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Any old guys(65 +) still build not buy their hot rods??

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by scrap metal 48, Dec 14, 2012.

  1. deucemac
    Joined: Aug 31, 2008
    Posts: 1,016


    It appears that I could consider myself a mere kid at 65, with some of the guys here. I am currently blowing apart my '32 roadster for paint and upholstery ( my avatar). I am helping my friend Dick "Peep" Jackson with his latest project. a '49 club coupe mild custom. I helped with wiring and some mechanicals. Dick is staring down the barrels of 80 and still going strong Great guy to work and BS with!

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  2. I'm 64 and am building my 31 tudor/ 270 Hemi, and just got a 28 Whippet tudor body (another Hemi or a 440). Still do all my own building, buy as little as possible.

  3. pointer-1
    Joined: Mar 11, 2012
    Posts: 32


    Still doing what I always did. Just finished 72 International Scout ll with my youngest son (40) and started 49 Ford Custom before that was done but this will probably be my last. I had a 49 Ford first car so a 49 last seems right. Hope to have it done by early summer. My how time zips by. AND 66 IS NOT OLD!!!!!!!! JUST A NUMBER
  4. prpmmp
    Joined: Dec 12, 2011
    Posts: 1,027


    WOW WOW WOW!!! You old guys ROCK!! A inspiration to all!!! I,m a little behind in age (58) but reading this tread gave me a thought, (I have very little)! If we all move into our own Hot Rod retirement community!! Junkyard, massive shop,parts warehouse,ect,ect!! O and a Hooters for food!! Pete
  5. pumpman
    Joined: Dec 6, 2010
    Posts: 2,564


    Don't know about that retirement community, but it sure would be one hell of a city! Only hot rods would be allowed on the streets and there would be no need for cops because Ryan would be policing our hoodlum asses.
  6. pug man
    Joined: Apr 9, 2007
    Posts: 1,010

    pug man
    from louisiana

    Man it is so nice to see the older guys still doing it. I would much rather spend my time with you older gentlemen and pick your minds than messing with the new crap. "KEEP ON TRUCKING" guys..... You pave the way for us to follow.
  7. rosco gordy
    Joined: Jun 8, 2010
    Posts: 648

    rosco gordy

    Well 62 and 12 hour days in a body shop and all the other stuff including probably 400 restos rods, and drag cars and helping every one with their projects the body is pretty shot shoulders knees,back and brain (I did grow up in the 60,s) I,m kinda wore out ,but good for advise and I might have one or 2 left in me hey I should get out in the garage and get that 40 dodge convert done nah........I stay right here and see what the know it alls have to I sure am learning alot about internet profit!!!
  8. hupster
    Joined: Nov 24, 2007
    Posts: 341

    from california

    Thanks Tim. I don't think I'll ever build a 40 Ford. I'd hate to have to have my work compared to the outstanding work you do.
  9. TomWar
    Joined: Jun 11, 2006
    Posts: 727


    I am 71 now, started this roadster from chalk marks on the floor, when I was 67.
    Been driving it for 3 years now. Built my 36 ford coupe in 1957. a long time ago.

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  10. frosty49
    Joined: Apr 23, 2012
    Posts: 36


    I am 69 and built my 49 ford cpe about 10 years a go and have driving the snot out of it since. Full race 276 flatmotor w/overdrive. I wanted one in the 50's and just never got to it. It makes me feel 18 when I drive it.
  11. bowtie40
    Joined: Apr 8, 2010
    Posts: 197


    At 66, I'm still at it. Building cars at CH Groves. finishing up a gasser 40 Chev for my daughter to race, 56 Ford pu, and minibike for my grand kids. They will have to drag me out of the shop, to put me in a pine box...
  12. Fenders
    Joined: Sep 8, 2007
    Posts: 3,922


    Hell it ain't finished, I'm too busy to die !!
  13. 66
    Been doing more rod/kustom work since I turned 60 than in the previous 35 years. ...was 59 and I built my dream garage/workshop, mostly stopped working on other stuff, started back on my old Fords and never stopped. I may be slow but I am doing it five plus days a week and having fun. I am on my third project since I built the workshop and have plenty more lined up.
  14. 1lowbuckrodder
    Joined: Mar 5, 2008
    Posts: 358


    im couple wks short of 66, with help from my son,,,puttin a 55 chevy pu. inline 5spd.

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  15. Hot Rod Nut
    Joined: Jul 1, 2006
    Posts: 522

    Hot Rod Nut
    from IOWA

    Still at it 5 days a week for my self. Started when I was 14, and have built 27 rods so far.Do all my own work. Just started my 6 T-bucket. I can tell I'm getting older though,body work is taking its toll , but won't give up , I think it's what keeps me going everyday.
  16. bcowanwheels
    Joined: Feb 22, 2010
    Posts: 318


    I,am 59 and dont know any other way but to build it. Sure glad i stashed a bunch of parts back because today there aint no junk yards to go pilferin thru. I really feel for the young up and commers and i know deep in my heart its close to being a lost art. Now all they have is "buying it" billit yuck........
  17. rd4pin
    Joined: Feb 2, 2010
    Posts: 176

    from louisiana

    At 69 I look forward to going out to my shop and playing with my '27 roadster, it gives me somewhere to go.
    Hopefully, I'll finish it someday, if not, it was fun anyway.
  18. fms427
    Joined: Nov 17, 2006
    Posts: 864


    Yup - almost 67, but have several projects underway and planned.......
  19. TV
    Joined: Aug 28, 2002
    Posts: 1,451


    Yes I do. I'll be 70 on Sunday.
    Last edited: Dec 26, 2012
  20. Veeee8
    Joined: Oct 23, 2007
    Posts: 16


    Good to see other people close to my age still working on their cars,I will be 75 my next birthday. I am working on a 50 Mercury two door ,as I had a 50 back in 1955,priced it and it was history,wanted one ever since. Veeee8
  21. tom brown
    Joined: Sep 3, 2008
    Posts: 63

    tom brown

    if you are really lucking- you will grow old- its the quality-not the quanity of the years. in our area there are dozens of geaser rodders building every day.most of us try to have a 100% self built ride.I,m driving over 10 self built rides all year-they are drivers. my good friend is finishing his 3rd, stanley steamer.along with several project trucks- his age- 83 looks 40 . they are 10's in quality. have to go- one of the 1915 indians needs carb work. to all the geasers- pain is just another emotion. tom age 73
  22. 65 1/2 and still crazy after all these years! I like building now more than ever.
  23. Mo rust
    Joined: Mar 11, 2012
    Posts: 506

    Mo rust

    Some of you are commenting about it getting harder to get up and down on concrete floors. I've found a pretty good soluton. Over the years, we've bought these blue closed cell foam sleeping mats from walmart for about $5 each and cut them up and used them for insulation in our cars. These mats are supposed to allow you to sleep on the ground in sub zero temps so they make great insulation. They are also good to use to lay on under cars or for getting up and down from. They also keep the cold and moisture from the grage floor from soaking thru.
  24. 40grit
    Joined: Jul 1, 2012
    Posts: 221


    cool idea. I like it :)
  25. Carroll
    Joined: Feb 14, 2008
    Posts: 2


    I'll be 70 in May and doing a frame off on a '37 Ford pickup. My first project, had one of these in high school in '59-'60 with a '54 Olds, auto, juice brakes and coil frontend. Sure wish I knew where it is today, so just decided to build one.
  26. wutnxt
    Joined: Aug 2, 2009
    Posts: 318


    I'm 66 and recently finished my '33 pickup. Did everything in my shop on a shoestring budget. Some later pix with 3x2 setup and lakes headers. My '46 pickup (same year as me) done about 15 yrs ago, with my buddy's '40 pickup in background.

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  27. Elmo Rodge
    Joined: May 12, 2002
    Posts: 2,048

    Elmo Rodge

    Here's a shot of my car at El Mirage last month. I just ran it for the first time at Speedweek this year. I'm 65 and just getting rolling. I have friends a lot older than me building really bichin stuff. Wayno

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  28. jmikee
    Joined: Mar 1, 2007
    Posts: 191

    from washington

    I am 69 and am still building. Lately i seem to be helping young whippersnappers with 32 frames. I still have my cnc mill and lathe and do a lot of projects for my car buddies who are all similar to me in age. Don't know what i would do if i couldn't go to the shop every day. Bingo? Naaa!
  29. hugh m
    Joined: Jul 18, 2007
    Posts: 2,148

    hugh m
    from ct.

    Also have learned to keep a sheet of cardboard under the car, so you can slide it out to retrieve stuff you've dropped. A threaded rod hook also works well.
    Joined: Mar 20, 2008
    Posts: 295


    66 and building a 36 5 window,going kinda slow,but hopefully it'll get done before I do.

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