The question isn't about adding vintage memorabilia (like tapes/records or die cast models) to your car, or even those Time Out dolls seen at car shows. What I want to know is what period correct accessories have you added to your car to make it look like you were Hot Stuff back in the day.
My choice for a period correct accessory? A Fuzzbuster II with woodgrain that matches the stuff in my '72 Continental Mark IV. It was only $20 on eBay (free shipping too!). And if you were wealthy enough to have this car and a radar detector back in the 1970s, you certainly made a statement that very few could make!
That Fuzzbuster rocks! What an awesome piece.
I remember those fondly from back in the day.
And the drivers... as they desperately tried to hide them before I got up to the car. As if watching the nose of the car almost scrape pavement as they braked from 60 to 30 in a 45 zone just when I activated my antenna wasn’t a giveaway.
I think you should display that 70s era box in the car somewhere. I remember seeing that photo style in the magazine ads for everything from Norelco shavers to God knows what. It just seemed like if the photographer panned out you would see the product resting on velvet, Naugahyde, or shag carpet.
A high-school bandmate of mine has spent his whole career in commercial display photography. There is a whole psychology to the layout of those ad shots. You should hear him explain why sandwiches on the poster look the way they do, compared to what comes out the window...
LOL, a tip: In most states a detector was never illegal. So if you ever get stopped please just show it off and don’t try to stuff it under the seat. Might make some nervous. 😉👍
Closest thing I’ve got to a period correct piece are dice for valve-stem caps on the ‘52. I’m so ashamed. 🤦♂️
Having friends on the force, and getting an understanding of just how dangerous a "routine" traffic stop can actually be, there is no way I am even giving the appearance that I am hiding something under the seat.
Radar detectors were illegal in Connecticut. They would confiscate the detector. That's why I installed detectors behind the grill with a discrete switch box under the dash. I even went so far as to hinge the switch box so it could be flipped up under the dash. It was said that the cops could confiscate the whole car if you had a hidden type like I used.
I modified a Fuzzbuster II just like that one by moving it to the grille of my '74 V8 Gremlin X, and running shielded cable to a little red LED mounted in the dash. That, and a tiny power switch to kill the racket in case I DID get pulled over and a police scanner, was a pretty good setup back in '78. Now I just run a Valentine on the passenger visor with the concealed remote on the dash of my Jeep. It's just not as fun, for some reason:-)
EDIT: I have a second concealed remote in one of my Merkur XR4ti's, and just move the Valentine to whichever car I'm driving that day. The wife has her own complete system in her Jeep.
Packard's entry in the mid-price field was pretty spartan looking, but a couple of factory add-ons made it look more like it's high-end siblings. I added the Goddess of Speed hood ornament , grill guard, and wheel trim rings to give it some period pizzaz.
I have a period correct flasher for my 64 T-Bird that I purchased many years ago. It is a light with a small bulb inside an orange cone that begins flashing after you power it up. Takes many seconds for it to start flashing! The cone rests atop an aluminum shaft that attaches to the roof-top. The other end goes into the cigarette lighter. Very cool.
The problem is, my 64 already has hazard flashers! Guess I need an older vehicle!
My '66 El Camino came with an Allstate cheap transistor AM in an add-on mounting plate beneath the dash, and got sacrificed when A/C used up the space. But the JC Whitney Hollywood Wolf Whistle stays, darn it, even though it took some creative plumbing to the new intake manifold, and so does that neckin' knob.
I occasionally leave vintage parts/boxes in the trunk. I have bought lots of NOS parts that come in vintage boxes for my '41 Plymouth. I like the "Auto-Lite" boxes the best. I also have some old metal gas cans for the trunk. I also have purchased two vintage suit cases that match the age of the car. One even still has a Northwest Orient Airlines tag on it.
I have an aftermarket turn signal system for that car as well. Turn signals were optional on that car. It also has an aftermarket heater. Apparently the original owner wanted the cheapest car he could order.
Another accessory I added was a backup lite. This was not available from the manufacturer. The one I used was purchased by my dad. He never got around to mounting it on his '41 Plymouth, so I was able to install it on mine. I purchased a "universal" backup light switch that was supposed to mount on the transmission for that car on eBay. Alas, it was not compatible, so I came up with my own.
Man...I appreciate this post because it brought me back in time to when my Dad bought this exact unit for our family vacation to Disney World in 1976. We drove from Chicago to Orlando in a brand new 1976 Country Squire Station Wagon - gold metal flake paint and fake woodgrain panels. While the FuzzBuster worked pretty good, it wasn't flawless. My Dad still got stopped for speeding going through Georgia on that trip.
Of all places Georgia, home of some of the world's fastest and most aggressive drivers. I would hazard a guess that the Illinois tag on the front of the vehicle had as much to do with getting stopped as speeding. That sort of thing has calmed down a great deal, but was ever present when I first moved here from Illinois.
Cannot add electronics to my old bikes, so I look for local diecast dealer license plate frames and unique license plates. Found XS for my 72 XS650 Yamaha and a local dealer frame for my 74 550 Honda. Can register under this plate in Ohio up to 1974 for a one tile fee of $45. Also add Disabled Veteran tag to key ring for same year.
The fuzz buster is cool. My Dad had a Dodge Polara from local police auction and this was a helpful accessory. I watched the light from the passenger seat!
I like license plate frames. Looking for another one of these for my 67 Camaro. Also enjoy displaying “dealer album” and original advertising with unusual photos or “of the period” phrases.
Thanks for the fuzz buster memory!
A nice well working manifold heater in my Model A Town Sedan, also a sun visor but only on the driver's side, both original 'stuff'.
My other is an ashtray radio in my '36 Ford, real tubes, original overhead speaker between the sun visors, works like a million bucks, lighted dial. Also a map light, under-dash.
In early 70's I bought a 65 ford custom 2dr post as a junked out driver. The car turned into one of my favorite cars but had to sell it to buy a house. But before it sold I took the Dixco tach and Muntz 8 track with FM cartridge out of it. (should have kept the ported and blue printed 302 also -- heck should have kept the whole car). Anyway, a couple years ago I found another car just like it and the tach and tape deck will find a new home. Reliving some great memories!
I once had a restored 1952 Nash Rambler Station Wagon. Cute as a button. I found a couple of 50’s vintage beverage coolers in good condition and would place them in the small cargo area along with a vintage wooden picnic box.
No pictures but I just installed a Sun SuperTach II and a set of under dash guages
in a 1965 Chevelle SS I am finishing up. I am building it the same way I would have
back in 1979. They are the same gauges I had installed in a 1971 Vega wagon, my
daily driver at that time. No billet or LS swap,just 70's cool.
Yep. I have a Super Tach II in my '68 Cougar appropriately attached to the steering column with the 5" hose clamp. Have the triple gauges in my '65 Galaxie and am gonna mount the triple gauges sans bezel (making a custom one to fit behind the console door in my Cougar).
How about the the Bermuda bell, the pointy two-color lucite dash and shift knobs, and the reverb in my primered, chopped and lowered'50 Merc coupe with '53 Cad hubcaps?
Almost forgot the shrunken head hanging from the rearview, and the hula girl on the package tray!
Love the fuzzbuster, I eventually replaced mine with a newer Escort unit that attached to the sun visor when I bought a different "old Ford wagon". I'd run my FBuster with a baseball cap over it, the rear opening being as large as possible with the strap set on the last set of snap pin connectors. Eventually I got pulled over by a cop who got behind me and just wanted to tell me my rear license plate/tag was hanging by one screw. He checked my insurance, registration, and drivers license, finding all were in order. Before he turned to return to his cruiser, he grinned and said something like, "bet I can make your baseball cap beep, am I correct? I sheepishly assured him he could, and it would also blink red. He told me it was like finding the peanut under the shell, with only one shell...
Getting to the original question, a prior owner of my '64 Avanti put Magnum 500 wheels on it, and I wouldn't dream of replacing them with the stock wheels and wheelcovers. They were such a common add-on, that many Studebaker dealers would sell-them with different tires as an aftermarket option, with credit for the brand new OEM wheel/tire sets that they'd then keep.
I got nothin’ to compete with a Fuzzbuster or some of the cool stuff you guys have.
I’m not sure what you call them but a late friend of mine gave me a set of spring-loaded license plate retainer ‘bolts’ with reflectors....red in the back and yellow reflectors in the front. (Seen in the attached photo)
My friend was a lot older than I and said these were popular dress-up ‘accessories’ back in the fifties. If anyone remembers what they’re called (if there was a particular name for them) please chime in.