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Post by harold wright on Mon Jul 15, 2013 9:03 pm

Does anyone here remember "necker knobs?
I have such an item on my tractor.

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Post by Guest on Mon Jul 15, 2013 9:12 pm

Yes I do. I used to put them on my bicycle handlebars. Dad wouldn't use them because he got his shirt sleeve caught in one and almost wrecked the car.  Shortly after that I believe they were illegal. They were also known as suicide knobs. I like them but don't have any now.

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Post by 75X11 on Mon Jul 15, 2013 9:43 pm

We called them "spinners" up in Indiana. They were a popular accessory for "armstrong power steering".
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Post by Guest on Mon Jul 15, 2013 11:17 pm

I'm not sure about the illegal thing. Everything I read states that was just a rumor because they had a bad reputation. I do see them on tractors around here.

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Post by ea327 on Tue Jul 16, 2013 12:47 am

We called it a suicide knob here in Chicago.
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Post by Resistance is Futile on Tue Jul 16, 2013 2:20 pm

Spinners and suicide knobs in Wisconsin, and yes they were determined not to be allowed.

Also only the police were allowed to have tail lights on vehicles that consisted of a blue glass crystal in the center of a red tail lens. From a distance it looked purple. That was in the 1950s.

Now kids can display any lighting they want if they can get away with it.

Any one remember suicide car doors?

I remember JC Whitney selling wolf whistles and oohgah horns and klaxon bells.

Also cars with windshield shades, hanging window evaporative coolers, plastic window covers to prevent the windows from fogging up.
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Post by ea327 on Tue Jul 16, 2013 3:05 pm

I had a wolf whistle from JC Whitney/Worshawskis. It ran off of engine vacuum.
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Post by Wildcat445 on Tue Jul 16, 2013 4:49 pm

75X11 wrote:We called them "spinners" up in Indiana.  They were a popular accessory for "armstrong power steering".

You nailed it! I have a 1949 Ferguson tractor, bought new in Indiana, and it has a chrome spinner knob on it. Put on when the tractor was nearly new. It was nice when I was mowing or raking hay. They worked well on tractors with wide front end. Tricycle front ends would fall into ground hog holes, and you could lose a thumb. I always had a car with power steering, so they were unnecessary. Every 1949 or 1950 Plymouth I ever saw had one on it. We had a neighbor who was disabled in WW2. He had an Allis-Chalmers WD-45 with power steering and two spinners on the steering wheel. It was the only way he could drive a tractor.

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Post by Guest on Tue Jul 16, 2013 5:46 pm

Any one remember suicide car doors?


Yes I do and Lincolns still had them in the mid '60s...even on the lincoln convertible!


What about "curb feelers" ?

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Post by 75X11 on Tue Jul 16, 2013 5:53 pm

Bobbing head flocked dogs for the rear window, visors and stoplight periscopes for the front and does anyone remember those little white lights folks would put in the middle of their grille for a daytime running light?
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Post by Wildcat445 on Tue Jul 16, 2013 5:58 pm

Blue dot tail lights and fender skirts. And chrome exhaust turndowns with the car maker emblem on it. Dual radio antennae. Fake whitewalls for tires. Tire valve caps that looked like dice.

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Post by Guest on Tue Jul 16, 2013 6:02 pm

 "Frenched" tail lights! Very Happy 

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Post by Wildcat445 on Tue Jul 16, 2013 6:27 pm

Lake pipes and lake plugs. I actually had lake plugs on my Buick. Dual exhausts, naturally. I kept two red shop towels under each corner of the front seat. The idea was to make as much noise as possible. The lake plugs on my Buick came out right behind the front wheels. I would take off the left lake plug, and my girlfriend Judy would take off the right one. She was a dandy girlfriend. Not everybody's girlfriend would remove a hot lake plug. She married a doctor.

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Post by jerryhawthorne on Tue Jul 16, 2013 8:48 pm

I believe in California they were referred to as "brody knobs". With strong hands you could spin the car around and break the rear end loose. Nice for one handed driving on the old cars without power steering then you could use the other hand to pet your girl friend. Of course bench seats back then. Laughing 
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