Power-assisted accessories on automobiles were first introduced to consumers in the 1930's. The ability to move convertible tops up and down by means other than human efforts was initially conceptualized and developed by the Chrysler Corporation. A vacuum-operated convertible top on the Plymouth brand was the first to be offered to the general public. Power windows were the next power assisted accessories to hit the market, and were introduced shortly thereafter in the 1940s. The idea behind power accessories was strictly practical in nature, allowing consumers to operate their vehicles with minimal time and physical effort. It was easier and less time consuming to flip a switch and raise your windows, lower your convertible top and adjust your door mirrors, thus providing a potentially safer car to operate while on the road. For many, an obsession with automobile power accessories is a major factor on their choice of vehicle. From an early age, Terry Anderson has maintained a fascination with power windows and other electric accessories on cars. He remembers being five or six years old inside a 1950's era Cadillac, and wanting to put down the window. The owner of the car instructed him to just push the button to let the window down. From that press of the button, Terry vowed to have power windows in his first car. When he was 16 years old, he got his first car, a 1960 Mercury Comet. After little deliberation, he decided that the first things that needed to be removed were the door handles. Terry bought a "door popper" kit and a "trunk popper" kit for the Comet. Since the door and trunk kits were relativity easy to put in, Terry wanted to install power windows. He mentioned this modernization idea about the Comet to his dad. His dad asked if he knew anyone that could do it, and an eager Terry told him that he wanted to try it on his own. Terry had no electrical training, save for one class he took while in the 8th grade. Terry's dad was working at a Ford dealership at the time, and one day came home with a box of power window parts he removed from some scrap doors in the dealership's body shop. Terry laid out all the parts and began matching up the items. From the parts his father brought home, he found two complete power window sets. The driver's side was the first side Terry attempted to install the upgrade in. The window did raise, but not in as smooth a manner as it should have. After doing the passenger's side and achieving great success, he saw what he initially did wrong and went back to the driver's side and fixed it. Both windows went up and down quietly and very smoothly. Terry was hooked on the process, and was soon commissioned into doing power windows for his friends. Not bad for a sixteen year old high school kid with no formal electrical or automotive training. One day while Terry was at school, he was getting dressed in the locker room and overheard two guys talking about a car that went up and down with the help of hydraulics. He thought to himself, "that's the stupidest thing I've ever heard of." "Why in the world would anyone want their car to go up and down?," he wondered. A couple of weeks later as Terry was coming out of school, a dark blue 1963 Chevy Impala was passing the school. The body was stock but it was rolling on Astro Supremes. As he was admiring the car, something magical happened which would become a momentous thing in his life. Cruising at about five miles per hour the front end of the Impala went all the way down to the ground! It didn't stop there; the back end of the car went all the way down too! At that point, at that very moment; Terry was hooked. The religion of Lowriding had just gained another disciple. 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | » | View Full Article By Jae Bueno Enjoyed this Post? Subscribe to our RSS Feed, or use your favorite social media to recommend us to friends and colleagues!