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Old 03-19-2010, 01:15 PM   #61
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I think I was 6 or 7 and my Dad had just put a set of headers on his SBC he had in his 1946 chevy truck. It was at night and we were in the garage. I remember him standing in front of the truck and wiping his hands with a red rag and saying to me, "Get ready, it's going to be loud son"
Then he walked around the truck and got in the cab and fired it up. That was the moment I knew I loved Hot Rods and was going to be just like him.
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Old 03-19-2010, 01:22 PM   #62
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My dad and older brother were both mechanics so part of it was genetic. Didn't help that a 32 Vicky was the yard art in front of the house and the 32 Cabriolet was in the back yard. Drove them both a million miles in my dreams. Started out rebuilding lawn mowers and went up the food chain from there. Hope to have the cabriolet driving this year for sure!
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Old 03-19-2010, 01:38 PM   #63
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Neighbor's boy friend had a new 56 Mercury convertible ... so I must have been 11 years old ... I remember it had lake pipes and was loud as hell ... I loved that car especially when he left rubber going up the block ... Joe
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Old 03-19-2010, 01:42 PM   #64
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Probably what started it all for me was seeing a primer grey '40 Ford Tudor, with a hot flathead and no hood back in around 1957, combined with the R&C and other custom car magazines my brother and I found under the seat of our dad's '55 F100 (They came, inadvertently, with the pick-up when he bought it and I've still got 'em!). Having an older brother who was a rev-head since he could walk helped, too.
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Old 03-19-2010, 01:44 PM   #65
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Originally Posted by fur biscuit View Post
my father backed a loaded trailer over me when i was kid. i wasn't paying attention. kinda been screwed ever since.
That explains alot, now I see why you are the way you are! HaHa!
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Old 03-19-2010, 01:46 PM   #66
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Probably around 1961 or so. There was a chopped and channeled '32 Plymouth(I think) coupe; usually parked at a gas station on the way into town. Had a sbc with 6 carbs on it. I begged to "go slow" every time we passed that car. It was the coolest(really the first) hot rod I'd ever seen and I've been hooked since....

PS: Car sat on corner of 13th and Grand Ave in Ames,Iowa. Any Iowans out there remember such a car?
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Old 03-19-2010, 01:56 PM   #67
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I am sure I was born into it, Dad had a model A that he would let me work on, by the time I was seven years old I could do a full tune up on it, I was always atracted to things mechanical, dad would take us out on Saturday evening to the local drive in resturaunt, it was like going to a car show every Saturday, so many cool rides would be there, Gassers, muscle cars, hot rods, T buckets, you name it, Dad was a hot rodder but he was not a mechanic, he was in the Accelerators car club in Cameron, and had some kind of roadster with a cut down top, will have to get pictures on the hamb some day of the drags and pics of him and his buddies cars.
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Old 03-19-2010, 02:03 PM   #68
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My Dad got his 33 pickup in 1953... I was born in 1955 and grew up playing in the truck out in the garage...... I've got the truck in my garage today still playing with it.... Wish Dad was still here too......
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Old 03-19-2010, 02:05 PM   #69
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I picked up the Aug 53 Hot Rod because of the article, "Soap Box Derby Speed Secrets".
I took it back to show Jimmy the machinest that worked in the shop at my fathers Auto Parts Store.
He started telling me about hopping up motors, and building Hot Rods.
That was it, I was hooked, and have been buying Hot Rod ever since.
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Old 03-19-2010, 02:13 PM   #70
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For me it was 1964 when I was 10. We moved next door to a stock car racer running a '59 T-Bird. He hauled me out to the races as one of the "crew" and trained me in the fine art of modification.
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Old 03-19-2010, 02:27 PM   #71
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between the ages of 4-7 (1977-1980) I guess. My dad would quiz me as we went down the highway on what the year and make of the old car was that we just drove past. Man, I was so happy when I got one right (and I think he was too)...

The other early memory is of sitting in my G'pa's field truck. (1950ish Chev pickup) 4 speed granny transmission. I would sit behind the wheel and pretend to drive even though I couldn't see over the dash (seat was just about totally gone).

I went through the muscle car phase for a very short time when I was given a 68 Fairlane as my first "old car". I realized it wasn't what I wanted or what I was into very soon...

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Old 03-19-2010, 02:58 PM   #72
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I'm not exactly sure how i got into old cars, but i remember that since i was just a few years old i just LOVED old cars, i had lots of books about classics cars, and some very detailed models too. i remember a 1:18 scale model of some 1920's Mercedes that i had. i loved it. i loved how it looked, sometime i'd just stare at it and admire all the little details,
Most modern cars seemed so boring compared to the old ones. i would be very excited if i spotted a old car in traffic(i'm still that way ), which is not very often here in India, most of the time i had no idea what the hell it was, but i always dreamed of owning a old car just like it all the time!
and then when i was about 12 years old a friend of my dad's called us and told us about a old VW Beetle(i've always like old VW's, and my dad kept saying maybe we'd get one someday) for sale, and when my dad told me we where gonna buy it, i couldn't believe my ears! the day i had been waiting for my entire life had finally arrived! we started participating in classic car rallies with it. haven't missed a single Mumbai classic car rally for the past 3 - 4 years. i'm 15 now and i spend a lot of my Saturdays just checking out old cars(at garages, etc) and taking pictures.
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Old 03-19-2010, 03:01 PM   #73
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I've always liked cars but I haven't always been a gear-head. In high-school I started to look for what I thought was the perfect car, turned out to be a '67 Mustang. I finished that up a couple years ago, but needed a truck for my business. So I started to look for a truck that in itself was a work of art. Wasn't long till I was looking into 40s and 50s trucks. I eventually found the big fender 53-56's, at first I couldn't tell why the one looked better to me than another till I noticed the '56 had a vertical a-pillar and wrap around winshield.

That was it. I was sold. I spent a year looking for a '56 after that, it had to be a '56. Found lots of 53-55s, but finally I found my '56 about 6 hours away from me. I would have just been happy with a cab to start with, got a driveable truck for the same price a rust free cab (like the one on it) goes for. Turned out that though it's a bigger truck, that also works perfectly for me and the plans I've always had for it, I would have needed the size fenders it has on it anyways if I got a smaller truck. And after a whole lot of stupid drama, it finally made it home 8 months after I bought it, lol...

Since then, I've found there to just be something about the 50s and earlier that you don't see anywhere. the 60's hold the mean machines, but pre-60s it was more about style and class than anything...
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Old 03-19-2010, 03:05 PM   #74
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Probably late '50's. Older brother of a friend of mine would babysit my little brother and I. One time he brought over some car models he had made, hot rods. He also had a car and he and his buddies would hang out at my buddies (his as well) house and work on their cars in the driveway. I don't remember them having hot rods necessarily, but cool cars none the less.
I was hooked.
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Old 03-19-2010, 03:38 PM   #75
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I can't date the time I got into old cars. I've never known any different, I can date my earliest memories by the Hot Rod we had at the time, a '46 Ford. Dad sold it when I was five, so anything I remember of that car I was pretty little.
Back then, we only had one daily driver, so my Mom had to use it to run around town...never realized how cool that was...with shrunken head hanging from the mirror and all.
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Old 03-19-2010, 04:06 PM   #76
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My dad started taking me to the local junk yard when I was 2 to get parts. After that I just followed him around the shop.....and still do.....He is my best friend. Now my kids are hanging out with us....

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Old 03-19-2010, 04:23 PM   #77
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In 2000 when my mom and I were driving down i-183 in austin (i was 6 or so), we went past kerby lane, and I saw what I now know to be a 60's ford ranchero, and I point it out to my mom and she says "so," and I said back "look at how old it is, it's so cool." and she says back to me "why is it so special, aside from it being old, there are things about it that are cool but do you know what they are?" I had no response, so she told me to research it, and I have been hooked ever since.

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Old 03-19-2010, 04:30 PM   #78
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Way, way back in the '40s my great aunt had a 1938 Ford coupe, and I can rememeber riding with her, standing up in the passenger footwell and looking out underneath the tilted-out windshield. At the time it was just an old car that smelled funny and had itchy seats, but the memory has been with me for all this time. Hot rods? A lot of my buddies in school graduated from model airplanes to cars, and I envied them their membership in the Gear Grinders. A fellow student at the local junior college was a transplant from Southern California and had a '32 five-window coupe. That did it for sure.
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Old 03-19-2010, 04:42 PM   #79
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It was a dark and stormy night....
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Old 03-19-2010, 04:50 PM   #80
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1949. I was 7. My bud Mike Shannon drew a hot rod in school. I asked some questions, Al Marceline drove a hot rod like that...real tall, no fenders, chopped windshield...
Mike knew the car, his uncle Harry hung around with Al. He took me to Harry's, Harry showed us the 'finer points' of a '29 Highboy! His pal Al's was a '32, Harry said "Way different"...In a week, I was reading Hot Rod magazine: I scored a complete collection, the whole year of 1948 and every one up to October of '49! I read then cover-to-cover.
Dad died in '54, I was 12. These older rodders took me under their wing, and took me to the Drags (San Jose "Little Bonneville") I rode in some of the fastest coupes & roadsters of the day, got my first car at 13, a '36 3-window which I chopped 5-1/4". I had scored a roadster body for $3 in a field, and a kind older rodder sold me a nice '32 frame for $5!
I went to work for Mayfield's Garage (the best damned shop in town!) at age 14, learned all fundamentals by 16, turned 'journeyman' at 18. (worked my way up just to be able to build an entire hot rod. Did it more times than I'd like to remember. Building 4 more right now!)
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