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Hot Rods Car words you learned from your dad or others.

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Toqwik, Apr 2, 2020.

  1. 56sedandelivery
    Joined: Nov 21, 2006
    Posts: 6,218


    My Father was NOT a car guy at all, so I was pretty much on my own, or with friends, to learn about this addiction we call a hobby. My most often used phrase is, transamatic automission; it's how dyslectics say automatic transmission. Others were, bring me my Ford tune up tools (box of hammers), electron storage device (battery), and thermonuclear cooling tower (radiator).I'm sure some of my friends questioned my psychological stability from time-to-time.
    I am Butch/56sedandelivery.
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  2. nochop
    Joined: Nov 13, 2005
    Posts: 1,594

    from norcal

    Not from where I’m from...cheers
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  3. BuckeyeBuicks
    Joined: Jan 4, 2010
    Posts: 2,029

    from ohio

    My Dad was born in 1922 so he grew up in hard times so even while I was growing up in the 50's and 60's and he had a good job he always done all the repairs to the house and cars. When I was a kid and he would show me some trick or short cut when working on my bike or one of our cars he would tell me it was an old Indian trick that he learned from an old Indian. If he was working on a car and something was not going right he would kick the bumper and call it a no good Maxwell sombitch. He has been gone over 30 years and I still think of him every day.
  4. I may be getting old because I screwed up a customer the other day......and he finally caught on....
    Hair drier for a thirteen letter manure spreader....just a turbo for a Corn Binder with a DT engine......
    The problem is circled on the front........ Got one used one already, why do you need anothern?
    Peterchicken, 55 mph wiggle wagon, .......
    I thankful to have given my Dad a 95 mph ride back home, and to just happen to blow past cousin Jim at just the right speed to hear Jim's neck crack as his head swung, as I saw his eyes, looking at Dad and my car. Dad always wished for a hotrod and he gave me what it took to start one. RIP 12-2019.
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  5. jimmy six
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
    Posts: 6,371

    jimmy six

    A good friends dad taught him how to “separate the fly shit from the pepper”...always cracked me up.
  6. Boneyard51
    Joined: Dec 10, 2017
    Posts: 4,018


    First guy to spell it right!

  7. rudestude
    Joined: Mar 23, 2016
    Posts: 2,448


    I have a uncle that says catawampus.
    Definition and spelling is actually...
    cattywampus or also known as catawampus is defined as being not lined up or not arranged correctly or diagonally.
    also askew , awry , crooked.
    But it also depends on where you look it up ...seems that every publication has its own version of the "correct" spelling and definition.
    I think "all fucked up" pretty much covers all of them.

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  8. loudbang
    Joined: Jul 23, 2013
    Posts: 29,116


    In my youth hanging around the guys at D & E Automotive watching them work on "The Blown Hearse". Went home and at supper asked my mother to pass the Fuc**ng potatoes. I quickly had a lesson on what a bar of ivory soap tastes like when it is jammed into your mouth while your mother has an iron grip on your ear. :eek:

    All the while my father was having a hard time controlling his laughter.
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  9. rudestude
    Joined: Mar 23, 2016
    Posts: 2,448


    I like this one..reminded when I did some work with my brother, he worked at a very large dairy farm, helping with some construction.
    At lunch time the owners invited us up to the main house and they had a big outdoor area setup with tables loaded with food .
    As we were loading up I was noticing flies every place , on the food ,plates and every one was just chowing the food down...I then started noticing little black specks on everything, I ask my brother what the hell is that....he just kind of quietly said it pepper don't worry about it ...they pepper the hell out of everything...later telling me it was fly shit you just gotta get used to it ......bullshit...I didn't eat on site after that.

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  10. alanp561
    Joined: Oct 1, 2017
    Posts: 1,048


    My father when confronted with parts that didn't align.
    " If it don't fit, don't force it. Just get a bigger hammer "

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  11. mopar57
    Joined: Apr 24, 2012
    Posts: 78


    My dad would see something dead on the side of the road a bug at the house wherever and would be like, check that out that's its laying tits up
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  12. greener200
    Joined: Jan 20, 2009
    Posts: 254


    A couple that stand out from the ol-man
    WD40,krolls,PB blaster = Weasel piss
    Any type of grease/oil = Boy butter
    Freinds "Non-Ford" car parked in the driveway =Move that "Toilet" on the grass
    And a family favorite "Get out here and give me a hand , The truck shit the bed" More too come
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  13. Nu uh! kItty wampus.:D:D
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  14. sliceddeuce
    Joined: Aug 15, 2017
    Posts: 2,982


    My father was a mechanic for the local Cummins shop and mother was Baptist. I learned every word there is, Plus a taste for scented soaps.
  15. Hammered for one that was chopped.

    Abortion usually that term pertained to one that was seriously screwed up. Customs with crap added or removed for "effect" or a hot rod with a bad chop or screwed up suspension and etc.

    My dad had a flowery vocabulary, I have been accused of that too. Not ashamed to say that the accusations are true for the most part and I maybe should not tell everything I learned from my dad or his cronies.
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  16. wicarnut
    Joined: Oct 29, 2009
    Posts: 3,635


    Not sure where I acquired my potty mouth I have when things don't go well. My Dad was a WW2 Navy Veteran, drank but never swore like "a drunken sailor" a few bad words maybe only when really PO, my Mom rarely swore. I have a few terrible expressions that are my favorite and I will never forget listening to my 4 year old son repeating one when he fell off his bicycle. ( kids do listen and learn from their parents) From that time on I've tried to watch my potty mouth but it will show up on occasion as I am a type A personality, wife also, we sound like 2 old sailors when having a "discussion". Kitty wampus,(not right) Kopasetic,(good) on the cazaskas,(correct dimensions) dead nuts (same as cazaskas) muffler bearings, kanuten valve, one of my favorites from racing, when engine was misfiring, popular expression was, put in some new splitfires. I've known men that can't say anything without using then F bomb which I do not understand or appreciate at any time in my life. Growing up in Milwaukee Wisconsin, large population of German and Polish people many expressions unique to area, You Betcha, Ainahey, Aucto/Aucto, Ya Know, Soda/ Pop, Bubbler/Water fountain. A story/joke I heard and my wife and I use now for several years to break tensions when on each others nerves. It's about hallway sex, the type of sex you have in your advanced years, you pass each other in hallway and say, Fu, Fu, Fu, Fu. the words not the initials, cracked us both up when heard and there's probably been people that heard us going back and forth and thought, What's wrong with those two, must be nuts. LOL
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  17. My dad told me the neighbor kid's 50 Olds "had a lotta gow to it.
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  18. LOL @wicarnut my dad was a merchant marine and he did swear like a sailor, he made up for your dad and you have been around me too much or at least you can use that for an excuse. I don't mind at all, everything else gets blamed on me. LOL

    Crank Case. In my time the only motors I have ever worked on that actually had a "crank case" was an offy (actually a matched pair) and motorcycles. Cars have an engine block but it was always a Crank Case when my dad was talking about it.
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  19. B Bay Barn
    Joined: Dec 27, 2009
    Posts: 402

    B Bay Barn

    Describing something that needed an adjustment: It's off by a CH :)
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  20. Pops was a gearhead and a racer back in the day, first I remember was him tellin me to go get the roll of Ford wire.
    Asked, "what's that pops".
    He said that roll of bailing wire over there.
    He was a GM guy.
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  21. My pops called it a RCH, thinest hair there is.
  22. I had a good friend and partner that passed in the '90s (suddenly) that taught me a term that he learned from his dad. if something was Jerry Rigged (also know a the n word and rigged) his term was Jill Flirt.

    Didn't have the proper equipment parts or know how to do something, it got Jill Flirted.
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  23. Gabby
    Joined: Apr 14, 2007
    Posts: 236


    My Dad use to say that you can't bull shit him. His father use to drive a shit wagon and he was the tailgate.
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  24. Pops, now that reminds me.

    My dad called Nitro-methane "POP". My earliest recollection was (I probably heard it more but this is what sticks in my mind) was him dumping a load of POP in the altered during the nitro ban. I told him his gas smelled funny, he said, "That's not gas Wolf, that's POP" I asked him why he was dumping that in there and he said, "because we are gonna win today!!!!! :D" It got him black flagged. LOL
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  25. LOL- "Stepped-on-Caterpillar" Green...

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  26. Murphy32
    Joined: Oct 17, 2007
    Posts: 721

    from Minnesota

    I had an older customer ask me for "geezis clips" once when I sold auto parts..."what the hell are those?" I asked, "ya know...those little clips from a carb linkage? the ones that fly across the room and you say 'Geeziz Krist!'"

    I still call 'em that-
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  27. bowie
    Joined: Jul 27, 2011
    Posts: 2,298


    One of my dad’s favorite things to say was “You don’t have to be a chicken to know an egg is bad”
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  28. My dad always called the accelerator pedal the "foot feed".

    My grandad called the trunk to a car the "turtle hull".
  29. RJP
    Joined: Oct 5, 2005
    Posts: 1,532

    from PNW

    When I was a youngster, I had a next door neighbor that was constantly working on his wife's VW bug. Took me most of that summer to figure out that "fuckin' piece of shit VW" wasn't what they were really called.
  30. traffic61
    Joined: Jun 15, 2009
    Posts: 1,470

    from Owasso, OK

    “What the Hell were you thinking?”

    I think Dad had that one on a constant loop.
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