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Bermuda Bell

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does anyone know what i'm talking about? bermuda bells were made out of brass and had a foot activated plunger. the bell made a loud "ding-dong" sound.

i've seen them on old cars in parades. people would sound the bell instead of the horn.

i found them listed on this web site:

http://www.lonewolfwhistle.com/ding-dong-bell.html

i grew up in west philadelphia and the bermuda bells were popular there in the 50's and 60's. now i live in the baltimore area, and no one has ever heard of the bermuda bells!

cheers, tom

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I have heard of them. When I was young my fathers friend had one and use to ding dong it once stopped at the traffic lights. He use to get a kick out of ringing it when the police were directing traffic. I don't know if this is true but he use to state that they were illegal to have at that time?

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Thomas, A friend of mine had one on a '57 Pontiac. They had moved to Virginia from Maryland, near the DC area. I guess they must have popular up there. I'd never seen or heard one before or since. Wayne

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The last one I had, I sold at a swap meet, about 4 years ago. This was an original one and sounded great. Every once and while one will pop up. These were all over in the 50's, especially at the drive inn's when 4-5 cars would start dinging away.

Jim SChilf

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They were popular on early Pre - 1905 cars, I have one on my 1912 Ford. Never understood how they got the revival in popularity in the 1950's.

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Bob,

I think they got popular in the 50's because J.C. Whitneys sold them for about $10-$15 . They were made of aluminum. I have one on my Model T and have a good time with it.

Dan

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I too, am looking for a bermuda bell. had one in the early '70s on my 46 willys cj 2. now want one for my 53 cj3a that i am restoring. where to find? seems to be plenty of interest so why doesn't someone manufacture?

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douglas mitchell,

Welcome to the AACA Discussion Forum. I assume you found this discussion through a search engine. This particular discussion is over 7 years old. Hopefully someone will see your post and be able to offer you some help in locating one.

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Some of my friends had them on their cars in the Fifties in Newark, NJ. I remember them being chrome plated, don't know if they were brass. Looked like the one I saw on the link mentioned above.

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I have one in my shop that my uncle had in his shop service truck.

I ring it every so often in his memory.

Always makes me feel good.

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my brother bought a '40 stude with one back around 1970. it was missing the foot pedal so it only had the end of the shaft sticking up...but that was fine. i do want another bell. cheap.

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I have a bell, but it is missing the foot pedal. Does any one have a pix of the pedal, so I can make one?

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I am old enough to remember the Bermuda Bell. Seems to me we had one on one of our cars in the 50's? I also recall J.C. Whitney selling them in their catalog.

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I have seen and heard them in Depot Hacks and early station wagons. They were used to alert customers of hotels etc. that their ride was coming from or going to the depot at the train station. I have an early cast one and plan on using it my my '48 Packard Woody.

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Best description of pedal is a big nail,,,not sure if they are all the same

Poke in a round whatever in and see what happens,,,Cheers,,Ben

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As far a the foot peddle, think of a engine valve, just shorten the length. Additionally, there is a washer to fit on the top side of the floor with 4 holes for the screws.

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Popular plunger for Bermuda Bell used to be a choke rod from a Model A - cut to appropriate length and grind off the flare on the knob.

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Should have bought it Al, darn!!! I would have paid you $50.00 for it!

Everybody needs one of them under the floorboard.:)

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My '34 Terraplane has had a bermuda bell in the center right of the floor board just ahead of the front seat for many decades but I couldn't tell you what year it was installed except to say "probably early" years. Obvious in this pic with the floor mat out. Its FUN and to my mind a heckuva lot less offensive to bystanders than 150 decibel electronic music systems people have on their cars playing stanzas of songs!

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If you get ahold of any car magazines from the fifties you will see them in the ads. Motor Trend, Sports Car Graphic etc. used to carry full page ads from accessory companies, they used to sell them. This is where the fad took off, some manufacturer revived a bell from the early days. I suppose auto parts stores carried them too.

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There are two of them on ebay now. My dad had one in his '53 MG (during 1954-56).

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A number of the kids at my high school had Bermuda Bells on their cars, this being 1953-1956. However sometime during this period they were made illegal, as were blue dot tailight lenses where I lived. That was Arlington, VA.

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