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Another SPN Fic Pet Peeve...

 The Impala was built in 1967. CARS BUILT IN 1967 DID NOT HAVE AIR-CONDITIONING. 

Take it from someone who spent their childhood spending part of every summer on 3 day roadtrips (one way) in old cars...in the 80s! Old cars do not even have the OPTION of air-conditioning. They have air VENTS, but that's hardly the same thing (they just stir the hot air around really).

So, please stop writing about how the boys are all sweaty because the air conditioning is "broken"...write instead that they are all sweaty because they are driving around in a car that was built in 1967!

Thank you

PS: Yes, I do realize that improvements can be made to old cars - such as installing a tape-deck, which they have obviously done. But until I see canon proof that they've taken the time to install an air-conditioning system, I am going to continue to be annoyed by this.

ETA: Both auriliawestlake  and dairygirl  pointed out in comments that AC was invented in 1939 (MY MIND IS BLOWN) and that it was actually an option when purchasing a 1967 Impala...so, I guess I've been way harsher on fic-writers than is actually warranted. That being said, AC was an expensive add on, and for some reason I doubt Sal Moriarty (bible-giver-outer-extraordinaire) would spring for an expensive add-on. Basically, I'm still going to go by the assumption that the Impala does not have any add-ons unless I'm told differently (like the tape-deck)....I just spent far too much of my childhood driving around in non-AC old cars with working and lower-middle-class people who couldn't really afford the car, let alone expensive optional features.

Also, the Impala would have had lap belts (that are probably never used)...and is an automatic transmission...and has a bench seat....and yeah, I think that's everything covered in comments. Feel free to chime in if I've missed something.

ETA (AGAIN): Ok, auriliawestlake  also pointed out that the automatic transmission would have been an extra add-on when purchased from the factory - so there is evidence that the original owner went for the luxury extras. So, I PROMISE TO BE LESS HARD ON PEOPLE...but personally, I still would rather assume everything is "factory-standard" unless otherwise shown or told.

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borgmama1of5
Jul. 13th, 2010 03:16 am (UTC)
And seatbelts--wouldn't have them, either.

Which leaves me with the question of how John secured a baby Sam while driving the hell all over the place...

I'd love to hear ideas on that.
hells_half_acre
Jul. 13th, 2010 03:19 am (UTC)
Haha, true...actually, I'm pretty sure it STILL doesn't have seat belts - meaning they never installed them after the fact like they much have done with the tape-deck.

Maybe he wedged a carseat into one of the back footwells. It's either that or he just gave him to Dean and told him to "hold on tight" - because you know, that's a really good way to mentally scar Dean more.

If he's anything like my dad, he probably just rigged up something using rope and bungee cords.
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elliemurasaki
Jul. 13th, 2010 03:32 am (UTC)
I'm thinking the latest they could or would have gone without putting AC into the Impala was the reconstruction circa ELaC. Either that or they're very tolerant of high temperatures, or they just flat-out avoid hot places. Though that last looks like a valid theory, since the only times we can pin them to somewhere in the West or South are fall or winter.
hells_half_acre
Jul. 13th, 2010 03:40 am (UTC)
Yeah, I sort of go by the fact that every time we HAVE seen them driving around in the sunshine (including after ELaC) they've had the windows rolled down...people with aircon always choose rolled-up windows and air-con over driving around with the windows down.

So, I'm going to be waiting for the day when one of them says "man, could you turn down the air-con, I'm freezing!" before I believe that Dean upgraded the Impala past the tape-deck addition.
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mymuseandi
Jul. 13th, 2010 04:28 am (UTC)
I never really knew that. I know about the bench seats and the seat belts, because of the show and how the boys never stopped to release seat belts when they get out of the car, but it never really crossed my mind that they don't have AC! I think i took it for granted that they do have it from the start. LOL

But just wondering, how is it like when they were driving in cold weather or rain? You rolled up the windows right, so wouldn't it be stuffy?
claudiapriscus
Jul. 13th, 2010 05:02 am (UTC)
They still have the vents and heating...? Just not a/c.
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elsewhere_kels
Jul. 13th, 2010 04:49 am (UTC)
This, and the resulting discussion, is a great thing for me to know! Thanks! :)

...Now I definitely want Dean-with-a-high-fever (to the point of hallucinations) fic where John ends up installing air conditioning after-the-fact. XD
hells_half_acre
Jul. 13th, 2010 05:16 am (UTC)
There you go! Story ideas!
auriliawestlake
Jul. 13th, 2010 10:36 am (UTC)
Um... Not to be picky, but air conditioning first became an option for automobiles in 1939 (Packard offered it as an add-on for $274, which, at the time, was hella-expensive), and by 1967, half of all cars manufactured had air conditioning. So, it's entirely possible the Impala has air conditioning. It's also entirely possible that it's perpetually broken - kinda like my dad's old '65 Ford pickup, which had an A/C switch, but it did little more than make a rattly noise when flicked.

Yes - I'm a bit of a car-geek.
auriliawestlake
Jul. 13th, 2010 10:44 am (UTC)
Oh - and seatbelts (can't forget them) weren't required to be installed (by law) until 1968, but most 1967 models had at least lap-belts for all passengers (and, speaking from experience, the lap-belts had a tendency to 'disappear' into the seat's cushions, particularly if the seats were bench-style). Laws governing the actual usage of seatbelts weren't introduced until the early 1980s (depending on the state).
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dairygirl
Jul. 13th, 2010 11:08 am (UTC)
Actually, there is factory-installed A/C. but I believe it was an option, not a default like now. I was skeptical about the A/C myself, but after looking at listings for several 1967 Impalas for sale, more than one has indicated A/C available (or was removed and only has hookups).

For proof, check out the Impala options on this page: http://www.oldride.com/library/1967_chevrolet_impala.html
hells_half_acre
Jul. 13th, 2010 05:10 pm (UTC)
I stand corrected. Still, unless I'm told that the original owner took that option (or it was installed later), I think I'm going to continue to get annoyed by the use of AC in fic.

I just spent way too much of my childhood driving around in old cars without AC, because no one in my working/lower-middle class family could afford fancy add-ons...to the point where I obviously didn't even know AC existed until it started to become standard.

Thanks for the information though! And the cool link!
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redrikki
Jul. 13th, 2010 02:54 pm (UTC)
Yay, continuity discussions. Man, I love stuff like this as I too am obsessed with such details (a trait I inherited from my dad). I've never run across the A/C thing in fic, but every time they talk about the Impala being a manual transmission I want to cringe. It's clealry an automatic what with the lack of gear shift and all.
hells_half_acre
Jul. 13th, 2010 05:13 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that's why I cringe when people write about the front seats like they are independent and fully adjustable from each other - it's clearly a bench seat - and the impala clearly doesn't have a manual transmission. You can also tell by the way Dean drives...if it was manual transmission, he's have one hand on the shifter while he's racing around.
trystan830
Jul. 13th, 2010 05:17 pm (UTC)
my dad had a 65 Impala... and i even drove it a few times when i was in high school... but danged if i remember if it had AC. when i was a kid, we had a 65 Impala, a Rambler from the 60s i think, a 72 Dodge Dart... i *think* my 77 Aspen had AC, but no clue if the others did. (i started driving the Aspen when it was 11 years old already. heh.)

to note: whenever i write fic, i don't seen to mention the weather for the most part. huh.

(sorry for all the edits.)

Edited at 2010-07-13 05:18 pm (UTC)
hells_half_acre
Jul. 13th, 2010 05:26 pm (UTC)
For some reason people always like to stick in this line in their fic about how either Sam and Dean can feel the sweat dripping down their back while they are driving because the AC is broken, and they are thankful to find a motel... (or it's an excuse for Sam to be in an extra pissy mood). I find it very strange. It sort of sounds like porn, but I don't actually read porn, so I don't know why people feel the need to put in the line. I don't think Sam's bad moods have to be qualified.

My Dad had some sort of Chevy, but I can't remember what model anymore. I just know that we called it "the boat." Other than that, it was VW vans and Ladas (yes, Ladas), and then my uncle had a new old car every year it seemed. Damned if I knew which ones they were - they all blended together and he always bought them when they were on their last legs and then ran them into the ground.
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strangevisitor7
Jul. 14th, 2010 01:44 pm (UTC)
My pet peeve about the Impala is when writers refer to it as a two door - Do they not even watch the show!

I actually almost bought an 1968 Impala (yes I'm that much of a fan girl) and it did have Air conditioning. I was also surprised how big the back seat really is - i don't think Sam would be as cramped as some writers insist. BTW Most fun Test drive ever!

Edited at 2010-07-14 01:45 pm (UTC)
hells_half_acre
Jul. 14th, 2010 02:56 pm (UTC)
Oh man! That would be a VERY fun test drive!

I know what you mean about it being roomy. I've never been inside one, but I found the location shoot once while everyone was on break and peered into the windows of one of the ones they use on the show. Not only was it cleaner than any classic car that I've ever seen (except at car shows), but I could easily see how it'd be a great car for two guys to fall asleep in at the side of the road (and I don't mean anything naughty by that).

And yes, I'm with you on being annoyed when people write it like it's a two door.

It seems I've going to have to lessen my ire about people writing about AC though...I seriously did not know that AC existed that long ago. I guess that's what happens when you have weird hippie parents who only drive VW vans and extremely cheap cars.

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