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Old 26 May 2016, 08:04 PM
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Driver "Beep Beep (The Little Nash Rambler)" based on an actual Rambler design flaw.

A little entertainment/automotive crossover thread... I recently read in a comment on a blog post that the punchline in the Playmates song "Beep Beep", perhaps better known as "The Little Nash Rambler", was about an actual problem on early Ramblers. Supposedly models equipped with overdrive had a design flaw that caused the transmission to get stuck in whatever gear you were in when the overdrive was engaged, and could not be shifted until the driver disengaged the overdrive. And since the button was on the gearshift it was fairly easy to accidentally engage the overdrive. In other words, "How do I get this car out of second gear?" was something a Rambler driver might actually say.

Secondly, the guy says that due to a quirk with the gear ratios, it was actually possible for a Rambler to go faster in second gear with the overdrive than in high gear with no overdrive, and that one really could do 120 mph in this state. Even if true, I think it's debatable whether it could also accelerate fast enough to keep up with a Caddy.

Anyway, any car aficionados here know more about this?
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Old 04 June 2016, 03:28 PM
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In reading about the Nash Rambler on Wiki (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nash_Rambler) that most unimpeachable source, in studying the engines that were installed in the cars, I doubt they could do 120 in stock form. Now put a Cadillac engine in one......
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I remember this song from an ABC* radio educational program from when I was a tween. It was a music program broadcast over the radio. This was separate from music class were we went to a specfic room with a specialist music teacher. We listened to this program in our usual classrooms and had books with the words and music. As we were tweens I am assuming most of us didn't know what the heck a Nash Rambler was. Most of proberly didn't know about gears, not really. (unless, maybe, we had a bike with gears). We maybe knew what a caddy was.

Off topic but it just reminded me off it all. What a strange choice of song for what we now call tweens.

* Australian equivalent of the BBC.
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As we were tweens I am assuming most of us didn't know what the heck a Nash Rambler was.
That's especially interesting because I had thought there was actually an Australian version of the song that changed the cars to a Commodore and a Volkswagen or something like that.
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I heard that on the BBC, Nash Rambler and Cadillac were changed to "bubble car" and "limousine" respectively due to the advertising ban.

And as a kid, having never seen a Nash Rambler, I mentally pictured a VW Bug instead.

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https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beep_Beep_(song)
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A little entertainment/automotive crossover thread... I recently read in a comment on a blog post that the punchline in the Playmates song "Beep Beep", perhaps better known as "The Little Nash Rambler", was about an actual problem on early Ramblers. Supposedly models equipped with overdrive had a design flaw that caused the transmission to get stuck in whatever gear you were in when the overdrive was engaged, and could not be shifted until the driver disengaged the overdrive. And since the button was on the gearshift it was fairly easy to accidentally engage the overdrive. In other words, "How do I get this car out of second gear?" was something a Rambler driver might actually say.

Secondly, the guy says that due to a quirk with the gear ratios, it was actually possible for a Rambler to go faster in second gear with the overdrive than in high gear with no overdrive, and that one really could do 120 mph in this state. Even if true, I think it's debatable whether it could also accelerate fast enough to keep up with a Caddy.

Anyway, any car aficionados here know more about this?
Sounds fishy to me.

The line is a joke used to finish the song. I seriously doubt the songwriters gave a damn about whether it matched a real situation.

Next you'll be asking what animal a flying purple people eater represented. Or, in other words,
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That's especially interesting because I had thought there was actually an Australian version of the song that changed the cars to a Commodore and a Volkswagen or something like that.
Never heard that version just the one we were talking about. And only in the context I was talking about. I enjoyed the show and all but as an adult I have often wondered if the song choice reflected the age of the person designing the show rather then the age of the children or even the teachers and parents.

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Sounds fishy to me.

The line is a joke used to finish the song. I seriously doubt the songwriters gave a damn about whether it matched a real situation.
Yeah when I worked out what gears were I figuired they were saying "Even in second gear I am easily beating you."
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