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Nice NY’er and the VAN!
But name the car behind the Chrysler
dodge dart? 1970-72 maybe
I was wondering if anyone would notice the 3rd car in the picture. I can tell you what it is, but let's have a few guesses first just for the fun of it!
I was thinking a Newport 74-8
It's a 1976 Chrysler Newport. You know your stuff, Stern70!
Well in 85 I was 12 and that would have been an old car to me, which of course is what I was into.
I was all about 60-66 gm trucks and 68 chargers or anything mopar since they were not common in the area.
Comparatively today it would be a 2004 car.
I can't tell a 2004 car from a 2021.
I just picked up the latest year model car I have ever personally owned. It's a 92.
And I think it is late model.
The equivalent of a 56 in 1985.
I wonder if I would have been 12 in 65 if I would never get past the cars of the 40's? Or more accurately 30's.
Strange perspective. I wonder if cars are entering their last era or if other people see more difference than I do.
An era of cars was a decade for the first 70 years it seems to me.
The 1968 Newport and New Yorkers are probably the prettiest and well designed sedans from the contemporary era, if you asked me personally. Which isn't small praise, I thought the look was alright when I first saw it, but it grew on me a lot over time. Seeing one up close and in person gives you more nuance into the design features.
I have a soft spot for the later 70's models, but the 68 grills were very handsome, and if they were well equipped with A/C and PS, can't really beat that combo.
One of the most impressive things to me, with my modern perspective of automobiles, since I daily a 2009 Toyota, is how well the "boat" handles, even with the stereotype of floating luxury barges. And this is on suspension that is probably fairly worn, at 97k miles...and needs brake work. Easily one of the more relaxing cars I've ridden and drove in, and I was once overseas, where their idea of a taxi was to stuff 20 people into a small van!
From my perspective, nowadays we've hit peak automobile inflation, not unlike the monetary kind, so people don't really have the interests in cars like you would have had back then. Not as much happening back then, and cars seemed to generally have been taken better care of then than now, mainly because it seems you would need it...that was your transport.
A-100 van 1964-70
had a 67 in the 1980s
I loved that van. My grandfather drove it EVERY day and I don't think it was EVER taken to a mechanic once, except when my grandfather and I tried to use STP as speedometer cable lube. Probably didn't really need to go then either because I think you could buy the speedometer cable and the tube as an assembly from the dealer or aftermarket. We had just gotten the cable somewhere and reused the old tube, but the STP wasn't a good substitute for speedometer cable grease and the cable seized right fast to the tube. My grandfather was a farmer from the old school, he tried to fix everything himself, and usually succeeded. Oh wait, I think he took it to a mechanic when the shift linkage wore through the wiring harness and almost caused a fire. They had to replace the whole wiring harness. The only other thing I remember going wrong with it is it developed a bad miss. I tried pulling each plug wire off while it was running to find the dead cylinder, and I found that 2 of the wires would actually make it run BETTER if you pulled them off. This confused me a lot, but my grandfather soon figured out that the distributor cap went bad and 2 of the contacts had shorted together, causing 2 dead cylinders. Removing the spark plug wire from either one caused the other to fire OK. One time when I was about 15 I convinced my grandfather to let me change the spark plugs. It was super easy on that van because you could remove the passenger seat without tools, easily remove the side cover of the doghouse, and you could just sit right there on the floor of the van and replace all the plugs, distributor cap, spark plugs wires and points.