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Old 02-17-2019, 09:20 PM
 
Location: Eugene, Oregon
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The large VW emblem on the front of Volkswagen buses was the equivalent of a hood ornament. But they were constantly being stolen. I can't imagine why. So I fixed that for myself by dismounting it and then re-attaching it with epoxy putty underneath.
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Old 02-18-2019, 05:04 AM
 
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Lincoln Continentals thru the 70s.
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Old 02-18-2019, 07:48 AM
 
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Hood ornaments got their start as a radiator mounted thermometer large enough for the driver to see from the driver’s seat. Designers added artistic styling to the thermometer. Soon the gauge was moved to the dashboard but the ornament design remained as they’d becme tied to the brand/model. Because of the huge length of the car’s hood some drivers couldn’t see over the hood of their car. The hood ornament was more visible for those short drivers giving them a reference point for where the front end is located. Most of today’s FWD sedans have a hood that falls away quickly. Almost all vehicles today have either a manual or electric driver’s seat height adjustment. In decades past only upscale or luxury models had power seats and none of the others had manual seat height adjustment. Short drivers were stuck with pillows that flattened over time.

As a silly harmless prank we use to turn the hood ornament on parked cars.
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Old 02-18-2019, 09:17 AM
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Location: Ontario
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Jaguar XJ6

My dad had a nifty Chrysler New Yorker with a hood ornament....I think it was a 1986 model,
it had a very modern digital dash and it talked too.....”a door is ajar” ...”your fuel is low”...
I remember my cousin telling my dad his car was very polite
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Old 02-18-2019, 05:10 PM
 
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Yep, Alfa Romeo, Mercedes Benz and BMW all had hood ornaments.
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Old 02-22-2019, 10:01 AM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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My 1993 Lincoln Mark 8 was a very early build...one of the first. In fact, the first owner was some executive at Ford. It carried over the mark 7's hood ornament for half the year and then it was discontinued on the rest of the model. I liked it.
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Old 02-24-2019, 09:25 PM
 
Location: Western MN
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I think the last car I had with a hood ornament was my '79 Buick Regal. One of the nicest cars I've ever owned.
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Old Today, 06:00 AM
 
Location: my little town
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I think I used a wirecutter to cut the hoodie off my Granada 22 years ago.
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Old Today, 06:08 AM
 
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Back in my teens I added one. I took the karate figure off the top of a trophy from a tournament I had won and drilled a hole in the hood of my Renault and mounted it. Ah, to be young again.
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Old Today, 10:41 AM
 
Location: Columbia SC
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Not only had one, but a lit one. Late 40's
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