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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: Mar 3, 2015 2:36:41 PM

Good job, ms! Hard to believe the original Kaiser 226 engine was basically an industrial engine adapted for autmotive use...and the Kaiser was the first supercharged engine in use in modern automobiles (at least post-war!)...

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Message Posted: Mar 3, 2015 12:14:36 PM

Kaiser advertised the Manhattan in this manner. Its thrifty low displacement engine was supercharged to give "economical cruising, plus breath-taking Super-power for the fastest acceleration you ever felt".
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Message Posted: Mar 2, 2015 7:48:32 PM

"Drive with Power on Demand!" So proclaimed 1954 ads announcing an advancement in what make of car? (Bonus: Name the make of car AND the advancement!)
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2015 1:28:52 PM

Yes, it was! During WWII, Buick made tank destroyers. Called the Hellcat, this destroyer had the earliest Dynaflow transmission, and was the proving ground for later versions.

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Message Posted: Feb 26, 2015 12:27:49 PM

??? I know Buick and Oldsmobile used a Fluid-Drivish semi-automatic called the Automatic Safety Transmission in 1937 and 1938...but that's not the Dynaflow principle! Was it used in some kind of military vehicle?
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Message Posted: Feb 26, 2015 12:11:23 PM

Good try, but there was a vehicle that used the Dynaflow transmission before the 1948 Buick.
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2015 6:05:06 PM

Buick, starting with an optional Dynaflow on Roadmasters and Supers in 1948, then extending it to Specials with the 1950 models. (It became standard on Roadmasters for 1949.)
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2015 1:25:28 PM

Which vehicle was the first to use the Dynaflow transmission, and in what year?
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2015 12:07:32 PM

Bingo! Of course, you seem to be the Chrysler expert in this forum...next question, please!
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2015 7:21:16 PM

Dodge, with its Fluid Drive transmission, was so advertised, as jerky shifting was eliminated
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2015 12:11:48 PM

Dring the late 1940s, which make of car boasted that it was "the smoothest car afloat"? Bonus: Why could it be justified in making that claim?
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2015 12:41:33 PM

Aha! Another robusto for Bongobro!

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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2015 9:14:59 AM

OOPS!!! FORD adopted it in 1951, when the first Fordomatic was introduced. "Shift to Fordomatic and you'll never shift again," said the ads!
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2015 5:07:49 PM

Yes, but when did Ford adopt the shift pattern?

[Edited by: mullingspices at 2/18/2015 5:07:59 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2015 3:02:56 PM

P-R-N-Dr-Lo...which ultimately became the standardized shift-quadrant pattern on all cars in the 1965 model year...because the federal government liked the idea of a standardized shift quadrant so one wouldn;t be confused switching from, say, a Ford to a Chevrolet....
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Message Posted: Feb 17, 2015 8:42:03 PM

The new Hydra-Matic transmissions indeed had the Park position in 1956, making the gear selector read PNDLR. How did Ford's Ford-O-Matic read in 1956, and when did it start reading that way?
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2015 5:19:30 PM

You know, ms, when I wrote that question, I realized there were two possible correct answers...and you got them both! The one I was most interested in was the fact that such Hydra-Matics had, for the first time ever, a "Park" position (previously you had to put the gearshift into "Reverse" gear to park the car.)

But, as the 1956 Oldsmobile advertising put it, the new Jetaway Hydra-Matic had "all the flow of fluid" (the fluid coupling) and "all the go of gears" (it was still a four-speed transmission) which made, as they put it, for livelier acceleration and greater performance.

Nash advertising, calling it "Flash-Away Hydra-Matic," promised "whip-quick acceleration" when teamed with the new AMC V-8...and 1957 Pontiacs equipped with "Strato-Flight Hydra-Matic offered "thrilling performance" from "the world's most modern automatic transmission."

I'd say ya nailed it! Next question!
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Message Posted: Feb 12, 2015 12:37:29 PM

I think this is what you're looking for...

a small fluid coupling was added between the front and rear planetary gearsets, which allowed for smoother shifts and less creep at a stop.OR, was it the Park position?

[Edited by: mullingspices at 2/12/2015 12:41:10 PM EST]
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Beginning with the 1956 model year, automobiles (and trucks) equipped with the Jetaway/Strato-Flight/Flash-Away Hydra-Matic transmission had a feature that previous Hydra-Matics never had before. What was it?
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Message Posted: Feb 8, 2015 6:15:11 PM

Another cigar for your humidor! Next Q?
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2015 2:37:15 PM

August 5, 1914 at the intersection of Euclid and East 105th Street in Cleveland, Ohio. Nuff said!
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When and where was the first traffic light installed?
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Message Posted: Feb 5, 2015 10:15:31 AM

Good save! The reason Chevy introduced Geo was that the Suzuki-, Isuzu- and Toyota-branded cars they were selling as the Chevy Sprint, Spectrum, and Nova in the late 1980s diluted the "Heartbeat of America" ad campaign they were using at the time. But by 1996, Chevy sales had dropped far enough behind Ford that they reluctantly folded the Geo brand back into the Chevrolet brand.

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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2015 12:15:16 PM

Geo was the brand, which became Chevrolet a few years after introduction.
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2015 9:49:05 AM

Not quite. American Suzuki Motor Company filed for bankruptcy in 2012, thus ending the sales of Suzuki-brand automobiles in the U.S. I guess my snarky comments about "I wouldn't lie to you, amigo" didn't work (LMAO)!

Isuzu stopped selling cars in the U.S. at the end of January 2009. "I wouldn't lie to you" referred to the ad campaign starring Joe Isuzu, a salesman who would spout ounlandish claims about Isuzu products while disclaimers flashed on the screen. And "Amigo" was the name of Isuzu's sport-utility vehicle which was an indirect competitor to the Suzuki Samurai and Sidekick (later Vitara).

Next question: Suzuki and Isuzu sold cars in the U.S, not only under their own brand names, but as part of what short-lived American brand?
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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.

Here's the next question:

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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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?

[Edited by: mullingspices at 1/23/2015 4:14:59 PM EST]
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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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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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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!

[Edited by: bongobro at 1/17/2015 6:51:09 PM EST]
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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.)

Next question:

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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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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