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"scuicide knob/neckin' knob" placement?
Posted by: rnch ()
Date: August 30, 2011 05:06AM

where is the best place to install this "period correct" steering wheel accessory?

11 o'clock position?

noon?

1 o'clock?

wadduathunk??



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 08/30/2011 05:07AM by rnch.

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Re: "scuicide knob/neckin' knob" placement?
Posted by: 52bagman ()
Date: August 30, 2011 05:11AM

If you favor the left hand for steering, place between 9and 10. you'll have a one complete power turn. When out just driving around should be out of the way.

Sam C. Saunders,Pt. Pleasant WV
68 500 cp 95 pg ash gold
66 Monza cp 110 4spd black
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Re: "scuicide knob/neckin' knob" placement?
Posted by: CZenner ()
Date: August 30, 2011 05:27AM

Mines at 4 o'clock. I'm right handed and it seems to work best for me.

Chris Zenner
Elma, Iowa
1968 Monza Coupe
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Re: "scuicide knob/neckin' knob" placement?
Posted by: MonzaDave ()
Date: August 30, 2011 06:00AM

CZenner Wrote:
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> Mines at 4 o'clock. I'm right handed and it seems
> to work best for me.

To be period correct, they should be placed so you can steer with your left hand. The right hand / arm is reserved for the girl sitting next to you on the bench seat. Position the necker knob for ease in making sharp right (COD) turns. (COD = Come Over Dear). Remember that in the period where these were correct, bench seats and no seat belts were the norm.

Coincidentally, the current issue of the Hagerty magazine has an article on suicide / necker knobs (also called Brody knobs).

Dave Keillor
Rochester, MN

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Re: "scuicide knob/neckin' knob" placement?
Posted by: CZenner ()
Date: August 30, 2011 06:33AM

I'll have to check out that article when I get my mag.

Chris Zenner
Elma, Iowa
1968 Monza Coupe
Member of CORSA
Member of ICE (Iowa Corvair Enthusiasts)
Member SAE, ASME, ASM

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Re: "scuicide knob/neckin' knob" placement?
Posted by: Richard ()
Date: August 30, 2011 07:26AM

To really be period correct, you should put it on your '53 Merc. By the time the '60s rolled around, most people were smart enough that they had fading out and didn't use them. Curb finders and fender skirts made it into the early '60s, but thank your stars they died out too.
When I was a little kid, my Dad had one on a '51 Hudson. He ripped it off after he caught his sleeve on it one night and nearly ran us into a ditch.

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Re: "scuicide knob/neckin' knob" placement?
Posted by: MonzaDave ()
Date: August 30, 2011 08:20AM

I never had one, but if I did it would have been on my '39 Chevy or '50 Olds. Also, some variations folded to get them out of the way when your honey was not on board.

Dave Keillor
Rochester, MN

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Re: "scuicide knob/neckin' knob" placement?
Posted by: Andrew ()
Date: August 30, 2011 08:27AM

The correct placement is in the trashcan.

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Re: "scuicide knob/neckin' knob" placement?
Posted by: CZenner ()
Date: August 30, 2011 08:43AM

I like mine. I remember my Grandpa always had one on his 1967 Impala. If I remember correctly, it had a pin up girl on it. Grandma never let me get a close look.
Here in Iowa, they are illegal. That's one reason I have it mounted at 4 o'clock.

Chris Zenner
Elma, Iowa
1968 Monza Coupe
Member of CORSA
Member of ICE (Iowa Corvair Enthusiasts)
Member SAE, ASME, ASM

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Re: "scuicide knob/neckin' knob" placement?
Posted by: Fast Eddie ()
Date: August 30, 2011 08:56AM

MonzaDave Wrote:
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> I never had one, but if I did it would have been
> on my '39 Chevy or '50 Olds. Also, some
> variations folded to get them out of the way when
> your honey was not on board.


You had a 39 Chevy....my first car was a 39 Chevy. Small world.

Bowie,MD

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Re: "scuicide knob/neckin' knob" placement?
Posted by: MonzaDave ()
Date: August 30, 2011 09:11AM

Fast Eddie Wrote:
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> You had a 39 Chevy....my first car was a 39 Chevy.
> Small world.

Yep, my first car, too. It had been our family car that was sort of handed down to me when my Dad got a company car. I "fixed it up" and drove it to high school and to my part time job in '56 and '57.

Dave Keillor
Rochester, MN

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Re: "scuicide knob/neckin' knob" placement?
Posted by: corventure Dave ()
Date: August 30, 2011 09:16AM

I have to go out and look at my Forklift!

Corventure Dave

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Re: "scuicide knob/neckin' knob" placement?
Posted by: stitch ()
Date: August 30, 2011 01:20PM

Don't know whether they're legal or not here in Texas but I have mine at 6 o'clock so it won't be readily seen and so that it is out of the way for most cruisin'

"If you can't fix it with a Hammer, you have an Electrical problem."
Stitch...
Schertz, Texas.
(Smallish town/burg 17 mi. NE of San Antonio)

'Ms Penny'
!967.. 4th body
8th off the line

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Re: "scuicide knob/neckin' knob" placement?
Posted by: 52bagman ()
Date: August 30, 2011 02:32PM

They are great for backing a trailer, put at 6 and which way you want the trailer to go point to that side.

Sam C. Saunders,Pt. Pleasant WV
68 500 cp 95 pg ash gold
66 Monza cp 110 4spd black
68 500 cp 95 3spd blue "DAIRY QUEEN CAR"

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Re: "scuicide knob/neckin' knob" placement?
Posted by: BobJ ()
Date: August 30, 2011 03:05PM

I have one on my John Deere lawn tractor. It is at 4 o'clock and makes a big difference for turning.....no passenger seat for GF though.....

I do have one that I never put on my '63 Spyder that has a Spyder logo in it instead of the pin-up girl. (Musta bought it when the kids were little???)

And.....I have a red pool ball shifter knob in my '62. What can I say? It is bigger and feels better in my hand than the stock 4 speed knob???? LOL!

BobJ

Frostbite Falls, MN
CORSA since 72
62 Monza Sedan A/C with cloth bench seat option.
63 Spyder Convert
US Navy Vet

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Re: "scuicide knob/neckin' knob" placement?
Posted by: ihscomputers ()
Date: January 28, 2013 12:42PM

Resurrecting this old topic because I just installed my new Brodie/Suicide Knob in the 62 Rampy:

It's an old wives tale that Brodie/Suicide Knobs are illegal.

This Suicide Knob State Law List proves that they are quite legal just about everywhere...

Why the suicide knob in the Rampy you ask....

The tranny pops out of reverse, so the Suicide Knob allows me to hold it in gear with my right hand and steer with my left...





Dean F. Gemberling
Columbus, Georgia
Heart of Georgia Corvair Club Webmaster
Springfest Webmaster

1963 Rampside w/305 V8 - Built by Ken Arnold in 1998

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Re: "scuicide knob/neckin' knob" placement?
Posted by: rnch ()
Date: January 28, 2013 02:49PM

I had the same issue (popping out of reverse) on my well-worn-to-the-saddle '75 Opel Manta!

Either I was weight lifting/bicep building a lot in college or that car's manual steering was easy enough to do left handed while holding it into reverse with my right hand while backing up that long, narrow alley way that I parked that car in....don't recall being bothered by it.

'course that was 33 years ago........




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Re: "scuicide knob/neckin' knob" placement?
Posted by: bill darcy ()
Date: January 28, 2013 05:57PM

I always thought that placement depended on how attractive the pinup girl is and how good a view you want.GGGG

In the Hub City, Belen NM

Lead from behind..... get left in the dust
"I have not failed I've just found ten thousand ways that won't work" Thomas Edison

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Re: "scuicide knob/neckin' knob" placement?
Posted by: stabac ()
Date: January 28, 2013 08:39PM

Richard Wrote:
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> To really be period correct, you should put it on
> your '53 Merc. By the time the '60s rolled around,
> most people were smart enough that they had fading
> out and didn't use them. Curb finders and fender
> skirts made it into the early '60s, but thank your
> stars they died out too.
> When I was a little kid, my Dad had one on a '51
> Hudson. He ripped it off after he caught his
> sleeve on it one night and nearly ran us into a
> ditch.

I just put one on my Spyder about a week ago and almost lost it like your Dad. Seems when you aren't using it it will come around and grab you. If it could be mounted like Dean's Rampy it would work a lot better for me. I'm thinking of taking mine off and keeping it in the glove box for shows, but not driving. I paid almost $40.00 for it.

Frank
Just Enough Knowledge To Get Myself In Trouble
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1963 SPYDER TURBO CPE
Grandson #2


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Re: "scuicide knob/neckin' knob" placement?
Posted by: davemotohead ()
Date: January 28, 2013 09:44PM

They call them "Suicide knobs" for a reason,,they were outlawed in most states,,they doo work good on fork lifts!







1960 4dr sedan caveman car
1961 Rampside (Chetside)
1962 Rampside (Barnside)
1962 Short Rampside (Shortside)
1962 Monza 700 Wagon
1963 Monza 900 coup (General Nader)

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