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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Paulhunt2014jd, Oct 13, 2019.

  1. Tri-power37
    Joined: Feb 10, 2019
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    Growing up in the late 70s early 80s anything 4 door was instantly defaulted to parts car status. That’s what the older guys taught you - it was like a unspoken rule. They would think nothing of finding a decent 4 door - taking what suited them off and throwing the carcass away like garbage. Looking back now when we did this it was extremely wasteful.
    Now it’s like the younger generation is teaching us by showing us that these cars are worth fixing up!
    I still can’t bring myself to fix one up?
     
  2. blowby
    Joined: Dec 27, 2012
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    from Nicasio Ca

    My thoughts haven't changed.

    A 2 door implies that you are an unencumbered, sporty, free spirited individual ready to take off for parts unknown at a moments notice. A four door implies that your in-laws are waiting for you to pick them up at bingo night.
     
  3. chopped
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    Back in the day four doors sucked, this is a different day.
     
  4. anthony myrick
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    Lowriders and bombs are cool
     
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  5. I preferred 2 dr's even when we had children. No rear door for them to open and fall out. My wifes OT vehicle is a 4 door. It has a locking feature that keeps the grandkids from opening the door or putting down the window. Once I owned a 65Pontiac Lemans 2 dr and the back glass got shattered. We where driving down the highway and our two year old son Chris crawled out on the trunk. Little urchin was sumthin else. The same car he would crawl between the bucket seats and push the automatic shifter into reverse. Never hurt the turbine 300 two speed trans just killed the engine.
     
  6. DDDenny
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    I think if many of the new generation that are "embracing" four doors were honest you would more often than not hear that that's all they can afford given the current price trend, not that I am unsympathetic.
    It's not an issue of not being able to find a given two door, scan the internet, if you want it, it can be bought.
     
  7. blowby
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    Been a two door man ever since my first date.
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  8. anthony myrick
    Joined: Sep 4, 2009
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    from al

    Definitely prefer these in 4 door
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  9. proartguy
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  10. 41rodderz
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    I was one that would not touch a four door or wagon but the older I get ( I have a 1927 Ford Tudor T ) a wagon sounds better all the time. A good riding car and swap meet hauler.
     
  11. 41rodderz
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    from Oregon

    A 1955 Chevy 2 door is my all time favorite but a 1955 Chevy wagon is creeping up towards the top of the list.
     
  12. Really? Not as popular as two doors, but here is proof people built four doors back in the day and got respect!

    Chet Herbert's 32 Fordoor Rod & Custom
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    Dawn Wells' Barris built four door 50 Merc.
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    The Barris Modern Grecian
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    Note B post
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    Dennis Reinero 56 Oldsmobile
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    Rod and Custom cover car June 1960
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  13. proartguy
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    from Sparks, NV

    Back in the day? Here is a Barris customized 4 dr. featured in Rod & Custom in 1953. Many of the readers letters photo submissions in the old magazines are 4 doors. A45E3E57-22D5-48E8-8DD2-EF0BB70D4905.jpeg
     
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  14. anthony myrick
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  15. On another forum there was a guy who was building a 4 door. He was very defensive of said 4 door. He got upset if anyone talked bad about four doors, even in other threads. Some time later he found a good deal on a 2 door and never mentioned 4 doors again.
     
  16. 40FORDPU
    Joined: Mar 15, 2009
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    There are, and always will be exceptions, but if you're 60+ yrs old 4 drs weren't cool-they were your parents cars..and as already said often used as "parts cars".
    Different times now, 4drs to younger people don't have that same stigma.
    Build what you want, and can afford..in the end it's what excites and motivates you into the hobby.
    It isn't my/our place to look down on whatever you choose that allows another generation to "carry the torch" so to speak.
    Good luck in your search, and welcome.
     
  17. Ive got enuf viable 2 dr cars and short bed trucks in my hoard that I & my grand children will never have to settle for a more door.
     
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  18. LM14
    Joined: Dec 18, 2009
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    2 doors only for hot rods. It's how I grew up. No interest in 4 doors at all. Something that drives me nuts is removing the rear door handles so it looks more like a 2 door. That just shows me the owner wanted a 4 door even more. Another trend is converting a 4 door to a 2 door, then you have a junk title in my eyes. VIN won't match the car anymore. May be fine in some states but would be hell to straighten out if you sold it. I wouldn't consider buying one.

    SPark
     
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  19. anthony myrick
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  20. Rooster53
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    It came down to price, price, price for me. Buy and build what you want, your the one paying for it
     
  21. RJP
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    if 4 doors are so great, why are Chevy Nomads 2 doors?
     
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  22. I own a 56 chev more door that is a very 56 chev Bel Air 004.JPG 56 chev 4 door 034.JPG solid car just surface rust. Runs & has a good title. cant sell it everyone wants a 2 dr. If I ever decide to start driving it . I will do the 2 dr conversion first.
     
  23. anthony myrick
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    The public bought more 4 doors.
    The rarity helps the nomads value.
     
  24. HOLLYWOOD GRAHAM
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    HOLLYWOOD GRAHAM
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    I am older generation and 4dr. was Dad's car hand me down or Aunt Ethel's. I have had a couple more-doors but only to resell (mostly to low rider guys). I do own a 4dr. 1941 Grahm Hollywood that only came in 4dr.. I have seen a couple 2dr. ones that were altered from 4drs, they look so much better. If you are a young family guy and drive it a lot 4drs. are more convenient. 4 drs. still has a stigma with me so doubt I will ever buy/build one again.
     
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  25. Ok heres a prime example of a more door being a parts car to repair a viable two door the pink wagon is the one in my avatar. 55 chev 3.jpeg 55 chev 7.jpeg 55 chevy 1.jpeg 55 chevy 2.jpeg 55 chevy.jpeg 55 chevy.jpg 55 moor door 2.jpeg 55 more door 1.jpeg
     
  26. s55mercury66
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    from SW Wyoming

    I would bet that most, if not all, of the four door fans are under 50.
     
  27. 1953naegle
    Joined: Nov 18, 2013
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    I'm still young and though I idolize the old generations, when I was in high school, a 4-dr. "Party car" was a better choice for getting the crew around. Now that I'm older, I get to haul my kids around with ease in the same car. If I was building a straight up drag raceing car, a 2-dr. would be the first choice and would also be an easier body build having half the door alignment issues to mess with, but my car's a cruizer and 4 doors are best for that IMO.

    As far as looks go, I think it depends on the specific car. Some 4 doors look like the back doors were an afterthought, but if you are going for a "long" look, 4 doors often give a little more stretched out look with the split pillars, trim, bigger back windows, extra handles, etc. Often the roof lines are just a tad lengthier too. My 53' 4-dr is black too which really highlights the trim and helps the effect.
     
  28. dave plmley
    Joined: Oct 24, 2014
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    you never see anyone make a four door from a two door!
     
  29. Dave Mc
    Joined: Mar 8, 2011
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    Beggars can't be choosers
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  30. jailbar joe
    Joined: Nov 21, 2014
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    if you want a 4 door build it...if you want a 2 door build it...
    don't matter what anybody else thinks...
     
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