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2020-07-11 7:14:52 PM  
That's amazing!
 
2020-07-11 8:50:03 PM  
I'm a 90s kid. This is true.
 
2020-07-11 10:22:57 PM  
My sister and I had pillow forts in the backseat of a 70s Thunderbird.  So much room.

VW kids deserved it.
 
2020-07-11 10:24:27 PM  
Family road trips in the station wagon were fun. We'd stretch out in the back and it never occurred to us we were being unsafe.
 
2020-07-11 10:25:52 PM  
Who rode in the backwards facing seat of a station wagon??

o/
 
2020-07-11 10:28:16 PM  
My brother used to play on the floor of the Delta '88 in the back.
Dad lost control in MD mountains, went down a sizable snow-covered hillside, through the trees, to a rough but safe landing.

My brother pops his head up from the back seat and says "heeeeyyy, where did my matchbox cars go?"

/They definitely cared if we lived. They just weren't overly vigilant about it. :P
 
2020-07-11 10:28:51 PM  
I remember riding/sleeping in the back of my fathers 1967 Mustang fastback going on vacation. My sister and I were packed back there with the luggage. Also remember as kids we would sit on top of the back seat of of the Cadillac convertible. The only good thing about safety I remember from that is when the parents would see the cops they told us to get down, that was good parenting.
 
2020-07-11 10:29:47 PM  
We had a camper shell on the pickup when I was growing up. My parents would have me climb through the sliding rear window of the truck into the camper to fetch beers on long road trips.
 
2020-07-11 10:29:50 PM  
> It sounds awful now, but I promise, it wasn't all bad

I really feel like the phrase "for the ones who survived" should be worked into that statement.
 
2020-07-11 10:30:28 PM  
Drove a '72 beetle convertible back in high school and that thing was awesome- cracked windshield, engine cover permanently blackened from the periodic fires that flared up, so many unanticipated adventures. I'm ready to go up the road to Santa Cruz where a couple of shops build sweet custom bugs, but the wife and kids say no. They want me to live a while longer I guess...
 
2020-07-11 10:32:14 PM  
That seems impractical.  Where would I carry my lawn darts?
 
2020-07-11 10:32:20 PM  
My dad had a 76 Camaro, and in the early 80's we'd take week long spring break road trips.   He'd build me a nest in the back seat with a crib mattress covered in a couple duvets.   I'd lay across the back seat with a library of Garfield books (later Bloom County) and watch America roll by with Paul Simon's Graceland album in the tape deck.  Amazing memories.
 
2020-07-11 10:34:27 PM  
This is what I miss from riding in cars when I was a kid in the 1970s:

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2020-07-11 10:37:43 PM  

I hereby demand that I be given a Fark account: Who rode in the backwards facing seat of a station wagon??

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Not only that, but having about half the back (folded down) to crawl around and play on long trips.  A practical pinball in an accident.
 
2020-07-11 10:37:45 PM  

Johnny Bananapeel: Drove a '72 beetle convertible back in high school and that thing was awesome- cracked windshield, engine cover permanently blackened from the periodic fires that flared up, so many unanticipated adventures. I'm ready to go up the road to Santa Cruz where a couple of shops build sweet custom bugs, but the wife and kids say no. They want me to live a while longer I guess...


My friend had one of those. Some how lost the driver's seat. She used a wrought iron lawn chair. Drove from L.A. to Tahoe in a snow storm. No problem. Things were little tanks as long as you didn't crash the front into anything.
 
2020-07-11 10:38:17 PM  
We had a '66 Pontiac that my parents built a platform from the edge of the seats to the backs of the front seats. I loved it, but I was like 4 or 5. My middle sister thought it was ok and big sis hated it. It only lasted the one long trip to the Rockies then my sisters demanded leg room again.
 
2020-07-11 10:39:16 PM  
Put the brats in the back of the Subaru Brat
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2020-07-11 10:39:43 PM  
I used to hang out on the rear window shelf of one of these until I was 5 or 6. I left my crayons there once and never heard the end of it.

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2020-07-11 10:44:43 PM  
My parents would drive all night to the beach in a minivan without the middle seat.  Only place that had a seat belt law was home so I would wait and wait in anticipation of reaching the county line to be able to get out of the seat belt and eventually sleep on the floor.

Also the rear facing station wagon seats were so cool.
 
2020-07-11 10:45:19 PM  
Kids: it's fun to make more.
 
2020-07-11 10:45:45 PM  
In the 70s, I remember fights with my siblings over who could sit on the front armrest "seat" in my parent's Chevy.

Seatbelts were not even a consideration then...
 
2020-07-11 10:46:18 PM  
My dad built a similar playroom in the back of our 1963 Corvair. It was black with " four on the floor". We only had the car till '64 which is probably why I am still alive to write this.
On a similar note, my mom would swing her arm in front of me if she had to slam on the brakes...
... airbags are for sissies.
 
2020-07-11 10:47:28 PM  
Took a two day (each way) road trip as a wee tot in the back seat of a 1961 Corvair. To Wichita, in July. No A/C. My dad was too cheap to spring for the optional insulated firewall to protect the back seat from the heat of that rear-mounted air-cooled flat-6 engine. I promise you, riding in the back of that little sedan took the fear of the fires of Hell out of me.
 
2020-07-11 10:50:42 PM  
Hell when I was a kid and we wanted to go skitching, my dad would drive the car.

"Grab on, kids!"
 
2020-07-11 10:51:33 PM  

Mock26: This is what I miss from riding in cars when I was a kid in the 1970s:

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The current line of Mercedes wagons have rear facing seats.

Sadly they're power operated, missing pinch points with blood from the last kid who stuck their finger there, can be operated by anyone in the family, don't rattle at speed, and are required to have an inside door handle.
 
2020-07-11 10:52:21 PM  
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2020-07-11 10:53:08 PM  
A relative spun out in a VW bug just driving down the road in freezing weather, with her kids in the back seat.  What happened?  She crossed a bridge.  The bridge had some ice crystals and traction got a little dicey, and the bug switched ends.  Her husband wouldn't let her drive it after that.  He put a camber compensator on it to drive it himself.  A camber compensator is like an anti-sway bar, except that it is z-shaped and works backward, it increases lean instead of decreasing it -- but that increases compliance and improves traction, although it does increase lean in corners.

A friend was driving a VW van down the highway one sunny day and suddenly rolled her van.  What happened?  She drove under a bridge.  There was a strong side wind.  The van made the transition into no side wind when it drove under the bridge, but when it drove out back into the side wind at its highest speed, 45 mph (ca. 72 km/h), it could not keep the shiny side up.

I was acquainted with a clergyman who drove a VW bug, mostly around town.  He got 19 mpg.  Why?  He didn't lie about his gas mileage.

The VW bug was discontinued in the USA in 1979, in great part because a carburated air-cooled engine idling cold in the morning could not reasonably meet exhaust pollution standards.

Maybe people thought that making the back seat into a tiny playroom was OK because the Beetle was so slow.  But in point of fact the Beetle was not slow by 1950s economy car standards, top speed was 75 mph (ca. 121 km/h), and the passenger protection was outstandingly poor.  Serious injuries per two-car accident were higher than for motorcycles of the same period, which still included a lot of 1930s Harleys that had poor or nonexistent brakes and a lot of people rode without helmets.

But, they were cheap, almost anyone could perform almost any repair in their driveway, and they were great fun to drive.  And, the ladies thought that they were soooo cute.
 
2020-07-11 10:55:42 PM  

Windmill Cancer Survivor: My dad built a similar playroom in the back of our 1963 Corvair. It was black with " four on the floor". We only had the car till '64 which is probably why I am still alive to write this.
On a similar note, my mom would swing her arm in front of me if she had to slam on the brakes...
... airbags are for sissies.


Oh, everybody's mom did that. I even did it when my boy was little and wearing a seat belt.
 
2020-07-11 10:56:09 PM  

Mock26: This is what I miss from riding in cars when I was a kid in the 1970s:

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Ours was a 77 Vista Cruiser, we called that the "way back" seat and it was fun when you had a semi tailgating you on I-94
 
2020-07-11 10:57:28 PM  

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Literal Survivorship bias logical fallacy?
 
2020-07-11 10:58:08 PM  
Us six kids and the parents used to pile into the Chevy wagon back in the 60's to drive to the beach in Santa Cruz. I have no recollection of even lap belts. Parents up front, three kids in the back seat and three kids in the free for all zone. To get to the beach, you had to drive over the Santa Cruz mountains on deadly highway 17. My dad usually had a can of beer between his legs. First one who saw the ocean coming down the mountain got a penny.

/hell yes I wanted that penny
 
2020-07-11 11:03:00 PM  

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Yoink!
 
2020-07-11 11:03:40 PM  

I hereby demand that I be given a Fark account: Who rode in the backwards facing seat of a station wagon??

o/


\o

Our friends had one, we didn't.  They had this monstrous late 70s station wagon, I don't remember what it was, just that it didn't have enough straight lines to be an 80s model.
 
2020-07-11 11:04:49 PM  
What about killing your parents we had the 77 impala with 3 seats
Dad was a diplomat so he tried to teach me how to drive
Downtown
In Cairo
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We ended up waiting till we returned to the states for drivers ed
 
2020-07-11 11:07:06 PM  
Steering the car when I was 8 was the best. Dad kept it slow with the pedals, and we stayed on back country dirt roads, but that shiat still wouldn't fly now.

I got so lost in the woods that same year that I had to find the nearest road (which wasn't all that close) and navigate back. I'm not even sure my parents know that happened. They just knew I was gone for a while. The sun was out the whole time, so I must have been fine.

My other car story is that my dad wound up picking us up on foot from the school bus stop (which, thanks to being deep country, was a ~20 minute drive from the house). A cop saw us on the rode and offered us a ride home. Dad drove the same car that had broken down for 4 or 5 years after that. I don't know how many other times it broke down other than to say it was a lot.
 
2020-07-11 11:07:14 PM  
And now, it's the POTUS that wants to kill us all.
 
2020-07-11 11:07:54 PM  
Ahhh... the good old days. Those of us that survived are stronger for it. And the world would be a far better place if todays snowflakes grew up like that.
 
2020-07-11 11:11:56 PM  
I used to love riding in the "cubby hole," which is what I called the storage area behind the rear seats in my mom's '71 Super Bug. My favorite part was the yummy gas exhaust smell that filled the area. It made me feel all warm and sleepy. Mmmm...tater tots.
 
2020-07-11 11:12:29 PM  

Mock26: This is what I miss from riding in cars when I was a kid in the 1970s:

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Yeah.  Dad couldn't reach that far back to hit us.
 
2020-07-11 11:13:11 PM  

JFK Shot First: Ahhh... the good old days. Those of us that survived are stronger for it. And the world would be a far better place if todays snowflakes grew up like that.


Stronger for it? Maybe.
Missing some brain cells we would otherwise have now? Potatobably.
 
2020-07-11 11:14:12 PM  

I hereby demand that I be given a Fark account: Who rode in the backwards facing seat of a station wagon??

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My first viewing of A New Hope / Empire was at a drive in the back of that station wagon.

I was 5.
 
2020-07-11 11:14:21 PM  
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I recall very little of my childhood except that it was mostly in the back recesses of a monstrous GMC van. Relax, it wasn't that bad
 
2020-07-11 11:14:56 PM  

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Nothing like a frosty mug of seatbelt. Man, I miss my potatohood.
 
2020-07-11 11:18:22 PM  
When I was a kid, we never wore seatbelts. If you were in a car accident, you'd get ejected through the windshield and be horribly disfigured. And we liked it!

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2020-07-11 11:19:36 PM  

JFK Shot First: Ahhh... the good old days. Those of us that survived are stronger for it. And the world would be a far better place if todays snowflakes grew up like that.


Except of course for the ones that didn't grow up.

A number of years back right after #1 son arrived I was driving a cheap old shiatbox home from work.  I stopped to get onto the big road, looked right, looked left, saw a massive accident when a woman fell asleep and drove into the opposing lane, looked rig..  holy shiat!

The woman was sitting there in the dust of the airbag, stunned and confused but without a scratch.  The two guys in the old rustbucket similar to mine were bleeding heavily and needed to be cut out of the car before heading off to the ER.

I went out and bought a car with airbags that weekend.  Current car has multiple airbags, auto emergency brakes, lane warning, etc,etc...
 
2020-07-11 11:19:39 PM  
I remember when cars had shelves under the back window, behind the rear seats and as a little kid, my folks let me climb up there and roll around or just stare at the scenery, No seat belts in the car either, just a bright red velvet rope across the back of the front seats for some reason. Had we wrecked, I'll bet I'd have shot from the rear window shelf right out through the front window and wound up in the car we hit.

Back then, there were always accidents where one or two people were ejected from the car, and not too many survived, especially if they were kids.

Naturally, when seat belts were introduced, we had the normal outraged citizens who stood on their rights not to wear them, until they made it a law. (Muh granpappy never wore no seat belt thingie and I don't see why ah got to.)
 
2020-07-11 11:22:45 PM  
 
2020-07-11 11:23:25 PM  

berylman: [Fark user image 259x194] I recall very little of my childhood except that it was mostly in the back recesses of a monstrous GMC van. Relax, it wasn't that bad


I hope the free candy was worth it.
 
2020-07-11 11:23:48 PM  

I hereby demand that I be given a Fark account: Who rode in the backwards facing seat of a station wagon??

o/


Me too!  When we got rid of the station wagon, Dad got us a Pacer.  It may have been a POS, but it was a fun ride for a kid, lying down in the back end and looking up through the hatch back window.  My brother and I had paper routes, and sometimes if Mom had plans and time was short, she would make me and my brother do our deliveries while riding around in the back end with the hatch left up.  Well, she did until one day my brother thought it would be funny to see what happened if he pushed me out while we were driving down the street.  Must have been a hell of a sight, me bowling-balling my way across the pavement...
 
2020-07-11 11:24:57 PM  
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