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Old car safety
I'm sort of fishing for responses in a couple of areas.
1) How dangerous are old cars to drive ('60-'70s)
2) How dangerous are yet older cars ('50s and prior)
3) How much of this is fixable
I'm not thinking in terms of accident avoidance or crummier brakes but sheer survivability in collisions.
No doubt air bags make a difference, more monocoque/crushable stuff, etc. but it seems to me that most (all) of the opinions I've heard on safety are *pure* opinion and hearsay. A really interesting study (hey, we can raise the money, kind of a class project) would be to have one of these safety institutes actually smash, say, a 1970 Chevelle two-door and see what happens.
In addition, simple additions to old cars...new seatbelts, for instance, it amazes me how *nobody* seems to think it reasonable to replace old belts. Jeez, I bet when they are 30 years old the combination of UV, age, and stress through the years make the things barely useful, kind of like a climbing rope that's been used to stop a fall. More complex solutions could range from retrofit of collapsible steering columns, aftermarket seats (it's amazing how crummy factory seats are, and how often they break loose in collisions), or even roll cages.
I'd especially like any citations to real studies on older cars.