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noahmercy

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Oldsmobile hits home for me...I was born at home in Oldsmar, Florida, which was named for Ransom Eli Olds (for those wondering where the name of the REO or Oldsmobile came from...there ya' go). He had originally purchased the land in that area with the intent of creating a planned community for the working class.
 

Ride1949

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Speaking of old autos, I remember one of those small magazines, either Popular Mechanics, or Mechanics Illustrated, had a photo-story about how to start various makes of autos of the period. It was done as sort of a photo-quiz, with a photo of the instrument panel/ steering wheel area. Starting was by either a button on the floor, near the hi-beam (remember those?) button; another was a bellows encased button just above the accelerator; another was a push button on the dash. And the Nash by lifting up on the gear selector mounted on the steering column.

Older Nash autos had a steel bar extending from the clutch pedal. Pressing on the clutch automatically guaranteed starting with the car being "out of gear."

Bob Wright
I had a '57 Dodge with a push button automatic on the dash. You pushed the N (neutral) on the gear selector panel to start it
 

RSIno1

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Jowett, Triumph cars, Austin Healey, Austin Cars, Mini Cooper (not the BMW Mini), Jensen, DeLorean just to name a few English cars.
Typical Brit company died and reborn many times. - Mini - Austin Mini, Morris Mini, Leland Mini, Rover Mini , BMW Mini (yes they built the little ones too.
Everybody calls them Mini Cooper but real Coopers are rare. Cooper was the tuning (hot rod) company - ala Shebly/Ford. The ultimate was the 1275 Cooper S. I had an 1100 Cooper and our current RHD 1300 cc Rover Mini Cooper has more power than the factory race cars of the period - and A/C. Down side is it has 12" instead of 10" wheels - I pulled the junk EFI off and replaced it with a big SU carb.

Today you can buy all the body parts to build your own from British Heritage Parts - even a complete new shell.
 

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Chief

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Like the one in my garage. That's the movie that cemented my love for Firebirds.
That’s a nice one Kentucky! I did do want one of those but just couldn’t swing it back then. Always liked ‘em. Did your T tops ever leak?
 

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Arrrgh! I can't believe I wrote Grand Am. That was Nita's car and I know it was no Trans Am! But she drove it more like a Corvette! Backing out of the driveway was genteel enough, but then when she put it in "Drive" ~ ZOOM!

Bob Wright
 

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