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Hot Rods Building mistakes you won't repeat

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by HOTRODPRIMER, Nov 11, 2018.

  1. I would think a lot of guys like myself have been building hot rods for many years and have followed trends in the hobby and later on realize that was a mistake.

    Fortunately I never got caught up in the splash graphics, the billet laden cars or the tweed couch upholstery interiors but I did make a faux pas that I thought was cool at the time.

    I did get caught up in the mono chrome fad and painted some nice stainless pieces & remove trim, I also removed the exterior door handles which I thought was cool.

    Power windows was another mistake I made, with no door handles and power windows a dead battery was the kiss of death.

    Since that time my cars got lost in a sea of flashy street rods, my cars always looked more like original cars.

    All in all I have always liked the simple styles, I called it resto rod at the time and when I found the Hamb I found the kind of guys that I could relate to in their building techniques. HRP
  2. tfeverfred
    Joined: Nov 11, 2006
    Posts: 15,791

    Member Emeritus

    When I first started loving T Buckets, the "Fad T's" were the rage. Luckily, I later found that look stupid and pointless. I never liked the mono color or flashy graphics that became the "in thing" to do to Hot Rods. In fact, for a while, I stopped looking at Hot Rods all together. Those were dark days indeed.
  3. I work so slow trends pass me by.
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  4. Boneyard51
    Joined: Dec 10, 2017
    Posts: 6,386


    Put a 430 MEL in my 55 Ford, instead of a 390. 390 would have been easier and more speed parts available, also geared it too high and had too small 4 barrel carb. But I was just 15 and it was 1965. Have not made a mistake since........

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  5. choptop40
    Joined: Dec 23, 2009
    Posts: 5,031


    Welding to fast on sheet metal , warped the piss on a fender....easier to replace weld timer is a friend indeed...
  6. junkyardjeff
    Joined: Jul 23, 2005
    Posts: 8,581


    I followed that tweed interior fad and will never do that again.
  7. Reminds me of making a bed cover for my old model A pickup and trying my had a gas welding, I warped that piece up badly. HRP
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  8. LongT
    Joined: May 11, 2005
    Posts: 968


    Plumbing hard brakeline directly to suspension, no flexible line.
  9. building mistakes?
    Have the right tools to build first.

    Have a decent starter car to practice and cruise. Its no fun to not have a car to cruise, just a lot project crap in the yard.

    Hopefully this one hits a lot of readers, save up and buy the most complete car and get a running project. Even if you have to wait for the right one to show up, the longer you wait and save, the easier (less work) and more money you will have saved to get it.

    last gripe, you don't need a whole lot of projects that you are not ever going to finish. You just need one nice car to be content with. maaaybe two.
    Last edited: Nov 15, 2018
  10. oldsman41
    Joined: Jun 25, 2010
    Posts: 1,556


    Mistakes oh yeh I’ve had my share.
  11. I built my 36 Chevy truck using the original axle, I reamed the king pin boss's to accept the pins and spindles/ drums from a 69 Chevy van. After messing with it countless times over many many years trying to get it to steer and handle, I secumbed to what all the other "COOL KIDS" were doing and installed a FATMAN front suspension,,,,,,undeniably the WORST, WORST, WORST thing I've done to that truck since I got it sooo many years ago. It's been in and working so so for at least 20 years now so I can't see changing it, just wish I would have known then what I know now !!! Mitch.
  12. SlamIam
    Joined: Oct 8, 2007
    Posts: 468


    Using through-frame fittings with large internal bores in a brake system, made brake bleeding very difficult

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  13. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
    Posts: 18,981

    from oregon

    Bought a new Millermatic 200 amp wire welder mistakingly thinking I was a weldor.

    You got that right, I was smart to get that option, works neat for plug welding.

  14. nochop
    Joined: Nov 13, 2005
    Posts: 3,768

    from norcal

    (1)I call a mistake a prototype, (2) putting a sbc in my coupe
  15. partsdawg
    Joined: Feb 12, 2006
    Posts: 3,485

    from Minnesota

    Not asking advice from someone who had BTDT when I should have.
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  16. steinauge
    Joined: Feb 28, 2014
    Posts: 1,507

    from 1960

    Lots of mistakes.On my first fuel bike I didnt have a strong enough front brake anchor.THAT was exciting!
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  17. Put the rear cross member in the frame too high, making the car sit too low. Luckily it was just tac welded in. Cut it loose and re-installed it properly. It's still a little too low.
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  18. Building the motor before the car is ready for it.
  19. Hnstray
    Joined: Aug 23, 2009
    Posts: 12,353

    from Quincy, IL

    wasting my money building a flathead I ever had.....but still not worth the money
  20. s55mercury66
    Joined: Jul 6, 2009
    Posts: 4,326

    from SW Wyoming

    Whoa! I thought my 3" mini-drum was exciting.
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  21. lumpy 63
    Joined: Aug 2, 2010
    Posts: 2,576

    lumpy 63

    Once got talked into putting air bags in a buddys street rod ...weak moment? Never again , did this several years ago at the beginning of that stupid craze...worst riding POS ever.
  22. Torquing flexplate bolts... Don’t forget the Loctite
  23. e z i
    Joined: Sep 5, 2007
    Posts: 596

    e z i

    I've done lots of dumb shit, still do, but I still cringe when I think back when I was 19, and I figured that drilling giant holes in the top of my pristine 56 belair's dash to install a chrome tach was a great idea...
  24. blue 49
    Joined: Dec 24, 2006
    Posts: 1,799

    blue 49
    from Iowa

    I keep saying, "next time I'm going to start with something decent". Still hasn't happened.

  25. BamaMav
    Joined: Jun 19, 2011
    Posts: 6,633

    from Berry, AL

    Trading a good ot pickup and some other stuff on a badly chopped and channeled 36 Dodge pickup on an ot Toyota pickup frame. Just had to have it, gave way too much for it, got it and started reworking the screwups on it. Finally realized it was too far over my skill level to make it presentable. Kept the wheels and tires off it and sold the rest. At a loss, too.
  26. Joined the Chevy crowd back in the 70's......
  27. Bought this for $500 plus another $500 to have it shipped from Michigan. Let it sit beside my house behind a privacy fence for 10 years while it rusted....sold it for $250. lloydontrailer.jpg
  28. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 55,637



    squirrel hamb btdt

    for a small list... :)
  29. Didn't believe everybody when they said I had to use a high zinc oil in my flat tappet sbc. Now the engine sits in my shop all in pieces ready for assembly with a $1700 bill.
  30. Corn Fed
    Joined: May 16, 2002
    Posts: 3,267

    Corn Fed

    On the first Model A I built in the 80's: Shaved door handles, smooth painted runningboards, 3 piece hood. Cool at the time but a real pain now.
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