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Hot Rods big cars vs. tiny cars... which do you prefer?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by flamin' ace, Sep 15, 2014.

  1. I know in this particular corner of the gearhead world there really is no 'small' sporty cars (maybe im wrong) but which do you enjoy more? owning the road in a massive, imperial or caddy or zipping through traffic in say, a t-bucket or some little European classic?
  2. saltflats
    Joined: Aug 14, 2007
    Posts: 10,316

    from Missouri

    For all the soccer moms that are around where I live it would be hands down for a big car.
    Last edited: Sep 15, 2014
  3. Forget the European sporty stuff and lets stick to American iron,,look around at the shows and chances are you will see big overweight guys like me crawling out of chopped top,small coupes and confining pickup trucks and on the other hand you will see scrawny little guys driving behemoth land yachts & lead sleds! :D HRP
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  4. southerncad
    Joined: Feb 5, 2008
    Posts: 745


    Me, I prefer riding in my Cad, wheel tilted down, stereo playing some 50's tunes, seat tilted back just so...and of course during the summer the A/C on...

  5. Z06-LITE
    Joined: Nov 13, 2010
    Posts: 160


    I have three cars that are considered "small". My T-Bucket is the largest of the three.
  6. scrap metal 48
    Joined: Sep 6, 2009
    Posts: 6,072

    scrap metal 48

    I like mine Model A size...
  7. 40StudeDude
    Joined: Sep 19, 2002
    Posts: 9,430

    Member easier and smoother...doesn't have that tire smoking power, but at $3.50 a gallon, I certainly don't need it...!!!

  8. I always thought I would like to own a pretty wicked little Anglia for a short while. It would be fun, but not something I would see myself keeping long-term. Same for a t-Bucket (with all due respect for owners of each). Both would be a blast for a while, but then I think I would tire of them. I love full-size cars, especially Impalas and Galaxies but I guess deep in my soul I'm a hot-rodder at heart. This keeps my mind focused on '32s, Model As, Trucks, '40 Fords, any and all '30s and '40s Fords, '39 Chevies.....................geez at some point I just gotta stop. Oh yeah, I would love to someday own a '60 or '61 Starliner or '61 or '62 Bubbletop. And '49 Olds Coupes are special to me not to mention .49-'51 Ford Club Coupes and Business Coupes. Just dreamin' there for a moment. What was the question again?:D
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  9. Olds Dad
    Joined: Sep 22, 2011
    Posts: 213

    Olds Dad

    "I always wanted me one that was long and black..."

    ~Johnny Cash was onto something - Big & Sleek
  10. Don,you are a sick puppy and being one myself it's nice to know I'm not alone! icon_lol.gif HRP
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  11. lewk
    Joined: Apr 8, 2011
    Posts: 763

    from Mt

    I've got 2 Impalas, a '35 Ford (pile), a '68 F250, and some small quick stuff from Japan. I guess I just like cars regardless of size. The look of long and low early 60's full sized GM knocks me out though.
  12. need louvers ?
    Joined: Nov 20, 2008
    Posts: 12,906

    need louvers ?

    Man, I'm in the minority, but sign me up for the small, easy to throw around stuff! I hate driving huge unresponsive, mushy stuff, and avoid it at all costs. My T-Bucket is just about right for me, and cars like Model "A" are about as comfortable as it gets. Just me I guess...
  13. I like bigger ones with big cubes but can also really appreciate a Euro body with North American Iron under the hood and in the drive train. Like for instance although not my pick a Corbra, or what were those things with the Sunbeam body and a 289 called? Jensen which was a Road Runner in disguise.

  14. Sunbeam Tigers. HRP
  15. .......................................It's an affliction for sure.
  16. ghornbostel
    Joined: Jan 3, 2012
    Posts: 131


    Everyone is different. No matter what you choose I believe it becomes "misery loves company" Case in point is a long string of tri5 Chevys motoring down the highway. If you were one of the smart few to buy a AC Cobra in the 1970s for under $10,000 and was able to keep hold of it, then your misery has very little company and a large dislike for people who drive the fiberglass ones. Back in the 60s we wouldn't even look at a sedan and then the coupes and roadsters had to be a select make and year to warrant modification. Today you see dump trucks!!! So what ever you identify with be happy with it or save your money and change misery but I don't think you should be able to pass judgement on what is cool and what is not.
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  17. big M
    Joined: Mar 22, 2010
    Posts: 709

    big M

    Full size cars from the fifties for me. Most small cars I feel cramped in, as I am over six feet tall.

  18. Phil1934
    Joined: Jun 24, 2001
    Posts: 2,715


    Building a Bantam and a Model Y, 6' 300#. Friends just want me to finish one so they can watch me try to get in.
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  19. TagMan
    Joined: Dec 12, 2002
    Posts: 6,050


    Personally, I'm a mid- to late-30's fat-fender coupe guy.
  20. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 46,889


    I just got home from Drag Week. Spent a few days driving my 57 suburban with the Chevy II on the trailer to get there...boy was it fun to get into the little car and zip around! then after spending a week in the little car, boy was it nice to get in the quiet Suburban for the long haul home!

    so yeah, I like big ones and little ones
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  21. Binger
    Joined: Apr 28, 2008
    Posts: 1,685

    from wyoming

    I love the looks of the small cars but being a tall fat guy it is hard to fit in some cars. On my coupe I moved the stock seat back about 6 inches and am going to lower the riser. I hope that will give me enough room to sit comfortably. I can drive the stock roadster but could use a little more leg room. I do like the big cars.
  22. mgtstumpy
    Joined: Jul 20, 2006
    Posts: 8,219


    My 35 Chevy phaeton is a compact when compared to my 46 Olds sedanette.
  23. Gotgas
    Joined: Jul 22, 2004
    Posts: 6,867

    from DFW USA

    At only 5'9" and 170lbs, I look great -and fit great- in small or large cars! :D

    an original 427 Cobra

    an original 1957 Plymouth Suburban
  24. i can't say i prefer one over the other, on a trip give me the biggest land yacht on the road, cruising around town give me a small quick ride. i like bouncing down a back road in a cj3a but on the saw mill parkway i want something low that can handle. i guess it depends upon my mood or the job the vehicle has to do.
  25. 327Eric
    Joined: May 9, 2008
    Posts: 1,514

    from Diablo Ca.

    I could care less about size. Its all about the style.
  26. 56premiere
    Joined: Mar 8, 2011
    Posts: 1,445

    from oregon

    Well I seem to go for the Johnny cash stuff>
  27. metal man
    Joined: Dec 4, 2005
    Posts: 2,949

    metal man

    Model A's are just right for me. My big, comfortable car is a '40 Ford coupe. I'm 6' tall 173 lbs. The Model A's fit just right.
  28. Bruce Lancaster
    Joined: Oct 9, 2001
    Posts: 21,682

    Bruce Lancaster
    Member Emeritus

    Small, with early Fords toward the big end...also no wasted tin, like doors that are a foot thick or stuff hanging way past the wheels...
    Until I look around me. I note that everyone around me is driving a 6,000 pound Cadillac Suburban Deluxo and is entirely focused on a cell phone...holy cow. Stopped at a red light with one of those in front, one on each side, and another approaching behind at 60 with cellular communication underway.
    Last time a cell phone zombie hit me, she wouldn't even stop yakking for the cop...she was actually annoyed when he interrupted her conversation to ask for her papers. We are doomed. Time to drop rods and start getting into armored military vehicles.
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  29. Grahamsc
    Joined: May 13, 2014
    Posts: 466

    from Colorado

    An MGA with a small block is a dream of mine
  30. Fender1325
    Joined: Aug 31, 2014
    Posts: 730


    They're all beautiful big and small. If you daily drive a mustang for 10 years like I did, (98 GT), the larger stuff is much more refreshing and comfortable, except when parking.

    Right now for me its a '50 caddy sedan and an 03 long bed f150.

    Every once in a while, I miss having something lighter on its feet through traffic.

    Larger cars take the bumps in the road better. I certainly dont miss having to re route myself to avoid speed bumps.

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