1970′s Projects By Clean Cut Creations Vintage Auto Works. On this page you can find all of the different projects we’ve worked on form the 1970′s. We take on a variety of projects ranging from stock restorations to Hot Rods & Customs. Take a look around …There’s a lot to see. Enjoy!
A Little Bit About The 1970’s
As bold and confident as the Big Three automakers were in the 1950s and 1960s, the American auto makers in the 1970s and 1980s stumbled badly, going from one engineering, manufacturing, or marketing disaster to another. Ford struggled when it was revealed that the Ford Pinto‘s gas tank was vulnerable to exploding when hit from behind. Ford knew about this vulnerability but did not design any safeguards in order to save a few dollars per vehicle. They rationalized that the cost of lawsuits would be less than the cost of redesigning the car. GM had a string of miscues starting with the Chevrolet Vega, which developed a reputation for rapidly rusting and having major problems with the aluminum engine. Cadillac damaged their reputation when the four-cylinder Cadillac Cimarron was introduced in 1981 (a gussied-up Chevrolet Cavalier at twice the price) and the “V8-6-4” engine didn’t work as advertised.GM’s reputation was also damaged when it revealed in 1977 that they were installing Chevrolet engines in Oldsmobile’s, and lawsuits from aggrieved Oldsmobile owners followed. Likewise litigation ensued when a trio of diesel engines, designed from gasoline engines and used in GM cars from 1978 to 1985 suffered major problems. Class action lawsuits and efforts from the Federal Trade Commission resulted in buybacks of the cars from GM.Chrysler also suffered damage to its reputation when its compact cars, the Plymouth Volaré and Dodge Aspen, were developed quickly and suffered from massive recalls and poor quality.
In the mid-1970s, some of the muscle car market converged into personal luxury performance cars. Some nameplates, such as Chevrolet’s SS or Oldsmobile’s 442, would become sport appearance packages (known in the mid to late 1970s as the vinyl and decal option-Plymouth’s Road Runner was an upscale decor package for their Volare coupes). One of the last to be discontinued, a car that Car and Driver called “The Last of the Fast Ones”, was Pontiac’s Firebird Trans Am SD455 model of 1973–1974.