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Hot Rods Best way to get into hot rodding?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Straight30weight, Jan 8, 2018.

  1. topher5150
    Joined: Feb 10, 2017
    Posts: 1,138


    I kick my self every time I surf these car groups on facebook, but it seems like I've seen more cars like mine that I could have easily made a driving car for the same money that I bought my rust bucket for.
  2. tfeverfred
    Joined: Nov 11, 2006
    Posts: 15,726


    Read it. Learn it. Live it.

  3. I've been around a long time (old cars since the '60s)
    but I remember a recommendation from an "old timer"
    back in the day: "Always buy the best car you can afford"
    It has never let me down. It kept me from getting in over my head,
    but still got me many cool cars!
    As a side benefit, I would ad if you buy a good car that already is running,
    you can find out more about liking it before you spend money
    turning it into what you want, and then finding out you don't like the way it drives.
  4. GordonC
    Joined: Mar 6, 2006
    Posts: 1,140


    Thats a great looking A you posted as an example but if you prefer chopped cars being 6'4" sort of mandates that your seats are going to be near to if not right on the floor. The car may look cool as hell but really how much fun is it to drive a car where your sitting on the floor? Not trying to rain on your parade but its no fun building something that turns out to not be comfortable enough to drive. I've been down that road before. You might need to adjust your expectations a bit. If I were as tall as you I would be in the market for a 40 Ford coupe or ragtop. They scream hot rod when done correctly, have plenty of room for a tall guy, and with a ragtop you get the best of both worlds. Don't think it is hot rod enough, do a Willys coupe then. NOBODY will argue that it isn't hot rod enough! Even glass ones!
  5. Hey Straight,
    BTW that's the same car in '07 and 2015!
    I'm 6-1, but my legs are on the long side.
    The '31 in the pictures could have been chopped
    maybe 4 inches and I would have still fit sitting lower,
    but my legs would't fit!
    A Tudor sedan is an easier fit 'cause the seat can be
    moved farther back.
  6. One example from Google that I like s-l720-201-620x418.jpg
  7. Tudors are harder for me to find an idea of what I want. Most are missing that “attitude” I want

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  8. DdoubleD
    Joined: Nov 18, 2009
    Posts: 215

    from Michigan

    Read the HAMB everyday for a year. Buy something you really like, keep at it till it looks like you like it......stay away from RAT theme anything. Wish I found this site before I started mine. Some of the most competent hotrod builders are on this forum. Good luck.
    BTW find good shows in your area, good place to look for cars for sale.
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  9. Donuts & Peelouts
    Joined: Dec 12, 2016
    Posts: 1,094

    Donuts & Peelouts
    from , CA

    Read the hamb for year.. good advise.

    Then find what YOU LIKE then pull the trigger.

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  10. Poh
    Joined: Apr 17, 2007
    Posts: 264

    from Quincy,Ca.

    Here is a wee bit of attitude for you , it’s even in the classifieds [​IMG]

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  11. southcross2631
    Joined: Jan 20, 2013
    Posts: 2,438


    If you are not allergic to fiberglass. There are some nice sedan bodies out there.
    Restored Model A's can be bought right and you eliminate the body and paint unless you want a chop.
    Your size is going to be a factor on your selection.
  12. BamaMav
    Joined: Jun 19, 2011
    Posts: 2,374

    from Berry, AL

    I'm going to go against the grain and say buy a 40's fat fender car. Cars in the 40's are much more roomy than the 30's models, and can be made to look as good or even better than the smaller 30's ones. All kinds of coupes and Tudors in the 40's that lend themselves well to the hot rod treatment. They are harder to chop with their more aerodynamic flowing lines, but it has been done. Most look good stock with just a rake.
  13. seventhirteen
    Joined: Sep 21, 2009
    Posts: 704

    from dago, ca

    figure out what you want and get that car not something else because you feel like you couldn't get what you want. Biggest mistake most people make is settling for a car they don't really want and learning it takes just as much money to build the wrong car then to build the right one.
  14. redo32
    Joined: Jul 16, 2008
    Posts: 1,278


    How you are going to drive it will determine if the Model A will be suitable. Just going across town? You can be uncomfortable for 20 minuets. Want to see Speedway's museum, TROG or Colorado Hillclimb, A bigger car might be nice. A buddy has a couple of threads on here planning a trip this summer from Eugene to New York where he'll meet up with the Rollin' Bones and head back to Bonneville. A nice Model A and he admitted it has air, he's taller than me maybe 6' and a couple of years older, (I'm 68). Here's his thread:

    and his build album that give you some inspiration
  15. Don't do it! Hot Rodding will leave you old, heartbroken and poor, but man what a ride! :eek:
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  16. Petejoe
    Joined: Nov 27, 2002
    Posts: 9,555

    from Zoar, Ohio

    I too am 6'3". I will tell you, if you want to build something that is a keeper, do not heavily chop anything.
    You will not be happy after you've driven it a few years.
  17. i.rant
    Joined: Nov 23, 2009
    Posts: 2,226

    from Illinois
    1. 1940 Ford

    When you do find the car/project that gets you emotionally involved before you pull the trigger,take another set of eyes with you to see the things in which you’re blind to.
    This could save you a lot of possible grief in the future.
  18. indyjps
    Joined: Feb 21, 2007
    Posts: 3,462


    Running and driving. Winter is a good time to buy. Buy it right - trade, resell every few years.

    I cant follow my own advice and drag home piles of junk that sit in the garage.

    Dont be like me.
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  19. dumprat
    Joined: Dec 27, 2006
    Posts: 2,093

    from b.c.

    Since when does buying a finished car and changing the wheels make you a hot rodder? Sure as hell doesn't in my book.

    Find a good body.
    Build a tube frame or buy some 32 rails and start there.
    Attach all the other bits as you have money of time.
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  20. ...............Excellent advice! All too often emotions can over-ride rational thought. A second set of eyes, especially if they are more familiar with the particular model car you are looking at, is always a great idea.
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  21. GordonC
    Joined: Mar 6, 2006
    Posts: 1,140


    I could be wrong but I don't think anybody here is saying buy a finished car and call yourself a hot rodder, but a project car which is far enough along so that the hardest stuff is taken care of and he can then personalize it to his tastes. Even so if buying a complete car that he considers a hot rod makes him happy so be it. Not everyone is into having to build their own stuff and many may not even have the ability, space, or tools.. Thats what keeps the other hot rodders in business!
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  22. sunbeam
    Joined: Oct 22, 2010
    Posts: 3,481


    My advice don't by the cheapest car If you find a $1000 car and a $5000 in most cases you will have more time and money in the $1000 car. Cars that take to long to build usally don't get done.
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  23. sunbeam
    Joined: Oct 22, 2010
    Posts: 3,481


    I go for buying the body in most cases the drive train is easyer to fix than Rust.
  24. I feel your pain and completely understand, brother, as I have done it myself. I have also found that you don't take that hit if you don't sell it. Mind games.................
  25. Who knows? I mean it would probably become a daily of sorts, between that and the bikes. I intend for it to be the car I drive when I’m not on a motorcycle or have the whole family. Dinner with my wife, back and forth to work, off to the drag strip, etc. That’d be the intention.

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  26. I didn’t see anyone suggest that.

    What was suggested was to buy a stock ride and go from there. Which I believe how the guy in 1950 would have done it? I don’t know cuz I wasn’t there, and I haven’t learned enough yet to say for sure. I’m not opposed to doing a full ground up build, not at all really. I’d just like to go about it the best way, for me.

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  27. Ok let’s talk comfort for minute. Yeah I’m tall, I’m a big guy. But, I gotta be honest, I like heavy chops. That’s just me. I think I’d be willing to sacrifice comfort for that, because if not I’m not going to be happy with it

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    Last edited: Jan 9, 2018
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  28. Updated suggestion:
    Chopping for you seems to be
    THE major part of your Hot Rod needs!
    Buy a decent '30-'31 Ford coupe and do the chop
    you want before doing anything else, (Except wheels and tires!)
    Drive it around and see how you like it. If you do
    you are in, if not there is always somebody around who
    would buy a chopped car! Like me for example!
  29. Find someone with a chopped car, tell them your plans see if they will let you sit in the car.

    I really dislike chopped cars, I have ridden in a few I could not see I had to slump way down in the seat to see out of the windshield, I almost got car sick on a half mile ride.

    I am 5' 10"
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