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Do you "build your hot rod" or "buy and drive"

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by clips221, Nov 6, 2011.

  1. Fenders
    Joined: Sep 8, 2007
    Posts: 3,922


    And if you ask if I built my latest A coupe....
    no, Henry Ford built the body
    Chevrolet built the engine, transmission and rear axle,
    Chassis Engineering built the front axle and spring,
    and a few other companies built some of the other parts,
    but, ah, I put those parts together....
    does that count?
  2. wagoon78
    Joined: Nov 13, 2008
    Posts: 355


    I am at the frustrating point of my build where all I want to do is get in and drive, so right now I plan to buy and drive the next one. Well, trade and drive.

    We will see if I change my mind as I finish this one up. I definitely plan to keep it for a few years before I start looking for the next one.
  3. windsor mike
    Joined: Feb 23, 2007
    Posts: 77

    windsor mike

    sometimes i would love to just get in a car a drive, but there is a certain satisfaction i get when i know that i did all the work myself. anybody can buy a car and drive it, only certain people can say they built one.
  4. I've done it both ways and I always have a tough time establishing a "bond" with a "pre-built" car. I'l drive it for awhile but it never speaks to me. Who da hell wants a car that won't speak to you?
    My old 33 ford pickup was for all intents and purposes a non intentional rat-rod. I mocked it up before final assembly and just begaan driving it as-is. We had a great relationship. I was comfortable in it because I built it from the frame-up. I knew the little truck like an old friend.
    Conversely, I traded my 41 Pontiac coupe for a buddy's chopped 50 ford sedan. All the work was top-notch and the car went on to become a pretty famous car after I sold it. Yup, I sold it because when I drove that car I felt like I was out with my neighbor's wife! Didn't really feel any attachment to the car. weird.

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  5. Wayne C.
    Joined: Oct 18, 2011
    Posts: 17

    Wayne C.

    Personally I have never bought one done. My buddy bought a black 55 Pro-Street car that was done and bitchin.
    I am too darn cheap. Even if I had the money, I would still be too cheap. I never seem to like whats for sale unless it's a basket and I can do it my way.
  6. ehrawn
    Joined: Sep 21, 2011
    Posts: 68

    from Oahu

    There aren't too many folks casting their own block in their kids sandboxes. To some extent, we all "bought" our cars. I guess it really come down to assigning blame when it looks like junk. It safe to say that my car's condition is my fault.
  7. boutlaw
    Joined: Apr 30, 2010
    Posts: 1,226


    Oh hell no, why would you want to miss out on the blood, sweat, tears, pissed off wife, back aches, metal shavings in the eye, stiches,band-aides, wrong parts, substandard parts, misordered parts, mismatched parts, empty welding tanks, uncountable sanding discs and pads, welding wire purchases, do-overs, SANDING DUST, GRINDING DUST, lost hardware, wrong hardware, lost receipts, trip after trip to the auto parts stores, ruined clothes, pissed off neighbors, etc etc etc.
    Why would a sane person BUY a car, when that same person could go through all the aforementioned trials and tribulations for YEARS...... and build their own.
    I just realized.............. I'm a dumbass. But, I can say "I built it".
  8. hunter
    Joined: Jun 7, 2005
    Posts: 60


    I build cars for the guys that can't build them.....only problem is i never have time to build my own.....
  9. MrModelT
    Joined: Nov 11, 2008
    Posts: 2,659


    If I didn't build it.....I won't roll it

  10. Davyj
    Joined: Jul 11, 2011
    Posts: 442


    I've always been lucky enough to build my own rides. The only time I didn't was a 57 Chevy fully restored that I took on trade. I drove it for a few months and became so bored with it that I made a deal for a project 31 roadster instead. The building process is always a big part of each vehicle. Luckily I have been able to have something to cruise while building the next ride....................I suppose if I didn't I might have found something running to drive in the interim. In the end it doesn't really matter to me if you built it or bought it, as long as you are driving the wheels off and having fun!
  11. carlos
    Joined: May 2, 2005
    Posts: 1,382

    from ohio

    I feel your pain metal shavings in the eye and all:D
  12. banditomerc
    Joined: Dec 18, 2005
    Posts: 2,262


    I enjoy the build more than the driving..did I just write that?
  13. Model-A-Bomb
    Joined: Jul 6, 2009
    Posts: 165

    from Orlando,FL

    I learned that if you buy a car running and driving, it is inevitable that you will have to disassemble it anyways and fix the previous owners mistakes. I think a car is truly yours only if the blood from your busted knuckles is somewhere on the car, the build is half the fun.
  14. Retrorod
    Joined: Jan 25, 2006
    Posts: 2,027


    I bought my sedan and had to pile on the pieces on my trailer to drag it home in 1997. I did every bit of work on it, I know every inch of the car. If something breaks it's my fault and you can bet I'll make sure it don't break again.

    In 2009 the wife and I loaded the car up and did over 5,000 miles worth of Route 66 touring. All along they way people asked "did you build this car?" I don't really know what they expected me to say but were all surprised that we were this FAR from home.

    Now as I advance well into my 60's...the car is beginning to look a little ragged, a little "worn" and...I just don't get much of a chance to work on it any more. I just drive the crap out of it! ( I like it this way)
  15. Von Richthofen
    Joined: Oct 28, 2009
    Posts: 246

    Von Richthofen

    Every nut ,bolt wire ,weld all by me and this is my first chop
    all by myself even though my freinds were gonna come by and help:rolleyes:

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  16. hillbillyhellcat
    Joined: Aug 26, 2002
    Posts: 595


    I've bought and finished a lot of partially done projects. Someone else dumped all the money and sweat into it and ran out of steam, I buy them and paint them the color I want, do the interior I want and have fun, and when I sell them I don't totally lose my ass.
  17. hrm2k
    Joined: Oct 2, 2007
    Posts: 3,695


    I bought mine !! I drove mine !!! I broke mine !! I learned how to fix mine and change mine.
  18. erlomd
    Joined: Apr 26, 2008
    Posts: 1,213


    don't matter...if you buy one you will eventually be doing your own touches to it, maintaining it, hopping it up some more, fixing the end you'll probably build it from the ground up and not even realize hell with the consensus, do what you want...its still yours no matter what.
  19. rsluggoboy
    Joined: Nov 1, 2009
    Posts: 104

    from SALINAS CA

    You can buy them cheaper now, Then building one now. I have done both. A lot of good deals out there.
  20. MrSpade13
    Joined: Sep 9, 2010
    Posts: 68


    For me i think the ride is more enjoyable if youve actually put your hands in it. Got a thing for home built or friends garage built rides. You always seem to cherish the car more when youve actually laid blood down for it rather than cash. But thats me.
  21. 94hoghead
    Joined: Jun 1, 2007
    Posts: 1,290


  22. 32Gnu
    Joined: May 20, 2010
    Posts: 538


    ^^^x 2......
    Although I would buy from some if I wasn't cramming all my money into my current car...

    Nothing wrong with either way...
  23. gasser300
    Joined: May 25, 2010
    Posts: 486

    from Ft Worth

    I put every bolt on mine. Was at the drag strip with a co-worker who has a bracket car and he picked up a big rubber body bushing off the pavement and asked me if it fell off my car.

    I just laughed and said ..."No, I didnt put that on my car so it didnt fall off. However if you see any stainless bolts laying around, let me know"
  24. I did everything I could, but when it came time for frame work, I had a friend who is a certified welder zap it together, because of the possibility of me screwing it up, and not knowing I screwed it up until it was too late.
    I'm kinda like the guy that said
    "Ford built the body, Chevy built the engine and trans, Super Bell built the axle, Posies built the spring, etc and I put it all together"
    I also farmed out the body and paint, and the pinstriping, because I'm nowhere near good enough at either of those to try it on a car I don't mind being seen in.
  25. bigstuff
    Joined: May 29, 2010
    Posts: 18

    from minnesota

    I build my everything! I am almost done with my blown 392 Hemi powered 37 Plymouth 5w coupe. I build and drive everything I build.I enjoy never meeting myself on the road or parking next to another one like mine.I built mine with some really different ideas. Let me know if I peak your curiosity on my one of a kind Hemi valve cover dash. Maybe I will post a few pics. Coupes not on the road yet.Waiting for spring to debut it. But dam proud of my 45 year barn find coming together. I thinkit's a real hot one.
  26. Howeird46Chev
    Joined: Nov 9, 2008
    Posts: 225


    Just like any other subject, opinions are like assholes and everyone has their own. So do your own thing and don't worry about it. Have a nice day........
  27. 57tony31
    Joined: Jul 20, 2008
    Posts: 632

    from Woods

    Yeah i built mine to drive every other day...But i would have payed to have it done ..:eek:

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  28. Ned Ludd
    Joined: May 15, 2009
    Posts: 4,151

    Ned Ludd

    Weird ideas and a very small local scene leave me no choice but to build ... if I ever get there!
  29. hotrod_32
    Joined: Mar 8, 2006
    Posts: 496


    I bought mine finished,drove it for 15 years. Then blew it completley apart and redid it myself with my son ! (3 year build) we had a blast doing it togeather.
  30. stubbsrodandcustom
    Joined: Dec 28, 2010
    Posts: 1,335

    from Spring tx

    The build is what makes the car yours... taking something that was passed by for years and giving it new life... thats where it is at... anyone can write a check...

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