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Old 06-18-2012, 08:23 PM
 
Location: Northeast Tennessee
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This is a "Chrysler" demonstration, so they are applauding the Chryslers. They are comparing suspensions between the "brand new" Chryslers and the Mercury - Lincoln - Oldsmobile - Buick - Cadillac. Clearly the Chryslers have firmer suspensions. This is a very interesting clip. I would love to have any of these cars. RLRL, you may love this and may have already seen it.

Comparison of 1958 Cars Part 2 - YouTube
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Old 06-21-2012, 01:20 PM
 
Location: Northeast Tennessee
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"RLRL" must not be on here anymore, I thought he would like this little video. Well I havent been on here much lately, I suppose alot of people are gone or dont frequent here much.
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Old 06-21-2012, 02:15 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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I've watched this a long while ago on Youtube- a very interesting comparison.

By the way, for old-timers, how would you say cars from say, 1948, 1960, and 1972 would compare? Did the suspensions become more floaty and 'soft' over the years, or did they remain the same? Obviously they did become sportier and stiffer from the 80s.
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Old 06-21-2012, 03:30 PM
 
Location: Northeast Tennessee
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I've watched this a long while ago on Youtube- a very interesting comparison.

By the way, for old-timers, how would you say cars from say, 1948, 1960, and 1972 would compare? Did the suspensions become more floaty and 'soft' over the years, or did they remain the same? Obviously they did become sportier and stiffer from the 80s.
I wondered that as well. As far as the big cars go, I would say they were about the same in 1958 as they were in 1972. I have owned several early 70s cars (still do) and they have very soft suspensions, but I am sure the smaller cars back then had a little stiffer suspension, especially the ones with leaf springs on the back (Maverick, Pinto, Satellite, etc). I think even in the 70s that the Mopars had stiffer suspensions than the Ford and GM cars in the 70s and Mopars still used rear leaf springs, even on their biggest and most luxurious cars all through the 70s and AFAIK, they were even still using rear leaf springs on the big Chrysler 5th Avenue (the rear wheel drive version) up until its demise in 1989. They started using air suspension in 1988 on the new front wheel drive New Yorker and since then, Mopars seem to have had softer suspensions. My grandparents had one of those 88 New Yorkers and I must say it was like riding on a CLOUD! I then had a 1995 Chrysler Concorde and I think it had regular coil springs and it was a very smooth riding car. Strange though that "Mopar" used leaf springs all of those years, even on their big cars, even the big top-level Imperials in the 60s and 70s. The irony is now Mopar uses rear COIL springs on the back of the new Dodge Ram 1500 trucks, which is something that GM did in the 60s (up through 1972) on some of their trucks. GM was the first to switch to all-coil suspensions, I think in 1958, the year this little video clip was made.
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Old 06-21-2012, 03:43 PM
 
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Looks like Christine in the background there.
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Old 06-21-2012, 04:03 PM
 
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Chrysler was known as the engineering company back in the fifties and sixties. They had the best V8 engines and their styling was ahead of Ford and GM in the mid to late fifties.
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Old 06-21-2012, 07:58 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Fun to watch this, it happens that my first car at age 14 was a 1958 Chrysler Windor, my second was a 1958 Chrysler Saratoga. Those big boats did have a ride that can't be matched today, but then their brakes were crap and I only got 8-10 mpg. OK, so gas was 30 cents. Until recently I had a 1972 El Camino and it did bring back memories of that old heavy car ride but still wasn't like those old Chryslers.
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Old 06-22-2012, 07:50 AM
 
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
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Based upon the announcer's voice, I'm surprised he didn't have a cigar stub hanging out the side of his mouth.
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Old 06-22-2012, 08:49 AM
 
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A simple onscreen measurement will show that the wheelbase of the Chrysler is from 10 to 20 inches longer than on the other cars tested, particularly the Cadillac at the end of the video. All other things being equal, that wheelbase alone would account for quite a bit of the difference.
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Old 06-22-2012, 10:22 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Based upon the announcer's voice, I'm surprised he didn't have a cigar stub hanging out the side of his mouth.
His name is (was) Tom McCahill, and I think he did smoke a cigar.
He was one of very few back then that reported on vehicles of all kinds.
He was associated with popular mechanics magazine back when this video was made.
Bob.
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