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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2006 11:53:40 PM

This could be fun!

ASK an automotive trivia question... AFTER you have answered the question above your post. Incorrect posts can be challenged, politely!

BE SURE YOU KNOW THE CORRECT ANSWER TO THE QUESTION YOU ARE ASKING. Revisit this thread to see if your question was correctly answered, if not, enter a challenge. Try not to make it too difficult so all can participate..... I'll get it started.

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NAME THE MODEL YEAR Chevrolet marketed their first Bel Air model.
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2015 4:53:24 PM

Suzuki quit US sales in 2009. Interestingly enough, it had its best sales year in 2007...
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2015 12:33:31 PM

May have to bury this one, tailfins up, at the "Cadillac Ranch"...the car you would be inside would be a 1956 Cadillac. In a move similar to what Buick did in 1956 and 1957, Cadillac put the model year on the car. On the right-hand side of the instrument panel, where the "Cadillac" script would be, there was in script, the model year: "Nineteen fifty-six." Like Buick, the practice was quickly abandoned.

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I wouldn't lie to you about this one, amigo, but which Japanese carmaker quit selling cars in the United States as of January 2009?
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2015 11:55:51 AM

Not quite. 1959 would be considered "late 50s"...try goin' back a few years!
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2015 4:03:48 PM

If it's a 59, the round clock and tach gauges on either side of the instrument panel would be my hint.
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2015 6:49:33 PM

New Q: You're inside a mid-fifties Cadillac and you can't see any of the outside trim (grilles, bumper Dagmars, etc.) that tell ya which year is which. Yet by looking around the interior you know the exact model year of this particular Caddy. How do ya know?
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2015 1:20:04 PM

Bongobro, you must need a new humidor by now, as you get another panatela! The cartoon-type ad Packard used made the concept seem simple.

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Message Posted: Jan 23, 2015 6:30:22 PM

The 1955 and 1956 senior Packards (The Four Hundred, the Patrician and the Caribbean). Torsion-Level Ride, as it was called, was optional on the '55-'56 Clippers, and a few of the cheaper Clippers came off the line with the old-fashioned conventional suspension used in the 1951-54 Packards.
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Message Posted: Jan 23, 2015 4:14:46 PM

Which car from the 50's used torsion bars down the full length of the wheelbase?

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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2015 2:46:12 PM

Good job, ms! A stogie for my man in Honolulu! If I'm not mistaken, the '60 through '62 Chevy and GMC light-duties switched to coils and medium duties to a traditional I-beam front axle for 1963 because it was cheaper to build and maintain than the torsion-bar IFS. In fact, when Ford launched its "Twin-I-Beam" front suspension on the 1965 F-100/F-250 models, the sales brochures noted that "Ford could have put a soft car-type suspension in its trucks five years ago..." referring to the 1960-62 Chevies and GMCs.

[Edited by: bongobro at 1/22/2015 2:47:38 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2015 1:26:37 PM

GMC and Chevrolet trucks had torsion bars about 1960-62. Being that they were not of a heavy duty design, both trucks switched to coil springs.

[Edited by: mullingspices at 1/20/2015 1:28:19 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2015 9:53:38 AM

New question: While much was made of Chrysler Corporation's use of torsion bar front suspension (a/k/a "Torsion-Aire Ride") in passenger cars during the late 1950s, at least one make of truck used torsion bars in its independent front suspension system during the first few years of the 1960s. Name either or both!
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2015 7:26:07 PM

Kerrrect! Most people would miss the Dodge Airflow truck, but you did not!

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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2015 6:49:44 PM

Ya have to admit, there were only two options for that lug-nut question, ms!

The Airflow design appeared in 1934 as the only design option for DeSoto and Chrysler cars (including Imperials), but in 1935 Chrysler hedged its bets by reintroducing the more conventional Airstream lines of cars. So did DeSoto by 1936. The body styles were coupes and sedans in Chrysler and DeSoto lines, and convertible coupes and sedans in the Imperial range as well.

One Airflow model line also included a Dodge truck, which, if my memory serves me, appeared as a number of Art-Deco styled Texaco tank trucks circa 1939.

...(crossing fingers)

Oh, it must be noticed Plymouth NEVER offered an Airflow model!

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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2015 2:26:18 PM

It's the right! They used left handed threads on the left. Your reasoning is what some manufacturers such as Studebaker and Chrysler used, and you always had to turn the nuts toward the BACK of the car to loosen the lug nuts! The reasoning came from research for the safety rim wheel, where it was shown that lug nuts on the left side of the car had a tendency to back out at high speed.

New Q: Chrysler came out with the Airflow vehicle in the 30's. How many nameplates (makes) did the design sell under?

Bonus Q: Which makes were Airflows sold as?
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2015 7:58:12 PM

The left--supposedly the lug nuts would be less likely to oome off!
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2015 3:57:25 PM

hint: either left or right
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2015 3:31:41 PM

On one of those Dodge trucks, when you get a flat on the left side, which way do you turn the wrench to take off the lug nuts?
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2015 10:02:34 AM

Good job, ms -- this question was inspired by watching a DVD of old car commercials, including a commercial from a "Lawrence Welk Show" that contained an earworm hidden in the 1958 commercial jingle...

"Dodge Trucks, the Power Giants,
Dodge Trucks, the Power Giants,
Dodge Trucks, the Power Giants,
Leaders of the Low-Priced Three!"

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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2015 9:16:16 PM

Dodge used such a name on its trucks in the late 50's
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2015 11:18:59 AM

Not quite. I think this was a little trickier than I thought. Ford bought ad time in two episodes of "I Love Lucy" to launch the Fairlane 500 Skyliner retractable hardtop in the spring of 1957. While the Ford original lasted only through 1959, versions of the top mechanism were used on Ford Thunderbird and Lincoln Continental convertibles through 1966 and 1967. And, as I implied in the question, retractable hardtops resurfaced in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

(There's at least one clip on YouTube showing Lucy and Ricky testing the retractable top--presumably fron the "Lucy" episodes.)

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Which make of trucks called their late 1950's models "Power Giants?"
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2015 1:10:39 AM

I couldn't find anything on this Q...but my guess would be a sport coupe of some sort, maybe a 55 Chevrolet Bel Air?
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2015 4:37:26 PM

Time to jump-start this clue. The body style Lucy and Desi introduced on "I Love Lucy" was relaunched in the 1990s with such models as the Lexus SC and the Pontiac G6...
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2015 10:31:35 AM

While Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz got plenty of miles--and plenty of laughs--from the 1955 Pontiac convertible they drove in the California trip episodes of "I Love Lucy"--they were instrumental in the launch of another iconic 1950's automobile while Lucy and Ricky and Fred and Ethel were on the air. What was this car?
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2015 1:40:39 PM

Right on, Bongobro!

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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2015 9:00:03 AM

As sung by the late Eydie Gorme (and transcribed by yours truly): "Plymouth...is out to win you over this year...follow your heart, see your Plymouth dealer to-day-y-y-y-y-y-Y-Y-Y-Y-Y-Y-Y-Y!!!" (She had an amazing range!). Also appearing was that distinctive red heart with a bottom point that curved back to the left, a Plymouth advertising icon through 1970.
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2015 1:44:18 PM

What was Plymouth's ad campaign motto in 1967, as a companion to the Dodge Rebellion?
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Message Posted: Dec 31, 2014 4:16:08 PM

And who could forget lovely blonde Pamela Austin as the klutzy leader of the Dodge Rebellion? (She was the one who got into those goofy situations during the commercials for Chargers, Coronets, Polaras, etc., during the 1966 model year!)

You get to pick out the first question for 2015! Happy New Year!
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Message Posted: Dec 30, 2014 4:49:37 PM

Dodge Charger! Leader of the Dodge Rebellion.
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Message Posted: Dec 30, 2014 11:25:46 AM

You tried harder, ms, but no cigar! I'll give you the correct answer!

In the late '50s and early '60's, Hertz rented Chevrolets...and someone at Hertz' advertising agency cane up with the stunning (for the time) visual of a man dropping from mid-air into and behind the wheel of an rolling, open--and up to that moment, driverless--Chevy convertible...

then Bob Warren recited the famous tag line:

"Let Hertz put YOU in the driver's seat!"

New question in line for the new year:

What popular muscle car was introduced to the general public at the Rose Bowl game on New Year's Day 1966?
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Message Posted: Dec 28, 2014 9:35:27 PM

Avis?
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Message Posted: Dec 28, 2014 12:40:35 PM

Quick hint: This company apparently had a lot of Chevy convertibles available for rent!
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2014 8:11:29 PM

Okay, as promised, the question I nearly let slip during the Edsel E-400/E-475 question. Bob Warren was the voice of the Edsel in 1958, but he was in the driver's seat in commercials for which car rental firm?

[Edited by: bongobro at 12/26/2014 8:11:54 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Dec 24, 2014 4:46:21 AM

Very good,next question,please
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Message Posted: Dec 23, 2014 7:13:14 PM

As Bob Warren mentioned in many introductory commercials for the 1958 Edsel, "the powerful new E-400 and the big new E-475...you probably have never driven a car with this much usable power!" The E-400 was 361 cubic inches, and the E-475 was 410 cubic inches...

I've just dated myself here, but Bob Warren was the announcer for "This is Your Life" with Ralph Edwards and the original announcer for Edsel TV commercials...not to mention the announcer who....wait, I may save this for MY next question!
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Message Posted: Dec 23, 2014 4:58:03 AM

Hint, It didn't last long in the market place
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2014 4:23:41 AM

Name the only car that had the torque number displayed on the engine.
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2014 1:15:41 AM

Good job, box driver!

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Message Posted: Dec 17, 2014 5:00:38 AM

The "Henry Ford and Son Company" began making Fordson tractors in Henry's hometown of Springwells (later part of Dearborn), Michigan from 1907 to 1928.
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Message Posted: Dec 16, 2014 6:03:52 PM

What name did Ford sell tractors under
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2014 7:37:33 PM

You wondered correctly, ms! The Farm-O-Road was a pint-size Jeep-like tractor/car sold from 1950 to 1952, but it didn't sell all that well and was discontinued with the rest of the Crosley line in the summer of '52.

Powel Crosley had a knack for weird product names. His "Roamio" was the first successful automobile radio--all the better to pick up his 500,000-watt "Nation's Station," WLW in Cincinnati! Yes, 500,000 watts from 1934 to 1939...and reception in the daytime from Honolulu was routinely reported back in the day! His "Icyball" refrigerator, powered by ammonia, was a cheap way to get ice and cold foods before nationwide electrification of the U. S. in the '30s. And the Crosley "Shelvador" was the first electric refrigerator that had--you guessed it!--shelves in the refrigerator door. Other makers couldn't do it until the Crosley patent expired in the 1950s!

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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2014 2:19:22 PM

I wonder who picked such a name! Sounds kinda weird, sounds kinda like Crosley
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2014 11:03:49 AM

The Farm-O-Road was a vehicle produced for several years by what manufacturer?
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2014 8:22:07 PM

Correct! That color came back recently on the Dodge Challenger...

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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2014 2:13:48 PM

The 1970 Dodge Challenger; the same color was offered on the '70 Plymouth Barracuda as "In-Violet."
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2014 5:52:29 PM

Which car had Plum Crazy as a color in the 70's?
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Message Posted: Dec 6, 2014 8:01:45 PM

Good job! Not to mention Original Cinnamon and Anti-Establish Mint!

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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2014 2:11:22 PM

Ford maverick had such colors.
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2014 8:15:16 AM

Not to mention you could get high on the solvent fumes, too! (Definitely do NOT light a cigar near a hot patch!)

Next question: Hulla Blue, Freudian Gilt, Three Putt Green and Thanks Vermilion were colors offered on what early '70's car?
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2014 4:10:59 PM

Right! The process used a special clamp to squeeze the patch onto the tube (or tubeless tire) while it cooked in. The patch itself was on a metal pan with a fuel board, which you set fire to, and the smell...you wouldn't forget that smell. It was weird!

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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2014 6:59:30 PM

You don't see it too often anymore, but a hot patch involved coating the inner tube (which is why you don't see it too often anymore!), setting it on fire and letting it burn a few seconds. The idea was to make the tube more willing to take a patch. I used to do it on bicycle tires when I was a kid...let's put it this way, we had just entered the second-generation Corvette area back then! LOL)
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2014 5:09:44 PM

What were hot patches, and what special equipment was needed to use them?
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