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Posted: 10/31/2009 6:24:48 AM EST
Why'd they stop doing that? That was so convenient. The windshield wiper fluid NEVER accidentally sprayed when I wanted to turn on the brights.

The last vehicle that I had that had them on the floor was a 1989 F-150. It also had the awesome triangle windows that opened inward to cool you off.

They don't make them like they used to.........
Link Posted: 10/31/2009 6:26:20 AM EST
Yes, but I'm not OLD enough to have ever owned one. I remember it from my parents' cars.
Link Posted: 10/31/2009 6:27:27 AM EST
Yep. My uncle's and my buddy's Bronco's have them on the floor. However, my old '86 K2500 Chevy had the straight pull back on the instrument lever on the left, as does my '00 K1500 Chebby.

Link Posted: 10/31/2009 6:27:48 AM EST
...floor start button ....
Link Posted: 10/31/2009 6:28:45 AM EST
they were easy to change when they went out. and cheap too
Link Posted: 10/31/2009 6:29:54 AM EST


Yes I do. I was just thinking about this a few days ago. Of all the posts to expect to see. Weird.
Link Posted: 10/31/2009 6:29:58 AM EST
How about vaccum operated windshield wipers?
Link Posted: 10/31/2009 6:31:14 AM EST
my first car...

Link Posted: 10/31/2009 6:31:45 AM EST
Originally Posted By Outsydlooknin75:
How about vaccum operated windshield wipers?


They sucked ...




[rimshot]

Link Posted: 10/31/2009 6:31:54 AM EST
three on the tree
Link Posted: 10/31/2009 6:32:31 AM EST
First couple of trucks I owned had it. Vent windows too, that's something I really miss on new vehicles. Wanna see something funny, put a young kid in the seat of a column shift 3 speed and watch their head explode.
Link Posted: 10/31/2009 6:32:40 AM EST
My first car was a '79 Mustang. The brights were on a stick on the column ... so was the horn
Link Posted: 10/31/2009 6:35:10 AM EST
Makes more sense to have all the lights controlled by one lever.
Link Posted: 10/31/2009 6:35:47 AM EST

Originally Posted By XMM:
Why'd they stop doing that? That was so convenient. The windshield wiper fluid NEVER accidentally sprayed when I wanted to turn on the brights.

The last vehicle that I had that had them on the floor was a 1989 F-150. It also had the awesome triangle windows that opened inward to cool you off.

They don't make them like they used to.........

Mine was an 1984 F150 and it was my first vehicle when I turned 16. I really did like the button on the floor, it was really convenient when you got used to slapping it with your foot. Although I don't mind the steering column switch on my GMC that much. That probably has much to do with the fact that i drove a chevy for work for 2 years and countless thousands of miles and then bought a GMC for my personal truck.

I will own another 80's ford though. I loved my 300 straight six F150
Link Posted: 10/31/2009 6:37:58 AM EST
Originally Posted By Aarons419:

Originally Posted By XMM:
Why'd they stop doing that? That was so convenient. The windshield wiper fluid NEVER accidentally sprayed when I wanted to turn on the brights.

The last vehicle that I had that had them on the floor was a 1989 F-150. It also had the awesome triangle windows that opened inward to cool you off.

They don't make them like they used to.........

Mine was an 1984 F150 and it was my first vehicle when I turned 16. I really did like the button on the floor, it was really convenient when you got used to slapping it with your foot. Although I don't mind the steering column switch on my GMC that much. That probably has much to do with the fact that i drove a chevy for work for 2 years and countless thousands of miles and then bought a GMC for my personal truck.

I will own another 80's ford though. I loved my 300 straight six F150


They were built like tanks!
Link Posted: 10/31/2009 6:40:16 AM EST
When they first switched, I kept getting my feet tangled in the steering wheel. 1st car= 73 Cutlass,2nd car= 68 Galaxy 500.
Link Posted: 10/31/2009 6:40:33 AM EST
Originally Posted By ANGST:
Originally Posted By Outsydlooknin75:
How about vaccum operated windshield wipers?


They sucked ...

i remember those, the more rpm's the engine turned the faster they would go



[rimshot]



Link Posted: 10/31/2009 6:40:46 AM EST
Vent windows are perfect for smoking while you drive.
Link Posted: 10/31/2009 6:43:28 AM EST
Originally Posted By Beachjumper12:
...floor start button ....


My '72 Chrysler wagon has a floor mount radio search button (in addition to the floor mount Hi-beam switch). No need to take eyes off road to change radio station. When I first got it I was WTF does it have 2 hi=beam switches? After figuring it out I was . It's too cool & I'll probably leave the radio stock when I get her fixed up instead of upgrading to a modern digital sound system.
Link Posted: 10/31/2009 6:43:36 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/31/2009 6:47:18 AM EST by XMM]
Originally Posted By DarkCharisma:
Originally Posted By Aarons419:

Originally Posted By XMM:
Why'd they stop doing that? That was so convenient. The windshield wiper fluid NEVER accidentally sprayed when I wanted to turn on the brights.

The last vehicle that I had that had them on the floor was a 1989 F-150. It also had the awesome triangle windows that opened inward to cool you off.

They don't make them like they used to.........

Mine was an 1984 F150 and it was my first vehicle when I turned 16. I really did like the button on the floor, it was really convenient when you got used to slapping it with your foot. Although I don't mind the steering column switch on my GMC that much. That probably has much to do with the fact that i drove a chevy for work for 2 years and countless thousands of miles and then bought a GMC for my personal truck.

I will own another 80's ford though. I loved my 300 straight six F150


They were built like tanks!


Mine was an inline-6 as well. Thing was a torque bitch. I loved it. 5-speed stick shift, too.

Link Posted: 10/31/2009 6:43:44 AM EST
Originally Posted By ANGST:
My first car was a '79 Mustang. The brights were on a stick on the column ... so was the horn


so did an '81 grenada
Link Posted: 10/31/2009 6:45:44 AM EST
Had an old Firebird that had it. Is it me or are there more douchebags than ever riding with their brights on these days and dont shut them off ? Could be just an NJ thing. Pisses me off.
Link Posted: 10/31/2009 6:46:15 AM EST
Originally Posted By 72Harley:
When they first switched, I kept getting my feet tangled in the steering wheel. 1st car= 73 Cutlass,2nd car= 68 Galaxy 500.


LOL, awesome.

Link Posted: 10/31/2009 6:46:57 AM EST
Originally Posted By Chokey:
three on the tree
Try four on a tree.Yes,they did!

The vent windows were known as "cozy wings". My 04 Freightliner has them.

Link Posted: 10/31/2009 6:47:37 AM EST
The family beater truck has it. I don't like using my brake foot to mess with the headlights, especially on country roads when i'm tapping them on and off for every oncoming car.
Link Posted: 10/31/2009 6:47:53 AM EST
How about a manual choke on the dash?
Link Posted: 10/31/2009 6:48:38 AM EST
my 1979 Trans Am has a nice chrome button on the floor for that, it's nice when it's there, but...

REPLACING THEM SUCKS ASS!
Link Posted: 10/31/2009 6:49:39 AM EST
Originally Posted By Laughingststock:
How about a manual choke on the dash?


some one rigged one of those into my Trans Am also....I am not a fan because it doesn't always work right, I want a friggin electric choke on that holley...
Link Posted: 10/31/2009 6:50:49 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/31/2009 6:51:38 AM EST by SandHillsHillbilly]
My first car was a 52 Studebaker. I was blessed with all the nice things like a dimmer switch in the floor, starter switch in the floor, vent windows, 3 on the tree, 6 cylinders, and even had suicide doors in the rear.

ETA: Manual Choke
Link Posted: 10/31/2009 6:50:50 AM EST
Yupper...........and the gas caps under the rear plate , hand crank/electric smoking windows,high-end 8-track stereos,etc,etc........
Link Posted: 10/31/2009 6:50:53 AM EST
Or having to get out of the truck to manually lock the hubs to engage 4x4?
Link Posted: 10/31/2009 6:51:30 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/31/2009 6:52:01 AM EST by PVFD304]
Yep, I thought about it a few months ago when my Trailblazer's headlight relay went out and cost $30 to replace. Well that was better than my last trucks "multi-function" switch that was close to $300.

Progress, ain't it wonderful.

Link Posted: 10/31/2009 6:53:11 AM EST
I still say brights on the floor is a better system. And the triangular windows were great for smokers.
Link Posted: 10/31/2009 6:54:13 AM EST
Originally Posted By Skillshot:
The family beater truck has it. I don't like using my brake foot to mess with the headlights, especially on country roads when i'm tapping them on and off for every oncoming car.


Explain this to me. As far as I know, every vehicle that employed the brights-on-the-floor option had it on the LEFT side. Who the hell uses his left foot for anything but the clutch?

Link Posted: 10/31/2009 6:54:14 AM EST
My '76 Chevy pickup and '81 Olds sedan had them. Both vehicles are long gone.
Link Posted: 10/31/2009 6:56:15 AM EST
Originally Posted By toddlerp:


Yes I do. I was just thinking about this a few days ago. Of all the posts to expect to see. Weird.

thats funny, we were just alking about this at work yesterday lol.

My first car, a 79 ranchero ( man i miss that car) had one, ahh the memories in that car

Link Posted: 10/31/2009 6:56:16 AM EST
Originally Posted By ultramagbrion:
Yupper...........and the gas caps under the rear plate , hand crank/electric smoking windows,high-end 8-track stereos,etc,etc........


I'm picturing Clark at the gas station, getting ready to fuel up the family truckster for the first time.

Link Posted: 10/31/2009 6:56:44 AM EST

Originally Posted By XMM:
Originally Posted By Skillshot:
The family beater truck has it. I don't like using my brake foot to mess with the headlights, especially on country roads when i'm tapping them on and off for every oncoming car.


Explain this to me. As far as I know, every vehicle that employed the brights-on-the-floor option had it on the LEFT side. Who the hell uses his left foot for anything but the clutch?


I know someone who micromanages her speed with her left foot on the brake. Feels bad man.
Link Posted: 10/31/2009 6:57:40 AM EST
Originally Posted By XMM:
The windshield wiper fluid NEVER accidentally sprayed when I wanted to turn on the brights.





Have you heard of adapting with the times? Loosen up a little and join the (19) 80s.
Link Posted: 10/31/2009 6:58:21 AM EST
I miss those. Sadly like many of the great features of vehicals were lost when the manufactures started focusing on creature comforts instead of usablity. I have a working theory: The coolness of a vehical is inversely proportional to the number of cupholders.
Link Posted: 10/31/2009 6:59:54 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/31/2009 7:02:52 AM EST by DarkCharisma]
Originally Posted By XMM:
Originally Posted By Skillshot:
The family beater truck has it. I don't like using my brake foot to mess with the headlights, especially on country roads when i'm tapping them on and off for every oncoming car.


Explain this to me. As far as I know, every vehicle that employed the brights-on-the-floor option had it on the LEFT side. Who the hell uses his left foot for anything but the clutch?



Left foot brakers. It's okay, we just don't talk to them.

Originally Posted By ae1:


I know someone who micromanages her speed with her left foot on the brake. Feels bad man.


Link Posted: 10/31/2009 7:00:36 AM EST
Originally Posted By Uhwarrie:
I still say brights on the floor is a better system. And the triangular windows were great for smokers.




Yeah. And wen you got stopped, you could drop your joint out of it and it would suck it away from the car so you didn't get busted.

Link Posted: 10/31/2009 7:00:41 AM EST
Originally Posted By DarkCharisma:
Originally Posted By XMM:
Originally Posted By Skillshot:
The family beater truck has it. I don't like using my brake foot to mess with the headlights, especially on country roads when i'm tapping them on and off for every oncoming car.


Explain this to me. As far as I know, every vehicle that employed the brights-on-the-floor option had it on the LEFT side. Who the hell uses his left foot for anything but the clutch?



Left foot brakers. It's okay, we just don't talk to them.


Drivers of superior skill left foot brake.
Link Posted: 10/31/2009 7:00:50 AM EST
Originally Posted By RiffRandall:
Originally Posted By Beachjumper12:
...floor start button ....


My '72 Chrysler wagon has a floor mount radio search button (in addition to the floor mount Hi-beam switch). No need to take eyes off road to change radio station. When I first got it I was WTF does it have 2 hi=beam switches? After figuring it out I was . It's too cool & I'll probably leave the radio stock when I get her fixed up instead of upgrading to a modern digital sound system.


My first car was a 1947 Dodge, which was a classic even when I bought it...

Then I picked up a Mini Cooper S, which was about 1/4 the size and weight of the Dodge...

Both had floor start buttons.

I got alot of attention in high school from both of them.....great for girls...nothing like cruising Tommys or In 'n Out burger after the Friday night game...

Link Posted: 10/31/2009 7:00:58 AM EST
Europeans liked them on the stalk. So we had to follow.

Link Posted: 10/31/2009 7:01:22 AM EST

Originally Posted By Beachjumper12:
...floor start button ....

M35A1
Link Posted: 10/31/2009 7:01:26 AM EST
Yep, my Dad's old 1971 Chevy pickup had a floor button and "three on the tree".

Darn, what a great truck! Real steel, almost no plastic. Naugahyde bench seat.
Link Posted: 10/31/2009 7:01:56 AM EST
On my car, all headlight controls are on the left, and all windshield wiper controls are on the right, so thats not an issue.

I do have a manual, so I could see how they wouldn't all fit on that side if you have the transmission selector on the right.

I have turned my headlights off one time when trying to flip on the brights. That's much worse than a bit of windshield wiper fluid.
Link Posted: 10/31/2009 7:02:35 AM EST

Originally Posted By Laughingststock:
How about a manual choke on the dash?

My old Ford had both.
Link Posted: 10/31/2009 7:02:59 AM EST
JC Whitney used to sell a conversion kit that put the button back on the floor where God intended it to be.
Link Posted: 10/31/2009 7:03:03 AM EST

Originally Posted By Skillshot:
Originally Posted By DarkCharisma:
Originally Posted By XMM:
Originally Posted By Skillshot:
The family beater truck has it. I don't like using my brake foot to mess with the headlights, especially on country roads when i'm tapping them on and off for every oncoming car.


Explain this to me. As far as I know, every vehicle that employed the brights-on-the-floor option had it on the LEFT side. Who the hell uses his left foot for anything but the clutch?



Left foot brakers. It's okay, we just don't talk to them.


Drivers of superior skill left foot brake.

Maybe on rally courses while driving FWD vehicles.
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