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Kurt Arends
02-14-2014, 10:27 AM
Very cool vintage accessory! And it will also help in illuminating anything that you might need to see between your legs when driving!!

http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-VINTAGE-STYLE-STEERING-WHEEL-COLUMN-FLASH-LIGHT-AND-HOLDER-SET-126-/121275658410?&_trksid=p2056016.l4276

John Royark JR
02-14-2014, 10:42 AM
Very cool vintage accessory! And it will also help in illuminating anything that you might need to see between your legs when driving!!

http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-VINTAGE-STYLE-STEERING-WHEEL-COLUMN-FLASH-LIGHT-AND-HOLDER-SET-126-/121275658410?&_trksid=p2056016.l4276

Vintage STYLE, not vintage. This is a re pop that are very popular on rat rods, and easy to get for this price or less.

Steve Loftin
02-14-2014, 11:02 AM
Vintage:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Steering-Column-Flash-Light-Holder-Very-Rare-Option-Vintage-Original-Accessory/121272198501?rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.m1851&_trkparms=aid%3D222002%26algo%3DSIC.FIT%26ao%3D1%2 6asc%3D261%26meid%3D4831985953477606706%26pid%3D10 0005%26prg%3D1088%26rk%3D2%26rkt%3D5%26sd%3D121275 658410%26

Kurt Arends
02-14-2014, 11:06 AM
Meant merely as a joke. Actually, I can't imagine having one hanging from the column like that. That would last about one day before I would want to throw it out the window!

Steve Lichtman
02-14-2014, 11:14 AM
I'm not sure what the benefit of that would be, then or now. Except in a police car.

Wayne Krakowski
02-14-2014, 01:06 PM
Now Steve you know police have the dual purpose flashlight/melon cracker units.;)

John ED Renstrom
02-14-2014, 01:44 PM
not a uncommon accessory in the 30-40s cars. the seat was set so you sat up in them and you feet were flat on the floor. it was out of the way but handy. those good old days the glove box would only hold gloves. dome lights were not everywhere and there were no trunk lights. no one drank energy drinks so no cup holders. your boot tops held your flask just fine and the flashlight was handy right there. flat tires a common thing. no street lights and dark was dark.

but today it's like the picnic basket you got to have in the trunk. and rubber bladed defroster fan. you just got to have to fit in.

Mike Stevens
02-14-2014, 03:05 PM
What ED said.
Western Auto, Moore's and Cussins & Fern stores were full of this kind of much needed accessories at one time. Of course now you can't find any of those stores so you have to go to the internet. What else fits into the must have accessory line? How about curb feelers, vent window wind deflectors, the little wing with the propeller blade that fit over your hood ornament to change the airflow to the windshield so the bugs did not hit the glass, bumper end markers with a light so you knew where the corner of your car was in relation to the fence post or whatever. And what about that coon or squirrel tail hanging from the radio antenna? Or the blue dots in the tail light lenses? And don't forget the headlight eyebrows and visors. Okay, I know some of you are older than me so tell me what we have missed here.
Mike

Paul Steinberg
02-14-2014, 04:43 PM
3 sided Parking light on top of the real left fender on cars of the 1920's...

Mike Stevens
02-14-2014, 05:31 PM
Now that is old! Not the 3 sided parking light, the guy that wrote about it!
I knew there was someone out there older than me.
Can we add outside sunvisors here? And the little chrome or stainless plate under your door handles to keep from scratching the paint. And plaid saran seat covers or the clear plastic ones from Fingerhut. Wolf whistle anyone? Exhaust extensions and how about some dice hanging from the rear view mirror?
I know some of you can think of more of these wonderful must haves.
Mike

Paul Steinberg
02-14-2014, 06:19 PM
Plastic Kleenex tissue box that clips onto the sun visor, and hold the personal sized package of tissues, or you can add a metal tissue box with the car manufacturers logo on it.
The door handle guards and roof mounted visor are 1950's era accessories. Somewhere in the cellar, I have what looks like a slingshot. It is chrome plated, and the instruction say to remove the dome light, insert under the light. Its purpose is to hold the gentleman's hat when he is driving. You slide the hat into the U shaped holder with the bottom of the brim facing upward.
Oh....... as far as being old, I am not that much older than you.. Just a few decades....

Kurt Arends
02-14-2014, 06:35 PM
All of those old after-market accessories are getting very desirable and highly sought after. Just watch the stuff on eBay and you will be amazed.

James Fischer
02-14-2014, 06:40 PM
Ohh and of course ,suicide knobs and desert water bags that hung from the front of your car.....:thumbsup:
And for VW accessories for 50's and 60's era VW offered UNDER SEAT gas can,held about a gallon and a half....and also a coffee maker (percolater no less) that you plugged into cigar lighter(Rather then cigarette lighter)and made 10 oz of coffee.....:thumbsup:

Kurt Arends
02-14-2014, 06:49 PM
Does anyone remember the pipe cleaner poodle-shaped air cleaners from the '70s??

Kurt Arends
02-14-2014, 06:50 PM
Sorry. I'm drinking. That would be air fresheners.

James Fischer
02-14-2014, 08:56 PM
Does anyone remember the pipe cleaner poodle-shaped air cleaners from the '70s??

I DO remember Air Freshners......do you remember these from the 60's ??

http://i1078.photobucket.com/albums/w486/nurgin/002_zps5db2ac63.jpg

Paul Steinberg
02-14-2014, 09:03 PM
GM offered electric razors that you would plug into the cigarette lighter...

Wayne Krakowski
02-14-2014, 09:28 PM
How about the dog on the back window ledge with the bobbing head and later the eyes hooked up to the brakes/signals.

Steve Lichtman
02-14-2014, 09:33 PM
...Somewhere in the cellar, I have what looks like a slingshot. It is chrome plated, and the instruction say to remove the dome light, insert under the light. Its purpose is to hold the gentleman's hat when he is driving. You slide the hat into the U shaped holder with the bottom of the brim facing upward.....That was still around fairly recently, may still be around. The state troopers use that for their trooper hats. In MD, they only recently switched to a hat-holder that goes over the back/front of the passenger's seat.

Joe Melanson
02-14-2014, 09:45 PM
There was also the compass, usually attached to the windshield divider. In some areas of the country there was also an automobile altimeter. At certain heights you would have to get out out and adjust the air / fuel mixture on the carb. Then there was the dash item holder which held a cigarette pack, matches and coins. There was a auto registration holder that wrapped around the steering column and was held in place by springs. Back then, at lease in the days of my '52 Chevy, the following were considered accessories by the manufacture: Inside sunvisors, arm rests, outside rear view mirrors, oil filters and fuel filters.

Most of what has been mentioned I have for my, almost, restored 1952 Chevrolet Sedan Deluxe. I have a lot more accessories, none repops, from back in that era. I don't plan to to put them on but they are fun to have.

John ED Renstrom
02-15-2014, 12:00 AM
the stretch fuzzy that went around the rear view mirror. no car was complete unless it had chains made from pull tabs back and forth across the clothes rod hooks. suicide spinner knobs. the fancy ones that flipped up.

flippers on your caps and skirts on your car. now that's class. add the spray on blue tint to the glass and you were ridding cool in your cowboy raked rod. glass packs cackling threw your split manifold. king of the drive in you were going to be as soon as you got there

the kids now days with there low ridding zoomers just don't cut it.

John Royark JR
02-15-2014, 05:55 AM
Almost all the accessories mentioned are being re manned, but the originals on some are bringing premium prices. Ive seen all these accessories on cars except I don't think Ive ever seen (or even heard of) the fan for the hood ornament to keep bugs off the windshield.
Don't forget the fuzzy dice or shrunken head hanging from the mirror, or swamp coolers.
Cant forget the hand held spot trouble light that plugs into the cigar lighter.
Talking about all these makes me think of this great website for vintage accessories. http://www.classicaccessories.org/

Rocky Fluegge
02-16-2014, 09:31 AM
Vintage STYLE, not vintage. This is a re pop that are very popular on rat rods, and easy to get for this price or less.

I know a few guys with hot rods that do not have glove boxes ect, use them to put their registration and insurance paperwork in them.

Rocky Fluegge
02-16-2014, 09:36 AM
John. Talking about shrunken heads, that is one thing all my old cars always have to have hanging from the rear view mirrors. Heck I even had to have one tattoo on my body so I would not be left out also. Just one of those kind of weird things I need to to do my rides. Thinking about it my challenger and pick up truck has them hanging in them also.

John Royark JR
02-16-2014, 11:07 AM
John. Talking about shrunken heads, that is one thing all my old cars always have to have hanging from the rear view mirrors. Heck I even had to have one tattoo on my body so I would not be left out also. Just one of those kind of weird things I need to to do my rides. Thinking about it my challenger and pick up truck has them hanging in them also.

Yeah, my 49 S&S has shrunken heads hanging on the mirror, and I have a buddy that has one on his rat rod. As for the tattoo, I have been wanting to do a shrunken head thing for many many years, and finally got it drawn up, just need to get it done, hopefully sometime soon.