Register now to get rid of these ads!

Features Do you drive ur custom

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by banditomerc, Oct 16, 2020.

  1. banditomerc
    Joined: Dec 18, 2005
    Posts: 2,241


    I have always driven cars/projects as soon as they were road worthy. And would drive them regularly to do errands, to work,etc..but it seems,even here in car rich California that old cars are brought out for shows and the like then put away..
    I am currently building a 1940 mercury ,which will be a custom,I plan on driving it every chance I get once it's roadworthy,and customize as time and $ permits.
    What are ur thoughts gentlemen. Why don't you drive ur rides regularly or why do you drive them regularly?

    Sent from my SM-T560NU using The H.A.M.B. mobile app
    OzMerc39, betrevryday and dana barlow like this.
  2. Black_Sheep
    Joined: May 22, 2010
    Posts: 1,221


    Weather permitting, I'll run errands or hit a local cruise night every chance I get. Most of the miles I racked up this summer were on 2 lane backroads, just cruising around...
    OzMerc39, drdave and dana barlow like this.
  3. oldsman41
    Joined: Jun 25, 2010
    Posts: 1,282


    I drive my 51 merc which is a mild custom a lot I also drive my avatar as a daily driver
    OzMerc39, drdave and dana barlow like this.
  4. I drive my old cars everywhere and anywhere except in the snow, they see rain and gravel and everything in between, last time I checked, cars were intended to be driven.

    Sent from my iPhone using H.A.M.B.
    OzMerc39 and LOST ANGEL like this.

  5. My '50 Ford has been my daily driver since I got it on the road in June. It was -10* Celcius this morning, makes me glad I spent some extra time on the heater when I was working on it. I'll drive it until it snows.

    My '63 Galaxie lives a much more sheltered life, but I believe it was meant to be driven with all the windows down. :cool:
    OzMerc39 and bchctybob like this.
  6. Roothawg
    Joined: Mar 14, 2001
    Posts: 20,236


    I just mainly work on mine....someday.
  7. TrailerTrashToo
    Joined: Jun 20, 2018
    Posts: 723


    20200909 Shamrock.jpg RT-66, Shamrock, TX - Last month. Lead Ain't Dead in Dewey, OK - 2,500 miles round trip.
  8. stanlow69
    Joined: Feb 21, 2010
    Posts: 4,655

    from red oak

    Took a vacation to the L A area last year. My wife`s cousin drove us everywhere. For 7 days. He would be driving along and mention a road or an area of town. I have heard of before. Only saw a total number of 10 old cars on the road. Thought it was odd.
    Elcohaulic and 54delray like this.
  9. Kiwi 4d
    Joined: Sep 16, 2006
    Posts: 2,840

    Kiwi 4d

    1E718A3A-AAC4-4060-B670-A3EEB3EB8635.jpeg Just spent yesterday cleaning all the sticky road construction mud off our 49 . The mud was even coming out the louvred hood onto the screen , this was after a 4 day road trip , which was supposed to be 10 days but due to the entire country going into lockdown we had to scurry home . We can’t see the fun of having a hot rod or custom sitting in a shed relaxing. Next week we take it on a 1400 mile round trip as far north in NZ as we can go. Get out there and make memories. Paint , cosmetics and mechanicals can be fixed , memories need to be created.
    Just got home from our 9 day 1538 ml road trip. Dang wiper switch bezel came loose ?? Awesome journey.
    Just said to my wife , when was the last time we had a decent road trip in a daily driver , got a blank look , “ no idea , we always take a hot rod , be it 2 days or 14 days “. She loves road trips as much as me.
    Last edited: Nov 3, 2020
  10. Drove my Willys to work every day for about 3 years until I got a company truck again. 20 years since I finished it, in need of a refresh. Don't drive it much lately.

    Dave Mc, gsnort, chasmalo and 5 others like this.
  11. TestyAnt
    Joined: Sep 12, 2020
    Posts: 4


    Drive my cars all the chances I get! Only one of em drives right now haha.
  12. I’m envious of you guys who can drive your Old cars all the time. I work in a huge steel mill and have to drive about a mile into that mess, i won’t even drive a nice late model in there. The local parking lots are like a smash up derby at times, no one seems to respect a nice car even when parked out on the back 40. Then from late fall till late spring the roads are covered in heinous chemicals for snow removal. On my work truck even the brake calipers are Covered in scaly rust. So no i don’t drive my custom/hot rod as much as i’d like.
  13. flatheadpete
    Joined: Oct 29, 2003
    Posts: 9,879

    from Burton, MI

    Shoebox 10-8-20.jpg
    I drive mine regularly. I put a functional heater in it a few wks back so I can drive it more often.
    Dave Mc, juan motime, gsnort and 3 others like this.
  14. arkiehotrods
    Joined: Mar 9, 2006
    Posts: 5,942


    straykatkustoms, drdave and 54delray like this.
  15. brokedownbiker
    Joined: Jun 7, 2016
    Posts: 573


    I drive mine mostly on the weekends, I really enjoy my modern DD (OT Challenger) so I have to divide my time.
  16. Dusty roads
    Joined: Nov 29, 2016
    Posts: 139

    Dusty roads

    100_3240 Cropped.jpg

    I drive mine every chance I get. Lots of things to do and see down in AZ.
    Last edited: Oct 24, 2020
  17. bchctybob
    Joined: Sep 18, 2011
    Posts: 2,514


    I take mine out occasionally but I’m retired and I don’t seem to do as much running around as I did when I was working. They take me to the machine shop or auto parts store but if I’m going to someplace like Walmart I won’t take the hot rods. Too many idiots and shopping carts.

    Sent from my iPad using The H.A.M.B. mobile app
  18. Cragrat
    Joined: Aug 11, 2017
    Posts: 45


    Intend to build my 49 mercury to be driven in all weathera bar snow as the other 'old' car i have (87 sierra cosworth) is just too clean to drive all the time here in Blighty,also been too busy with work etc to be arsed to clean after a run in our summer weather
  19. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 27,346


    I find it annoying when someone states that you can only "enjoy" a car while driving it. My guess is that 80% of the HAMB membership has projects, 20% have plates and insurance.

    hotrodjack33, RJP and pigIRON63 like this.
  20. Mopar Tony
    Joined: Jun 11, 2019
    Posts: 299

    Mopar Tony
    from SE Iowa

    If it ran and drove I'd drive it from spring to fall daily LOL
  21. choptop40
    Joined: Dec 23, 2009
    Posts: 3,656


    Going up to my storage space tomorrow , lucked out..1/2 the space is rented out to fellow who is into Fiat cars..he has a lot of tools and was nice enough to allow me full use of them...Gonna get the 49 running after a 2 1/2 year slumber.... image.jpeg
    gsnort, OzMerc39 and Mopar Tony like this.
  22. turdmagnet
    Joined: May 19, 2008
    Posts: 381


    Recently sold my OT daily and the new one won't be in for a month or so, so the ol Turd has been seeing a lot more miles than normal. And I'm enjoying it much !!!! Said to the better half we should maybe cancel the new one and I'll get a set of snow tires instead - then she reminded me how crappy the heater in it is...........

    Sent from my SM-T560NU using The H.A.M.B. mobile app
  23. oneratfink57
    Joined: Feb 12, 2006
    Posts: 666

    from Wisconsin

    I will be driving my 37 custom the second it starts stops and steers. I don’t drive my 57 frequently because it goes fast in straight lines and doesn’t stop or steer lol. Won’t be making that mistake with my custom though!
    54delray likes this.
  24. Moriarity
    Joined: Apr 11, 2001
    Posts: 19,241

    Staff Member

    I drive my mild custom vette everywhere, bank, hardware store, grocery store, out to eat and just for fun....

    E5C9D4D6-E8B3-42D8-9B0A-0C169AF58B1A.jpeg 4CBB2159-BD37-4662-A5C2-6E025C34639E.jpeg 2B2E9255-59F4-41DE-81CA-F0347153FC9E.jpeg 6371B8CE-1148-44EA-99DE-E374C2F24F9F.jpeg
  25. atomickustom
    Joined: Aug 30, 2005
    Posts: 3,315


    My '53 was my daily driver for a few years but then we had another kid and wife needed a bigger car and I ended up with a late model as well. Nowadays I'm lucky if I drive the poor thing once a month or so. Even the dog prefers the newer cars!

    This photo is from Spring - the last time I had it out not counting Stray Kat car shows 2 hours away! 20200325_163900.jpeg
  26. Pretty much every day....when they are running....6 old cars and I got nothing on the road at the moment, strangely enough. '51 Merc needs brakes, interior is out of the A and putting a new engine in the '50 Chevy. Soon, very soon.



    Dave Mc, straykatkustoms, hfh and 8 others like this.
  27. Definitely

    drive as much as possible as I like to smile a lot... and this car makes me do that !!!

    Merc blur.jpg

    Merc curve.jpg

    Merc park.jpg
  28. I will admit Taboo is a trailer baby, but all the other classic stuff gets driven quite a bit. My 33 pickup has been up and down the west coast same with the 55 Bel Air. My O/T later 60s stuff is driven alot as well. Taboo is strictly show. We have been looking at making it more driving friendly though as the car is about done with the indoor show circuit.
    OzMerc39 likes this.
  29. PhilA
    Joined: Sep 6, 2018
    Posts: 799


    My Pontiac is in the shakedown/breakdown phase right now, which means drive the heck out of it and see what falls off or stops working.
    Couldn't wait to get plates on it and hit the road. Doesn't really get taken out in rain too much-simply because the weatherstripping sucks but it will if it needs to. Wipers, defog, heater all work so it's an all-rounder really. Just like when it was built.
    People would've looked at you strange if you said you bought one of these and it is sitting in the garage, being waxed occasionally and started every month.

    Most cars is for drivin'.

    OzMerc39 likes this.
  30. [​IMG]
    mine was getting daily use until it went in for new paint first quarter of 2019. Window glass and doors leaked so it went into the garage in the winters. It is nearly finished now, just before winter. i have driven it a few days this month and I am looking forward to putting a lot more miles on it soon.

Share This Page

Register now to get rid of these ads!


Copyright © 1995-2020 The Jalopy Journal: Steal our stuff, we'll kick your teeth in. Terms of Service. Privacy Policy.

Atomic Industry
Forum software by XenForo™ ©2010-2014 XenForo Ltd.