a lot less if the record pressed down on it.

I was wondering how they addressed that...

I was thinking it must have had some kind of spring-pressure contact with the record to avoid skipping when the car went over bumps and such.

You guys are way over-thinking this.

The record players were not for use when the car was being driven.


Just for use at Makeout Rock, ya think?
 
2012-07-25 05:24:48 PM  

Fano: Every album sounded like an early 80s rap album?


Rap is actually square dancing played on a car phonograph.
 
2012-07-25 05:25:17 PM  

Delawheredad: You youngsters have NO IDEA what a godsend portable music like 8 tracks and cassettes were. Radio wasn't terrible back then but for the first time you could decide what you wanted to listen to. I still love cassettes but i don't miss 8 tracks at all. It was always a lousy format but it was the first practical car system so I will always remember it fondly.


Did you have the Al Green 8-track? I ask because everyone I knew (including myself) that had an 8-track player had that stupid Al Green 8-track in their car. I didn't even *listen* to Al Green, forcryinoutloud. I think the 8-track came with my car (1970 Plymouth Duster).
 
2012-07-25 05:28:03 PM  

buckler: Lando Lincoln: buckler: cptjeff: notmtwain: // I guess the needle would skip a lot less if the record pressed down on it.

I was wondering how they addressed that...

I was thinking it must have had some kind of spring-pressure contact with the record to avoid skipping when the car went over bumps and such.

You guys are way over-thinking this.

The record players were not for use when the car was being driven.

Just for use at Makeout Rock, ya think?


Exactly. Those cars had some REALLY big back seats. Ooh yeah.
 
2012-07-25 05:32:33 PM  
I would be suprised if people didnt know bout record players in cars.. and i owned a few cars with pushbutton trans's and im only 42...
 
2012-07-25 05:34:35 PM  
Ginnungagap42

Yep, I had the Al Green one. i think there was some kind of federal law that mandated the purchase of that tape.
 
2012-07-25 05:38:01 PM  

Englebert Slaptyback: Yes, the vacuum clutch sucked.


It may have been a complete hassel but it was a lot of fun to drive.
 
2012-07-25 05:39:10 PM  
The year I was born. Would love to have one just for shiats & giggles.

And, I remember the "typewriter transmission" as well, I think a buddy had a Dodge of some sort (maybe an early Dart) that had one.

The "good ol' days" - dimmer switch on the floor, all-metal dash - you have a head-on in one of those puppies, your next-of-kin just hose the interior out and re-sell...
 
2012-07-25 05:46:41 PM  

Lando Lincoln: buckler: Lando Lincoln: buckler: cptjeff: notmtwain: // I guess the needle would skip a lot less if the record pressed down on it.

I was wondering how they addressed that...

I was thinking it must have had some kind of spring-pressure contact with the record to avoid skipping when the car went over bumps and such.

You guys are way over-thinking this.

The record players were not for use when the car was being driven.

Just for use at Makeout Rock, ya think?

Exactly. Those cars had some REALLY big back seats. Ooh yeah.


But with a record player that played only singles, dudes back then must not have had a lot of staying power.

/seriously, how did ANYONE get laid in the age of vinyl?
 
2012-07-25 05:47:12 PM  
Already knew about the record player. My dad owned a '62 Desoto for years. Back fins you could cut yourself on, push button transmission, the works. I remember being boggled when I saw the record player option shown in the owners manual.
 
2012-07-25 05:49:18 PM  
TXEric

"The "good ol' days" - dimmer switch on the floor,"

That is the biggest feature I wish would come back to cars. The floor flicker was so much more efficient and safer.
 
2012-07-25 05:49:41 PM  

notmtwain: It was originally 16 2/3 r.p.m. speed and only played specially made 7" records.


I wondered for years about that setting on turntables I've owned. Just found out recently. Don't think I've ever come across the records.
 
2012-07-25 05:50:05 PM  

MonkeyAngst: But with a record player that played only singles, dudes back then must not have had a lot of staying power.


Record players have an auto-replay feature.

Sure, you're stuck listening to "I Only Have Eyes For You" 15 times, but it still does the job.
 
2012-07-25 05:52:28 PM  
Retractable headlights will always remain cool in my book. Even the 1987-89 Honda Accord had them.
 
2012-07-25 05:57:02 PM  

Ginnungagap42: Delawheredad: You youngsters have NO IDEA what a godsend portable music like 8 tracks and cassettes were. Radio wasn't terrible back then but for the first time you could decide what you wanted to listen to. I still love cassettes but i don't miss 8 tracks at all. It was always a lousy format but it was the first practical car system so I will always remember it fondly.

Did you have the Al Green 8-track? I ask because everyone I knew (including myself) that had an 8-track player had that stupid Al Green 8-track in their car. I didn't even *listen* to Al Green, forcryinoutloud. I think the 8-track came with my car (1970 Plymouth Duster).


My nephew (turning 17 today) has an early 70s Duster he's been repairing and made road-worthy. I've been trying to get him to buy a real radio, but he's been spending money on things like tires. Kids these days....
 
2012-07-25 05:57:10 PM  

MonkeyAngst: Lando Lincoln: buckler: Lando Lincoln: buckler: cptjeff: notmtwain: // I guess the needle would skip a lot less if the record pressed down on it.

I was wondering how they addressed that...

I was thinking it must have had some kind of spring-pressure contact with the record to avoid skipping when the car went over bumps and such.

You guys are way over-thinking this.

The record players were not for use when the car was being driven.

Just for use at Makeout Rock, ya think?

Exactly. Those cars had some REALLY big back seats. Ooh yeah.

But with a record player that played only singles, dudes back then must not have had a lot of staying power.

/seriously, how did ANYONE get laid in the age of vinyl?


I was thinking that, too. Back then you got what? Maybe two minutes of song before changing the 45?
 
2012-07-25 06:01:21 PM  

buckler: MonkeyAngst: Lando Lincoln: buckler: Lando Lincoln: buckler: cptjeff: notmtwain: // I guess the needle would skip a lot less if the record pressed down on it.

I was wondering how they addressed that...

I was thinking it must have had some kind of spring-pressure contact with the record to avoid skipping when the car went over bumps and such.

You guys are way over-thinking this.

The record players were not for use when the car was being driven.

Just for use at Makeout Rock, ya think?

Exactly. Those cars had some REALLY big back seats. Ooh yeah.

But with a record player that played only singles, dudes back then must not have had a lot of staying power.

/seriously, how did ANYONE get laid in the age of vinyl?

I was thinking that, too. Back then you got what? Maybe two minutes of song before changing the 45?


www.wkinsler.com
 
2012-07-25 06:02:18 PM  

Nina_Hartley's_Ass: buckler: MonkeyAngst: Lando Lincoln: buckler: Lando Lincoln: buckler: cptjeff: notmtwain: // I guess the needle would skip a lot less if the record pressed down on it.

I was wondering how they addressed that...

I was thinking it must have had some kind of spring-pressure contact with the record to avoid skipping when the car went over bumps and such.

You guys are way over-thinking this.

The record players were not for use when the car was being driven.

Just for use at Makeout Rock, ya think?

Exactly. Those cars had some REALLY big back seats. Ooh yeah.

But with a record player that played only singles, dudes back then must not have had a lot of staying power.

/seriously, how did ANYONE get laid in the age of vinyl?

I was thinking that, too. Back then you got what? Maybe two minutes of song before changing the 45?

[www.wkinsler.com image 640x480]


Fit it in the car.
 
2012-07-25 06:17:31 PM  
Had one of these, similar to this, but American made. Got it from J C Whitney catalog.
www.alleewillis.com
 
2012-07-25 06:26:18 PM  

Delawheredad: Ginnungagap42

Yep, I had the Al Green one. i think there was some kind of federal law that mandated the purchase of that tape.


Actually, if you had an 8-track, plus the right kind of car in the 70's, the tape will just spontaneously appear in your in-car collection.
 
2012-07-25 06:29:02 PM  
I've seen the in-car record players before, and I've been called a liar for claiming that such a thing exists. As far as skipping on bumpy roads, early CD players were just as bad. When I was in college, I had a portable CD player with an adapter that I could pop into my tape deck. That liked to skip a lot. On the other hand, those older cars were heavy as fark and rode like a dream, so it probably wasn't too bad on a reasonably smooth road.

As far as the pop-up headlights, I don't think I've ever seen a car with those that actually worked. Either one of them is always up, or one of them never pops up. The gas cap behind the license plate was a pain in the ass too. The third headlight seems like it would be awesome, but I can see how it could be a hazard to other drivers.
 
2012-07-25 06:40:41 PM  

Nina_Hartley's_Ass: buckler: MonkeyAngst: Lando Lincoln: buckler: Lando Lincoln: buckler: cptjeff: notmtwain: // I guess the needle would skip a lot less if the record pressed down on it.

I was wondering how they addressed that...

I was thinking it must have had some kind of spring-pressure contact with the record to avoid skipping when the car went over bumps and such.

You guys are way over-thinking this.

The record players were not for use when the car was being driven.

Just for use at Makeout Rock, ya think?

Exactly. Those cars had some REALLY big back seats. Ooh yeah.

But with a record player that played only singles, dudes back then must not have had a lot of staying power.

/seriously, how did ANYONE get laid in the age of vinyl?

I was thinking that, too. Back then you got what? Maybe two minutes of song before changing the 45?

[www.wkinsler.com image 640x480]


High-five! Whippersnappers don't know about the stack!
 
2012-07-25 07:45:44 PM  

JonBuck: Retractable headlights will always remain cool in my book. Even the 1987-89 Honda Accord had them.


Ayup. My dad had a nissan 240sx with those when I was growing up. For some reason I thought they were the coolest thing when I was a kid in the late 80's.

They'll come back around.
 
2012-07-25 07:48:11 PM  
Just gonna add that they ruined the records because of the needle pressure.
 
2012-07-25 07:52:05 PM  
3.bp.blogspot.com

/so easy, women can use it!
 
2012-07-25 08:10:55 PM  
the 2013 lincoln MKZ will have a push button automatic...
 
2012-07-25 08:30:19 PM  
Record players?

Push button transmissions?

Hah!

Real drivers had rocket motors in their cars...
 
2012-07-25 08:35:57 PM  

pregerstheHobo: JonBuck: Retractable headlights will always remain cool in my book. Even the 1987-89 Honda Accord had them.

Ayup. My dad had a nissan 240sx with those when I was growing up. For some reason I thought they were the coolest thing when I was a kid in the late 80's.

They'll come back around.


No, they won't...

"Internationalized ECE auto safety regulations have also recently incorporated pedestrian-protection provisions restricting protuberances from car bodies, making it more difficult and expensive to design compliant pop-up headlamps."
 
2012-07-25 08:38:02 PM  

StopLurkListen: pregerstheHobo: JonBuck: Retractable headlights will always remain cool in my book. Even the 1987-89 Honda Accord had them.

Ayup. My dad had a nissan 240sx with those when I was growing up. For some reason I thought they were the coolest thing when I was a kid in the late 80's.

They'll come back around.

No, they won't...

"Internationalized ECE auto safety regulations have also recently incorporated pedestrian-protection provisions restricting protuberances from car bodies, making it more difficult and expensive to design compliant pop-up headlamps."


Well god damnit. They're still real to me!
 
2012-07-25 09:00:46 PM  

MonkeyAngst: Lando Lincoln: buckler: Lando Lincoln: buckler: cptjeff: notmtwain: // I guess the needle would skip a lot less if the record pressed down on it.

I was wondering how they addressed that...

I was thinking it must have had some kind of spring-pressure contact with the record to avoid skipping when the car went over bumps and such.

You guys are way over-thinking this.

The record players were not for use when the car was being driven.

Just for use at Makeout Rock, ya think?

Exactly. Those cars had some REALLY big back seats. Ooh yeah.

But with a record player that played only singles, dudes back then must not have had a lot of staying power.

/seriously, how did ANYONE get laid in the age of vinyl?


I recall a Fark thread where a guy was defending We Built This City On Rock and Roll - the attraction being that it was playing while he lost his vrginity.

All over by the end of the second verse, IIRC.
 
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