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DenverChief
09-23-2009, 12:29 PM
And thank god for that! Holy WAH! I can imagine what accident investigations of the past were like

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Pestilence
09-23-2009, 12:31 PM
And thank god for that! Holy WAH! I can imagine what accident investigations of the past were like

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Second video......27 seconds in. The baby's head turns around backwards. Fucking crazy kids!

T-post Tom
09-23-2009, 12:39 PM
http://www.amiright.com/album-covers/images/album-Crash-Test-Dummies-God-Shuffled-His-Feet.jpg

DenverChief
09-23-2009, 12:42 PM
http://www.amiright.com/album-covers/images/album-Crash-Test-Dummies-God-Shuffled-His-Feet.jpg

:spock:

aturnis
09-23-2009, 12:52 PM
Wow, were any of the dummies in the second video even wearing seatbelts? Doesn't look like it from the way they get tossed. Also, notice how a lot of the times the seats they are sitting in come free from the car and get tossed around themselves.

Would not want to be in ANY of those cars.

Bob Dole
09-23-2009, 12:59 PM
Wow, were any of the dummies in the second video even wearing seatbelts? Doesn't look like it from the way they get tossed. Also, notice how a lot of the times the seats they are sitting in come free from the car and get tossed around themselves.

Would not want to be in ANY of those cars.

It wasn't uncommon to find vehicles without seatbelts in the 1960's. Bob Dole's 1963 Econoline truck has none, nor does it really have anywhere that you could reasonably anchor some without extensive work. It's pretty pointless to just bolt them to the sheetmetal.

T-post Tom
09-23-2009, 01:04 PM
:spock:


When they first came out, someone in the music business told me that they were going to be the next "Beatles". That person is no longer in the music business.

JohninGpt
09-23-2009, 01:10 PM
Amazing how well the passenger compartment of the Malibu held up compaired to the Bel Aire.

Frazod
09-23-2009, 01:29 PM
Wow, were any of the dummies in the second video even wearing seatbelts? Doesn't look like it from the way they get tossed. Also, notice how a lot of the times the seats they are sitting in come free from the car and get tossed around themselves.

Would not want to be in ANY of those cars.

As I kid (I was born in '65), I can NEVER remember wearing seatbelts. I can remember crawling from the backseat to the frontseat while my mom was tearing down the country road to my grandma's house at 80 mph in her 68' Impala. Nobody thought anything of it. By the time I started driving seatbelt use was becoming somewhat more common, but for years I wouldn't wear one unless I was racing someone or the weather was bad. I still don't wear a seatbelt everytime I get in the car.

Frazod
09-23-2009, 01:35 PM
Amazing how well the passenger compartment of the Malibu held up compaired to the Bel Aire.

I was pretty shocked by that. The conventional wisdom used to be the size of old cars like that would protect you from harm in an accident, but that's clearly not the case.

KCChiefsMan
09-23-2009, 01:38 PM
When they first came out, someone in the music business told me that they were going to be the next "Beatles". That person is no longer in the music business.

once, there was this girl whoooooo got into an accident and couldn't go to school and wheeen she finally came back.....lol, beatles?

Inspector
09-23-2009, 01:40 PM
My first 2 cars didn't even have seatbelts. When they first came out, they were an option you paid extra for.

Times have changed.

TinyEvel
09-23-2009, 01:48 PM
Dang! I don;t think my 1972 VW van would fare well in test #1. All that's between me and the hood of the other car is a cardboard-thin sheet of metal.

TinyEvel
09-23-2009, 01:49 PM
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Frazod
09-23-2009, 01:54 PM
Holy shit. You crash in one of those things they'll be able to slide your body under the door of the morgue.

T-post Tom
09-23-2009, 02:04 PM
120 MPH crash (combined speed)

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Fish
09-23-2009, 02:04 PM
Awwwwww damn... That hippy van got fucked up....

I had no idea old vehicles were that unsafe...

Demonpenz
09-23-2009, 02:08 PM
i love it when people drive suv because they want to Protect their family. Forget about braking, or agility and AVOIDING accidents, or rollovers, this thing will protect my family.

HemiEd
09-23-2009, 03:12 PM
The second video, first 2 minutes is all Mopars. Dammit I would like to have some of those parts now.

Seatbelts were part of the 68 federal laws IIRC along with the padded dash, pcv valve, side marker lights, and non obtrusive dash knobs. Detroit screamed about it, but it was justification for raising prices.

We had a 60 Dodge wagon, the knobs to the controls had to be at least an inch and a half long.

Like Tim said, I remember standing up in the middle of the front seat on trips when I was little. That is how we rolled. I think Dad's 65 Dodge Monaco had seat belts, but our 67 didn't.

Frazod
09-23-2009, 03:16 PM
The second video, first 2 minutes is all Mopars. Dammit I would like to have some of those parts now.

Seatbelts were part of the 68 federal laws IIRC along with the padded dash, pcv valve, side marker lights, and non obtrusive dash knobs. Detroit screamed about it, but it was justification for raising prices.

We had a 60 Dodge wagon, the knobs to the controls had to be at least an inch and a half long.

Like Tim said, I remember standing up in the middle of the front seat on trips when I was little. That is how we rolled. I think Dad's 65 Dodge Monaco had seat belts, but our 67 didn't.

I know those knobs in particular caused some pretty gruesome injuries in crashes - it would be like taking a 12 gauge slug in addition to the unrestrained impact. Ouch.

HemiEd
09-23-2009, 04:05 PM
I know those knobs in particular caused some pretty gruesome injuries in crashes - it would be like taking a 12 gauge slug in addition to the unrestrained impact. Ouch.

Yeah, safety wasn't even really a passing thought by the manufacturers back then.

I remember as a kid, looking at those knobs and asking Dad about it. They scared me at 10 years old.

Earthling
09-23-2009, 04:15 PM
They use to put a black sign with a + (cross) on it on the country roads to mark where people were killed in auto accidents. (Kansas anyway) That must have stopped a long time ago..Anyone else remember seeing those?

DJ's left nut
09-23-2009, 04:40 PM
Note to self: don't wreck camaro.

Holy piss, that Bel Air MFing exploded.

Frazod
09-23-2009, 04:47 PM
They use to put a black sign with a + (cross) on it on the country roads to mark where people were killed in auto accidents. (Kansas anyway) That must have stopped a long time ago..Anyone else remember seeing those?

That's still done, at least if someone cares enough about the victim to do it. Last winter a medical helicopter crashed a couple of miles from my house, killing all onboard (including the patient, who was a baby girl). There are still four wooden crosses by the road near the accident site.

Frosty
09-23-2009, 07:50 PM
Awwwwww damn... That hippy van got ****ed up....

I had no idea old vehicles were that unsafe...

My parents had one. Your feet basically rests on the back of the headlight. There is only a thin sheet of metal between you and anything you hit.

headsnap
09-23-2009, 08:55 PM
http://www.amiright.com/album-covers/images/album-Crash-Test-Dummies-God-Shuffled-His-Feet.jpg

MMMMMMMMMMMM

Rain Man
09-23-2009, 09:48 PM
Amazing how well the passenger compartment of the Malibu held up compaired to the Bel Aire.

Yeah, that was pretty darn impressive. I think the Malibu driver could've walked away, but I think the Bel Aire driver might've broken their neck when they hit the collapsing roof of the car. That didn't look pretty.

Skip Towne
09-23-2009, 09:57 PM
Yet in the '50's cars were built like tanks. I had a '55 Buick three holer that would run over anything on the road today.

DenverChief
09-23-2009, 10:39 PM
Yet in the '50's cars were built like tanks. I had a '55 Buick three holer that would run over anything on the road today.

that 59 Bel Aire got its ass handed to it by th 09 Mailbu