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Sajeev
Community Manager

Community Question: Period correct accessories for a perfect restoration?

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! 

 

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NITRO450EXP
Instructor

Nice touch, have never seen that before.

I like it.

Nitro

NITRO450EXP
Instructor

Mine was the 1966, 105 Flarestat 4 way flasher unit, sold as a GM accessory.

 

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Nitro

Sajeev
Community Manager

Wow that is a great accessory. Both useful and period correct, I love it! 

JimR
Instructor

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. 

Sajeev
Community Manager

Nose dive musta been seriously comical on the non-sports cars for sure!  Thanks for the comment, I'm gonna remember that when I "use" my fuzzbuster! 

Guitar74
Gearhead

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. 

Sajeev
Community Manager

I will leave the box on the rear footwell floorboards for that very reason!

Studenorton
Advanced Driver

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... 

Guitar74
Gearhead

Have you ever watched the movie Falling Down with Michael Douglas? The fast food restaurant scene is hilarious. 

Guitar74
Gearhead

That's hilarious. Is it me, or does the whole "diving on the brakes" thing just make a speeder look that much more guilty in the eyes of a police officer?

JimR
Instructor

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. 🤦‍♂️ 

Sajeev
Community Manager

Oh for sure, I am well aware of that: my father told me to just have your wallet on your leg and leave your hands on the wheel.  

Guitar74
Gearhead

I find being polite during a traffic stop is the order of the day. Police officers have a hard enough job without being talked "at".

Guitar74
Gearhead

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. 

CT-car-guy
Pit Crew

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.

justpushplay
New Driver

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.

Guitar74
Gearhead

Oh yeah. That is DEFINITELY pimpin'. Perfect for the Lincoln. 

hyperv6
Technician

 Still have my large Escort and Passport from the 80's. I had considered putting them in for effect at some events. 

Sajeev
Community Manager

Do it.

HASCpres2019
Intermediate Driver

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.1940 Packard new stuff 005.JPG

Sajeev
Community Manager

Period Pizazz for sure!  I love it!!! Thank you for sharing.  

spoom
Technician

"Chas'n that donut" love it! Car looks great ❤️

Skitso999
New Driver

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!

Studenorton
Advanced Driver

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.     

Bryan1
New Driver

I'm in the middle of a restoration on a 56 Chrysler New Yorker St Regis. It had a Hiway HiFi as an original factory record player but it's long gone. I'd LOVE to find one to replace it.

CT-car-guy
Pit Crew

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.

wentwest
Intermediate Driver

I have a vague memory of crawling under our 49 Plymouth to help my father wire up turn signals.  I was about 5 then.  

Bigspanner
Intermediate Driver

Those “bare feet” gas pedal accessories were a ‘70’s staple for the driveway customizer! Along with the chain-link steering wheels!

Studenorton
Advanced Driver

I have on of those bare-foots,  put away deeply so nobody will see it!  I think those were "surfer dude" era,  de rigeur on dune buggies.

noah300g
Intermediate Driver

I have the radar detector and FM underdash converter for my in dash AM radio.

ClassicCarKen
New Driver

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.  

Guitar74
Gearhead

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.

grumburg
Intermediate Driver

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Sajeev
Community Manager

I love the vintage dealer plate!  I remember when Rick Case was in my town (Houston) a loooong time ago. 

grumburg
Intermediate Driver

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.

BrianB
New Driver

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 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!

AndyG109
New Driver

Since I was restoring mine as a police car replica, I have several period correct accessories. FM converter, handheld spotlight and police radio setup. 20190123_133200.jpg

warrene
Intermediate Driver

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.

Warrene

fordguy65
New Driver

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!

shoulderboards
Intermediate Driver

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.

Alikat51
Pit Crew

 I remember the reverb units we would add to a mono radio. Made it sound (kind of)  like a stereo!

 

dsmythe
Pit Crew

For my ‘72 Vette, matching 1972 Ontario license plates, a Craig or Muntz 8-track 👍

TRdelux
Intermediate Driver

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.

Guitar74
Gearhead

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). 

Crusty
Pit Crew

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!

spoom
Technician

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.

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Sajeev
Community Manager

Two brilliant stories!  Thanks for sharing, now I need to put a baseball cap over mine too! 

GUYR
New Driver

HAVE ONE OF THOES TOO. ON DISPLAY IN MY GARAGE. A LONG TIME AGO , SOME CARS HAD A WHITE LIGHT ON IN THE CENTER OF THE GRILL , ANYONE REMEMBER ?

JimR
Instructor

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. 

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