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The Most Useless Factory Accessory?
Posted by: flat_six ()
Date: November 03, 2019 02:16PM

I would submit: the ash tray lamp.

Picked this one up in Palm Springs last weekend. Came with the housing which saved me the effort of drilling an exactly 19/32 hole.

The housing was CAKED inside with cigarette tar/nicotene/soot. Tech tip: Berryman's Chem Dip carb cleaner works wonders on this muck. I can't imagine what some previous owner's lungs looked like.

Anyway, that's my submittal. Anyone care to top that?




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Re: The Most Useless Factory Accessory?
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: November 03, 2019 02:34PM

Actually quite useful to a smoker!


Tissue dispenser is the joke....

You go to sneeze...so you reach over to the right side of the dash ?????

Talk about distracted driving!

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Re: The Most Useless Factory Accessory?
Posted by: davemotohead ()
Date: November 03, 2019 02:36PM

I keep my change in the ash tray and love the light!







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1961 Rampside (Chetside)
1962 Rampside (Barnside)
1962 Short Rampside (Shortside)
1962 Monza 700 Wagon
1963 Monza 900 coup (General Nader)

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Re: The Most Useless Factory Accessory?
Posted by: 70's kid ()
Date: November 03, 2019 03:08PM

How does it plug in. Or should I say, what does it plug into?

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Re: The Most Useless Factory Accessory?
Posted by: flat_six ()
Date: November 03, 2019 03:13PM

70's kid Wrote:
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> How does it plug in. Or should I say, what does it plug into?


Grey wire on bottom right of fuse block.


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Re: The Most Useless Factory Accessory?
Posted by: Lane66m ()
Date: November 03, 2019 03:19PM

I cut out the cigarette snuffers out of the ash trays in my Vairs. Easier to get change in and out of them.

Al Lane
Ellabell, GA 31308

1966 Monza Coupe, 110 hp, 4 Spd
1966 Monza More Door 110 hp, PG
1968 Camaro SS Coupe 350 CI 295+ hp PG
1964 Greenbrier Deluxe, 6 dr, 80 hp car engine, PG
1947 Farmall A tractor 15 hp


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Re: The Most Useless Factory Accessory?
Posted by: junkman ()
Date: November 03, 2019 03:32PM

Chevrolet also had an accessory lighted cigar lighter housing. I have one if someone is interested in seeing what it is like. Have to dig it out of the cellar, otherwise, I would post the picture now. Junk

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Re: The Most Useless Factory Accessory?
Posted by: flat_six ()
Date: November 03, 2019 03:34PM

MattNall Wrote:
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> Actually quite useful to a smoker!
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> Tissue dispenser is the joke....
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> You go to sneeze...so you reach over to the right side of the dash ?????
>
> Talk about distracted driving!


True Matt. Reach over and pull the box out from under the dash...then maybe fish out a tissue. Better if you have a passenger who can serve it to you lol. Plus, the tissue dispenser is a HUGE metal box that steals interior room and is waiting to bash your knees in an accident.

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Re: The Most Useless Factory Accessory?
Posted by: flat_six ()
Date: November 03, 2019 03:35PM

junkman Wrote:
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> Chevrolet also had an accessory lighted cigar lighter housing. I have one if someone is interested in seeing what it is like. Have to dig it out of the cellar, otherwise, I would post the picture now. Junk

I've never heard of that one!

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Re: The Most Useless Factory Accessory?
Posted by: Lane66m ()
Date: November 03, 2019 03:38PM

Got the lighted ash tray (via optic cable) and lighted lighter in my Camaro parts stash to put in when I get to dash install.

Al Lane
Ellabell, GA 31308

1966 Monza Coupe, 110 hp, 4 Spd
1966 Monza More Door 110 hp, PG
1968 Camaro SS Coupe 350 CI 295+ hp PG
1964 Greenbrier Deluxe, 6 dr, 80 hp car engine, PG
1947 Farmall A tractor 15 hp


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Re: The Most Useless Factory Accessory?
Posted by: Caraholic4life ()
Date: November 03, 2019 03:56PM

I am answering this with my tongue firmly planted in my cheek, so PLEASE keep this in mind.

The most useless factory accessory has to be "Bumper Guards".

I mean really, it isn't like someone is likely to actually steal the bumpers right off the car. drinking smiley

And what if the guards don't get along with one another. Just how embarrassing would it be when your Bumper Guards fight amongst themselves?confused smiley

1962 95 F.C. Van
1965 Monza Coupe
Westminster, Maryland

MID ENG enthusiast &
prior Kelmark owner.

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Re: The Most Useless Factory Accessory?
Posted by: flat_six ()
Date: November 03, 2019 04:18PM

Caraholic4life Wrote:
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> The most useless factory accessory has to be "Bumper Guards".
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Good one - at least from a functional perspective. What are the odds that one of the little guards would catch an impact that the car or bumper might otherwise have taken? They are mostly aesthetic, and to pad the profits of the dealerships (as with most accessories).

Of course, it would be interesting to hang around for a day to witness the changing of the guards. smileys with beer

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Re: The Most Useless Factory Accessory?
Posted by: jjohnsonjo ()
Date: November 03, 2019 04:27PM

MattNall Wrote:
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> Actually quite useful to a smoker!
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> Tissue dispenser is the joke....
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> You go to sneeze...so you reach over to the right side of the dash ?????
>
> Talk about distracted driving!



I found the tissue dispenser to be more useful while parked, Just Say'n

J.O.

65 Corsa Turbo Vert
79 Honda XL 500S
69 Honda CL 160 D
2010 BMW F 650 GS
2003 Bounder 36D
2013 KIA Optima SX turbo-AKA ZIPPY (wife,s car)
69 Newport Holiday Sailboat
Baja 150 dune buggy cart
Coleman HS 500 UTV
2016 KIA Sorento SXL Turbo

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Re: The Most Useless Factory Accessory?
Posted by: Noel Felty ()
Date: November 03, 2019 04:38PM

Maybe it’s a fashion accessory but I always thought that white stipe on the tires was useless.

Noel Felty
Brevard, NC
1966 Corsa 140 Before

1966 Corsa After

1972 Ford f100

Corsa SC
NC Mountain Corvairs

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Re: The Most Useless Factory Accessory?
Posted by: sweet66monza ()
Date: November 03, 2019 05:33PM

The 66 luggage rack is surprisingly flimsy. I love the look but would Never consider using it.

Late bumper guards look good, but seem to add to the body damage on impact.

I love the trunk light, but the engine compartment light IMO doesnt really shine much more than the license light does. Not bad but not as awesome as i was hoping.

Cody Hurley
North Idaho (Post Falls)
66 Monza convertible 140/PG, loaded with factory options
66 Corsa turbo coupe, 3rd owner fully documented [corvaircenter.com]
65 Monza coupe daily driver 110/4
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Re: The Most Useless Factory Accessory?
Posted by: cnicol ()
Date: November 03, 2019 05:52PM

Then there's the rear door "Child Safety Locks". I've seen them for sale but never seen them installed.

Craig N. Coeur d'Alene ID.
66 Black Monza 4dr, 4.2L V8 49k
61 Seamist Jade Rampside 140 PG
60 Monza coupe (sold, sniff sniff)
66 Sprint Corsa convt - First car! Re-purchased 43 years later
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Re: The Most Useless Factory Accessory?
Posted by: Timothy Shortle ()
Date: November 03, 2019 06:09PM

Ski racks? I have only ever seen 1 set installed (Stan's 68). I suspect some "vair junky"
has some new sets in his private stash still. Mike, I did see that lighted ash tray in Palm
Springs last weekend. Eric?

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Re: The Most Useless Factory Accessory?
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: November 03, 2019 06:12PM

Bet you just found those in your Shop "Stash"

I've got 2 guys coming over tomorrow to Clean / Arrange my House garage...then the shop....wonder what I'll find.....

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Re: The Most Useless Factory Accessory?
Posted by: Frank DuVal ()
Date: November 03, 2019 07:53PM

Actually the bumper guards also act as overriders.

History lesson for you young guys.

It was common sight to see two cars lock bumpers back even into the 60s. One bumper would "override" the other bumper and plop down, preventing the offending car from pulling away from the innocent car. Seen it in traffic, oops, didn't stop soon enough, oops, rolled back before I took off in 1st, and in parking, parallel style, in tight quarters, stop he you bump the other parked car, that is why they call them BUMPERS, right?grinning smiley

So, with Bumper guards, the offending car's bumper will not drop behind the guarded bumper and get locked in place. smileys with beer

Funny story, back in high school, we had to go to downtown Richmond for a school conference (NSF), a female friend borrowed a 3 speed Rambler to take us. On a hill she stalled, car behind honked his horn, so my friend rolled the Rambler back onto his bumper, so she didn't need to use the parking brake/or three feet, started the car and took off! The look on his face.....grinning smileysmileys with beergrinning smiley

Frank DuVal

Fredericksburg, VA

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Re: The Most Useless Factory Accessory?
Posted by: flat_six ()
Date: November 03, 2019 10:22PM

cnicol Wrote:
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> Then there's the rear door "Child Safety Locks". I've seen them for sale but never seen them installed.

Sure - for the safety-minded parent. Put child locks on the back doors so that your kids can safely play upon the folded down rear seat while you drive along at 70 mph. Think of the peace of mind lol!

There actually was a Chevy ad that extolled the virtues of the folding rear seat and the "mobile playpen".

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