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post #16 of 20 (permalink) Old 01-12-2015, 07:55 PM Thread Starter
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"Passing Eye Mirror"

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Auto oddities need not be useless.

In the late 1950 and early 60s, British sports cars such as the Healey 100 had dash lights that were too bright. As most were daily drivers. they were driven after dark. No rheostat to turn them down.

Sports car shops carried a small bottle of green paint that when applied to the bulb would dim the light.


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The one I had in mind for the most absurd accessory doesn't have any "bling". Big bling will be in the next post.

This one was advertised to prevent the rear end of a big American cars from skidding when cornering. Probably needed one for panic braking as the rears would lock up and the car would start to rotate.

Could not find a picture, so imagine:

A heavy steel pipe, some 4 feet long and maybe 5 inches in diameter. This was mounted sideways under the rear bumper and contained:

A massive cast iron cylinder in the center of the pipe with coil springs on either side.

I guess the theory was that the weight of the internal cylinder acting on one spring or the other would counteract..............well you get the idea.

But all that extra mass at the extreme rear would not be good.

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That's a "mass damper". Those things were big in Formula 1 about 10 years ago until being banned. Obviously they were mounted differently from the rear-end stabilizer mentioned (they were mounted vertically in the nose) but same apparatus - a heavy weight suspended between two springs intended to smooth out oscillations.

http://www.formula1-dictionary.net/mass_damper.html

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Very interesting article--missed it.

"Mass Damper" is a clear term, and it may have been in the mind of those who developed for the rear of "Detroit Iron", with bad handling.

Where extra weight at the rear may not have helped cornering. Rate of oscillation rather slow.

I think there were advertisements in "Mechanics Illustrated" or "Popular Mechanics" or something like that in the Early 1950s.

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