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History Squirrel tails on antenna and other 50's stuff

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by birdman1, Apr 20, 2021.

  1. birdman1
    Joined: Dec 6, 2012
    Posts: 1,247


    Anyone else old enough to remember putting squirrel tails on the antenna? Raccoon tails too. Even saw a pair of lady's pants on one! Kind of a trophy or conquest.? Red fender skirts, after market hood ornaments too.
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  2. 51 mercules
    Joined: Nov 29, 2008
    Posts: 3,289

    51 mercules

    Plastic Jesus on dash board, St Christopher Medals![​IMG][​IMG]
    Last edited: Apr 20, 2021
  3. I had one on my 68 Firebird, because Huey Duey and Louie had one on their A roadster that they were driving when they were trying to steal Gas from Uncle Donald. This was in the 90s and no one got it but my Dad and I.
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  4. topher5150
    Joined: Feb 10, 2017
    Posts: 2,500


    Kind of surprised this one isn't on Disney+ yet...must have offended someone
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  5. In Alabama we tie possum tails on the antenna...:p
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  6. dan c
    Joined: Jan 30, 2012
    Posts: 2,222

    dan c

    i think that goes back to the 1920s. grampa had one on his stutz bearcat!
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  7. quick85
    Joined: Feb 23, 2014
    Posts: 2,853


    I don't care if it rains or freezes long as I got my plastic Jesus
    glued to the dashboard of my car...

    St. Christopher medals pinned to the sun visor.
    Last edited: May 10, 2021
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  8. john W.
    Joined: May 16, 2017
    Posts: 73

    john W.

    The tails blow off around 90 mph.
    I had a tiger gas tank tail. GONE in one day!
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  9. As many armadillos showing up in South Carolina I expect to see their tails on antennas soon. :rolleyes: HRP
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  10. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 29,781


    That probably ended up on the back of a stingray bicycle..
    About like the Enkie Valve caps on my wheels on the 48 back in the early 90's. They lasted about two days before sticky fingers found them.

    I can remember stories by guys my dad's age of stopping and cutting the tail off a road kill racoon on the side of the road when they were younger. To this day if I pass a racoon that has been hit I look to see if it still has it's tail but I am not going to stop and cut one off.
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  11. How about the red crown tire valve caps from the Standard Oil gas station?
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  12. BadgeZ28
    Joined: Oct 28, 2009
    Posts: 1,111

    from Oregon

    I remember some of the guys had their high school graduation tassel on the interior rear view mirror. More recent than the 50's were Styrofoam round 76 gas balls stuck on the car antenna.
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  13. Hollywood-East
    Joined: Mar 13, 2008
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  14. FrozenMerc
    Joined: Sep 4, 2009
    Posts: 2,741


    A classic Looney Tunes Short from 1950.

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  15. Frank Carey
    Joined: Oct 15, 2009
    Posts: 529

    Frank Carey

    I had my high school graduation tassel on the rear view mirror of my high school car, a 34 sedan. Cool until I cranked the windshield open. The wind destroyed it.
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  16. hotrodjack33
    Joined: Aug 19, 2019
    Posts: 2,650


    That cartoon nurse in the beginning has pretty big "gazongas" ...made me kinda hot:eek:
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  17. quick85
    Joined: Feb 23, 2014
    Posts: 2,853


    Red (regular) and gold (premium). I wonder how many I went through as a kid.
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  18. RidgeRunner
    Joined: Feb 9, 2007
    Posts: 906

    from Western MA

    Bulldogs off Mack trucks for hood ornaments were "hot" for awhile back then.....

  19. ROADSTER1927
    Joined: Feb 14, 2009
    Posts: 2,913


    IMG_0583.JPG P2050134.JPG Enco tiger on our 40 and a fox tail on my Roadster!
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  20. Von Brush
    Joined: Nov 20, 2016
    Posts: 99

    Von Brush
    from Corfu, NY

    No photos but l remember when l was in high school a guy with a 50 Ford had taken out the big bullet in the grille and replaced it with a large radio speaker so everyone could enjoy the tunes from his AM radio. Cool

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  21. Speed Gems
    Joined: Jul 17, 2012
    Posts: 3,416

    Speed Gems

  22. 1971BB427
    Joined: Mar 6, 2010
    Posts: 6,965

    from Oregon

    When I was a teen driver the big deal was to have a garter belt hanging from the rearview mirror. Kinda like a trophy. I've had my wife's garter from our wedding in the 70's hanging in one of my hotrods ever since. Been in my old Austin gasser the last 11 years.
  23. Coolest

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  24. We called the squirrel tails "Tennessee Go Fasters" Good for at least 10 or 15 MPH
  25. Another thing we did was slip a glove on an antenna with the mast going in the middle finger.
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  26. gnichols
    Joined: Mar 6, 2008
    Posts: 11,000

    from Tampa, FL

    They were 'coon tails! Ala Davey Crockett. In the late 60's the car culture went crazy for the Union 76 balls, smiley faces, Florida orange balls and the famous Chicago radio station had their own WLS yellow foam balls. Then came retractable radio antennas... game over.
  27. AVater
    Joined: Dec 9, 2008
    Posts: 2,641

    1. Connecticut HAMB'ers

    Keep the medals in both in the hopes they help me get back home.
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  28. big bird
    Joined: Feb 16, 2014
    Posts: 94

    big bird

    Had a Squirrel tail on my CB antenna back in the 80s. Good times.
  29. wicarnut
    Joined: Oct 29, 2009
    Posts: 7,816


    I'm a Wisconsin guy, Started driving 1964, 1957 Chevy. Fuzzy Dice back then, still have them in my 51 Merc now. High school graduation tassel, girl friends garter, Sun tachometer on dash or steering column, floor shift kit, Hurst the preferred kit, 3 Gage panel under dash, oil-water-amp, glass packs, baby moons, recap street slicks. I have great memories from those days, most of my life all good memories/fun. Have stated many times, I'm a very lucky fortunate man.

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