Things that don't happen anymore.. - Mark (RLBS)
I am sure that I remember car horns sticking on years ago.

It seems to me that more cars lost a wheel, and certainly over-heated more often.

Now the last two are because of improvements, but why don't we hear car horns stuck anymore ?

Things that don't happen anymore.. - Clanger
I'll guess that horn switches have become more reliable since they migrated to the indicator stalks. I can't remember the details but there must be more to go wrong on the earlier arrangement. My Triumph 2000 crucified the battery when its horn stuck on. Maybe you heard it in the car park of the Mexborough pub, Harrogate Rd, Leeds about 1978? Couldn't hear it myself over the sound of the Moonshiners folk band.



H.

Things that don't happen anymore.. - Altea Ego
I think you will find that two things still happen with the same regularity - Overheating engines, and flat batteries.
Things that don't happen anymore.. - THe Growler
Mark,

Of course car horns don't stick on any more. That specification is obsolete. It has been replaced by alarms going off.


Things that don't happen anymore.. - Nsar
Odd that - I was walking to my office just last week alongside a Toyota cab that had its horn stuck on. The bizarre thing was that the traffic was moving at walking speed to so it kept pace with me for about 300 yards - deafening and surreal at the same time - a bit like that Moonshiners gig someone else was refering to perhaps?
Things that don't happen anymore.. - Stargazer {P}
Mark,

Regarding overheating. I wonder if it is something to do with the heating system design where the fan is electrically powered and the radiator sized to not require the fan under normal driving conditions...in stationary traffic in summer the extra boost of a powerful fan is sufficient to avoid overheating.

But go back to the 60s and 70s and the radiators were smaller, fans were usually directly driven by the fan/dynamo belt and ran all the time, everything was sized for nominal cooling with the car moving.

From experience with a Mk1 Escort with absolutely no coolant or cylinder head problems was that more than 5 minutes of stationary traffic in summer with a fully warm engine was enough to see the temperature gauge rising. Further problems could be avoided by opening the windows and putting the fan and heater on full. But if the driver was not paying attention overheating occurred in about 3 minutes.

Most of my memories of overheated cars pulled over at the side of the road come from summer trips to cornwall in places like North Petherton before all the bypasses were built.

regards

Ian L
Things that don't happen anymore.. - 3500S
Somethings that doesn't happen anymore.

Vapour Lock - the amount of time I've spent trying to trace a problem with hot fuel lines and evapourating petrol.
Things that don't happen anymore.. - THe Growler
Manufacturers fitting 6 volt batteries.

I had a wonderful '51 Chevy Fleetline with the 216 cu in "Stovebolt 6" engine that never failed to start and produced good lighting on a 6 volt battery. Indeed after sitting outside in a Worthing street for 3 weeks during the notorious blizzards on Jan 1963, it still cranked up straight away.

Next was a Willys Jeep ex-WD with a side valve motor - same thing. After that I had a '54 Mercury Monterey V-8 230 cu in. also with a 6 volt system. Never once a problem. None of these vehicles had new batteries when I bought them and when sold they still had the same ones.

Then for some reason I acquired a '62 Beetle, also with 6 volt electrics......hey wait up, I just answered my own question....
Things that don't happen anymore.. - Observer
Clouds of blue smoke when flooring it after being held up with worn valve guides, and continual smoke from worn bores; both used frequently to be seen. And of course black smoke from choke still out.
Things that don't happen anymore.. - Colin M
"Running In - Please Pass" stickers in the back window. Although you still occasionally see this in a brand new Honda or similar with grey haired pensioner driving.

Things that don't happen anymore.. - teabelly
Talking of older folk. Where have all those beaded seat covers gone that used to be everywhere a few years ago? I thought they were standard kit on honda civics ;-)
teabelly
Things that don't happen anymore.. - Ian (Cape Town)
Aaaah yes! Beaded seat covers...
Led to that amazing medical condition called 'golf ball a***'!
Things that don't happen anymore.. - Ian (Cape Town)
People who give hand signals.
My indicators failed once, and I had to drive home without them.
Got some funny looks with all that flapping about ...

[Of course, had I been driving a certain make of german car, this would not have been an issue.]
Things that don't happen anymore.. - Dynamic Dave
why don't we hear car horns stuck anymore ?


I think it's because they're now fed through relays with meaty contacts, whereas before they were fed directly through the horn switch itself with tin foil contacts. The horn switch contacts can cope with milliamps running through them to operate a relay, but could never handle the current that the horn demanded.
Things that don't happen anymore.. - GRowlette
No more gentlemen opening the car door for their female companions. And they don't get out first in the rain with an umbrella to open my door so I don't get wet. Only time I get that is when we visit some swanky place with valet parking, then this guy wants a tip.

Things that don't happen anymore.. - Marcos{P}
Still happens round my way GRowlette. I think you need to have a serious chat with Growler.
Things that don't happen anymore.. - Welliesorter
If you're looking for other examples: putting 'water' in a 'radiator' rather than 'coolant' in a 'reservoir'.

Calling the bit behind the rear passengers a 'parcel shelf': when did someone realise that it was dangerous to place objects there?

While I'm thinking about it, when did it become common to have a plastic cover over the engine?

As for horns: it's still common enough to have them on the steering wheel isn't it?
Things that don't happen anymore.. - bafta
The sound of neighbours cursing in the cold, early morn as their knuckles were rapped by the starting handle.
Things that don't happen anymore.. - THe Growler
LOL I had forgotten that! My old man's epithets would turn the air blue, but not before he'd taken the plugs out of his Ford E93A Prefect and put them in the oven to heat up, easy enough with a flathead engine. Invariably the battery wouldn't turn the thing over on a cold morning, so that was how it was done. I got the job of delivering them back in an oven glove.

How he dealt with arriving in the City with rolled umbrella, starched collar, bowler hat and greasy hands after all that I never knew. Maybe they all did it so it was nothing out of the ordinary.


Things that don't happen anymore.. - Tom Shaw
Sunday mornings with every other car in the street having the regular minor service it needed to keep it running. Hardly ever see a bonnet up now unless there is an AA man poking about underneath.

And hearing people discussing the reason they won't be doing the 60 mile trip to the coast this year because "The car would never make it"

Ah, the good old days. Glad they're gone.
Things that don't happen anymore.. - PLS
Holidaying with my parents and brother in Devon - having to get out of my father's Mk1 Ford Escort to lessen the weight and allow it to crawl up hills.

Driving at speed without abs, airbags and seat belts. How did we do it?
Things that don't happen anymore.. - PhilW
Taking the cylinder head off to give it a quick de-coke with a screwdriver, then polishing the ports and going out for a blast in your (mate's) "souped up" car
Things that don't happen anymore.. - PhilW
Putting a paraffin lamp under the engine at night to stop it freezing
Things that don't happen anymore.. - PhilW
changing to "town and country" tyres in the winter to give bit of grip on those rear wheel drive thingss in winter
Things that don't happen anymore.. - PhilW
Going round all the tyre depots trying to find 20" tyres (cool!) - except they were cross-plies - and your mate had radial ply Pirellis
Things that don't happen anymore.. - Andrew-T
Owning (for 3 years) the second Morris 1100 sold in Alberta (in 1962). You may not believe this, but it would start on the battery down to 0°F, and on the plug-in heater down to -20°, which is pretty damn cold. Corners then had to be negotiated very slowly as the steering became incredibly viscous.

Hardly anything failed on that car, but the outside electric fuel pump sooted up from time to time, so I travelled with a spare which I could change anywhere (Washington DC, Rocky Mountains) in about 15 mins. One amusing sideline was showing the transverse engine to the locals wherever we went.
Things that don't happen anymore.. - Steve G
Blimey !
How old are you lot ?

Next you will talking about Horse drawn carriages ;-)
Things that don't happen anymore.. - PhilW
Getting the horse re-shoed after a long day, while giving its fetlocks a rub down
Things that don't happen anymore.. - bafta
Sorry, Steve G. We didn't mean to frighten you!
Things that don't happen anymore.. - henry k
Returning from hols having rented a car for long enough to get used to it - nothing handles as well as rental car - then 1st commute back to the office in the 1600e, no power steering but up to the T junction at the main road and head touches roof as I remembered the brakes are working but NO servo fitted.

Hunting for a gear with three speed gear boxes and some with column change.

Vacuum wipers that went slower when you need them most.

Listing an optional extra - a heater.

Stacking Eight track cassettes

Bolting on fogs light - front and rear

Getting out to clean proper wing mirrors

Reversing quarter lights on a hot day.

Suffering a Ford Cortina Crusader with no dipping mirror or boot light. deleted by the bean counters

BMW that needed the lights switched on to illuminate the boot

Deciding where to position a stick on heated rear window

Remembering to take the emergency windscreen.

Fitting 4 point seat belts for the children or carry cot straps

Changing round headlamps - unless you are a Taxi driver for Cibies H4s - wow what a difference.

Using the spark plug cleaning machine.

Hearing the sound of tin hub caps taking a different roundabout exit from the owners vehicle.

Things that don't happen anymore.. - bafta
Double de-clutching. Synchromesh, what's that? My first car, a Moggie whose heater was so poor it used to ice up on the inside as I drove along.
Some years later my friend taking his brand new Toyota Corolla to one of the 'new fangled' car washes which tore it apart!
This is all beginning to sound scary. A bit like a parody of that Monty Python sketch about the 'old days.'You know the one, 'born in a septic tank, used to have to get up half an hour before I went to bed, etc.'
Things that don't happen anymore.. - ajit
Floor mounted headlamp dippers (old austons, floor mounted wash/wipe (mercedes) - instead of complicated stalks, one has one limb available (the left leg that could take on a task) esp. for automatics
Things that don't happen anymore.. - THe Growler
Check handbrake on and wiggle gearstick. If column change gearstick will wiggle of it's own accord.

Pull out choke to right extent (takes a while to learn what is "right" to avoid flooding before battery runs down or battery running down before engine starts. No two vehicles respond the same way). Insert key in ignition. Turn to the right. Pull starter button in short bursts (if Mini, fiddle around on floor till starter button located, then press at short intervals).

Hold breath and tense entire body till engine fires, then relax once it does. Do not move off for two minutes to allow engine to warm without stalling. Reward patience and skill by lighting up the first of the day.

In the event above fails to work, get out of car and use starting handle. Newcomers should wear suitable gloves until the callouses of the experienced driver have appeared. On no account wrap thumb around starting handle. Should engine respond by fighting back boisterously, broken digit can result.

If Mini and no starting handle, inveigle neighbour to give push start. If no neighbour in site, use girlfriend, but with discretion. If Ford Prefect, sigh in exasperation and walk to bus stop.
Things that don't happen anymore.. - Observer
Going round all the grease nipples with the gun, worrying about the gunge displaced by the new grease. Cleaning up afterwards ("WHY can't you put your old clothes on first?"). Taking out for brake test to make sure no grease had got in the drums.

Timing ignition by turning engine until points released the cigarette paper at the right number of degrees, or fractions of an inch on the piston, before top dead centre. OK on the bike, but ideally a job for two who got on well on the car. Got worse when there was no handle any more and a large spanner on the crankshaft nose was required. Or even jacking up a back wheel and turning it in top gear.
Things that don't happen anymore.. - Altea Ego
Taking the head off to do a de-coke every 30k miles. Valves, and springs in egg boxes so they dont get put back in the wrong cylinder. Lapping valves (twist twist twist, lift drop, lift drop, twist twist twist)

Leaving home in essex at 4 am to get to campsite in cornwall by 3 pm the next day (avoid porlock hill - wont make it up) Enough tools and spares in boot to keep 8th army on the move!

Counting the tigers tails flying from aerials!

Creeping along on fumes to get to garage doing triple green shield stamps. ANd much later, a cabinet full of wine glasses from shell.

and how about this one, Taking the mobile handset from its holder on the centre console, taking the briefcase sized phone gubbins from its holder in the boot, plugging handset into briefcase, carry breifcase. (and reverse procedure before you drive off again - dont know why - never worked - no coverage!)
Things that don't happen anymore.. - THe Growler
In let me see, 31 years, a total of 6 country relocations, and 11 house moves, I still have THREE of those Shell smoked glasses.
I'll take my nightly drop of red out of one I think tonight....
Things that don't happen anymore.. - NorthernKev {P}
Cars breaking down...

Remember going down to Cornwall with my 'rents with caravan [out the closet now...] and a mk V Cortina, we had to avoid Exeter hill as the car couldn't make it up.
Sigh, what a boring life mine will be, be happy you have things to reminisce about.

Also on Cortinas, Vynal [sorry for spelling], my dad's still in love with them, bit of boot polish, looked great!
Black steel wheels and chrome hub caps [which would always fall off]
My amazement to find that the wooden panelling wasn't infact wood!
Painting the sills in Hammerite
Putting massive steel robs in boot to stop it falling off.

That'll do for now...

Kev

P.S. Growler, why have you capitalised the 'H' in the article in your name?
Things that don't happen anymore.. - Flat in Fifth
Cars breaking down...


On a similar tangent; in preparation for the annual 3 hour drive on the holiday pilgrimage to Bridlington a major service was an absolute requirement. Plus a sigh of relief at end of journey turning into Lime Kiln Lane.

Things that don't happen anymore.. - henry k
Floor mounted headlamp dippers (old austons, floor mounted wash/wipe (mercedes) -
instead of complicated stalks, one has one limb available (the left
leg that could take on a task) esp. for automatics

>>
Do not try this in the early DS Citroen
or you will be washed and wiped off the windscreen.
The first true power brakes operated by a little button on the floor because all it did was control the high pressure hydraulics.
Things that don't happen anymore.. - Technoprat {P}
Listing an optional extra - a heater.



I had a 1957 Beetle that had no heater and no petrol gauge. You knew you were low on fuel when the engine stopped. There was a floor switch which you could turn to a reserve tank that held enough for about 20 miles. Fantastic car in which I drove well over 300,000 miles.
Things that don't happen anymore.. - CM
Windscreens that shatter into a million pieces when a stone hits it (giving your heart rate an unhealthy boost!)


Why can't we design unbreakable windows, so that little oiks don't smash them? Is it just expense or is there some safety aspect or can't it be done unless the "glass" is 10cm thick?
Things that don't happen anymore.. - Altea Ego
Sitting in a traffic jam on the A30 in the middle of bodmin moor at the start of the school holidays in 1965 watching the hawks circling above - Oh Wait a mo that still happens 38 years later!
Things that don't happen anymore.. - frostbite
Motorcyclists being catapulted over the handlebars by the kickstart.
Things that don't happen anymore.. - frostbite
And those self-adhesive town or county stickers on the back of cars, complete with (illegally used IIRC) coats of arms.
Things that don't happen anymore.. - Stargazer {P}
3rd degree burns on the legs and back after sitting on the hot black vinyl car seats (after spending all day at the beach while on holiday).

Ian L.
Things that don't happen anymore.. - John R @ Work {P}
Boiling your chain in a tin of black goo on the kitchen stove... (Oh! some ones telling me some people still do this???)
Shafties rule, OK

John R
Things that don't happen anymore.. - THe Growler
Filtrate Graphite Grease. Went out (I hope!) with O-Ring chains.

Things that don't happen anymore.. - John R @ Work {P}
Filtrate Graphite Grease


Yep, that's the stuff. 8 or 9 inch diameter tin, looked for all the world like a large tin of boot polish.

WHAT DO YOU MEAN, WHAT'S BOOT POLISH?


John R
Things that don't happen anymore.. - bafta
Real bumpers made of steel and chrome which could attach themselves to a car which had 'bumped' you at the lights. In those days bumpers were used to negotiate your space. I drove off from the traffic lights in Harlow with a car attached.That's what I call tailgating.

Thanks Backroomers for the happy memories of holiday journeys when the car had to be 'prepared' and the tools that one took weighed far more than the luggage. I remember we had to take supplies of food in case (for when) we broke down. I remember the hill at Exeter. The real heroes towed a caravan with their old jalopies.

I apologise, on behalf of all the old codgers reminiscing in the backroom, to all the young men and women who will never experience the joy of arriving at their destination covered in grease and half blind from a ten hour journey, peering through a cracked windscreen in the blazing sun! They will never experience that surge of pride you felt when you realised that you had made it to the destination, and that creeping fear as the holiday nears its end when the awful realisation came. You have to get home again!
Things that don't happen anymore.. - DavidHM
And this is from the era when my dad, as a steel sales rep, used to drive to places like Venice and Stockholm (!)
Things that don't happen anymore.. - bafta
David, total respect!
Things that don't happen anymore.. - Tom Shaw
Living in a house with a drain just outside the front gate. Made oil changes so much easier.
Things that don't happen anymore.. - Sheepy-by-the-Sea
Vinyl roof kits.
Windscreen shattering without warning.
Total brake failure (dual circuits help there).
Flooded carburettors.

(Reminds me of the period when we had a petrol Bedford minibus - engine hatch inside. Used to be a bit tricky to start in hot weather, so Dad used to keep a milk bottle of petrol (he was a milkman after all), open the hatch, lift off the air cleaner, and pour neat petrol down the carb while turning the ignition with his spare hand. With a whoosh of flame the thing would start and off we'd go. Even then (and I was only six) something told me it wasn't a sensible thing to do)
Things that don't happen anymore.. - DeeJay
Clipping the small parking light to the driver's door window and hoping it won't flatten the battery . Alternatively , using the paraffin lamp ( with half the glass painted red ) , if it was not too windy a night .
Things that don't happen anymore.. - Sheepy-by-the-Sea
Topping up the battery.
Charging the battery every night in the winter.

Leaving the car unlocked and finding it still there three hours later.

Following a few feet behind an HGV in fog because it clears the way (that one might have been official advice once).

Crossplies

Magnetic seatbelt catches (didn't matter if they worked 'cos nobody wore 'em anyway).

Points

Rust

Courtesy

Being able to reach 60mph legally on an A-road (before all those damn 50 limits started breeding)

Being able to change a bulb in the speedo using just a screwdriver, without spending 4 hours unclipping acres of plastic only to find it won't go back together again.

Carrying five kids on the back seat and three in the boot.

Blowouts.

Things that don't happen anymore.. - bafta
Ay, Sheepy. 0 to 60 in ten minutes!
Things that don't happen anymore.. - bafta
Sheepy, you mentioned 'courtesy' and that has reminded me. Other drivers often stopped to help when you broke down, with their extensive tool kits and home made gizmos. Since everybody was breaking down or stopping to help each other it is no wonder that we never actually got anywhere in a hurry.
Things that don't happen anymore.. - HF
Ah, the good old days eh, Bafta? ;)
HF
Things that don't happen anymore.. - bafta
Indeed HF. I think that's probably why you're such a popular member of the backroom. Your adventures remind us of the 'good old days.' Although we sort of miss the camaraderie we're mostly glad that we've left them behind. Just when we come over all nostalgic there you are reliving it all for us!
Things that don't happen anymore.. - HF
ROFLMAO Bafta!! Thanks for the compliment, too! And yes, I can see why my trials and tribulations might remind some of you of a former life. Unfortunately in HF world these things remain very real and very omnipresent. But god, if it keeps someone amused then that's great!
HF
Things that don't happen anymore.. - bafta
Yes, but look at all the free advice you get in exchange for your tales of woe, and all our care and understanding! LOL
Things that don't happen anymore.. - HF
I know!! And I appreciate that no end, believe me! Care, understanding, and a whole load of p-taking - that works well in the world of HF! ;)
Things that don't happen anymore.. - wemyss
Does anyone remember the weekly Knight of the Road award in the News of the World when someone had been nominated by others for doing some deed such as towing some strangers car back to his own home. Putting them up for the night and in the meantime stripping the engine or something down and getting them back on the road next morning.
Or following makers instructions to be sure to drain out the anti-freeze at the end of the winter flush through and refill with fresh clean water.
And of course roll up or remove the leather (or was it plastic) radiator muff.
Converting your car from positive to negative earth and told to now expect less body corrosion.
Fitting a radio and mates gathering round to listen to Jack Jackson on Radio Luxembourg.


Things that don't happen anymore.. - Colin M
* Flashing the dynamo field coil with a lead from the battery to convert to negative earth then replacing the Motorola radio with some trendy Japanese cassette player.

* Pulling miles of tape out of jammed cassette player

* Spraying "cold start" into the air intake on a winters morn.

Things that don't happen anymore.. - Fullchat
8 Track Stereo or were thay Stereo 8 Tracks???????. The definitive ICE.


Fullchat
Things that don't happen anymore.. - Welliesorter
Eight track *cartridges*. They pre-dated cassettes and co-existed with them for a while.

A spot of googling will reveal far more about them than you'd forgotten! I didn't realise that they lasted well into the eighties.

I'm not yet 35 but I remember those and parking lights which you attached to the battery with crocodile clips. You had to leave the bonnet slightly open to allow room for the cable. It seems amazing now that people hooked these onto a side window without worrying too much about the effect on security or waterproofing. After they stopped being compulsory, my Dad glued the white sides of two together to make a (not very good) camping lamp.
Things that don't happen anymore.. - borasport20
* Spraying "cold start" into the air intake on a winters
morn.

Taking the plugs out and putting them under the grill in the kitchen when the cold start didn't work


I have to grow old - but I don't have to grow up
Things that don't happen anymore.. - henry k
Small cars with bench front seats. Say no more!!!

Pumping the windscreen washer knob.

Fitting a cardboard panel in front of the radiator.

Proper big steel fans to keep the engine cold not those noisy electric jobbies.

Keeping an eye on the ammeter

Boasting about how many guages are on the dashboard.

Backfiring. Especially after the neighbour has attempted a service.

Changing an oil filter. No - wash it out.

Blowing out the asbestos from the brake drums with an air line.

Sending the old bus to a scrappie with the original disks.

Solo bump starting. Pushing it down the road with the door open and steering with the left hand. Then jumping in dipping the clutch, grabbing a gear, shuting the door then start all over again.

Remembering to take the members special AA key that gave access to the AA box with a TELEPHONE.

And the classic. The AA patrol man on his motorcycle combination no longer salutes all AA members. Before my time I might add.

Things that don't happen anymore.. - Rudolf
>>And the classic. The AA patrol man on his motorcycle combination no longer salutes all AA members. Before my time I might add.

The idea apparently was that if he did not salute one stopped to ask why. He could not legally warn of the trap up the road (which was what the AA started out to do) but this had a similar effect.
Rudolf
Things that don't happen anymore.. - Cliff Pope
White-wall tyres
Shooting brakes
Rivet-on cill replacements from Exchange & Mart
Cheap oil from Gamages in 5 gallon drums
Polishing headlamp reflectors with Silvo
Persuading an MOT man that 6" of play at the steering wheel was OK really.
Things that don\'t happen anymore.. - pdc {P}
The early 80\'s craze for bumper stickers.
Things that don't happen anymore.. - terryb
Keeping an eye on the ammeter
Boasting about how many guages are on the dashboard.



Smith's supplementary gauges. I fitted an ammeter and an oil pressure gauge to my old 100E. The latter after big end failure cost me £75 for a recon engine!

Terry
Things that don't happen anymore.. - MS
1. Mono radios
2. MW radios losing the signal when you drove under bridges
3. Aftermarket centre consoles made of chipboard
4. Furry car seat covers
Things that don't happen anymore.. - frostbite
Real fog, where you couldn't see much further than your front bumper.
Things that don't happen anymore.. - Doc
1. Rust on cars a few years old.
2. People stopping to help when you breakdown.
3. Vacuum gauges.
Things that don't happen anymore.. - frostbite
Self cancelling indicators on a clockwork timer (Austin A40)
Things that don't happen anymore.. - Wally Zebon
Aftermarket sunroofs that always leaked.

Things that don't happen anymore.. - Stargazer {P}
Semaphore indicators on Moggie Minors
Things that don't happen anymore.. - Stargazer {P}
Lights dimming and indicators slowing as you pull up to a junction....was I glad to see the back of dynamos to recharge the battery!

Ian L.
Things that don\'t happen anymore.. - Ian (Cape Town)
Real fog, where you couldn\'t see much further than your front
bumper.


Yep, and car fog lights are getting bigger and brighter by the day!
Things that don't happen anymore.. - Flat in Fifth
And this is from the era when my dad, as a
steel sales rep, used to drive to places like Venice and
Stockholm (!)


Hey up! how do you mean used to! I'll be testing the rear self levelling suspension with a monster load of........shhh HM C&E might be listening!
Things that don't happen anymore.. - bartycrouch
As a child of the sixties and early seventies I would like to add vinyl seats that burnt your legs in the summer - and froze them numb in the Winter.

Things that don't happen anymore.. - THe Growler
......your date sliding close you across your vinyl bench seat as you (deliberately) took a hard left too fast.
Things that don't happen anymore.. - Altea Ego
As a child of the sixties and early seventies I would
like to add vinyl seats that burnt your legs in the
summer - and froze them numb in the Winter.


And made your bum and your back sweat in both
Things that don't happen anymore.. - henry k
Chrome hub caps on cars

Chrome add ons to the tail pipe that boost performance and MPG

Swivel rally lights poking through the roofs of Minis

Swivel spot lights on the front wing

External full width sun visors

Front wings with ventilation holes under the windscreen

Those fantastic perspex fly defectors that fitted on the front of the bonnet.

Minis with a boot like the Riley & Wolseley unless Chris Bangle has plans.
Things that don't happen anymore.. - frostbite
Vacuum powered windscreen wipers that slow down when you accellerate.
Things that don't happen anymore.. - bernie
STP anyone ?
That was THE stuff to bung in your engine.

What about Krause Bond.The miracle stuff you poured through the plugholes to cure worn pistons,rings and worn cylinders.You have to laugh at our gulability then !
Things that don't happen anymore.. - THe Growler
STP is still alive and well along with dozens of imitators: How about "Motor Honey" and "Tranny Honey" and another one whose name I forget which claims if you add it you don't need to change your oil.

I fondly remember Krause Bond and Holt's Piston Seal. When your engine was so worn that it became difficult to start, a dose of those through the plug-holes gave you at least a weekend's trouble-free motoring. This could be a lifesaver if you had a hot date and needed good wheels.

These were the days when 200 m.p.p of oil was not unusual and not considered cause for much concern. My Austin 10 needed a pint of SAE 40 every 80 miles or so!

And what became of Molyslip? And the Filtrate oil range, all black and full of graphite?
Things that don't happen anymore.. - frostbite
And Wynn's Friction Proofer?

Also, all those street lights that used to switch off just after midnight.
Things that don't happen anymore.. - lezebre
Lorries that lost their steering, "you could've spun it like a roulette wheel, guv'nor", and ended up embedded in the corner shop - remember those?
Things that don't happen anymore.. - Clanger
Going to France in style by having your car driven up a ramp into the nose of a Bristol Freighter and flying Lydd to Le Touquet in about 30 mins.

Bug deflectors that you bolted to your bonnet in the vain hope that flies wouldn't squish themselves on your windscreen.

My dad claiming that the bonnet of our Mk II Jag was hot enough to fry an egg on and doing just that after driving round the Le Mans circuit.

The chrome funnels that were bolted to the end of your exhaust and were supposed to pull the exaust gas out. Made and marketed by the Exhaust Ejector Co of Shelf near Halifax.

Adjusting the carb. mixture with a Colourtune.

Adjusting multiple carbs. with a balancer to make sure the airflow through each was the same. Having thrown my balancer away years ago, I now have a bike with 4 carbs. Scary!

Adjusting drum brakes with a tiny nut on the backplate that was always siezed.

Those pathetic Lucas electric fuel pumps as fitted to Austin Cambridges, Morris Minors etc.

Sorry if there's any repetition.

H.

Things that don't happen anymore.. - THe Growler
..Wynne's Friction Proofing: funny you should mention that. I am doing a talk at my my local motorcycle club on oil additives next week and my research on Wynne's (Nevada State University 1992) exposes it as 83% kerosene! Bardahl was another similar solvent-based additive.

As far as those electric fuel pumps on BMC cars were concerned, when you turned the ignition key if "you didn't hear ticking, that meant it was sticking". My father's remedy was a good whack with a tyre iron accompanied by some fruity expletives, predictable shock from my mother and suppressed shared giggles by us 3 kids.
Things that don't happen anymore.. - bernie
Starting Handles.

My second ever car was a Humber Sceptre Mk2,bought from the auction for £200.It seemed like a luxury limo to me then with four auxilliary gauges on the dash,overdrive on 3rd and 4th.Carpets edged etc.

I was driving down the busy Golden Mile at Blackpool and stalled it at a set of lights.I tried to start it but all I got was the dreaded whirr,click of a useless battery.Sudden panic as I looked behind me to see a traffic queue stretching way behind me.

Jumped out,got the starting handle out of the boot,inserted it through the front bumper and engaged the pulley.A quick flick and low and behold off it went.

It certainly saved me and my girlfriend a lot of embarassment !
Things that don't happen anymore.. - THe Growler
...referring to a current thread on the subject... cars not being fitted with wing mirrors. If you wanted them you went out at bought a pair of Desmo mirrors (17/6d each) and ...ouch....drilled your own holes in the bodywork and fitted them yourself. I remember getting a pair of really neat visored ones with a sort of rocket-ship base that I mounted on the doors (nobody ever did that then) of my Vauxhall Victor so it looked like those cars in TV's Highway Patrol.
Things that don't happen anymore.. - Maz
Reading through the AA book of the car (1970) last night, what about:

When buying a new car there are a number of additional costs after the purchase price, which may add up to £100, or even more:

- Number plates. It is compulsory to have number plates and these cost around £3 for the basic plates and £5 for a pair of reflective plates.
- Seat belts. These cost around £7 for fixed belts and £9 for belts with a reel. Expect to pay between £2 and £3 for fitting!
- Delivery. This costs around £10 for every 100 miles the car is delivered from the factory.
- Underseal. A cost of between £9 and £15 depending on the size of the car.

Imagine a modern car showroom trying to charge you for that little lot. Nevermind golden age of motoring, it sounds like a pain in the backside to me!
Things that don't happen anymore.. - DavidHM
And you can add an extra zero to those for today's prices. Some things seem remarkably cheap, e.g., the delivery charge 'from the factory' - so about £200 in today's money, whereas we usually pay £600 or so if the prices are still itemised.

In America, they still do price cars like this and even have something called ADM for 'additional dealer mark up' or money the dealer just felt like charging you. And they price their cars tax free, which sounds odd but of course there are different rates of sales tax in different states.
Things that don't happen anymore.. - paul swindon
Sitting on your dad's lap and steering the car on the dual carriagway. Putting bags of coal in the Cortina to stop the back end from coming round the front in the snow (remember snow - that white stuff). Always being sick on the way to the shops. That new car smell.
Things that don't happen anymore.. - Amin_{p}
front car seats that folded right back to make a proper resting bed!

horizontal speedometes where the needle went across rather than the round ones we have now

cars which would continue to run with up to two pistons out! oh and cars with no ECU or anything with silicone whatsoever

putting cardboards in the windows to stop the vinyl trim from melting and giving you a right old burn

screw on handles for the steering wheel allowing you to operate your car like a lift truck!!

locking your keys inside the car because there was nothing to prevent you from it!

people cutting the speedo wire so that in 30 years time the car still shows 50k!

beetles with a stick under the boot flap to hold it open to stop it overheating

Things that don't happen anymore.. - MS
Badges on the rear of cars stating "5 speed" "Auto" "ABS" etc.
Things that don't happen anymore.. - self righteous old git
1. Washers powered by spare tyre pressurising the water bottle.
2. Finding the spare's flat because of (1) above!
Things that don't happen anymore.. - Stargazer {P}
Washers 'powered' by pressing on a little floor mounted rubber bulb with your foot to squirt the water. Harder you press the further up the screen the water goes.

Little ring around the bulb activates a switch to flick the wipers.

With practice you could flick the wipers without squirting the screen wash.

Used to cause chaos with young MOT testers who spent 5 mins looking for the washer control but couldnt work out how they activated it when they got in the car.

Ian L.
Things that don\'t happen anymore.. - CM
manual chokes (do they still exist?)
Things that don't happen anymore.. - Nsar
Gear knobs with an "overdrive" switch - my dad's primrose yellow Triumph 2500 pi had one
Things that don't happen anymore.. - henry k
Gear knobs with an "overdrive" switch - my dad's primrose
yellow Triumph 2500 pi had one

They are back but on auto boxes. Toyota have them.
Things that don't happen anymore.. - Flat in Fifth
Something that doesn't happen any more is.........

HJ's picture chasing you down the page as you scroll.

???
Things that don't happen anymore.. - Mark (RLBS)
Its also shrunk.

Its a change which we, including HJ, had wanted for some time.

The opportunity was taken at the same time as the new link boxes were added.

I doubt that anybody will be upset at the loss of the jumpy/scrolly thing - I most certainly am not.
Things that don't happen anymore.. - NorthernKev {P}
I noticed, annoyed me infact. I tried playing games, see if I could out-smart it, but rather like Readers Digest, always seems to catch up with you again.

Good to note more ads [not often I say that...], does this make the site more financially secure?

Kev
Things that don't happen anymore.. - frostbite
Those huge plastic appendages that people used to fit to the window frame - draught excluders.

Also, the plastic stick-on anti-mist panels on rear windows.
Things that don't happen anymore.. - andymc {P}
I still haven't gotten rid of the habit of clicking the scroll wheel of my mouse and moving the mouse back slightly so that the page scrolls automatically, very slowly all the way to the bottom, and I can read the whole thread without the floating [|8-) watching.
Back on topic - one of us kids being transported in the boot of the estate, often along with the dog & assorted luggage, across the entire country, with no thought for crumple zones.
Being driven everywhere by your Dad.
Asking for ten at the pump and getting ten gallons? (Too young to know if this really happened but thought it was worth a shot).

andymc
Things that don't happen anymore.. - HF
Now that it's been mentioned - it's quite strange for the menu not to follow me around screen all the time. And of course, in particular, the pic of the great man himself. And I am desperately trying to remember what used to be below the 'Back Room' tab on the menu, it is annoying the hell out of me!
Things that don't happen anymore.. - Dynamic Dave
And I am desperately trying to remember what used to be
below the 'Back Room' tab on the menu,


"The Small Print"
Things that don't happen anymore.. - HF
Ta D!
Things that don't happen anymore.. - Victor Meldew
Playing the "Radio" with the engine switched off at a quiet spot with the girlfriend only to discover that not only have the windows steamed up but the battery is flat....But it was worth it..
Things that don't happen anymore.. - THe Growler
P.C. Vine, all of a mountainous 6'5" and 300 lbs, bicycle clips and police standard issue bike, pulling up outside 8 Gainsborough Avenue with a weary sigh.

"Young Graham, I see that car of yours still isn't showing a tax disc, and you've 'ad that 'Tax Applied For' note in there a good three weeks. Now then, if I don't see a proper tax disc next time I come around, I'll be having a word with your Father."
Things that don't happen anymore.. - Stargazer {P}
No seen but felt....horrible brake fade, but not after the 2nd or 3rd hard braking but during the first moderate braking...all due to brake drums on all four corners and no brake servo!

Ian L.

 

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