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Yesterday, on two separate occasions, I saw drivers put on their left turn signal, only to make a right turn! Is lysdexia that common these days? :p
On the subject of headlights, in a nod to the old Johnny Cash song, "One piece at a time", well the donor fender that my mechanic is cutting up to fix the rust on my '57 DeSoto is a single headlight model.
I just hope that when I pull the switch (or rather, turn the knob), all three of 'em come on! :p
Now that I think back on it too, it wasn't long before GM, and the others, learned how to milk a platform. In fact, the 3-year lifespan almost seems to be more the exception than the rule. For instance, with Chevy, a '49-54 is the same basic car. Then you have '55-57. '58 was a one-year only, although I'm sure it shared some architecture with the '57-58 Buick/Olds/Cadillac, as the cars started becoming more alike. Then '59-64 were the same basic car, although the styling evolved. '65-70 were the same, although there were minor changes in '66 and '68, and more major ones for '67 and '69. '71-76 was the same car. And for the grand finale of the big Chevy, '77-96 was the same basic car, although it did get a skin job for 1980, and a new body on the old frame for 1991.
And yeah, a lot more goes into a car these days, than 40 years ago. I guess if cars were built like they were back in the day, then not only would we be eagerly awaiting the new 2015 Impala/LaCrosse/XTS, we'd also be desperate to trade in our old 2010, because it was getting rattly, leaking God-knows-what, and breaking down and leaving us stranded from time to time!
I think my uncle is trying to force me into punching my CCB card this year, by putting another nail in my '85 Silverado's coffin. He used it today to go pick up a wood chipper, and started off the conversation with "Were you planning on getting that crack in your windshield replaced?"
I said "No, why? Did the cops pull you over?" And that's when he said no, but that it now has a broken back window to match! :s
I swear, I can't have nothing nice! Or even, semi-tolerable! Oh well, at least the shop that fixed the chipper and loaded it up for him is picking up the tab on the back window. So, another stay of execution, I guess...
Hmm...might not be a bad idea to keep a brick inside a car like that, just in case.