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2012-09-30 10:16:28 AM
$195 option, gee I remember when not having a bench seat was an option.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-09-30 10:22:43 AM
Fear_and_Loathing

Car ads boasted of "front bucket seats."

I never owned a car with a front bench seat. I drove one for a summer. It must have been a 1970s model station wagon (in the 1980s). I remember driving with this really good looking blonde coworker.

(Sorry, the story ends there. No filthy vehicular-fornicating for us. But I do remember driving with her.)
 
2012-09-30 10:43:40 AM
My first car was a pick-up truck with a bench seat.  Ahhhhh, the memories......
 
2012-09-30 10:56:41 AM
farm9.staticflickr.com
 
2012-09-30 11:20:27 AM

Fear_and_Loathing: My first car was a pick-up truck with a bench seat.  Ahhhhh, the memories......


My vehicle is a 87 Chev pickup with a bench seat. Still making those memories
 
2012-09-30 11:29:41 AM
Before I had my own car as a teen (fall 1980), I told my girlfriend I would borrow my mom's car for a date.

Her response was, "But her car has bucket seats."



/ borrowed my step father's car instead.
 
2012-09-30 11:33:27 AM
I didn't own a car with bucket seats until I bought a 1967 Pontiac GTO around 1973.

Nearly everyone had front bench seats in their cars then. Some of them seemed enormous. My father bought a Buick in the 60's that had this big, velvet covered crimson rope thing attached to the back of the front seat. (Kind of like those velvet ropes at high end bars and restaurants.)

I never did know what it was for. Being a kid, I figured it was just used to pull yourself up from the enormous back seat.

The car makers don't have a problem with simply stopping various designs no matter what the public thinks.

They disposed of the cool wing windows ages ago and I liked them and found them useful.

Then the chrome bumpers got replaced by plastic things that crack if a bug hits them and you can't push a friends car with yours anymore.

Sealed beam headlights vanished. I liked those. So did glass headlight covers -- to be replaced with plastic ones which, over time, fogs and cost a bundle to replace.

I'd still like to drive a car with a standard shift lever on the steering column. Those vanished before I could drive.

Along with the foot operated dimmer switch, the manual vent controls under the dash and white walled tires. (I liked the ones with thin stripes.)

I dimly recall a floor starter button. However, it vanished when I was about 6. You can still see some in old movies, when the driver gets in, turns the key and looks like he's going into a fit as he stomps on the floor starter.

Aside from in commercial trucks, the big, flat dashboard top vanished. I'm actually kinda glad. I suspect car makers got tired of seeing folks driving around with their front window nearly obscured by old paper coffee cups, receipt slips, pens and whatever else drivers could cram in there.

Then, to every hot-rodder's horror, they removed the rear wheel drive and turned the engine sideways under the hood. It's just not the same peeling out with the FRONT tires.

Now, back then, you could actually have room to work on your engine. Today, you're lucky if you can slide a piece of paper between the motor and compartment walls. Some trucks had room enough under the hood to fit a couple of 7 year olds alongside the motor. That made pulling and swapping out the engine easy.

No more two piece windshields. Those were interesting.

Actually, today every car I see looks like every other car on the road, with few distinctions.

Historical note: Did you know that early VW bugs had pop-out turn signals mounted on the roof edge above the doors? Make a turn and this little light popped out. It retracted when you were done.

Ah, so many changes. Some good, some just simply suck.
 
2012-09-30 11:35:33 AM
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-09-30 11:41:12 AM
Rik01: They disposed of the cool wing windows ages ago and I liked them and found them useful.

You mean vent windows, that pivoted? I liked those. We're supposed to turn on the AC now.

Sealed beam headlights vanished. I liked those. So did glass headlight covers -- to be replaced with plastic ones which, over time, fogs and cost a bundle to replace.

I had a big bill for a cracked plastic cover. Water got inside and wrecked the electronics. In Massachusetts it is illegal to drive with a bad headlight. Doesn't matter if you need it. State law requires two headlights in working order. If one breaks at noon on a sunny day you must stop and have your car towed away.

If I hadn't had to replace the headlight when it failed, the crack would have caused an inspection failure anyway.

foot operated dimmer switch, the manual vent controls

I liked the foot switch.

Foot parking+emergency brakes were kind of nice, but that might be a manufacturer thing (GM vs. the world) rather than age. I drove a car to the shop after brake failure using the foot-operated emergency brake.

I also like manual vent controls because I keep fighting with computer-managed "climate control" systems. It's like taking on HAL 9000 at times.
 
2012-09-30 11:47:43 AM

Rik01: Actually, today every car I see looks like every other car on the road, with few distinctions.


That's sort of by design. As we learn more about aerodynamics and cramming safety features into every part of the car, it only makes sense that all cars will start to resemble each other.

Similar to how someday the world will be populated by one race that's the perfect mix of all existing races today.
 
2012-09-30 11:49:18 AM

maxx2112: Before I had my own car as a teen (fall 1980), I told my girlfriend I would borrow my mom's car for a date.

Her response was, "But her car has bucket seats."


Oh to go back in time....
 
2012-09-30 11:55:47 AM
What we're really mourning is the death of cars that were designed entirely by Americans to fit traditional American tastes. The '13 Impala is the last descendant of the 1988 W-body cars. Its replacement, like everything else GM sells, was designed somewhere else in the world. Same with every Ford and Chrysler product. All cars are global now.

Nowadays if you want a traditional American vehicle, you have to buy a truck.
 
2012-09-30 12:03:08 PM

amishkarl: Fear_and_Loathing: My first car was a pick-up truck with a bench seat.  Ahhhhh, the memories......

My vehicle is a 87 Chev pickup with a bench seat. Still making those memories


Mine was an early 70's Chevey.  It had long rottened into dust.  It did before it got towed away in the 90's.
 
Lol.
 
2012-09-30 12:03:47 PM

pdieten: All cars are global now.


Chrysler 200, built in Sterling Heights, Michigan. Designed before the Fiat merger.
I'm sure there are others.
/loves my 200
 
2012-09-30 12:05:30 PM

pdieten: What we're really mourning is the death of cars that were designed entirely by Americans to fit traditional American tastes. The '13 Impala is the last descendant of the 1988 W-body cars. Its replacement, like everything else GM sells, was designed somewhere else in the world. Same with every Ford and Chrysler product. All cars are global now.

Nowadays if you want a traditional American vehicle, you have to buy a truck.


The new trucks are awful. the hoods are arched up so high (for no obvious reason other than making them look big) that you can't see jack on the ground in front of you. Then the box sides are raised too high to easily load anything over the side. And then there's so much cab that they've shrunk the box to where it can hardly take ay kind of load.
 
2012-09-30 12:07:16 PM
Stickshifts and safety belts
Bucket seats have all got to go
When we're driving, in the car
It makes my baby seem so far
I need you here with me
Not way over in a bucket seat
I need you to be here with me
Not way over in a bucket seat
But when we're driving in my Malibu
It's easy to get right next to you
I say Baby, scoot over please
And then she's right there next to me
I need you here with me
Not way over in a bucket seat
I need you to be here with me
Not way over in a bucket seat
Well a lot of good cars
Are Japanese
But when we're driving far
I need my baby, I need my baby next to me
Well, stickshifts and safetybelts
Bucket seats have all got to go
When we're driving in the car
It makes my baby seem so far
I need you here with me
Not way over in a bucket seat
I need you to be here with me
Not way over in a bucket seat
 
2012-09-30 12:08:04 PM

Fear_and_Loathing: Mine was an early 70's Chevey. It had long rottened into dust. It did before it got towed away in the 90's.

Lol.


My dad had a 3/4 ton 72 chev. It was a hell of a work truck. It spent it's last few years as our semi-mobile market garden stand. Went to scrap about 2008
 
2012-09-30 12:13:45 PM
So the back seat of cars like my Charger will be two bucket seats in the future? No? Then STFU, bench seats aren't going anywhere. They just aren't in the front anymore, which is a good thing when you need to pull sideways G's.
 
2012-09-30 12:14:42 PM

Rik01:

...I'd still like to drive a car with a standard shift lever on the steering column. Those vanished before I could drive....


no, you don't - trust me.
 
2012-09-30 12:18:24 PM

Seth'n'Spectrum: Obvious reference is obvious.


Came for cake. Leaving with a catchy riff.
 
2012-09-30 12:30:22 PM

Kurmudgeon: pdieten: All cars are global now.

Chrysler 200, built in Sterling Heights, Michigan. Designed before the Fiat merger.
I'm sure there are others.
/loves my 200


I'm not even talking Fiat. The 200 goes back way before that.
The 200 is descended from the Chrysler JA "cloud" cars. The JA was a smaller version of the LH cars. And the LH was descended from the Eagle Premier, which itself was based on the Renault 25. Chrylser picked up all this technology when they acquired AMC. Chrysler hasn't had an American-style car from its own efforts since about 1995 when the last K-car descendents were discontinued.
 
2012-09-30 12:40:40 PM

HotWingAgenda: which is a good thing when you need to pull sideways G's.


Bench seats up front always defeated deadly door hangers on dates.  Make a high G turn and your date was in your lap.
 
2012-09-30 12:48:09 PM

edmo: maxx2112: Before I had my own car as a teen (fall 1980), I told my girlfriend I would borrow my mom's car for a date.

Her response was, "But her car has bucket seats."

Oh to go back in time....



Ayup . . . had an old gf tell me at our 30th re-union that she had recently been thinking of my old '73 Chevy Nova, my Bread / Air Supply make-out tape, and some certain warm, summer nights . . .


/ it was crap music, but it was superb at panty removal
// don't you judge me
 
2012-09-30 01:02:39 PM
My first was in 1965.A 1962 Impala SS,327/250 with a four barrel.It had bucket seats but the consol was small enough that a pillow covered it nicely( the girls,of course,covered the pillow).A dollar of gas and I was good to go for the night.

Rik01:Since you didn't mention fender skirts I'll guess you never messed with them.They were a bithch.
 
2012-09-30 01:10:35 PM
I disagree. With some creative positioning, you fellas can still show your RealDolls a good time in the passenger seat.
 
2012-09-30 01:12:22 PM

The My Little Pony Killer: I disagree. With some creative positioning, you fellas can still show your RealDolls a good time in the passenger seat.



Or with bucket seats, we have to settle for fellatio.



/ darn
 
2012-09-30 01:18:36 PM
The Golden Hawk was one of the first (?) cars that the passenger seat reclined to a suitable position.
Why, yes I did
.
Was it you that did the pushin'
Left the stains upon the cushion
foot prinnts on the dashboard upside down

Sweet ride:
static.ddmcdn.com
 
2012-09-30 01:34:30 PM

pdieten: The 200 is descended from the Chrysler JA "cloud" cars. The JA was a smaller version of the LH cars. And the LH was descended from the Eagle Premier, which itself was based on the Renault 25. Chrylser picked up all this technology when they acquired AMC. Chrysler hasn't had an American-style car from its own efforts since about 1995 when the last K-car descendents were discontinued.


I own a 96 Breeze, it has nothing in common with my 200, no structure, drivetrain, nothing.
Descended from but a different car on a different platform. I suspect you think Darts, Aspens and Avengers are the same too.
 
2012-09-30 01:41:06 PM
In high school I drove a car several years older than I was, a 1956 Buick Special sedan. It was the cheapest Buick GM sold that year. But it did have a "Dyna-slow" transmission and two nice big bench seats.
It also had, anachronistically, the starter button on the floor. I could forget my keys and still drive the car. Turn switch to "on" and step on the button.

Hated the vacuum-powered windshield wipers, though. Made rain travel hazardous.
 
2012-09-30 02:04:33 PM

Seth'n'Spectrum: Obvious reference is obvious.


Came for the Cake, leaving satisfied.
 
2012-09-30 02:15:22 PM
My senior year of high school, I had a '67 Rambler Rebel 4-door with "Airliner Reclining Seats". Basically, the front split bench seat slid forward and reclined flat. The inside of the car turned into a queen sized bed. Perfect for a horny high school senior with a steady girlfriend ;)
 
2012-09-30 02:28:58 PM

Fear_and_Loathing: HotWingAgenda: which is a good thing when you need to pull sideways G's.

Bench seats up front always defeated deadly door hangers on dates.  Make a high G turn and your date was in your lap.


"COD" turn. (Come Over Darling)

/1970 Olds 98 Convertible.
//1969 Olds 88 Pervertible. Top stayed up, driver went down.
 
2012-09-30 02:38:27 PM
My first car was a '72 Ford Grenada. Bench front seat. Bought it for ONE reason: road head is a hell of a lot more comfortable for the lady.

Drove all the way across Texas one time, and I don't think my girlfriend saw a lick (no pun intended) of scenery.
 
2012-09-30 02:40:48 PM
Nice to see the nostalgia from Farkers old enough to remember bench seats and their dating days...
 
2012-09-30 03:18:28 PM
What about a panel van with a porthole window, an airbrushed mural of a wizard on the side, and a wood-panel-and-shag-carpet interior?
 
2012-09-30 03:25:59 PM
damnit, now how will i sneak my arms around to cop a feel of her breasts if she ain't sittin next to me on the bench of the vehicle
 
2012-09-30 03:40:24 PM
this is what happens when you let children design motor vehicles. morans. like the full sized farm girl on Hee Haw said so long ago: "the only problem with bucket seats is not every body got the same size bucket".
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-09-30 03:44:58 PM
bagumpity

I saw The World According to Garp before I was old enough to drive. I never wanted road head.
 
2012-09-30 03:49:17 PM

GrizzledVeteran: Nice to see the nostalgia from Farkers old enough to remember bench seats and their dating days...


I can't remember them, but I do have notes.  Lol.
 
2012-09-30 03:51:25 PM
The fun ones were the non split bench seat. If you have a short driver the passenger will have their knees in the dashboard.
 
2012-09-30 04:07:37 PM

bagumpity: My first car was a '72 Ford Grenada


The Grenada did not exist in 1972.

/ We had to wait a few years to experience rich, corinthian leather
 
2012-09-30 04:47:28 PM
Isn't anyone else surprised that front bench seats still existed in this day and age?
 
2012-09-30 04:59:42 PM

jaytkay: bagumpity: My first car was a '72 Ford Grenada

The Grenada did not exist in 1972.

/ We had to wait a few years to experience rich, corinthian leather


www.gq.com

Corinth is famous for its leather!
 
2012-09-30 05:00:42 PM

jaytkay: The Grenada did not exist in 1972.

/ We had to wait a few years to experience rich, corinthian leather


jaytkay: bagumpity: My first car was a '72 Ford Grenada

The Grenada did not exist in 1972.

/ We had to wait a few years to experience rich, corinthian leather


First off, that was a Chrysler Cordoba...

and second...

IT'S farkING "SOFT CORINTHIAN LEATHER!"

SOFT GODDAMNIT, SOOOOOOOOOOOOFFFFFFFFFFFFTTTTTT!!!!

/pant pant
//pet peeve
 
2012-09-30 05:54:44 PM
Just jump in the back seat and kick the buckets forward. Nature finds a way.
 
2012-09-30 05:56:16 PM

jaytkay: bagumpity: My first car was a '72 Ford Grenada

The Grenada did not exist in 1972.

/ We had to wait a few years to experience rich, corinthian leather


I stand corrected. It was a '78, not a '72. (Or maybe 82. Gimmie a break- it's been over a quarter century). I loved that underpowered, poorly manufactured, broken down land yacht.
 
2012-09-30 06:02:10 PM

Toots de la Footsjelly: Just jump in the back seat and kick the buckets forward. Nature finds a way.


For some, it's an uncomfortable place. They don't all like it in the back seat of a Volkswagen.
 
2012-09-30 06:19:50 PM
84 silverado. 366k miles before it died in the driveway. A tear was shed. Replaced vinyl bench seat with cloth bench seat. Hot vinyl scorches you in the summer. 8 foot bed for extracurricular nocturnal activites.
 
2012-09-30 06:31:06 PM
I have a bench seat in my 2005 truck, although it does have an armrest that pulls down.
 
2012-09-30 06:35:01 PM

Huck And Molly Ziegler: In high school I drove a car several years older than I was, a 1956 Buick Special sedan. It was the cheapest Buick GM sold that year. But it did have a "Dyna-slow" transmission and two nice big bench seats.
It also had, anachronistically, the starter button on the floor. I could forget my keys and still drive the car. Turn switch to "on" and step on the button.

Hated the vacuum-powered windshield wipers, though. Made rain travel hazardous.


I used to have '58 Buick Super...same transmission and seats, same vacuum-drive wipers. Best seats ever were in a '69 Olds 98. I think they bought cloth for those by the acre instead of by the yard. If I recall correctly that had a 454 4-barrel in it and got about 11mpg. Good times...
 
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