The Daily Retro: Gal Snaps


The Difference In Decades 1940-1959

Yes, when it comes
to choosing a car to
start that restoration
project the difference
really is in the decades.

I’ll show you what I mean.

Is it about style for you?

The general shape,
the aerodynamic
and the amount
of chrome and trim
on a piece is largely
related to the decade
in which it was created.

Looking at a 1940’s car,
you’ll probably note
the long hood, a vertically
pointed front grill ,
extremely roomy interiors,
and the heavy chrome trims.

‘Clunky’ is a word
that comes to mind.

However, there were some
very stylish pieces–
although mostly in the
post-war years,
around 1948, and 1949.

A beautiful example
of this pre/post war
contrast in styling
can be seen by comparing
the 1940 Ford Deluxe
(above ) and the 1949
Buick Roadmaster.
(at right )

In the 1950’s,
went for a more
aerodynamic feel,
– despite still being boxey –

– they wanted their cars to
be seen as cutting-edge,
and not ‘stodgy’ or
old fashioned.

The trim could be quite
over the top,
with massive fins,
or it could be very understated,
like in the early Corvettes.

You can definitely see the
impact of war-time
coming to the automotive
marketplace by
the early 1950’s –
– and ‘streamlining’ was
the watchword for styling.

And of course,
there were a lot of aviation
references – ‘jet’ this
and ‘rocket’ that.

Styling, of course,
is one thing –

So, you ask:
what about the
drive-trains, engines, etc ?

No matter how great a car looks,
if it drives like a rock, who needs it?


Suspension systems:
king-pin front suspensions
still dominated in the 1940’s
replaced in the 1950’s by
systems more oriented toward
comfortable ride and control.

Power Steering-
Chrysler came out with optional
power steering on their 1951 Imperial,
followed by Cadillac the following
year — then, as standard equipment
in 1954.

Brakes- almost all cars
in the American market
used unassisted hydraulic
drum brakes after 1939 –

– and while 4 wheel discs
didn’t become a standard
until the 1980’s,
(front disc brakes were
first introduced as standard
equipment in the 1962
Studebaker Avanti )
power assisted brakes were
optional on many 1950’s
vehicles…. and on
Cadillac and Buicks
it was standard after 1954.

Automatic Transmission:
Available on most cars in the
1940’s as an option, it wasn’t
a common feature until the

Engines improved vastly
by the 1960’s —
V-8 technologies like
over-head cam (‘OHC’),
Y-Block and hemispherical
combustion chambers “Hemi”
came into their own in
1950’s models like:

the 1951 Studebaker Commander,
1955 Chrysler C-300,
1957 Mercury Turnpike Cruiser, etc.

Tires: All domestic cars were sold
with Bias-Ply tires standard
until the 1970’s, with the
exception of the 1967 GTO.

Take all together, this might indicate
to the novice car enthusiast that the 1950’s automobile would be a better bet for a starter restoration job than an earlier one –
and I think
that’s a logical assumption.

Some of the most highly
thought-of domestic cars
are from that decade —

the 1953 Chevy Corvette,
the 1955 Ford Thunderbird,
1953 Studebaker Starliner,
1953 Buick Skylark,
1955 Packard Caribbean,
1951 Chrysler New Yorker,

and as for internationally
made models:
( if you insist ), there’s the :
1959 Austin-Healey 3000,
1957 BMW 507,
1955 Jaguar XK140,
1958 Aston-Martin DB-4,
and 1954 Mercedes Benz 300-SL.

Whatever you choose,
remember —
you’ll only finish it,
and then drive it,
if you love it.

!!! HOY !!!!


Happy Hallowe’en Y’all

a11aMy daughter’s favorite
holiday is upon us
once again —

I dunno exactly why
millennials seem to
like it so much,
’cause they
don’t really do the
trick or trick thing…

but, Hallowe’en has made
a huge comeback.

whether the appeal is
the dressing up for
costume events
or the creative aspect
of decorating for it….janetleigh

When I think about it,
there were never big
store-fronts being
seasonally rented
(when I was a kid)
just to sell Halloween
costumes and stuff.

Now, you see ’em
every couple of miles.

And as just a space rental thing,
it’s bigger than fireworks here.

I’m told the places are huge,
and carry every kinda thing
youretrocostumes might need to creep out
your friends and neighbors.

And, in my daughter’s case,
I’m pretty sure
it’s the whole artistic
expression thing
the holiday gives rise to
that’s what she
particularly enjoys.veronicalake

I kinda lost some measure
of interest in the holiday
when I stopped getting
free candy and starting
having to buy it, instead.

But, I have to admit,
the potential for
skimpy costumes on
pretty ladies at

of course,
seasonal pin-ups –
always get me back to
feeling the spirit of
the holiday as it

Our predecessors also
seemed quite fond
of the holiday –
-now that I think about it.

And hey ,
with the crisp feel of
fall in the air –
how could anyone not love it?

Happy Hallowe’en !!!




176 Pages Of High Jinx

I saw this ad in a
vintage publication
not long ago–

It advertises a book
from 1942, called:
” In Defense of The
Bachelor – The
Playboy’s Handbook ” .

Now, obviously the term
‘playboy’ doesn’t refer
in any way to the famous
men’s magazine founded by
Hugh Hefner a decade
or so later —

No, this ad used the
word in it’s
more generic
‘randy-male’ sense.

And so, naturally,
being a rather randy
male myself (ahem)
I’m interested in the
secrets this thing
might contain —

— not that I’m thinking
they’ll be all that pertinent
to the whole scene here
in 2017, but more cause
it’d tell me what it meant
to be wild and footloose
in the 1940’s.

And, hell, you never know
what you might pick
along the way, ya know.

I did see an original copy
at a stamp and print show,
but it was 50 bucks.

50 Bucks for outdated tips
on picking up girls who’d
probably be way over
100 now?

Seems overpriced –
I like mature women,
but they wouldn’t be able
to even remember my
phone number – never mind, anything else.

So, after consideration,
(and counting the seven
dollar bills in my wallet )
I thought I might have a
stab at writing my own
Muscleheaded version
of it using this ‘partial list
of the rare, exhilarating
and hilarious contents‘.

Let’s take em
an item at a time.

Truthfully, I don’t think
the well vaunted
“Bachelor Life”
wasn’t ever a lot
about hiding under beds – –

— not a lot of room under
those things, anyway —

especially those ginchey
heart shaped revolving ones
you’d see in magazines.

— and,
about 90 percent of the time
the Bachelor’s Life
seemed more about ordering
one medium size popcorn
and sitting alone in the dark.

so maybe the
reference is obscure –
just ask Pee-Wee
if you don’t get it.

Hilarious, right?

so I’ll lighten up.

Item two.

Love in Hollywood.

Item three.
The Playboy at Fifty.

Ok, something I can partly
relate to in some way,
having attained that age
a couple of years ago .

And let me just
say it sucked.

So, thinking about
having to spend it alone ,
playboy or not,
would have just added
major, major suckage.

Item four.
Something about Puritans.

I hate em.

Item five.

I’m pretty sure
that Paul Simon
already answered
this one for me,
even though the
guy can’t count
for shit.

Item six.
Freudy Cat. Hmmm…..

— being a
Jungian myself,
I don’t know a lot about it,
but I probably do need
to remind you that a
Freudian slip is
when you say
one thing and
mean your mother.


How many more of
these chapters
ARE there?


!!!! HOY !!!!!