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Cruise-O-Matic: Part Twelve
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Post# 923664   2/24/2017 at 21:38 by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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Yep, everything related to American cars, trucks, buses, motorhomes, trailers, accessories, and service stations from a bygone era. So slide into the drivers seat, buckle-up, adjust the mirrors, slip a record into the Highway-Hi-Fi and finally press D on the TorqueFlite. You're cruising now baby...enjoy the ride!



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Post# 923666 , Reply# 1   2/24/2017 at 21:44 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
1905 Premier

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Post# 923668 , Reply# 2   2/24/2017 at 21:48 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
1911 Anderson

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Post# 923669 , Reply# 3   2/24/2017 at 21:51 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
1920 Standard

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Post# 923670 , Reply# 4   2/24/2017 at 21:55 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
1935 Hudson

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Post# 923671 , Reply# 5   2/24/2017 at 21:58 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
1940 Buick

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Post# 923672 , Reply# 6   2/24/2017 at 22:02 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
1952 Lincoln

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Post# 923673 , Reply# 7   2/24/2017 at 22:04 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
1964 Oldsmobile

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Post# 923674 , Reply# 8   2/24/2017 at 22:06 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
1972 Ford

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Post# 923675 , Reply# 9   2/24/2017 at 22:12 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
1983 Cadillac

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1983 Cadillac Ad-06

Post# 923725 , Reply# 10   2/25/2017 at 08:33 by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        

Just gorgeous cars! Cadillac did a very fine job downsizing it for 1979. 5 mph bumpers and all. It's almost as nice as the original 1968 model.

Post# 925383 , Reply# 11   3/6/2017 at 21:58 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
1906 Studebaker

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Post# 925384 , Reply# 12   3/6/2017 at 22:00 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
1911 Universal

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Post# 925388 , Reply# 13   3/6/2017 at 22:06 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
1924 Willys-Knight

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Post# 925389 , Reply# 14   3/6/2017 at 22:07 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
1936 Packard

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Post# 925391 , Reply# 15   3/6/2017 at 22:08 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
1949 Cadillac

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Post# 925392 , Reply# 16   3/6/2017 at 22:10 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
1954 Hudson

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Post# 925393 , Reply# 17   3/6/2017 at 22:11 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
1965 Oldsmobile

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Post# 925398 , Reply# 18   3/6/2017 at 22:35 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
1979 Ford

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Post# 925399 , Reply# 19   3/6/2017 at 22:37 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
1986 Lincoln

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Post# 925443 , Reply# 20   3/7/2017 at 08:10 by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        
Oh menories!

Lee Iacoca announced a new downsized Thunderbird for 1977 after a two year sales success of the Elite using basically the same car. In July of 1979, Henry Ford II announced he fired Lee Iacoca.
By 1980, the T-Bird was a fox platform unibody car based on the Fairmont. It was more streamlined by 1986, and it's Lincoln Mark VII cousin debuted with air suspension in 1987. The T-Bird grew in size again in 1989, a little, and got an independent rear suspension. This morphed into the Mark VIII, the final Lincoln mark series car.

Post# 925749 , Reply# 21   3/8/2017 at 19:36 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
1905 Locomobile

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Post# 925750 , Reply# 22   3/8/2017 at 19:42 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
1918 Cadillac

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Post# 925752 , Reply# 23   3/8/2017 at 19:44 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
1920 Franklin

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Post# 925753 , Reply# 24   3/8/2017 at 19:46 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
1937 Diamond T

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Post# 925754 , Reply# 25   3/8/2017 at 19:47 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
1947 White

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Post# 925755 , Reply# 26   3/8/2017 at 19:49 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
1953 Kaiser

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Post# 925757 , Reply# 27   3/8/2017 at 19:50 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
1962 Plymouth

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Post# 925758 , Reply# 28   3/8/2017 at 19:51 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
1975 Cadillac

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Post# 925759 , Reply# 29   3/8/2017 at 20:01 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
1981 Ford

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Post# 925864 , Reply# 30   3/9/2017 at 16:04 by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        
My parents

friends had a 1975 Cadillac sedan DeVille in that claret red color. With all the bad quality rap going around those days, I recall they told us they went over it with a fine tooth comb the week thy got it, and found nothing wrong.
The same with my cousins 1975 Ford Elite.
While my dads '75 Buick Century wagon had no mechanical issues other than the air conditioner thermal limit fuse often blew, it had a paint bubble on the roof, and the front seat back was crooked on one side a little. It wasn't uncomfortable, just noticeable with the center arm rest down.
It was a very quiet car when I learned to drive in it.
My mom liked it a lot more over their worn out '67 Electra 430 hog. My dad kept the '65 sport wagon with the 322 until he got the '78 Electra used in 1980.

Post# 926076 , Reply# 31   3/10/2017 at 18:28 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
1904 Rambler

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Post# 926077 , Reply# 32   3/10/2017 at 18:29 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Fisk 1915

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Post# 926079 , Reply# 33   3/10/2017 at 18:32 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
1925 Cadillac

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Post# 926080 , Reply# 34   3/10/2017 at 18:33 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
1936 GMC

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Post# 926082 , Reply# 35   3/10/2017 at 18:39 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
1949 Dodge

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Post# 926083 , Reply# 36   3/10/2017 at 18:41 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
1956 Ford

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56ford copy 2

Post# 926084 , Reply# 37   3/10/2017 at 18:43 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
1965 Oldsmobile

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Post# 926089 , Reply# 38   3/10/2017 at 19:08 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
1973 Chevrolet

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Post# 926092 , Reply# 39   3/10/2017 at 19:27 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
1981 Chrysler

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Post# 926219 , Reply# 40   3/11/2017 at 11:33 by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        

K Mart sell Fisk tires?

Post# 926220 , Reply# 41   3/11/2017 at 11:35 by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        

that LeBaron is cashmere, grey must be blue.

Post# 926888 , Reply# 42   3/14/2017 at 20:58 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
1909 Locomobile

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Post# 926889 , Reply# 43   3/14/2017 at 20:59 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
1918 Paige

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Post# 926890 , Reply# 44   3/14/2017 at 21:01 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
U.S. Royal Cords 1924

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Post# 926891 , Reply# 45   3/14/2017 at 21:02 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
1937 DeSoto

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Post# 926892 , Reply# 46   3/14/2017 at 21:04 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
1942 Lincoln

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Post# 926894 , Reply# 47   3/14/2017 at 21:06 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Goodyear 1955

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Post# 926895 , Reply# 48   3/14/2017 at 21:08 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
1965 Pontiac

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Post# 926896 , Reply# 49   3/14/2017 at 21:09 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
1973 Pontiac

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Post# 926897 , Reply# 50   3/14/2017 at 21:10 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
1984 Ford

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Post# 926957 , Reply# 51   3/15/2017 at 06:43 by toploader55 (Massachusetts Sand Bar, Cape Cod)        

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Just my taste in car design, but for me all the "magic" dwindled quickly after 1972.
I disliked the shorter wheelbases, lack of horsepower, and those "5 mph" bumpers.

After 1973, I started to have more interest in Mercedes and Jags as far as design, style and looks.

I still miss the "Land Yacht" Lincoln Town Cars, Buick 225s and the Rivieras.

Although they got 8-12 feet to the gallon, the luxury was Top Drawer. Even my friends Mom's 1970 Buick Estate Wagon was beautifully appointed for a Station Wagon.

And as always, Thank You Louis for taking the time to find these treasured photos and ads

Post# 926984 , Reply# 52   3/15/2017 at 10:26 by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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Ah, "full size cars". I remember them so well. Nothing like the '70 and '71 Coupe DeVilles I had back then. So spacious, quiet and powerful. Sigh.


And you're very welcomed Eddie!

Post# 927261 , Reply# 53   3/16/2017 at 19:02 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
1909 Sears

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commercial photography locations

Post# 927264 , Reply# 54   3/16/2017 at 19:14 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
1913 Waverly

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Post# 927268 , Reply# 55   3/16/2017 at 19:18 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Koupet 1921

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Post# 927269 , Reply# 56   3/16/2017 at 19:20 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
1936 REO

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Post# 927273 , Reply# 57   3/16/2017 at 19:23 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
1949 Ford

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Post# 927275 , Reply# 58   3/16/2017 at 19:26 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Spartan 1953

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Post# 927276 , Reply# 59   3/16/2017 at 19:29 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
1960 Oldsmobile

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Post# 927277 , Reply# 60   3/16/2017 at 19:30 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
1978 Pontiac

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Post# 927280 , Reply# 61   3/16/2017 at 19:32 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
1980 Ford

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Post# 927665 , Reply# 62   3/18/2017 at 19:15 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
1905 Pope

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Post# 927667 , Reply# 63   3/18/2017 at 19:17 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
1912 Peerless

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Post# 927668 , Reply# 64   3/18/2017 at 19:18 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
1920 FWD

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Post# 927669 , Reply# 65   3/18/2017 at 19:19 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
1939 Pontiac

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Post# 927671 , Reply# 66   3/18/2017 at 19:20 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
1948 Dodge

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Post# 927673 , Reply# 67   3/18/2017 at 19:22 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
1953 Lincoln

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Post# 927674 , Reply# 68   3/18/2017 at 19:23 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
1967 Chevrolet

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Post# 927675 , Reply# 69   3/18/2017 at 19:25 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
1976 Oldsmobile

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Post# 927676 , Reply# 70   3/18/2017 at 19:26 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
1988 Pontiac

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Post# 927855 , Reply# 71   3/20/2017 at 05:27 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
1907 Northern

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Post# 927856 , Reply# 72   3/20/2017 at 05:29 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
1916 Baker

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1921 Haynes

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Post# 927859 , Reply# 74   3/20/2017 at 05:33 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
1939 Divco

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Post# 927860 , Reply# 75   3/20/2017 at 05:34 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
1949 Frazer

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Post# 927861 , Reply# 76   3/20/2017 at 05:35 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
1958 Oldsmobile

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Post# 927862 , Reply# 77   3/20/2017 at 05:37 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
1967 AMC

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Post# 927863 , Reply# 78   3/20/2017 at 05:38 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
1976 Chevrolet

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1983 Oldsmobile

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Post# 928278 , Reply# 80   3/22/2017 at 15:18 by cuffs054 (GA)        

The 49 Frazier makes note of "Air Conditioned" coolness. They had A/C that early?

Post# 928290 , Reply# 81   3/22/2017 at 16:33 by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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Packard was the first to offer air conditioning as an option in 1939, although there was an independent outfit that would custom air condition cars in 1933. I guess they were the first.

Post# 928303 , Reply# 82   3/22/2017 at 17:13 by cuffs054 (GA)        

Ultra, I knew of Packard, but I wondered about Frazier. Was Frazier any kin to Rambler?

Post# 928313 , Reply# 83   3/22/2017 at 17:40 by ea56 (Sonoma Co.,CA)        

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The Frazier was affiliated with Kaiser I believe. Nash was affiliated with Rambler in the early 50's

Post# 928322 , Reply# 84   3/22/2017 at 18:05 by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        

Yes, Cadillac had it by 1950 also. I think Thermador in California made a side window mounted one also.
Kaiser Frazier was in Willow Run Michigan, and also made the Henry J car, which Sears sold for a while as the Allsate car.
Willy's Overland owned Jeep before AMC, so some are confused by that.
Nash and Hudson merged to become AMC, they came out with Rambler.
Kaiser and Willy's were affiliated then merged with Frazier before liquidating.
GM bought the Willow Run plant in 1954 when their Livonia Hydramatic plant burned to the ground. They added an assembly plant in 1960 to make Corvair's, then the Chevy II. The final product was the 1991 Chevrolet Caprice.
The Hydramatic facility closed last decade.
Toledo Ohio Hydramatic, and Punch Powerglide in Strasbourg France make the 650 LE automatics. Strasbourg also builds the ZF HP 850, as it is no longer owned by GM.

Post# 928337 , Reply# 85   3/22/2017 at 19:12 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
1907 Thomas

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Post# 928632 , Reply# 86   3/24/2017 at 08:19 by appliguy (Oakton Va.)        
Air Conditioning meant something different in 1949

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The term Air Conditioning was used differently in the 1930ís and 1940ís then it is now. After doing a quick check on the internet it seems that Frazer referred to their fresh air heater in their cars as an air conditioner, which it is in the fact that it conditions the air and makes it warmer. Back in those days they also used to call warm air furnaces winter air conditioners too. As for Cadillac offering A/C in their 1950 models Vacerator, Cadillac offered A/C right before WW2 (as did Packard) and then did not offer it again until 1953 at which time it also became an option for Buick and Oldsmobile with Pontiac getting it as an option on the 1954 8 cylinder models and Chevy getting it as an option on the V8 models starting in 1955. Kaiser-Frazer was formed in 1945 from the remnants of what was the pre war company known as Graham-Paige (some of the very early Kaiser Frazer ads say that Kaiser Frazer was firmly known as Graham Paige). The Frazer was discontinued after 1951 and the Henry J was introduced that year. The Allstate version of the Henry J was sold by Sears stores and catalog stores in the south and southwest with eventual plans to expand nationwide had the car been successful. All Allstate's had Allstate tires, plugs, and batteries. Kaiser merged with Willys Overland (pronounced WILL-IS not WILL-EES the 1954 commercial below proves that) in 1953 and then became known as Kaiser Willys. Willys and Kaiser cars were last made in the US in 1955 after which there dies were sent to Kaisers South American affiliate where they were made untouched until about 1962. By 1960 Kaiser Willys had been renamed Kaiser-Jeep which it remained until AMC bought Jeep from Kaiser in February 1970. Nash-Kelvinator brought out Rambler for 1950 4 years before they merged with Hudson to become AMC which happened on May 1, 1954. Nash chose the name Rambler to honor the early 1900ís Rambler model (as seen in an ad above) that was made by the Thomas B.Jeffery Automobile Co. which Charles Nash took over after leaving his post as President of GM and renamed Nash in 1917. Nash merged with Kelvinator in 1937 to get the services of Kelvinatorís president George Mason.I am sorry to go on and on but vintage cars are a very big passion for me and I like to make sure the history is as complete as can be....I guess I am a little compulsive eh? LOL....PAT COFFEY


Post# 928683 , Reply# 87   3/24/2017 at 16:58 by jamiel (Detroit, Michigan)        

Believe Nash was the first automobile with cowl-based air conditioning (Kelvinator apparently helped them develop it). Other vehicles had the evaporator in the trunk (you can tell because they have the clear tubes in the back window and/or air scoops on the fenders to cool off the evaporator).

Post# 928695 , Reply# 88   3/24/2017 at 18:29 by appliguy (Oakton Va.)        
Jamiel you were right on ALL accounts

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Nash introduced the first fresh air heating system in a car in 1937 with their famous Weather Eye system. That name was used into the 1970ís by AMC for their cars heaters too. Nash also was the first company to put all the A/C components under the hood starting in 1954 and you were right that it was because of the work done by Kelvinator...PAT COFFEY

Post# 928745 , Reply# 89   3/24/2017 at 22:00 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
1918 Autocar

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1929 Hupmobile

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1932 Dodge

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1943 Mack

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1957 Ford

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Post# 928753 , Reply# 94   3/24/2017 at 22:12 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
1964 Checker

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Post# 928755 , Reply# 95   3/24/2017 at 22:14 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
1978 Cadillac

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Post# 928756 , Reply# 96   3/24/2017 at 22:15 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
1993 Oldsmobile

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Ethyl 1937

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General Tire 1947

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