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Technical Can cars look too low

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by ekimneirbo, May 9, 2020.

  1. ekimneirbo
    Joined: Apr 29, 2017
    Posts: 1,451

    from Brooks Ky

    I'm not talking about cars that have been chopped and channeled to get the height of the roof low. I'm asking what you think about the "stance" of a vehicle. To me, stance has to be in proportion to tire size and look "somewhat natural" or usable. When I see cars that are either undriveable or just sitting on the ground, I think it detracts from the looks of the car.Sometimes you can have too much of a good thing.
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  2. tubman
    Joined: May 16, 2007
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  3. 62rebel
    Joined: Sep 1, 2008
    Posts: 2,768


    Personally I don't like them lying on the ground. Same reason I don't like rubber bands for tires on conestoga wagon wheels. I would rather have a rake than profile.
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  4. blowby
    Joined: Dec 27, 2012
    Posts: 6,865

    from Nicasio Ca

    Unless it can run a 7 second 1/4 mile, then yes.
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  5. lostone
    Joined: Oct 13, 2013
    Posts: 1,358

    from kansas

    Agree, when they sit them on the ground they go from being a vehicle to being yard art.
  6. They can be too low long before they look too low.

    I like a car that looks and is drivable. But what I like is not important unless its my car or you are selling it to me.
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  7. Moriarity
    Joined: Apr 11, 2001
    Posts: 19,167

    Staff Member

    yup, cars laying the frame on the ground look like they are broken to me.....
  8. Stance is everything in my opinion. fall hot rod pics 024.jpg
  9. I totally agree, I don't even get how it became a fad. I'm sure at first it was like a competition to who could go the lowest, but nowadays there's several cars at any given show lowered till the rockers are touching terrafirma. You can't get lower than that, it's old hat, move on to the next silly fad, plus your stupid wheels are to far inboard to look any good.
  10. Model A Gomez
    Joined: Aug 26, 2006
    Posts: 1,344

    Model A Gomez

    I was never a fan of bagging a car, lower it and drive it. Had a 50 Ford years ago and lowered it quite a bit, looked good and drove fine on pavement, I couldn't turn into my driveway with two people in it or it drug, only had about 4" clearance at the front cross member 50.jpg
    . A friend lives about 1/4 mile down a gravel road and I went to visit him one day, the front cross member hit a rock, rolled it up and bent the clutch linkage. Another time we were doing a garage tour and went down a gravel road and the mufflers were dragging on the windrows of gravel. Car probably was too low but still looked good and not a bad driver if you paid attention.
  11. Absolutely!
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  12. loudbang
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  14. Flathead Dave
    Joined: Mar 21, 2014
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    Flathead Dave
    from So. Cal.

  15. oldolds
    Joined: Oct 18, 2010
    Posts: 3,029


    I agree!
  16. chevy57dude
    Joined: Dec 10, 2007
    Posts: 5,774


    Scrub line is what I look at. It's got to be realistic.
    The exception would be true lowriders, an art form of it's own. No limit for those guys.
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  17. papa's 39 koop
    Joined: Apr 20, 2011
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    papa's 39 koop

    Remember back in early 60's my buddy lowered my 57 using the old heat the front coils trick. Had to go sideways across the Railroad tracks.It was a little low.
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  18. anthony myrick
    Joined: Sep 4, 2009
    Posts: 6,151

    anthony myrick

    I like em in low
    Well built functional bagged or static dropped rides are cool.
    Lowriders, tail dragers and sleds are rolling art.
    Building a bagged step van that will lay bumpers on the ground. It will still function and cruise down the road just fine.

    Poorly built low stuff that has to be trailered to a show due to drivability issues is a no for me.
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  19. brokedownbiker
    Joined: Jun 7, 2016
    Posts: 571


    Exactly! I agree that the stance is what 'makes' a car. It can be drop-dead gorgeous but if it is up too high or sitting too low, it ruins it for me. I've always enjoyed a lowered custom but it has to be high enough to drive without trouble. See my thread:

    I'm making some changes to address this on my '41 right now. Hopefully w/o raising it up much.
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  20. Aeroman
    Joined: Apr 19, 2005
    Posts: 700


    I'm a lowrider. The question is blasphemy. Lol

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  21. fourspd2quad
    Joined: Jul 6, 2006
    Posts: 691


    They look weird when the rear tires are taller than the quarters.
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  22. catdad49
    Joined: Sep 25, 2005
    Posts: 4,389


    Depends on whether you want to Drive them or not!
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  23. anthony myrick
    Joined: Sep 4, 2009
    Posts: 6,151

    anthony myrick

    I put a lot of miles on stupid low stuff
  24. Mike VV
    Joined: Sep 28, 2010
    Posts: 2,055

    Mike VV
    from SoCal

    Yep..."air bags" are for semi-trucks, not cars.
    If the car has to be raised to be's just a useless cartoon.

    Low's fine, but it needs to be realistic.

  25. stanlow69
    Joined: Feb 21, 2010
    Posts: 4,642

    from red oak

    I wish this broken frame trend would end. My avatar has hydraulics, but some think it`s just lowered.
    Last edited: May 9, 2020
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  26. jimmy six
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
    Posts: 7,115

    jimmy six

    I don’t know what “stance” is but vehicle’s with 26” rims and air bags sure ain’t it for me, but it keeps younger guys interested.
    Last edited: May 9, 2020
  27. southcross2631
    Joined: Jan 20, 2013
    Posts: 4,000


    You can go the other extreme and drive a" Donk". A Chevy caprice jacked up with 28 inch wheels.
    Can drive over a fire hydrant and not touch. They are popular in the south. Some of those abortions are pretty fast . You tube has some drag race videos.
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  28. 41rodderz
    Joined: Sep 27, 2010
    Posts: 5,198

    from Oregon

    Yeah I have watched those “Donk” drag races . Hauling butt.
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  29. anthony myrick
    Joined: Sep 4, 2009
    Posts: 6,151

    anthony myrick

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