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Fender Skirts

Posted: Tue May 10, 2011 9:21 am
by zelph
I received an email from my sister that contained photos that go along with the items described in the following text. I found the text online without the photos. Some might recognize some of the things described. :D

I came across this phrase in a book yesterday "FENDER SKIRTS." These are obviously from a '57 Chevy.

A term I haven't heard in a long time and thinking about "fender skirts." My '54 Ford and my '61 were so equipped. It started me thinking about other words that quietly disappear from our language with hardly a notice. Remember “Two-Toned”?

Like "curb feelers." I've been think about getting a pair of these but couldn't find them in the Auto Parts store.

And "steering knobs." (AKA) suicide knob. I put one of these on the '54 and it quickly 'ate' through the steering wheel.

I stopped at a car wash being held by the cheer leaders of the local high school to raise money. I specifically asked the young lady to make sure they did a good job on the 'White Walls'. When they were done I noticed that they had not cleaned the sides of the tires at all. I went back to the gal and told her that I had intended giving them a nice tip but was very disappointed that they hadn't done the 'White Walls'. She looked at me puzzled and said... What are "White Walls"?

Since I'd been thinking of cars, my mind naturally went that direction first. Any kids will probably have to find some elderly person over 50 to explain some of these terms to you.

Remember "Continental kits?" They were rear bumper extenders and spare tire covers that were supposed to make any car as cool as a Lincoln Continental. I really wanted one but they were like 1 $150 dollars and that was too much to put on a $300 car.

When did we quit calling them "emergency brakes?" At some point "parking brake" became the proper term. But I miss the hint of drama that went with "emergency brake."

I'm sad, too, that almost all the old folks are gone who would call the accelerator the "foot feed." I love to use this word in the classes that I teach that are filled with teens.

Didn't you ever wait at the street for your daddy to come home, so you could ride the "running board" up to the house? We had a couple of cars that sat in the back yard that had 'running boards' but not 'running engines'.

Here's a phrase I heard all the time in my youth but never anymore - "store-bought." Of course, just about everything is store-bought these days. But once it was bragging material to have a store-bought dress or a store-bought bag of candy.

"Coast to coast" is a phrase that once held all sorts of excitement and now means almost nothing. Now we take the term "world wide" for granted. This floors me. On a smaller scale, "wall-to-wall" was once a magical term in our homes. In the '50s, everyone covered his or her hardwood floors with, wow, wall-to-wall carpeting! Today, everyone replaces their wall-to-wall carpeting with hardwood floors. Go figure.

When's the last time you heard the quaint phrase "in a family way?" It's hard to imagine that the word "pregnant" was once considered a little too graphic, a little too clinical for use in polite company. So we had all that talk about stork visits and "being in a family way" or simply "expecting."

Apparently "brassiere" is a word no longer in usage. I said it the other day and my daughter cracked up. I guess it's just "bra" now "Unmentionables" probably wouldn't be understood at all.

I always loved going to the "picture show," but I considered "movie" an affectation.

Most of these words go back to the '50s, but here's a pure-'60s word I came across the other day - "rat fink." Ooh, what a nasty put-down!

Here's a word I miss - "percolator." That was just a fun word to say. And what was it replaced with? "Coffee maker." How dull. Mr. Coffee, I blame you for this.

I miss those made-up marketing words that were meant to sound so modern and now sound so retro. Words like "DynaFlow" and "Electrolux." Introducing the 1963 Admiral TV, now with "SpectraVision!"

Food for thought - Was there a telethon that wiped out lumbago? Nobody complains of that anymore. Maybe that's what castor oil cured, because I never hear mothers threatening kids with castor oil anymore.

Some words aren't gone, but are definitely on the endangered list. The one that grieves me most "supper." Now everybody says "dinner." Save a great word. Invite someone to supper. Discuss fender skirts.

Someone forwarded this to me. I thought some of us of a "certain age" would remember most of these. Just for fun, Pass it along to others of "a certain age"!!

Or they may know someone of (A Certain Age).

Re: Fender Skirts

Posted: Tue May 10, 2011 10:26 am
by realityguy
I sold a "new"(old stock in the box)" set of curb feelers on ebay several years ago...also one of those under the dash" chromie" air conditioner units(went to florida of course) and a brand new Craig 4 track stereo in the box. :roll: ..You can add to the list " 8 track",am only radios,plastic seat covers,naughahide,Cragars,baby moons,glaspaks,hurst shifters,3 on the tree(including the tree itself),4 on the floor,bucket seats,fuzzy dice,mags,twin antennas,rubber bumpers,chrome grills,cut-outs(As in muffler bypasses),and all sorts of other goodies of the old days of hot cars.Bucket seats used to be bench seats still exist in anything?

Re: Fender Skirts

Posted: Tue May 10, 2011 5:30 pm
by Ridgerunner
Zelph, does your RV have fender skirts? You can get custom ones thru JC Whitney. ;)

Re: Fender Skirts

Posted: Tue May 10, 2011 6:26 pm
by zelph
do bench seats still exist in anything?
Paddy/Patty Wagon :lol:
Zelph, does your RV have fender skirts?
Nah!!!! :D I do need to get a set of "Cut-outs" for it. Crusin down the highway with them open would be "Slick" or "Neato" :o

I was a "Greaser" :cheers:

Re: Fender Skirts

Posted: Tue May 10, 2011 9:55 pm
by realityguy
I got into cars after my 59 chevy impala with twin antennas and rubber ta-tas on the front bumper,I moved to the islands and went to V-dubs..nerf bars,empi,2 barrel holley,Scat cam,oversize jugs,power pulley,G60 tires,and 009(distributor)(I loved racing with porsches in my "beater" :lol: ..),8 track under one seat and a cassette under the other.Then I did the old V-dub buses..57,58,and 59.."Peace,Love, Dove!"..36 and 40 screaming hp! :shock: .You haven't lived until you've driven 3000miles(including the Grapevine between Bakersfield and LA..with 36 HP!You learn all about drafting behind semis just to HIT 60mph :lol: Flower curtains..persian rug interiors... :roll: ...I'm still driving vans...just more HP(and less girls) than before.. :lol:

Re: Fender Skirts

Posted: Tue May 10, 2011 11:07 pm
by zelph
Sounds like fun days!!!!! :D

West coast has always been a differnt way of life. :mrgreen:

Re: Fender Skirts

Posted: Wed May 11, 2011 12:41 am
by realityguy
West coast has always been a different way of life. :mrgreen:
Well..about 9 years of that was north-west-east-south coast hawaii;mostly southeast,I guess..


I've probably always lived within 5 miles of the saltchuck...Pacific Ocean or connecting waterways.. :roll:

Re: Fender Skirts

Posted: Thu May 12, 2011 11:16 am
by zelph
Why did you leave Hawai? sounds like an ideal place to live. Maybe I've seen too many movies :lol:

Re: Fender Skirts

Posted: Thu May 12, 2011 5:36 pm
by ConnieD

After living at the coast, I couldn't imagine I could be healthy living at a place the salt-air could not reach. I found out madrone trees need salt-air to live. I also found out there are madrone trees in the mountains, where the salt-air does reach. Now, I reside in Montana. Go figure!

I have seen so many movies and tv series about Hawaii, I cannot picture a "modern Hawaii" past the '50's. Okay, maybe Baywatch and Magnum P.I.

Hey! We are NOT old! I am NOT old!

I am feeling surprise I cannot convince a young man on a Discussion Board about computer stuff, Jolicloud and "cloud" computer "consoles" like Microsoft, and now Google with Chrome, is getting computer manufacturers to produce are for "renting" software rather than sell it, which is what Bill Gates tried to do all along! First it is "free". Next, a small fee. Next, the price goes up.

That is what happened to free email, on their server. Next, a small fee. Now, demand authorize automatic payment from your credit card. Hello!

Worse, these are non-functioning "computers".

If people are persuaded to accept these inferior drones, they will not have the power of a computer to reach the entire world at their own fingertips.

We have just recently got this great technology.

Now, the "kids" want to throw it all away just because something is new, convenient, easy.

How does our generation WARN this generation?

We were talking about our dad's cars, at that Discussion Board.

I found a picture of dad's Jaguar Mark VIII. He got it at auction, okay...

I do not recall the front fender mounted mirrors. Dad's car didn't have the side trim chrome. It did have fender skirts for the rear wheels.

I was shocked to see "old computers" I drooled over, wishing to buy, from the '80's. Now those computers are ridiculous.

I say, we are living some "great times" and many people just want to throw it away.

Re: Fender Skirts

Posted: Thu May 12, 2011 9:46 pm
by zelph
Commador 64's are on their way in :mrgreen: My first experience was on a 64, learned how to "chat" in real time with my daughter that was an exchange student in Germany.