Winged Warriors/National B-Body Owners
Text by Sue George
- A Temperature Control System consisted of a direct drive fan and the
largest radiator you could get?
- A Ride Adjust Suspension meant you turned the torsion bars in and
pumped up the air shocks?
- Leather bucket seats consisted of the addition of a 6" x 6"
leather insert in an otherwise genuine vinyl seat?
- Off-Road Equipment meant a pair of Monroe air shocks and a
4-speed transmission for a weekend at the race track?
- An intermediate-sized car could comfortably seat six adults?
- Passive Restraint meant grabbing onto some part of the interior
of a B-Body while cornering at 60 MPH?
- You didn't need a check engine light to tell you that your engine
wasn't running right? You could tell from the way it sounded.
- Tinted Windows meant a darker stripe across the top 3" of the
front glass only?
- A car could actually go fast enough to overdrive the illuminated
area of its headlights?
- A good exhaust system was judged by the amount of back pressure
relieved from the engine and its ability to rattle all of the
- People didn't have to work out in the gym because they drove
manual transmission Mopars with manual steering and manual brakes?
- A large V8 meant in excess of 365 cubic inches?
- A car's performance image was measured by how many carbs it was
- Motor Trend test drivers were more interested in reporting on a car's
top speed and acceleration from 0-60 MPH than its stereo's ambiance at
- Air Bags were something you inflated on your rear shocks to obtain
- You could unlock your car's door or roll the window up and down,
even with a dead battery?
- Poor gas mileage was measured in single digits?
- Cars came with a matching (real) tire to carry for a spare and it
didn't even take away from the trunk space?
- Flow-Through Ventilation meant opening both side windows while driving
70 MPH on the highway?
- Gauges vital to engine function were more important than lights
and bells to remind us of our idiocy (low fuel warning, door ajar,
fasten seat belts, etc.)?
- Factory color names had a performance image of their own (GoManGo,
Sublime, Plum Crazy, Top Banana, etc.)?
- Working on your car meant more than only being able to check the
water in the radiator?
- A real performance car could easily go 130 MPH, haul the entire family on
vacation, hold a week's worth of luggage while towing a trailer, and still
win races on the weekends?
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