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Back in my teen years after I was released from active duty and began playing around with custom cars. The fellows would buy a 2 door convertible and chop, channel and lower them and replace the old cloth top with a custom built padded Carson top they were all the rage from around 53 up till and maybe 1960 so do any of you fellows remember them or am I showing my age They were very expensive and had a headliner inside they had the convertible look but they did not fold up. Also a car heater made by Stewart warner that heated with gas vaper from an adaptor under the carburetor. They worked grate almost instant heat but your gas mileage sure dropped way off.

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I remember seeing some of those at local hot rod meets and at the drag strips. Sometimes they would have special runs for them and it was cool. The tops were interesting and more functional than thought because they didn't leak. But sometimes those gas vapor heaters did, with not good results. However, that idea became one of the bases for the move to attempt gasoline vapor powered engines for better mileage. Actually, the engine did not perform any better or get better mileage, the vaporization process was said to expand one gallon of gasoline approximately 10 times but it turned out to be a bit more, ummmm, volatile than useful. Just a thought.
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I recall them, but never could afford them..either to buy or build.

Trim items I remember and had some examples of.. Fender skirts, curb feelers, Moon hubcaps, spokes, continental kits, sun visors, mud flaps,

and fox tails.

In fact, a few years ago, I shot a fox with my .17 HMR and acquainted my grandson with the old fad of attaching a fox tail to the antenna.

I gave him the tail and he affixed it. A couple days later, it was stolen off his truck while he was at work..

I did shave the hood on my 1950 Studebaker Champion starlight coupe....and I did an engine swap..replacing the 4cyl engine in a Jeep wagon, with a Studebaker 6 cyl.

Just a few things which may bring back memories...like the garter hanging from the rear view mirror..in those days the garter was more often

presented, rather than taken..

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I forgot the garter thing none of the girls that I went with wore them, garter belts were in vogue along with corsets' they were more of a modern day Chasity belt that a lot of young ladies wore. Here we have went from Carson tops on cars to ladies under wear, oh well off and running but what fond memories. When we had the old floor shift and no console your girl could sit close and do the shifting for you while you had your arm around her, man those were the good old days, automat transmissions got rid of that, well almost.

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I forgot the garter thing none of the girls that I went with wore them, garter belts were in vogue along with corsets' they were more of a modern day Chasity belt that a lot of young ladies wore. Here we have went from Carson tops on cars to ladies under wear, oh well off and running but what fond memories. When we had the old floor shift and no console your girl could sit close and do the shifting for you while you had your arm around her, man those were the good old days, automat transmissions got rid of that, well almost.

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Those garters were trophies from prom night, or perhaps from a maid of honor deal, etc.

Yes, those bench seats in front..we used to call them COD seats.. When we hit a sweeping right turn, it was a "come over dear" seat !

Yes, there was a certain coziness lost when the bench type seats went bye~bye..

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I had a pair of fuzzy dice hanging from my mirror in old Ernest! Ernest was a 1955 five window Chevy pickup. I was told that the old guy(Gus) that was the original owner was a "Rounder". I didn't even know what that meant when I acquired that truck in the late 70's. Ernest(after Ernest Tubb) always had a peculiar smell that I couldn't make go away. However that smell disappeared when I replaced the bench seat with bucket seats. Dad burn it Gus!
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