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Growing up, I remember...

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 3wLarry, May 27, 2010.

  1. Okie Pete
    Joined: Oct 29, 2008
    Posts: 3,368

    Okie Pete

    Mazoona , Butch wax has a different meaning today. :rolleyes:
    On rainy mornings my Great Grand dad pulling up in his 59 Chevy pickup and rapping out the 235 6 to be sure we were awake. Good times.
  2. 1great40
    Joined: Jan 1, 2008
    Posts: 465

    from Walpole MA

    I remember "hookin bumpers" in the winter and riding behind cars in the snow. (till my mom caught us). How about Port-a-Walls? And thinking a transmission with a synchromesh 1st gear was high tech!
  3. 57Custom300
    Joined: Aug 21, 2009
    Posts: 1,346

    from Arizona

    Growing up in Detroit in the 50's they used to spray oil on the dirt side streets there in the summer. Had to avoid walking or riding your bike on them for a few days or face the wrath of Mom coming home oily.
  4. Maricopa County (Phoenix) used to oil the dirt roads in residential areas, always made for some fun driving if it rained before the oil sank in...
  5. Going into abandoned buildings and shooting pigeons with a BB Gun!
  6. Rickybop
    Joined: May 23, 2008
    Posts: 6,928

    from Michigan

    Life rolls by
    Time sure do fly
    The world keeps on changin'...and only God knows why.
    Everybody asks, "Where's the time go?"
    It goes into the past...and it don't go slow.
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  7. How many of you guys know what DRIP gas is??????
    burned many of gallon of it back in the 50s
  8. 1971BB427
    Joined: Mar 6, 2010
    Posts: 6,431

    from Oregon

    I remember how excited I was when I went from my $1.60 an hr. after school job, to my full time job after graduation; making $2.75 an hour! Man I thought I was rich, plus I was working at a real car dealership! Didn't get much better at 18 yrs. old!
    I also remember my rent back then was $50 a month for a one bedroom duplex. My car cost me $500 for a 11 year old '57 Chevy Belair with 65,000 miles! We actually had money to spend, and still money to save!
    When we ran my car at the drags it cost $5 entry fee, and less if you were just going to watch! A full set of new chrome reverse wheels was just under $100, and a set of tires was around $60!
    We used to take off work Friday afternoon and fill the tank up. Then hit the road for the entire weekend with no particular destination in mind. Just drive until someone came up with a good idea of where to go!
  9. castirondude
    Joined: Jan 26, 2012
    Posts: 496


    growing up in the netherlands I remember... coming back from our vacation in America, feeling like I visited wonderland and woke back up in my prison cell.. no cool cars, no cool appliances & tech toys.. no endless highways, mountains, deserts, forests.. just a hole in the ground with a bare lightbulb
  10. 19Fordy
    Joined: May 17, 2003
    Posts: 7,067


    " just a hole in the ground with a bare lightbulb"

    Gee, sounds pretty bleak. Glad you made it to the USA permanently.
  11. castirondude
    Joined: Jan 26, 2012
    Posts: 496


    Looking back there were advantages as well, but I didn't look at it that way at the time :rolleyes:

    We didn't have a fridge. In the US people have refrigerators. Giant fridges, and freezers. I had never seen frozen bread before! And they automatically make ice cubes too!
    (one advantage was that if you bought ice cream, you had no choice but to eat it all right away :D )
    We didn't have a car. In the US, all teenagers have a car. And not just "a car" but a bigger, nicer one than I had ever seen. So wide that 3 people can sit besides each other. (In the NL now you have to be 21 to drive a car that big) With electric windows, air conditioning, cruise control, automatic transmission , move the lever and the car smoothly starts moving :eek:.
    We had a washer, but it was manual. We had to pump the water from a well, then turn on the heater. Don't forget to turn it off or it would boil dry. In the US, the washers are 3x bigger and they are fully automatic, they even rinse and spin dry your clothes!
    We didn't have a phone. We had a box of quarters for the pay phone. In the US, everybody has a phone and can you believe you get unlimited local calls!
    I had to wash dishes on monday and tuesday, and dry then on wednesday and thursday. In the US, people have dishwashers! You put it in, it comes out washed, rinsed, and dried. It's magic.
    When we went camping, we had to bring a tent on a bicycle. If it rained, you would be wet the rest of that day. In america, folks have RV's and campers, you have a stove, fridge, electricity, heat, all these things, you don't have to sleep on the ground. They even bring a second car just for convenience!

    I just loved technology, and it seemed in America there was something magical in every room of the house, and on every corner of the street.
  12. Rusty O'Toole
    Joined: Sep 17, 2006
    Posts: 9,458

    Rusty O'Toole

    Anyone remember dingle balls around the windows and white rubber mud flaps with red and green jewel reflectors.
  13. GaryB
    Joined: Dec 19, 2008
    Posts: 3,529

    from Reno,nv

    dingle balls ,I haven't heard those mentioned IN years,bellflower blvd baby all day long
  14. Butch Clay
    Joined: Sep 27, 2011
    Posts: 221

    Butch Clay

    Punching oil cans with a spout....

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  15. Carol lived down the street had some nice rack:eek:
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  16. Doing 360's in the snow at West Beach parking lot:cool:
  17. Rickybop
    Joined: May 23, 2008
    Posts: 6,928

    from Michigan

    Sitting in my dad's '57 Plymouth and thinking how cool the dash was...the two-tone steering wheel, the snub-nosed bullet-shaped chrome knobs, etc.

    Then he and his buddy got it running after it had sat for quite a while in the garage. Vrooom! Vrooom! Errrrrrrrrrr! He zoomed outa there and slid sideways into the side yard. My brothers and I cheered. My mom got pissed. Dad was in
  18. 19Fordy
    Joined: May 17, 2003
    Posts: 7,067


    Milk vending machines for 25 cents a quart in the early 60's. Sometimes it would just keep dispensing several quarts of milk for a quarter when it got stuck.
  19. BISHOP
    Joined: Jul 16, 2006
    Posts: 2,571


    cows here have them every summer.
  20. wsdad
    Joined: Dec 31, 2005
    Posts: 1,258


    The blondes got fat and died thier hair blue.
  21. chris98006
    Joined: Jan 26, 2010
    Posts: 111

    from Seattle WA

    4 doors were parts cars.
  22. mixedupamx
    Joined: Dec 2, 2006
    Posts: 513


    I remember the blue light specials well. there would always be a huge crowd in the isle where the special was located and all you had to do was look for the flashing blue light on a pole that they would roll into place near the item. that's when everyone shopped at K mart now days you can count the customers in the store at any given time on 2 hands.
  23. striptnut
    Joined: Mar 5, 2011
    Posts: 90


    Paying for your gas "after" you pumped it into your ride.
  24. dinokruzordinance
    Joined: May 21, 2008
    Posts: 301


    nazarath on 8 track ... spark~0~matic .. .50 gas a gallon ... evil knievel
  25. XERB
    Joined: Aug 8, 2012
    Posts: 123


    Having to pay a couple cents more to get your Coke 'off the ice'...chilled...
  26. automaticslim
    Joined: Aug 31, 2010
    Posts: 367

    from new jersey

    I remember antifreeze coming in a can. Dad liked Zerex which was the premium version of Zerone, and both were made by Dupont. Here in New Jersey, your antifreeze had to be in around this time of year. I would help him reverse flush the system, then add the gallon can or more of Zerex and a bottle of rust inhibitor, and fill the rest with water. Then the battery would be teated and if it was up to snuff, it was cleaned and filled with distilled water. The snow tires were pulled out of summer storage and checked to see if they would last the winter. If they didn't look good, and if the money was low, Dad might replace them with "new" recaps. If the money was jumping, he bought new.

    His car was a 1959 Chevy Parkwood station wagon, bought new from Girard Chevrolet in West Philadelphia. Six cylinder, power glide, radio, heater, windshield washer, and white wall tires. The color was Shoreline Beige with a Bronze interior. Before the first freeze happened, he always washed the car, compounded the paint, and Simonized it. We never used the car wash during the winter, that was for rich folks, so if the sun was out and it was well above freezing, he would get his bucket and wash the road salt off his pride and joy. He gave the car to his younger brother when he bought a new GTO at the end of 1966, and I don't remember that Chevy ever having a spot of rust, or the paint fading. The good old GM Magic Mirror finish.

    I also remember:

    Army-Navy stores
    War Surplus stores
    Quonset Huts
    Calamine lotion
    "Cross Your Heart with your Playtex Living Bra"
    "Winston tastes good like a (clack clack) cigarette should"
    "It's not nice to fool Mother Nature" (Loud thunder and lightning ensues)
    Go Go Go Go Goodyear, go with Goodyear snow tires.
    You Go in Snow, or We Pay the Tow. (BF Goodrich? Firestone?)
  27. XERB
    Joined: Aug 8, 2012
    Posts: 123


    excellent memories
  28. tommyd
    Joined: Dec 10, 2010
    Posts: 11,328

    from South Indy

    As a kid riding in the race car as my brother "flat-towed" it from Indy to Cincy. Later riding in the car strapped to the ramp truck. Those winding roads that lead to Edgewater Dragway looked soooo scary sitting up high on that truck.:D
  29. Butch Clay
    Joined: Sep 27, 2011
    Posts: 221

    Butch Clay

    I have a question for you older gentleman. What did cars smell like brand new in say the 50's or 60's? Did they smell like chemicals like they do now? I've always wondered about that. I realize a smell is hard to explain. Maybe it's wishful thinking but I always imagined it smelling really awesome. Lol

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  30. Nezzy51
    Joined: Oct 20, 2013
    Posts: 27


    Go karts, mini bikes, dirt bikes and being able to ride them just about anywhere without to much trouble.

    Model car kits from Ben Franklin, Woolworth, or the hobby store.

    Minnesota Dragways. About a 3 mile bike ride. Or one of our parents would drop us off and pick us up. How the hell did we arrange that without a cell phone!?

    Air shocks, Keystone Classics, and Firestone Super Sports

    10 junk yards (yes we always called them junk yards) within 5 miles

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