Referenced to a car that had all the pretty chrome goodies, but wouldn't get out of its own way.
Used with "Go", "Gone" or "Went". To explode or go completely irate. Example: "When my parents saw my report card, they went ape.
A tough guy. A guy you really don't want to mess with.
To Steal. Example: Who bagged my towel? ; also see Score
Also; "What's your bag" meaning what's your problem or where are you coming from.
To party, as in Little Richards "Good Golly Miss Molly, Sho Like To Ball".
Later, it meant having intercourse.
Leave the scene in a hurry.
Birth Control Seats
Bitchin(See also Twitchin')
Good, Exciting, Awesome.
A Great Time. Example: "We had a blast at the Prom".
Blew the doors off
Easily beat the other car in a race.
A car engine that has a blower (supercharger) installed. Goes between the intake manifold and the carburetors/injectors. The blower made it go faster, which was always good.
To "hog" something.
Auto wrecking yard; Junk yard.
See Cut Out
Leave the area.
Going real fast, usually in a car.
A great or cool thing. Example: "The Beach Boys new record is really boss".
To irritate or bother
Leave the premises
Bummer, What a
To accelerate hard spinning the tires, making noise, and billows of smoke come from the rear of the vehicle.
A real wimp or an uncool thing.
Pristine, Totally Clean. Example: "That rod is cherry"!
A girl or a woman.
Chicken, To play
Two cars race toward each other; the first to pull to the side is the chicken (coward)
Chinese Fire Drill
Stop at a Red Light. Everyone on the Driver's side would run around and get in on the Passenger's side. Everyone on the Passenger's side would run around and get in on the Driver's side.
Really cool or bitchin. Example: "That girl with the tight sweater is really choice."
A bald guy.
Before poptops, a Beer or Soda can was opened with one of these. "
Someone who wasn't cool had them. No one ever saw them, but you knew who had them.
Cop a Feel
Touch a girls "parts", sometimes pretending it was an accident
Very good; all right, as in no problems. Example: Everything is copasetic.
Go to bed; go to sleep.
A car with loud glasspacks.
Driving up and down the same street looking for races, girls, guys, etc.
To leave without ceremony. As in, "Bob, this party is a drag. I'm gonna cut out."
Additions to the exhaust system that would let you open the exhaust pipe in front of the muffler to let the engine breathe easier, thus adding horsepower and a whole lot of noise.
Actually a 50's term for Man. Daddy's Car
A car that was very conservative looking; that might be owned by your parents.
A 1932 Ford. As in, "She's my Little Deuce Coupe, you don't know what I got". Dibs
Most always used with "Got". Example: I "got dibs" on that Coke bottle. Meaning you owned that Coke bottle.
Do you understand?
Dip Stick, What a
Don't Flip Your Wig
See "Don't have a Cow".
Don't have a Cow
Used when someone was "going ape" or perhaps being a "spaz."
Example: So I took your book by mistake, don't have a cow about it.
Don't Sweat It
Don't worry about it; stop bothering me
See Dip Stick
To race another car a short distance (sometimes one block, sometimes two or three blocks) from a standing start at a stoplight when the light turned green. The term originally comes from the phrase "main drag", a combination of "main" or main street in town, and "drag" which referred to a car that was lowered in the back and dragged the ground if it hit a bump while racing or was just so low that it touched the ground if the street was not perfectly level.
Someone or something that's boring or un-enlightening.
Duck Butt, Duck Tail or DA
A way of combing your hair in the back. Instead of combing your hair straight down in the back, you would comb both sides in towards the middle and then, with the end of the comb, part it down the middle.
In the 60's, a dude was a geek or a panty waist.
Another way of saying Goodbye. Example: "Easy, Man!!".
Also a girl who was a sure thing, sexually. Example: That girl Bob took out last night was "Easy".
Great, fantastic, fabulous.
A tattle tale. Example: You're such a fink. Why do you always tell mom everything I do?
Five Finger Discount
Anything obtained by theft.
A useless person.
Get outta here.
A very short hair cut, usually cut extra close on top.
Flat Top with Fenders
A flat top with long sides.
Flee the Scene
See Bug Out
Thongs (that went on your feet)
Dodge Lancers or Olds Fiesta Hub Caps.
An outstanding looking girl or woman.
Temporary loss of control due to an unpleasant event.
Neat, Cool; also gone bad. Example: I think that milk is funky.
This was simply the vulgar form of, "I concur".
Get or Lay Rubber
To leave some rubber on the street while accelerating in a vehicle. A term used usually with first, second, third, or fourth gear.
Example: "Bob's 49 Ford is pretty fast. He can get second gear rubber."
Gimme some skin
Go All The Way
Have sex with.
If you were "Going Steady", you were dating only one special person.
Cool, groovy, neat, neato; said of a person, as in He's a real gone cat. Or you could say, I'm gone over him. (wowed, infatuated, totally sold on).
Originally a difficult or large wave (He wiped out on a gnarly wave),later anything big or difficult (The Chemistry test was gnarly.), then later an expletive of approval (That custom paint job is gnarly!)
Greaser or HOOD
A guy that used too much grease in his hair. Usually "LB Butch Wax" or "Pomade"
Nice, "Cool" or Neat. Used commonly among hippies in the 60's.
Groady (grow'- tee):
A shortened version of grotesque. When we went to wash the car (by hand at the park) we wore our grotees. Also, someone's dorm room if it was "trashed" out would be called grotey.
Mufflers that are packed with fiberglass to muffle the sound. They came in different lengths. The shorter the glasspacks, the louder the car.
Large; out of control. Example: "Check out the hairy slicks on that Chevy.
Hangin' a B.A.
A car full of guys pulls up to another car (usually full of girls) and one of the guys pulls down his pants, bends over, and sticks his "bare ass" out the window. Hang Loose
Relax; Take it easy.
A car that really moves.
Example: "Since Ron put the new engine in his car, it really hauls ass!"
Deep, Cool, Chaotic, Sad, Controversial
With it. A person who understands the situation.
See Souped Up
What a girl would call a good looking guy
A type of men's pants with no pleats, made of polished cotton, and with a buckle in the back.
To Raise the front end of a car. Done to transfer weight to the rear wheels for drag racing or just to make your car look cool.
Car shown with Collector Headers.
To leave the area, (See "Cut Out")
Example: "Hey John, this party is going to get busted. I'm going to jam!"
Elated, Excited; "This is going to be a great reunion. I'm really jazzed about going."
Another way of combing your hair. You comb it up and forward on both sides and bring it together in the middle of the forehead.
Jinx, You Owe Me A Coke!!
When two people said the same thing at the same time, one would slug the other on the shoulder and say these 6 little words.
I don't think anyone ever paid up.
Keen or Keen-o
Someone or something that was Cool.
To quickly put a stop to; Put the Kibosh on
The proverbial "Teachers Pet". This person who would do anything to please the teacher.
Goodbye; See you later
Lay A Patch/Strip
To accelerate leaving a strip or patch of rubber behind on the road.
Lay it on me
Speak your piece.
Lay some scratch
To burn rubber in a vehicle. Example: That car is so powerful it can get second gear scratch.
Lead was used prior to Bondo to fill in the holes and to do body work. A lead sled was a car that had extensive body fill work done with lead.
See Burn rubber
Talking about things of little importance.
To drop a car all the way around. Car shown with Lake Pipes
Usually a kissing session in a parked car at a Drive In or other secluded place.
"Meanwhile Back At The Ranch"
Used when someone who was telling a story would ramble off to another subject. So, the term was used by the listener to get the storyteller back on track. The term itself was no doubt linked to "the Western," which was TV's dominant genre in the late 50s and early 60s. Bonanza, Have Gun Will Travel, Rawhide, The Virginian and many more shows.
See Wedgie; Example: "Jimmy the Fink was smarting off to Billy, so I sneaked up behind him and gave him a Melvin."
Midnight Auto Supply
Car parts obtained through theft.
To drop your pants, bend over, and show your bare butt. (See "Hangin a B.A.")
Moons (Baby Moons)
Chrome hubcaps that were smooth and domed. They fit the inner part of the wheel, leaving room for beauty rings.
Meaning "Cool" but usually said by someone who wasn't.
A term used to indicate that the hood ornament had been removed and the holes filled with bondo. The spot was sanded smooth and at least primed. (See Decked)
On the Make
Usually after a break up of steadies, a guy or girl who was "on the make" was looking very hard for a new mate.
Also, someone who's looking for another someone, sexually.
Fantastic, Awesome. Example: Hey Kathleen, that tie dyed top your wearing is "outta sight".
Someone's house. Example: There wasn't much to do so we all hung out at John's pad, drank Cokes and listened to records.
A word "called" by someone that has just seen a car with one headlight. The caller then receives a kiss from the person of their choice.
Same as a Padiddle only it refers to a car with one taillight.
A mama's boy or a geek.
Pom Pom Girl
(See Lay A Patch/Strip)
If someone was going to beat up someone else you said he was going to "pound" the other person. For an example, Joe caught Jim with the hubcaps that he stole from Joe's '50 Merc last night. He'll probably pound him after school. Primo
Also "On a Rake". To lower the front end of a car.
(Shown with Scavenger pipes) Example: "Carl's short has a bitchin' rake."
Race for Pinks
Also race for pink slips. Meaning two people race and the winner gets the others car.
Raw, Rank, Disgusting
Real Gone Cat
Someone who marches to his own drummer. Example: The Fonz is a real gone cat.
I agree; I concur
Extremely fine, beautiful. For us guys it was generally used when talking about the most important areas of our lives; cars and women.
"John's got a righteous new paint job on his '58 Chevy".
"Ron met this righteous babe down at 26th St.". Ripped Off
To have something stolen, or to have stolen something
As in, "Hodads Rule"; To take ownership of Sad
An expression of disapproval. Example: "That cat is really sad."
Usually referring to someones car, or part of ones car, as being pristine: "Ron did a sano job on his 56 Chevy".
also "Super Sano" (Very Pristine)
To eat very fast. Example:"I'm going to scarf this hot dog".
When someone is really interested in the opposite sex. Example: "Jim is really scheming on Jill"
To obtain something valuable or necessary; (Let's go score some pizza.); Also to go all the way with a girl.
Cheated out of something
Made a mistake; messed up in the head; intoxicated
A section is cut out horizontally through the body of a car to give it a lower sleeker look.
A sexy or seductive woman.
Let's get out of here. Example: "Let's shag ass before the cops get here."
Shake it, Don't Break it!
Said to a girl who had an awesome wiggle in her walk.
A place of honor in the front seat of a car nearest the door. Usually reserved for the coolest guy in the group besides the driver of the car. If there is a doubt, before entering the car someone will call shotgun and then everyone will argue as to who actually will ride shotgun.
An ugly girl
An ugly car
This when you saw a VW beetle on the road. Saying "Slug Bug" before anyone else gave you the right to hit or slug the person next to you
A promiscuous girl
Another cool or bitchin' thing. "That girl in my science class is so fine". Used in a variety of early rock and roll songs usually as follows:
"She's so fine, she makes me want to blow my mind".
See So Fine
"Let's see you burn rubber"
Snowing Down South, It's
Said to a girl when her slip was showing.
Something that is ok or all right.
A car that's had the engine modified to go fast. Example: "Bob really souped up his car. It did the quarter in 14.5 seconds!"
Used as a put down, or to describe someone who was acting retarded.
See Cut Out
One big need. Everything you get comes from those around you. AKA; bum. Also practiced by those who are so stingy as not to spend their own money. Someone who is always borrowing money or is always broke. A spongy person
Someone who was not "Cool". Example: "Jerry's so square, all he does is his homework, watch TV, and he doesn't even like Elvis!"
Being well endowed, "Upstairs" Example: "Wow, that girl is really stacked!!"
Boyfriend or Girlfriend
Stoked (as in I'm stoked)
A car that's pretty slow.
When a guy (or girl) didn't show up for a date
A place at the beach or PV, where you would park facing the ocean and wait for the Submarines to start racing. Of course they wouldn't show up, but while you were waiting, you'd make out....for hours until the insides of your lips were raw.
A knob placed on your steering wheel allowing you to drive with one hand, leaving the other free to put around your date.
Those passionate, "get down and really into it", French Kisses.
Something that is the best or the greatest (Superbitchin')
Thicker than a $5.00 malt
Someone that's not too bright. Back then, malts were only 30 cents! Think Fast
It usually was used to tell you to get ready because someone was tossing you something.
In the 60's, thongs were something you wore on your feet.
"Three On The Tree"
A car with a three speed manual transmission and the shifter on the steering column.
To cruise or drive around without aim. As in: "There was nothing to do last night, so we just went tooling around."
Tough or Tuff
Neat, cherry, great, bitchin'. - as in "Wow, she's really a tuff chic!"
Cruising the Boulevard looking for girls. As in "Let's go trollin' for some chicks."
As in we're "Truckin" over to Joe's house to party, or Let's "Truck" on over to Holly's and scarf.
The word used instead of Bitchin', around your parents
Running your car with the "Cut Outs" open.
A shoe style. The sole and heel were one piece and on the same plane.
When someone pulls your underwear up from the back and it ends up in the crack all on it's own. Now they call it a thong and wear them on purpose.
A trick played when someone wets their finger and puts it in your ear.
What's Your Bag, Man?
What's your problem; where are you coming from?
Term of Admiration. Example:"That Chevy that Bob has is one wicked machine."
Originally, to fall off a wave while surfing, later to crash one's vehicle and severely damage it (He wiped his coupe out at the drags.), then later a term for extreme fatigue (I'm wiped out, I'm gonna crash.)
Wiz, Take a
A wood sided station wagon used to transport surfboards and surfers to and from the beach.