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Old 09-26-2011, 02:27 PM   #61
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Old 09-26-2011, 02:37 PM   #62
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Nice read.
Being a part of the young crowd (21) this hits close to home.
I dont cuff my pants, but I have a small pompadour (and will stay small, not a fan of the huge cartoon pomps), and I do love tattoos, only a half sleeve right now, but soon to be all the way down my arm, with vintage rockabilly and hot rod stuff.
So I guess I kind of fit into that crowd, but I feel like I can get along with the older crowd..
Atleast the ones who can understand the fact that Im into the same things they are weather Im doing it the "right" way or not....
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Old 09-26-2011, 02:41 PM   #63
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Only woman the Impala ever got me was my wife, simply because her twin boys loved it. I'm not sure I have ever met a girl my age that gave two shits about a car that wasn't brand new and maybe foreign.

Hotrodding is for the young? Shit, I'm gonna stay this slow forever (I realize it, too. Diapers, the electric bill, and all of that crap take precedence). At least all my cars have two doors and three pedals.

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i thought chasing women was a prerequisite for building a hotrod.. shrugs.
Too busy enjoying raising the kids to do much in the way of shifter knobs for now.
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Old 09-26-2011, 02:56 PM   #64
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AMEN. I agree wholeheartedly. I may grow older but I never will grow up. Today I spent the morning stripping down one more flathead to rebuild it this winter. Would write more but at 68 I gotta go take a leak too.
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Old 09-26-2011, 03:05 PM   #65
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this is a great article.
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Old 09-26-2011, 03:07 PM   #66
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each generation gets to carry the torch in their own ways whether it was the greasers back then or the rockabilly tatoo generation of now. So long as each new generation respects those of the past and carries on the tradition of hot rodding is all that matters. Better than having the hot rod scene die out and everyone stuck driving a stupid a$$ prius.....
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Old 09-26-2011, 03:26 PM   #67
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All this stuff is like reading a book,a dream I never lived.I'm 64 now and growing up in NJ near NYC there were no 30's hot rods,like zero.I saw them in the magazines,the greased hair and rolled up jeans were my older sister's generation.Lots of fast cars but they were later sedans and the early muscle cars.My dad wanted to move his jukebox business to California and for awhile I thought the dream was gonna come true......But it never happened.............. .
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Old 09-26-2011, 03:44 PM   #68
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good read.......
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Old 09-26-2011, 03:45 PM   #69
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Back when I was a youth living at home. My dad would always laugh at my cuffs and say "we never wore our cuffs like that!" that is until I found a picture of him and his brother sporting some more than 3" cuffs. Guess he forgot.
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Old 09-26-2011, 03:54 PM   #70
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"Pure Hot Rodding is not ageless. It’s a kid’s game." Truth.

But most of the HAMBers reading this aren't "pure" hot rodders. I think pure hot rodding is taking whatever car you can find (cheap), and making it go fast. No real style involved. And it surely wouldn't be done to a car that cost half as much as a house.

I truly think many (most?) HAMBers are closer to restorers than pure hot rodders. Think about it, and you'll realize you spend way more time on patch panels and paint than bolting on speed equipment and drag racing.

In all actuality the twenty year old with the ten year old Honda that bolts on his turbo discombobulator is closer to a pure hot rodder than I am.

I'm no kid, and I spend more time welding than going fast.
I guess if you were take this gig as only hotrodding, that's probably pretty much right. To me, it's never been to just make more power or be faster. It's always been a sense of style. I'm as much a rodder as a kustom type. I love frosty-frenched-chopped-tuck n rolled cars. I love front engine dragsters. But what I love about a gennie FED is the vision and talent to make it as pretty as it is fast. Think about that hand formed aluminum body. That frame. It's just as exciting to me as a dead on pure kustom. And the builder is the one "those guys" in the topic seem to emulate at times, or at least try to.
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Old 09-26-2011, 03:56 PM   #71
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I'm getting old, but still young at heart. Perhaps the young guns just think I'm a stuffy old man when they see me? Not many kids want to hang out with their old man, eh? The only stuff that really bugs me these days is pants below the ass. As a kid, I only wore cuffed jeans at certain times. I didn't do it because it was cool, but because my mom bought our pants a little fat in the waist and long in the legs so, what with the hot water washes and our growing, they would fit properly in no time. Besides, I got sick of all the dirt and crap that falls into them, so why roll them up? But I did a year or three of Brylcreem before the surf scene and the Beatles came along and made "natural" hair a lot cooler. Gary
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Old 09-26-2011, 04:06 PM   #72
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I have the same dreams & wants. Just fatter & older. BTW I'm on the left in the pic & the 48 was my ride 3/4 race engine. circa about 1952.

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Old 09-26-2011, 04:23 PM   #73
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Too many folks forget the simple fact that:

Growing old is manditory...

Growing up is OPTIONAL!

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Old 09-26-2011, 04:31 PM   #74
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I've made it past my 70th birthday and my old body don't let me do what I used to do, but I still want to. I once made the statement to Breeder about this type of subject, it concerned the kids with pompadores, tats,and the like. I said then and I'll say it again, if I were growing up in this generation I would probably be right in the middle of what the kids are doing now. I did the rolled up Levis, the cigs in my shirt sleeve which by the way was a white T. I had the D A hair cut and did most of the bull shit that hoodlums of our time did. Raced cars on the street and generally raised hell. Made it O K though. I have always had a passion for cars, bikes and girls, not in that particular order.
Time marches on and kids are going to be kids, just in a different generation.
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Old 09-26-2011, 04:38 PM   #75
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I'm guessing I'll still be an asshole when I'm old.
I think I'm getting worse with each passing year.
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Old 09-26-2011, 05:22 PM   #76
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Last winter...

Not to many kids I know really like hot rods.. Good read though, I liked seeing all the other photos.
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Old 09-26-2011, 05:23 PM   #77
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Even though i am 50 when the time comes to leave this earth in my head i will only be 18 trouble is i will still have unfinished dreams...............................They will be still sitting in the garage.(Bummer).
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Old 09-26-2011, 05:33 PM   #78
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The picture is absolutely great. I could almost tell you their names. I was 13 riding my bike to see a girl I liked when I saw my first street rod, a 40 Ford Coupe. I watched it roll by and made a promise to myself that one day I would have one of my own. Drove a 55 Merc in High School, then came Nam and a 4 year vacation. Met my wife on vacation and finally when I was in my 30s found a 37 Chevy. Man you should have seen the smiles when the boys and I rode it down the drive way and back up sitting on real bucket seats (5 gallon versions). We all had a great time with the car then it sat for a few years because of work and no time.
Now I am 65 years old and I hope to drive it again before I die. But due to the economy and lack of money it is taking a lot longer than I planned, plus I can not work till 1AM and get up for work the next day like I did before. I still plan on driving it, I think the grand kids will enjoy it a lot. They come out to the shop and want to know, "How much longer Pap Paw?"
Oh yeah, the rolled up cuffs, they were the style. A lot of jeans did not come in lengths that would allow you to keep from rolling them up. Levis came out with the wide variety of lengths that would let you buy just the correct length so you did not have to roll them up. That is if you could afford the Levis, 3.00 was a lot for jeans.
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Old 09-26-2011, 05:38 PM   #79
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Awesome read.

My oldest son and his friends are those kids.

Their cars are a bit different, they drive what is cheap, fast and available now.. but they respect the older stuff and are eager to learn, not always ready to listen, but always willing to learn.

It's great working in my shop with my son next to me and seeing the spark in his eyes I had 20 something years ago working next to my dad. I often wish my dad lived closer (he's 5,000+ miles away) so the 3 of us could wrench on our projects together.

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Old 09-26-2011, 05:46 PM   #80
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Great way to start the week. One of the best posts of the year.
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