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Old 02-14-2011, 10:40 PM
 
Location: Between Seattle and Portland
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You have to be up in years to remember riding in the family car and enjoying the blast of fresh air from an opened windwing when A/C wasn't a standard feature. Just enough wind to cool off without blowing around everything in the vehicle and disturbing Mom's bouffant hairdo!

Not to mention they were the quickest entry into the locked car when Dad accidentally forgot and left the keys in the ignition.

Anyway, do you remember windwings? With A/C in every car now, I don't suppose any car makers are producing models with little triangular windows that open anymore...

I miss windwings and the freedom of the less crowded and polluted freeways when they were the best air conditioning on the road!
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Old 02-14-2011, 11:51 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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I remember them well being 64 yrs old. In fact I have a 1949 Plymouth Special Deluxe with wind wings, I call them window vents, at all 4 doors. And a cowl vent for some real ventilation. Opening the cowl vent and the rear door window vents lets much air move through the car but no cross wind blowing in windows.
Another thing I miss on todays cars is the drip rail at the sides of the roof above the doors.
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Old 02-15-2011, 01:49 AM
 
Location: Columbia, California
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I miss bench seats even more.
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Old 02-15-2011, 07:31 AM
 
Location: Poway, CA
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Ford kept them in the F-Series until the redesign in '97. I was sad to see them go having owned a few '87-'91 era models. The first I owned had no AC, but between these windows and cracking open the back window, it generally flowed enough air to do the job.

Mike
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Old 02-15-2011, 08:57 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Some luxury cars even had a separate crank, for cranking them open, instead of just the latch and manual adjustment.
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Old 02-15-2011, 09:29 AM
 
Location: Southwest Nebraska
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Ford kept them in the F-Series until the redesign in '97. I was sad to see them go having owned a few '87-'91 era models. The first I owned had no AC, but between these windows and cracking open the back window, it generally flowed enough air to do the job.

Mike
I have owned many new pickups with no windwings. We always called them the no draft window. Anyway my current pick up is a 1995 and it came with them and with standard AC. I love them.
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Old 02-15-2011, 09:33 AM
 
Location: Southwest Nebraska
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Some luxury cars even had a separate crank, for cranking them open, instead of just the latch and manual adjustment.

My 1968 Lincoln had electric ones with a separate button. Also I had a car but don't remember what kind, and it had a windwing that went down straight into the door. It had one button that made the wing go down then the regular window with one button.
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Old 02-15-2011, 10:51 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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I think it was in my dad's '51 Dodge, there was a push button on the little handle, that had to be pushed to free the latch and unlock the window and allow it to be pushed out. The push button had a knurled head on it that could be thumb-turned down flush with the window frame, so the window couldn't be opened without unscrewing the knob and allow enough play to press in and release the lock. To a 12-year-old, the complexity of the linkage rivaled Rube Goldberg.
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Old 02-15-2011, 11:05 AM
 
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My 2006 Freightliner has 'em and all they do is whistle from wind noise...
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Old 02-15-2011, 11:08 AM
 
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I believe as late as 79, Lincoln Continentals had little windows that would go down before the big door window.
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