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Hot Rods Anybody under 30 building?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by JimSibley, Aug 21, 2021.

  1. I don't care what anyone is building, if it's performance oriented, ill lend my shop and my help.
     
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  2. Flathead Freddie
    Joined: May 9, 2021
    Posts: 292

    Flathead Freddie
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    This is great ! I'm not under 30 and have never left 12 when I bought my basket case 34 truck with cut up frame and engine laying in the back . This taught me communication skills in the real world , how to coordinate with suppliers , deal at the bargain table , how to research , study engineering , listen to my peers and be a boy scout about it and it's given me a wonderful life I enjoy and learned to work very hard and be diligent to make my art happen . Congratulations young man your in with a whole lot of real proper people who all have alot going for them even if money is low we are still rich with life and accomplishments and enjoyment . This is a project for your enjoyment and your resume no matter what you decide to do in life you building this car is going to teach you how to believe in yourself and be a leader capable of making decisions . I like the stance of your car a real muscle rod . Hope to see you one day at a show or on the highway and remember keep your foot in it
     
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  3. Flathead Freddie
    Joined: May 9, 2021
    Posts: 292

    Flathead Freddie
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    When I was 12 no one knew about me either cause I was in the garage . When not in the garage I was 8n auto shop and the vocational school then at 16 went to college to study automotive systems . No one really ever saw me and they still don't till I'm done with a build we take it too the shows then I disappear again for the next build .
     
  4. redoxide
    Joined: Jul 7, 2002
    Posts: 672

    redoxide
    Member
    from Scotland

    Im 57, started at 14 , retired at 51, always strugled with the cost of stuff but if you want it you find a way. A little overtime and a lot of moonlighting to raise the extra cash , real cash ,none of the fiat currency lol

    Even when I started the cost of projects was always just slightly ahead of the earnings , so it was a struggle and still. I still offset my builds against the odd deal, selling parts and doing work for folk .

    There are a few folk in the "older" generation that might have the readies for a high buck build but I would guess that most of us are still harking back to the halcion days when even the kids that could buy a 29 roadster for $20 only earned a few cents doing work after school , fast forward 60 years the ratio of cost to earnings is probably just about the same , perhaps there is an illusion that all us old guys have it made and life is easy .. Granted were not starting out , but If I want a new project I have to pay exactly the same as the next guy, funded from hard graft and a bit of judicious bartering :)

    I dont hold with the crits on the HAMB from fellas with fully turned out cars that a little rust or patina be it fake or otherwise is a lazy route to hot rod building . Its been proved time and again from the hundreds of black and whites that all old hot rods werent show winners. Young guys back in the day built there stuff in time with there spare $s Paint wanst always at the top of the list . Wealthier college kids from healthier backgrounds and a trust fund had better cars , and so it goes around .

    I built my last coupe for under $10,000 that included the purchase of the body, I built the chassis from scratch, and used cast of flathead running gear, the great thing about the guys building independent front end cars with OHVs ..:) Its still just a wee bit more than I can comfortable afford but even after 40 years its still hard .

    I worry if there will be another generation of hot rodders and if not where that leaves the cars we all own.. If no one wants them they become garage art . I wonder, between the cost, apparent lack of interest and the electric uptake and climate fear mongering just what future there is left .. 20 years would be cool .. and if it meant keeping the flag flying in the future I would give my car away to the right hot rodder if I got to old/decrepit to drive it .. :)

    Starting point .. Its all I could afford ..

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    Same body after a shit load of effort , sheered the pinion shaft in the rear end a few weeks ago so its parked up waiting for me to find the time to rebuild the rear end .

    Scored a good used crown wheel and pinion for $150 .. even at a mature age I still have to look for bargains and put in the graft .:)
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  5. 34 5W Paul
    Joined: Mar 27, 2020
    Posts: 148

    34 5W Paul
    Member
    from Fresno CA

    I salute the youngsters who are into cars - they are rare. Even more rare to be into traditional hot rods. I have 17 nieces and nephews and 2 kids. Of the twenty, not one is into hot rods. The one most into cars has built an OT drag oriented Mitsu twin turbo that runs 10s. My 22yo son is probably the only other among the 20 into cars and he has an eighties Bronco 5.8L 4x4 but he has no time. Full time job and full load in college.

    Decades ago my Little League coach was totally into traditional hot rods. None of his cars stayed in his family. When I see traditional hot rods, the average age is pretty far up there.
     
  6. G_Don
    Joined: Feb 17, 2017
    Posts: 43

    G_Don

    I'm 27, just lowered my tub and plumbed the juice brakes. Gotta figure out the e brake and the steering and should be good to go until I want to change something else. lol
     

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  7. I’m 19 and currently studying automotive restoration at McPherson college in Kansas. I’ve been into restorations since I was 13 starting on mopeds and motorcycles and now cars. I think it’s awesome and while there aren’t too many young people to do this kind of work there definitely are some if people look hard enough. I can’t wait to find a restoration shop to work for. I love it all but especially love metal fabrication and custom body work.

    Here’s my project. I have a whole thread on it if you go to my page for anyone interested.
     

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  8. MTL Tony
    Joined: Dec 15, 2021
    Posts: 134

    MTL Tony
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    im very new here.
    im 39 though so maybe this doesnt even apply to me. i never had anyone showing me a damn thing about cars growing up. i had to fix my car because i was poor and couldn't afford to take it to a mechanic. i went about 15 years without a car at all. about ten years ago i got a motorcycle that was my main transportation. growing up having a classic car was always a rich man's game. then four years ago i saved up and bought a 74 dart sedan for 2500 bucks that needed things, but i could figure it out as i went. im still pretty damn broke all the time, i work in the community sector, i dont make big money. found my HAMB appropriate truck about a month ago and am starting to build it. ill sell my dart to fund the build. but i literally didn't pay anything for it otherwise i would have had to sell it. even up til the day i was pulling it out of the place i found it i wasn't sure id be able to build it because it might have been missing too many parts that frankly id never be able to afford.
    old hot rods is definitely a rich mans game these days for anyone that isn't "connected" or has a "guide". used to be a working class guy could raise a family and have a hot rod as a hobby, not so much the case anymore. a lot of what was said in the beginning of this thread is spot on about availability of parts and the people holding on to them wanting them to be their retirement...which is completely understandable.
    if i had never found this truck...id never build a flathead up. i wouldn't be able to afford it, the entry price is way too steep. that said...im all along for the ride and so far loving every minute of it. i like to fix shit, i like to work on shit, and i now have two decades of self taught fabrication skills on a non-professional level that put me in a place where a ground up build doesnt intimidate me. but it also aint gonna be pretty right away. maybe in a decade.
    i know maybe a four or five guys around montreal that are doing their own work and building their own rides my age. we are very few and far in between....lotta old cranky dudes though thats for sure.
    dont be offended by that comment tho....if youre not an old cranky dude...youre not. if you are....then well, maybe dont be? ive cold walked into a couple smaller shops or tried talking to guys about their rides and have been treated like absolute garbage and on the other hand been offered a beer when i roll up and they see my interest. sadly, more often than not ive received an unfriendly welcome and i suspect my age doesn't help anything.
     
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  9. Lakeside65
    Joined: Aug 17, 2021
    Posts: 121

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    I wanted to circle back here now that I've sold my C10 and started two HAMB friendly projects. A 40 ford tudor family cruiser that is getting some updating and a "whatever body I can find on model a rails" roadster that is on hold until the 40 is done. Check them out!

    Projects - Rosie The Red 40 | The H.A.M.B. (jalopyjournal.com)
    Projects - Ramshackle Roadster | The H.A.M.B. (jalopyjournal.com)
     
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  10. hrm2k
    Joined: Oct 2, 2007
    Posts: 3,988

    hrm2k
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    I have a friend that just rolled 34 years old and Became a parent for the first on Christmas Eve of last year.
    8 years ago we built him a 53 Chevy on bags….typical first build. A little over a year ago, I put my stuff aside and we built him a 1962 Impala. Short of pulling the engine, we replaced everything. Installed a killer air system, new electric. he is chomping at the bit to build a TROG car
    He is now washed in the blood……he is no longer a drift car guy

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  11. Lakeside65
    Joined: Aug 17, 2021
    Posts: 121

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    Man, that sounds like me to a T. From the baby being born last year to the bagged for project all the way to the TROG car lol.
     
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  12. Deadbird
    Joined: Jul 28, 2005
    Posts: 1,128

    Deadbird
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    My 29 year old son in law is currently building a 65 El Camino and just picked up a super clean 30/31 Model A roadster project. My 26 year old son has a 62 Thunderbird that he bought off the HAMB. Not much happening to it at the moment, but it's not going anywhere. There is a glimmer of hope.
     
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  13. MTL Tony
    Joined: Dec 15, 2021
    Posts: 134

    MTL Tony
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    Fwiw my son is 15. He doesn't particularly "like" hotrods or mechanical work but he knows how to bleed brakes, rebuild a carb, tune a single cylinder motor, and will get his hands dirty while complaining about it the whole way.
    I like to see it as training him for what may come in the future when we gotta figure out how to fix shit because everything is broken
     
  14. oliver westlund
    Joined: Dec 19, 2018
    Posts: 1,342

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    33, just missed the cut!
     
  15. hrm2k
    Joined: Oct 2, 2007
    Posts: 3,988

    hrm2k
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    @Lakeside65 congrats on the family expansion. Good luck with your TROG car
     
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  16. I'm 20. Working on a Rambler right now with my Dad. Most of the cars I like and want aren't very HAMB friendly. Although there is an old traditional Ford my Pops has sitting around that I'd love to work on when I finish the Rambler. That'd be much more Hamb friendly
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  17. buick bill
    Joined: Dec 18, 2008
    Posts: 812

    buick bill
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    from yreka;ca

    if that rambler aint hamb friendly , we need to change the rules . its un american! . and i think its a true classic as well !............does that bumper have the n-15 exhaust option ? if not id fake it !
     
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  18. VooDu52
    Joined: Oct 12, 2021
    Posts: 24

    VooDu52

    Im 35, ive been around cars and shops since i was in diapers. I have built several cars and trucks of all styles. But i agree with previous posts on the fact that this site over has a very narrow "acceptable" style. That in its self will cause this place to slowly fade into oblivion and all the knowledge with it.

    At the end of the day, my personal vehicles are built for me and my approval only, not someone sitting behind a computer or phone screen. If someone else thinks they are cool, awesome. If not, i dont care at all.
     

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