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Features Do you drive ur custom

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

  1. davidvillajr
    Joined: Apr 4, 2005
    Posts: 870


    Would, but, needing tires and an empty bank account for said tires leaves me driving modern equipment. But, soon... maybe... I hope...
  2. ironandsteele
    Joined: Apr 25, 2006
    Posts: 5,240


    I drive this one a lot, multiple times a week for errands and general stuff. They’re meant to be driven.

  3. wicarnut
    Joined: Oct 29, 2009
    Posts: 4,244


    Check with your insurance company/read your policy/to avoid a potential claim problem. I have 2 of my hobby cars with Grundy and that is not a daily driver type policey (agreed value) other 2 late model OT, regular insurance, not agreed value, I will be screwed on a total loss deal. I agree with comment cars are meant to be driven, I drive mine. I have never used my hobby cars as my daily driver with exception of Way back in the day 64-70, only had 1 car at a time, that was my grocery getter, daily driver, street racer and hobby car.
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  4. Kiwi 4d
    Joined: Sep 16, 2006
    Posts: 2,840

    Kiwi 4d

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  5. Not sure I consider either of my drivers a custom, but do plan to make my new daily driver t-bird a custom over time. If they wouldn’t have salted the roads yesterday and last night, I would be driving it to work in a couple minutes.
  6. J-Gilmoore
    Joined: Sep 1, 2008
    Posts: 231


    Daily driver May to October. Build when winter [​IMG]

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  7. Arch177
    Joined: Jan 8, 2020
    Posts: 6


    I drive my '51 Styleline Deluxe every day it's nice out. Got her in April and easily put 2,000 miles on since. IMG_20201010_170247699_HDR.jpg
  8. atomickustom
    Joined: Aug 30, 2005
    Posts: 3,315


    I just took out the '53 last week and I just don't enjoy driving it as much as I used to. (20 years later the thrill has dulled a bit.)

    BUT...I so rarely see '50s and older cars on the road anymore that when I do it is a thrill and makes my day. So now I drive mine from time to time mainly to make someone else's day. Seriously.
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  9. 1oldtimer
    Joined: Aug 21, 2003
    Posts: 7,594


    No customs here, but they are/were my daily drivers. I have a work truck right now because of covid, but after that ends (real soon) it's back to daily. The '47 is the only "classic" car insurance one, the rest are regular and I don't own a car newer then 1960. The ones on the road get to share the duty (the '56 panel and '41 p/u).
  10. Rick Coast
    Joined: Apr 19, 2020
    Posts: 35

    Rick Coast

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  11. Gotgas
    Joined: Jul 22, 2004
    Posts: 6,866

    from DFW USA

    I drive it as much as I can. Occasionally I'll see a random video of me driving it around, like this one.

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  12. I drive my tub pretty regular.
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    Joined: Jun 23, 2006
    Posts: 1,476


    Hell yeah!
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  14. 57JoeFoMoPar
    Joined: Sep 14, 2004
    Posts: 4,671


    I've driven my 57 Ford quite a bit over the years but the roughness of the car eventually started to cause me to use it less and less, since I got tired of it beating me up, slamming off the pavement, being cold in the early spring and fall and scorching hot in the summer, lousy brakes, atrocious steering, snapped off wiper cables.... it just made the driving experience unenjoyable. Then a couple years ago we had our daughter, and not only did that take time away from shows, but the car was honestly too dangerous to subject her to.

    Since I've had my pair of Oldsmobiles I've been logging a lot more miles. Even with COVID and shows being cancelled, pretty much any time I need to go somewhere that doesn't involve driving to work, I'm driving my 56. Weekend runs to the grocery store, Home Depot, a dentist appointment, whatever. My '56 has been the only car we use on the weekend, and they're both really nice driving, very usable cars.

    I feel like that's one of the real joys of a custom is that it's so practical as a vehicle. I sort of equate a hot rod to a chopper. It will get me there with basically the clothes on my back, maybe a single passenger, and that's pretty much it. If you do it right, a custom is a car you can take a long trip in comfortably and have room for luggage and passengers. Especially for those of us who have little ones, you can throw the whole family in and go to dinner and cruise night or show, which makes it easier to enjoy the car and the shows when I don't have to leave people home to go. They can come with. Plus I do enjoy sharing the hobby with my family. My wife doesn't mind and hopefully my daughter will develop an interest in it one day, too. She already loves going for "car ride!"

    Here's a shot from last year on our TROG trip, a 3 hour haul one-way with the family. Thanks to my bud Scott for the great shot

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  15. Although not my daily, I guess my 56 is sort of a real mild custom... I try to drive it often too and Gotgas’s post reminded me of getting caught headed home from work one day recently too.

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  16. Elcohaulic
    Joined: Dec 27, 2017
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  17. topher5150
    Joined: Feb 10, 2017
    Posts: 2,069


    I'm not going to put all that time, money, and work just to sit there and look at it.
  18. I drive my cars as much as I can and in all weathers,sun,wind,rain and snow,that’s what we build them for!! So far all over the UK,France,Belgium,Holland,Germany, Luxembourg and a 2500 road trip to Sweden

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  19. raymay
    Joined: Mar 2, 2008
    Posts: 2,359


    Always kept my cars licensed all year. If we get some good days in the winter, I sometimes use the opportunity to take a ride in one of them. Had several 37 Chevy cars and trucks over the years and they along with one of my 58 Chevy's and other post 66 rides, all did time in the parking lot when I worked for Kodak. I also drove my cars to the Salvage Yard I was a partner in.
    Since the mid 90's I have made several trips from New York to Michigan where our Son and his Family live. A few years ago someone took a photo of me driving Woodward in my 56 and I later spotted it on an internet Puzzle site.

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  20. dana barlow
    Joined: May 30, 2006
    Posts: 4,047

    dana barlow
    from Miami Fla.
    1. Y-blocks

    From 1960 to late 1964 I drove my full custom Henry J about 75% of the time,and my 28A hot rod bobtailed roadster I first got running 59 The other 25%,, in late 1964 my full custom "J" was stolen.
    Took 7 years to know were the "J"want,a buddy Helped on it, saw it in a junk yard. Stripped out an under two other cars. I did not go get what little was left. I still have my high school 28A hot rod,I kept driving it an got a used 57 Ford 2d wagon.
    " had the "J" not been stolen",would I of kept my custom J,or the hot rod,both or none ?
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  21. flatheadpete
    Joined: Oct 29, 2003
    Posts: 9,873

    from Burton, MI

    Supposed to be fabulous weather in Michigan for the next few days so I busted out my SHoebox Ford today...leaving the DD Suburban parked for a few.
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  22. ebfabman
    Joined: Mar 10, 2009
    Posts: 653


    6AEF9A2A-D5E5-4119-BF80-A4DB3E032AFC.jpeg Yes I drive my mild Custom Merc as much as possible BC54FE66-DCCF-4189-AC46-1B2F4B35135C.jpeg
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  23. Dave Mc
    Joined: Mar 8, 2011
    Posts: 2,046

    Dave Mc

    80 miles from home in this pic
  24. travisfromkansas
    Joined: Mar 23, 2008
    Posts: 2,710

    from Gypsum, KS

    About 100,000 miles on my 63 Galaxie bellflower era custom in the last decade. 18,000 of them during the 9 week long 48 Cars 48 States trip.
  25. straykatkustoms
    Joined: Oct 30, 2001
    Posts: 13,094




    I try to drive mine daily, it’s Kool therapy. I’m Blessed to have a late model option if the weather is too bad.. Life is too short to drive boring cars.

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  26. Man...right dead on that speed limit. :D I posted a similar pic the other day when I was headed up to the Gathering and someone noticed my speedometer was just a tad past the speed limit. :oops:
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  27. straykatkustoms
    Joined: Oct 30, 2001
    Posts: 13,094


    Lol, Jeff Myers always comments on my lack of speed. I'm trying, it is just hard to beat slow habits
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  28. flatheadpete
    Joined: Oct 29, 2003
    Posts: 9,873

    from Burton, MI

    My speedometer doesn't work in my '50...I just wing it.:)
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  29. I had my Merc. out the other day & noticed my Inspection is due
    last month, so I have to call to see if I can get it done!
    I will take it out today & go for a run about 5 or so miles around the area.
    Saturday I will put my Passenger door on & will be driving it more
    until the Weather gets Bad.

    Just my 3.5 cents

    Live Learn & Die a Fool
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  30. Jacksmith
    Joined: Sep 24, 2009
    Posts: 368


    I drive the Stude nearly every day... to the store, to pick up a load of hay, ranch chores... what ever. The off-road stuff won't be as easy after the sub-frame is in. IMG_0233.JPG
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