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2015, G. DAVID

Car Collector

Volume VIII, Issue 10



Car Collecting Today

High RPMs

Classic Rides
Reports From the Field
Oldsmobile (1897-2004)
Cadillac (1902- )
Allant (1987-1993)

Corvair (1960-1969)

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High RPMs

GDY Nets
On the Web

Car Names and

Their Meanings

Oldsmobile Trucks

I am pondering the purchase of tires for the Olds.

It has 14 wheels. Tires for
it are becoming harder to
find. Might not be a bad idea
to get them while I still can?
Sometimes it is hard to
come up with original content. This is one of those
times. So, this month I present some offerings from
other car fans.
It does look as though the
show season is winding
down. I took part in two
shows this month; one Olds
and the other open to all
The latter started at 8 a.m.
Who do the organizers think
is going to come out at 8 in
the morning to eyeball old
cars? Do the organizers also
not realize that most old car
owners are also ol duffers
who do not like having to
rise early? My 9:30 show

CCC Forum

arrival time was just fine as

far as I was concerned!
October Automotive Milestones
10/1/1908 Model T introd
10/1/1954 Studebaker and
Packard merge
10/1/1974 Last year for the
Chrysler Imperial
10/2/1912 "Bunkie" Knudsen
10/2/1959 Corvair debuts
10/4/1962 Riviera debuts
10/4/1983 633 mph land
speed record set
10/7/1960 "Route 66" premieres on CBS
10/8/1869 Duryea born
10/8/1938 Mercury introd
10/8/1959 Falcon debuts
10/13/1902 Ohio Automobile
Co. becomes Packard
10/14/1965 Toronado debuts
10/15/1924 Lee Iacocca born
10/16/1958 El Camino debut
10/21/1927 1st Model A built
10/21/1963 Honda imports
first car to U.S.
10/25/1864 John Dodge born
10/25/1873 John Willys born
10/25/1954 George Romney

named AMC's Chair/CEO

10/25/1957 Last Hudsons introduced
10/28/1955 Chevy intros smallblock 265 c.i. V-8
10/31/2010 Pontiac ceases production
10/31/1957 Toyota Motor Sales,
USA, opens in Hollywood, CA

-Winter nap time draws nigh!

GDYNets on the Web

Find GDYNets on the web:

1960s Slang

October 2015


site to discuss the newsletter,
the hobby and our cars.
Car Collector Chronicles
Saved 62 -Our 1962 Olds
convertible, Ransom Eli Olds
and things Oldsmobile related
web site.
The Gray Lady -1955 Cadillac
Coup de Ville web site.

SAVED 62: A website devoted

to our 1962 Oldsmobile Dynamic 88 convertible. The site

also has a lot of information on
Oldsmobile cars and the company founder, Ransom Eli Olds.

THE GRAY LADY: This website features our 1955 Cadillac

Coup de Ville, lots of Caddy
information and an extensive
repair library.

DAVES DEN: -A site devoted to a myriad of interests.

Foremost is extensive information on the Steel City of Gary,
IN. There are also offerings on
steel making, U.S. Steel-Gary
Works, U.S. Marine Corps, M14
assault rifle, of course Oldsmobile, and the tragic story of the
murder of Gary, IN Police Lt.
George Yaros.

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Car Names and Their Meanings

Wayfarer is a
person who
travels by
foot. A
strange name
for a car, I
would say?

WHATS IN A NAME? By: Larry Printz
We all have owned cars that evoke memories. One mention of their names can flood
our minds with images of happier times. But more often than you realize, car and truck
names have meanings that their manufacturers never intended.
Cracking open the dictionary reveals what your car or trucks name really means and
their unintended consequences. Here is a sampling of past and present car names,
their definition and the automaker that uses them:
Avalon-Isle of the dead where King Arthur and other knights taken after death (Toyota)
Belvedere-Summer house or open-sided gallery positioned to command a fine view
Caprice-A sudden and unaccountable change in mood or behavior (Chevrolet)
Cayman-Central and South American crocodile (Porsche)
Charger-A large, flat platter (Dodge)
Century-A period of 100 years (Buick)
Citation-A quotation from or reference to a book or author (Edsel, Chevrolet)
Civic-Relating to a city or town (Honda)
Corsair-A privateer, especially one operating along the southern shore of the Mediterranean (Kaiser-Frazer, Edsel)
Cooper-A person who makes or repairs casks or barrels (Mini)
Corolla-The petals, or inner leaves, of a flower (Toyota)
Coronet-A small, or simple, crown, especially worn by lesser royalty or nobles (Dodge)
Cutlass-A short sword with a slightly curved bade (Oldsmobile)
Electra-Greek mythological figure who persuaded her brother to kill their mother in revenge for the murder of their father (Buick)
Equinox-Time or date at which the sun crosses the celestial equator and when day and
night are of equal length (Chevrolet)
Escalade-The scaling of fortified walls using ladders as a form of military attack
Eclipse-A sudden loss of power, prominence or significance (Mitsubishi)
Fit-A seizure in which the victim loses consciousness (Honda)
Gremlin-A mischievous sprite regarded as responsible for unexplained mechanical or
electrical failures (AMC)
Lancer-A soldier of a cavalry regiment armed with lances (Dodge, Mitsubishi)
Lucerne-Another term for alfalfa (Buick)
Magnum-A wine bottle twice the normal size, usually 1.5 liters (Dodge)
Marathon-A long-distance running race, strictly one of 26 miles 385 yards (Checker)
Marquis-A nobleman ranking above a count and below a duke (Mercury)
Matrix-Womb, uterus (Toyota)
Omni-In all ways or places (Dodge)
Pacer-Competitor who sets pace at the beginning of a race or competition (AMC, Edsel)
Phantom-Figment of the imagination (Rolls-Royce)
Sable-Another term for black (Mercury)
Savoy-Cabbage of a hardy variety with densely wrinkled leaves (Plymouth)
Touareg-Nomadic African tribe (Volkswagen)
Tundra-A vast, flat, treeless Arctic region of Europe, Asia, and North America in which
the subsoil is permanently frozen (Toyota)
Vagabond-A vagrant (Kaiser)
Vantage-Place or position affording a good view (Aston Martin)
Viper-Spiteful or treacherous person (Dodge, SRT)
Wayfarer-Person who travels on foot (Dodge)
Wrangler-Person who wrangles, or argues, especially in a contentious way. (Jeep)
Zephyr-Soft, gentle breeze. (Lincoln, Mercury)

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Car Collector Chronicles

Oldsmobile Trucks
Long before Bravada, Oldsmobile did trucks. Here Craig Pitman presents a bit of the
murky information surrounding these long extinct breeds.
Oldsmobile offered, for one year, a pickup based on one of their two model lines. For
1918, the Model 37 was offered not only as a four-door touring or roadster car but also as
an all-new pickup truck referred to as the service wagon. Even more interesting, it was
a roadster. It was priced at $1,195 and came equipped, like the rest of the Model 37 line,
with a 177 cubic-inch six-cylinder that produced 40 horsepower. Oddly, this truck was not
offered the following year.

1923 was
the last we
would see of
trucks sort
In late 1918, Oldsmobile introduced a new truck line, with
more options. It was named Economy Truck and standard
equipment included a panel van body, but could be ordered as a cab/chassis model or as a seat-less chassis
that only included the cowl, fenders and windshield. The
new models were priced at $1,350, $1,295 and $1,250,
These new models were powered by a 224 cubic-inch
motor but produced the same horsepower that the Model
37 did. Regardless, the new Economy Truck was popular
and in 1919 comprised approximately 17% of the companys sales. This truck line was available in the United
States through 1923.
the last we
would see of
trucks sort of. We, meaning here, in the
U.S. Other regions of the world continued to
be offered Oldsmobile trucks for quite some
time, including Australia. The major difference
from the Economy Truck was that they were
rebadged as GMCs and powered by GMC
Here we have a 1938 Oldsmobile F-155-H
Forward Steer. In 1991 there was the Bravada.
And then in 2004 Oldsmobile was no more!

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1960s Slang

From: The Official 60s Site

Like most eras, the 1960s used a lot of unique/strange terms in the everyday vocabulary. While some of these
terms originated in the 1960s, others were passed down to the youth of the day by previous generations. Some of
these words and phrases are still used by our kids and grandchildren. Do you remember some of these 60s slang? If
you can think of anymore please email me at so I can include them on the site. Enjoy!
A Gas - Having a lot of fun.
All Show and No Go - Pretty car. Nice wheels and so forth. Looks good put has no go power.
Ape - Used with verbs gone or went; i.e., "When I came home an hour late my parents went ape.
Bad - Awesome
Ball - To Party as in Little Richard's song "Good Golly Miss Molly, you sure like to ball." Also meant to have intercourse.
Beat Feet - Leave the area quickly
Bitchin' - Good, great, or awesome
Blast - Had a great time, like "I had a blast at the dance."
Blitzed - Drunk
Book - Leave the scene / Bookin' - Going real fast
Boss - Cool or fantastic - The new album I just bought is boss!
Bread - Money
Brew - Beer
Bug Out - Leave the premises
Bummed Out - Depressed
Burn Rubber - Squeal out with your tires spinning and leaving rubber on the asphalt
Cat - Guy
Catch some Z's - Go to sleep [thanks to Gloria Damrod of Sebring, Ohio]
Cherry - Pristine or mint condition. That car is cherry!
Chick - girl or woman
Chicken (To Play) - Two cars drive head on towards each other and the first to pull away is a coward.
Chinese Firedrill - A car is stopped at a red light and all occupants of the car get out of the car and run around it and
get back in the car while holding up traffic.
Church Key - Before poptop cans, there were openers that were designed to puncture the beer can to drink from it.
Chrome Dome - Bald Man [thanks to Gloria Damrod of Sebring, Ohio]
Clean - Exceptional looking; i.e., That's a clean looking Chevy [Thanks to Leslie Hardman, Orient, Ohio]
Cool - Nice
Cool Head - Nice guy
Cool Pipes - Mellow sounding exhaust system [Thanks to Glen Teason from Texas]
Crash - Go to bed / sleep [thanks to Gregg Stotesbery Tecumseh, MO]
Cruising - Driving up and down the strip, street or town looking for members of the opposite sex
Cutout - Leave the scene or area (also see Split) [Thanks to Slolne from NY]
D.A. - Guy hair style. Combed like a duck's ass [Thanks to Glen Teason from Texas]
Decked Out - All Dressed Up
Dibs - Used with the word got. "I got dibs on that seat." Meaning you own it.
Dig - Do you understand?
Ditz - An idiot
Don't Flip Your Wig - In other words don't go ape.
Don't Have A Cow - (See above)
Don't Sweat It - Don't let it bother you.
Drag - Dull. Also, a puff from a cigarette.
Drop a Dime - use the pay phone [thanks to Gloria Damrod of Sebring, Ohio]
Fab - Fantastic
Fag - A cigarette [Thanks to Leslie Hardman, Orient, Ohio)
Far-out - awesome [thanks to Gregg Stotesbery Tecumseh, MO] Also see outta sight
Fink - Tattletale
Five Finger Discount - Anything acquired by theft
Flake - A useless person
Flip Flops - Thongs that you wore on your feet
Floor Box - Floor mounted transmission shifter [Thanks to Glen Teason from Texas]
Flower Child - A Hippie
Four on the Floor - See Floor Box [Thanks to Glen Teason from Texas]
Fox - An outstanding looking chick
Freakin' Out - getting excited or a panic attack [thanks to Gloria Damrod of Sebring, Ohio]
Fuzz - The Police
Groovy - Nice or neat
Glasspacks - Mufflers lined with fiberglass to muffle the sound. The shorter the muffler the louder the sound.

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1960s SlangContd.

Gum Ball - the old fashion lights on a police cruiser [thanks to Gloria Damron of Sebring, Ohio]
Hacked or Hacked Off - Mad or teed off.
Hairy - Out of control
Hang Loose - Take it easy
Hauls Ass - A car that really moves. "Tom's Chevy sure hauls ass."
Hip - Very Cool
Hopped up/ Souped up - Mods or additions to a car engine to make it go faster
Hunk - What a girl calls a good looking guy
Kissup - Teacher's Pet or person that will do anything to please another person in authority.
Later - Goodbye
Lay It On Me - Tell me or speak your piece
Make Out - Kissing
Meanwhile Back At The Ranch - It was used to get the storyteller back on track to the story he was telling. In other
words, get to the point. It was meant to keep it short. Phrase came from serial westerns.
Midnight Auto Supply - Auto parts stolen
Mill - Engine. As in, "What kind of mill you running in that thing?" [Thanks to Glen Teason from Texas]
Moo Juice - Milk [thanks to Gloria Damrod of Sebring, Ohio]
Old Lady or Old Man - Referred to Mom and Dad [Now a days may refer to wife of husband]
Outta Sight or Out of Sight - Awesome [Thanks to Johnny Clavin from New Orleans] Also see Far Out
Padiddle - A car with only one headlight working. [thanks to Gloria Damrod from Sebring, Ohio]
Passion Pit - Drive-in Movie
Peel Out - Burn or leave rubber with your car
Pig Out - Overeat
Pits - The worst, nasty, bad, awful, meaningless (i.e. "this place is the pits") [Thanks to Thumpa Clift, Sarasota, Florida]
Rap - To talk [thanks to Mary Klett from Florida for this one]
Rave On - Please keep it going - [Thanks to Andrea Fox from North Carolina]
Ride - Car, truck, or motorcycle [thanks to Greg Stotesberry, Tecumseh Mo]
Right On - Exactly or I second that. [Thanks to Nina Gilberti from Philadelphia]
Shades - Sunglasses
Sharp - Real Good Looking [Thanks to Leslie Hardman, Orient, Ohio]
Shotgun - Passenger seat in the front seat of a car next to the door. The place of honor. You had to call out "shotgun"
first to win the honor. Once you vacate the car the honor is once again up for grabs.
Skirt - A girl
Skuzz - Low down, disgusting person. Also used as skuzz bucket which could mean an ugly car as well.
Split - leave the scene, bug out
Square - Somebody not cool
Stoned - High on pot [thanks to Gregg Stotesbery Tecumseh, MO]
Submarine Races - Parking next to a water shore to wait for the submarine races (which of course was only an excuse
to park and make out).
The Bird - The middle finger
Threads - Clothes [thanks to Mary Klett from Florida for this one]
Toke - Taking a puff or drag on a joint [thanks to Gregg Stotesbery Tecumseh, MO]
Zits - Pimples

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