Thursday, July 30, 2009

Blessedly Brief Button Blog! -- A "Theme Thursday" Post

The prototype touch-tone telephone pictured above sold on eBay for almost $18,000 less than a year ago! You probably figure that I've included it here because today's Theme Thursday subject is "BUTTON," and touch-tone telephones have buttons, right?

Wrong.

I'm showing it to acknowledge the fact that today's post is pretty much "phoned in," due to all-too-pressing concerns in the real world.

So now that I've wasted your time for a bit, allow me to showcase the real subject of today's brief post:

My first three cars (purchased & owned circa 1973-1976) were made by the Chrysler Corporation. My very first automobile was a tan 1964 Plymouth Belvedere. My second car was a maroon 1964 Dodge Polara 440. The third was a blue 1964 Plymouth Fury, like the one shown above. (A '64 Fury was basically a '64 Belvedere with fancier chrome).

That second car, the Dodge, was bought from a "motorhead" co-worker who had pulled out the stock 318 engine and replaced it with a 361. He'd also installed a three-speed manual transmission. But before he'd done that, my little Dodge had had what the two Plymouths had...

And that was a pushbutton transmission.

I've been feeling rather nostalgic about my early Plymouths -- I even immortalized the pushbutton tranny in several parts of a recent multi-part story -- and would like to own either a 1964 Belvedere or a 1964 Fury again sometime in the relatively near future.

So. If you made it this far, and would like to know more about these cars, you can start by clicking here!

That's all you get this go-round, fellow babies!

Thanks for your time.

35 comments:

  1. Sweet! I've never seen that push button transmission design before. I've column shifting before but nothing that wild. I like it! Did it come with a remote?

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  2. When Mom was first able to(LEGALLY)drive, she got to test out her neighbour's new '64 Chrysler( I forget the model but probably an Imperial ). Push-button all the way! And I despised column shifters, still do!

    And hope your Mom is doing better...

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  3. I've been in a 67 Mustang, but that's as close as I go.

    Sooooo jealous.

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  4. How amazing, from different continents we have both approached the theme in similar ways : those old semi-automatic push-button cars must have left a big impression. I like yours, it looks much better than the old Renault.

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  5. Nice car really!It's not a woman or a man,like some have pointed out today,it's a car!It's still about "wanting" though!:D

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  6. Wow, something about those older cars....Didn't know that, Fox. Better than three-on-the-tree! -J

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  7. I vote for the Belvedere. And pics of you cruisin' about town in her!

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  8. @Jayne, I detested the 3-on-the-tree( and the bloomin' four, as well )Too many gears, now-a-days...

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  9. I have never seen a push button transmission. I mean I'm not a car fanatic but they're fantastic. Keep your eyes on the road and your hands upon the wheel tho!

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  10. I remember pushbutton transmission from an early family car! It was so cool.

    Great post, Fox.

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  11. Passing thought - when did 'button up' get to mean (politely) 'shut up'?

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  12. Wow - I never even KNEW they had push button cars! Very cool.

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  13. When I was a kid we had a Plymouth Valiant with push-button transmission. My Dad hated it, and soon enough it was gotten rid of and replaced with the same car but with standard transmission. Are there any push-buttons still on the road?

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  14. very cool. have never driven a push button but...very cool. hope your mom is doing better soon and you can shift into a lower gear. sorry, that was bad. lol.

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  15. @VE: "Did it come with a remote?" *sigh* Only you, VE, only you...

    @Subby: Mom's much better, coming home tomorrow or Monday, thanks.

    @Megan: Front seat or back? Hard to maneuver in a Mustang, innit? ;-)

    @Alan: Best thing about them was the reaction you'd get from passengers.

    @Candie: We all want different things. But I'd definitely want women to ride in the car with me...

    @Jayne: Believe it or not, I don't recall encountering the term "three-on-the-tree" before, although its meaning is immediately apparent.

    @Willow: Pics of me? If and when I get the car, I'd really have to give that one some thought.

    @Baino: "Keep your eyes on the road and your hands upon the wheel?" Sounds like someone hasn't totally gotten over my "Doors" post of a few weeks back.

    @Leah: They were cool, weren't they? Like I wrote to Alan, it was their uniqueness more than their functionality.

    @Jinksy: Not sure. In the USA we're probably more used to the similar phrase "button your lip" (which pre-dates the mimed act of "zippering" your mouth shut), and that goes back at least 70-80 years.

    @Wings: See? You young'uns can still learn from us old-timers! ;-)

    @Roy: There are, thanks to classic car buffs. I'm not very mechanical, so I can only imagine the problems in maintaining a pushbutton tranny (getting parts, etc.) nowadays, though!

    @Brian: Cute. You're forgiven. ;-) My Mom's going to hit 92 in October -- and I have no reason to believe that she won't -- so everything she goes through is taken pretty seriously by those around her. And recently things were more than a bit scary, but she's showing real improvement.

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  16. Love the old cars...really sharp! The push button transmission...now that is something I've never seen before. Although in Nascar, the cars are started with a button instead of a key. That's as close as I get!

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  17. I too operated a auto with push-button transmission...lordy I am old. Thanks for the memories!!!!!!!!!

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  18. Isn't that cool! Our 2009 Mini Cooper has push-button transmission and I love it! It sure beats the grinding of the key in the ignition.

    Ingenious little post, SF.

    Kat

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  19. SF ~ I'm about half way through the TT list and just had to come back over and say that I imagine you are having much more fun reading the button themes than you did the comments on my feet! tee-hee!

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  20. @Betsy: That reminds me, I owe you a royalty check. I've been selling over-sized posters of your pedicured feet on a fetish website... [ducks]

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  21. Ha! I'll send you my Paypal account number.

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  22. Wow that looks cool! Hope you get one of those again some day :-)

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  23. Wow! I also have never seen that push button transmission!

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  24. I've never been in one either. To think that all the newer cars are so innovative. Those were beautiful cars. I'm sure that you were sad to let them go.

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  25. i've never seen that push button transmission before either. but that's really cool

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  26. Hi! Silverfox,
    "The prototype touch-tone telephone pictured above sold on eBay for almost $18,000 less than a year ago!"
    Say Wot! Get Out!...I'am So Sorry!
    Subby77,

    Thanks for your time...The Silver Fox, and all the information about "classic" cars.

    Classy TT post!...an avatar!
    Take care!
    DeeDee ;-D

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  27. I have never had much interest in cars...other than appreciating having a reliable one to get me hither and fro...but I AM intrigued by a push button transmission!!!

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  28. I had a 68 Dodge Dart that my father gave me. It was quite peppy, but it sort of floated all over the road. I got pulled over by the cops once because they thought I was drunk. I finally sold it to a friend whose father admired it.

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  29. @Kurt: That "floating" quality can be avoided if you put the beer down and keep your hands on the steering wheel. Just a friendly FYI.

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  30. Way to go, SF. My post didn't go up until after midnight, :( my computer was being a putz. Need a new ethermet cable. But I tried.

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  31. I want one.

    In red.

    With a direct line to the Kremlin.

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  32. @Kris: A pushbutton transmission with a direct line to the Kremlin?

    Ohhhhhhhh, maybe you were talking about the prototype touch-tone telephone? ;-)

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  33. i have far less interest in cars than in buttons, as it happens - but love classic cars.

    I didn't know push-button phones appeared so early - interesting!

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  34. You Americans ALWAYS made the greatest looking Cars!

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  35. After Mal and I got married, we somehow ended up with a 1964 Plymouth Belvedere with the push-button transmission...truly a terrible car. Oddly, Chrysler still has crappy transmissions. We bought a brand-new 1990 Dodge Caravan...needed a new transmission at 27,000 miles. Luckily it was still covered under the warranty. Poor design.

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