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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. My Uncle Wells called a glove box a Jockey Box. I still use that term on occasion.
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  2. Tri-power37
    Joined: Feb 10, 2019
    Posts: 510


    My mechanic dad would put something together and if it slipped on and went together easily some bystander would always say “is it in “

    And he would always say “that’s what the sailor said to his girlfriend “

    I worked with him for 20 years and miss him everyday.
  3. My dad was an aero-engine mechanics instructor during WWII and could make anything mechanical work like a charm. He was never too fussy about how good it looked however and would often say to me that "a man on a galloping horse will never notice!"
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  4. winduptoy
    Joined: Feb 19, 2013
    Posts: 2,511


    My dad is not a car guy. He called a mechanic....
    I do remember my grandad, his dad, call it a know the thing that goes dead when you leave the running lights on

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  5. fourspd2quad
    Joined: Jul 6, 2006
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  6. Looks like hammered owl shit
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  7. jimmy six
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
    Posts: 9,690

    jimmy six

    I heard it as “jury rigged”
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  8. sunbeam
    Joined: Oct 22, 2010
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    It's good enough for who it's for.
  9. jimmy six
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
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    jimmy six

    Good enough for government work.
  10. wicarnut
    Joined: Oct 29, 2009
    Posts: 7,816


    Might be a local/Wi./Midwest Machine Shop/ Tool & Die/Pattern Shop term, ( My trades) "Rube Goldberg" used describing, weird setups/projects/person/products. I heard this alot from my mentors/coworkers when I was a young man. Look him up on Wikipedia, interesting. Back in the days before all the CNC. CadCam technology, we definitely dreamed up off the wall stuff to produce what was needed to make it happen. It was a compliment when someone said, Don't worry, John will come up with some Rube Goldberg deal to make it happen.
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  11. partsdawg
    Joined: Feb 12, 2006
    Posts: 2,999

    from Minnesota

    Grew up hearing crank case, kittywampuss,bat tree,foot feed and others mentioned above. The one that made me chuckle and still does as my Dad(age 85) still uses is Warsh.
    Warsh those parts in kerosene/gasoline/solvent.
    Warsh the car.
    Warsh your hands before you eat.
    Must be a German thing.
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  12. lippy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2006
    Posts: 5,590

    from Ks

    Harder than the hubs of hell.
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    Joined: Dec 19, 2007
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  14. Boden
    Joined: Oct 10, 2018
    Posts: 747


    My father isn’t a mechanic. But all of my uncles are. And one of em. Who is 76 and a old school hot rodder always says “not bad for a couple of assholes, or “not bad for a couple of jerks” and things along those lines.

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  15. chevy57dude
    Joined: Dec 10, 2007
    Posts: 6,465


    "Son of a bitch!"
    "This damn piece of shit''.
    Gonna call my dad today. He taught me a lot!
  16. v8flat44
    Joined: Nov 13, 2017
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    What a pile of crap ! Won't repeat the others he used...
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  18. 41 GMC K-18
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    41 GMC K-18

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  20. X-cpe
    Joined: Mar 9, 2018
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    When I was the truck mechanic's helper, he had a saying when something was low on power. "It wouldn't pull a greasy string out of a sick bull's ass."

    Another one used by some in the shop was, "exhilarator pump or pedal".
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  21. HellsBells5
    Joined: Sep 19, 2012
    Posts: 67


    POS, usually followed by the sound of a wrench hitting the back concrete wall of the garage, taught me perseverance though, we were never done till it was fixed the right way. Never let me see me chuckle during the wrench throwing incidents I'll tell you that much. :eek:
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  22. Dad did not often speak badly about anyone but every once in a while he would call someone a "peckerwood". To this day I don't know what it means exactly but I'm sure it's not a good thing. I knew from his tone of voice to steer clear of a peckerwood. Shit fire and save matches was another of his favorites.
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  23. southerncad
    Joined: Feb 5, 2008
    Posts: 780


    My Dad would say if something was crooked it was "wumpy-jawed", or "slanch-wise".
  24. Dirty Dug
    Joined: Jan 11, 2003
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    Dirty Dug

    "Who do you think you are, Barney Oldfield?"
  25. My dad was a quiet thinker when he worked on a project. It was often he would stop in mid-task while he thought up a better way to do something. Once in a while, out of the blue, he would say, "On the other hand.....(pause)..... there's a wart!"
    He had us 4 boys and he wasn't afraid to use us. It wasn't unusual for him to say something to me like, "It's too dangerous for me to climb up in the rafters. Get on up there and hand me down that 'part' there."
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  26. My grandfather once made a great comment to my dad when walking by a VW Bug,

    "A Volkswagen with dual exhaust? That's about as effective as a fart in a windstorm!" :D
  27. AldeanFan
    Joined: Dec 12, 2014
    Posts: 743


    My dad calls my old car the “corn cracker”
    I have no idea what it means but i do know he picked it up from a guy he worked with in a Fina station in Quebec in the 70’s.

    I learned body work from a little French Canadian guy named Andy while I was working my way through university. He had a lot of French Canadian phrases that should not be repeated and taught me how to measure in C-hairs. It was a high production shop with pretty low standards and he would look at a panel that that was good enough and say “only can do so much”.

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  28. AldeanFan
    Joined: Dec 12, 2014
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    Old fella my dad hung around with would see something about to fall over and say “that’s about to go ass over teakettle”

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  29. chicken
    Joined: Aug 15, 2004
    Posts: 164

    from Kansas

    "Either fix it or fuck it up so nobody can".
  30. '51 Norm
    Joined: Dec 6, 2010
    Posts: 745

    '51 Norm
    from colorado

    Slower than cold tar on a rainy day in February.

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