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    Interesting vid thx for posting ... I have a mate who's a helicopter paramedic and he says the tragedy of it is that people feel too safe in their modern air bagged , crumple zoned and side impact barred cocoon and are lulled into a false sense of security . The speeds that even the smallest engined modern econo boxes are capable of means much higher impact speeds when cars collide , outcome being the passenger box usually survives unscathed but he's seeing more and more deaths caused by internal injuries when vital organs are literally ripped from their mounting points by the sudden stop
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    Quote Originally Posted by ALS57 View Post
    Yeeeesh, and I was thinking of putting seat belts in my 57...
    I've put them in mine Al, but its easier in a sedan.
    Looking at this vid, I'm gonna stay well out the way of any Malibu's !
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    Shame there aint some close ups of the interior etc.

    The 59 crumpled like it had nothing under the hood!

    Have to presume the crash test dummy now has an engine for legs!?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 57peppershaker View Post
    I've put them in mine Al, but its easier in a sedan.
    Looking at this vid, I'm gonna stay well out the way of any Malibu's !
    Yea I'm still putting some in but not ideal routing in a coupe. Still not sure how I'm going to do it. I don't fancy having the kids see a bloodbath in the front seat if anything did happen!
    A Volvo estate when up the back of my 57 20 years ago. Totally fubared the front of the Volvo but only slighly scratched the bumper and slightly kinked the bumper irons on mine.

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    Sure the guys on Chevytalk will help you out. They seem to know everything ! Get ya pics in the garage Al.
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    Theres a response to that vid with one blokes explanation of what happened:


    I wonder what the outcome would have been had the crash test been done with a conventional full-frame car like a Chevelle or a 65-up Impala.
    The 58-64 cars had an odd X-frame which in a crash like that has obvious weaknesses.

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    Hello. English Impala got it dead right. How can this be a fair test when the 59 has had 50 years of corrosion. (Not that a Chevy would rust that much. LOL). It's a good idea the dickead who thought of this didn't come up with this idea 2,3 or 4 years ago. Ken.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Briz View Post
    Theres a response to that vid with one blokes explanation of what happened:
    YouTube - IIHS '59 Bel-air vs. '09 Malibu, video response.... not faked.

    I wonder what the outcome would have been had the crash test been done with a conventional full-frame car like a Chevelle or a 65-up Impala.
    The 58-64 cars had an odd X-frame which in a crash like that has obvious weaknesses.
    The X-frame is the critical weakness [ probably why it was chosen in the 1st place], In the real world I would back a full framed V8 60s ride against just about any Eurobucket, and I don't care about airbags!

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    I did see what must have been a mint white 57 Olds 2 door in a garage in twenty nine palms California a while back that had been in a pile up, it was less than half it's original length. I couldn't believe a car like that could have been crushed that far.

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    Would you live longer driving the Malibu or would it just seem like it?
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