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Projects Do you ever drink a beer , kick back and say one hot rod is enough?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 41rodderz, Mar 17, 2020.

  1. joeycarpunk
    Joined: Jun 21, 2004
    Posts: 4,443

    from MN,USA

    Nope, need and have driver hotrod, building a 49 Ford full custom, like vintage trucks one of which is daily driver. Have a couple. Keeping the 40 Lincoln Zephyr that was dads. Too many other projects and enjoy working on them. Plus have to go through lifetime collection of dad's 30 plus cars and parts. 1 at the moment not a option and likely wouldn't make me happy.
  2. LOL I have always owned a bike since I bought my first when I was 14. I have owned a bike even when I did not own a car.

    Which reminds me maybe I am being slightly dishonest here. One time in the '70s when I was rebuilding my bike I bought a '46 Ford coupe pretty cheap because it was not stylish (not a '70s style rod). I did have to put the engine and transmission back in it.

    So the question becomes what is so dishonest about this? Well in 1985 I gave the car to my *Brother's wife, she had always driven the car more than I did. Well from what I have been told she has never changed the title to her name she just updates the tags when they need it. So to be entirely truthful I guess I do own more than one. :D :D :D

    *not a biological relation.
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  3. The Shift Wizard
    Joined: Jan 10, 2017
    Posts: 1,955

    The Shift Wizard

    I think about it, actually, I give it some hard thought when I write those insurance checks. Now, I haven't owned my '50 truck for all of the 70 years it's existed, but the fees for plates and registration it's cost over time would have paid for about $5250 worth of stop signs in my county. (Today's dollars.) And another $2450 of crosswalk stripes if it rang up extra fees for special vanity plates like it has now.
    But on another note, this thread has made me remember something my old dad used to say when he cracked open a cold one. Kicking back, after the first sip he would say, "At times like this, when I have a beer, I feel like a new man." Then he would quickly take a second sip and say, "Then the NEW man has to have a beer............".
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  4. LOWDUG37
    Joined: Jan 31, 2007
    Posts: 861


    Just like beer,can't have just 1.
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  5. Lowco
    Joined: Jul 22, 2019
    Posts: 1

    from Tulsa, OK

    I don't know if 47 years old is considered older (I'm still 16 in my mind), but as I've gotten older I am down to 1 good solid all steel hot rod driver and a vintage motocross dirt bike project. I'll admit, I like this plateau however temporary it may be (you never know when a good deal may pop up).

    I've learned for me that I have more good creative ideas than I have money to execute them, therefore I have decided to focus on my single hot rod and make what I've always wanted. Since money is limited, I could only dabble with my multiple projects before, so they never really came to my full vision.

    My favorite thing to do is turn on some music, grab a beer (or 6) and focus on what I've got. Less has turned out to be more for me......but I still have a "vision" for every car I see!
  6. jnaki
    Joined: Jan 1, 2015
    Posts: 4,499



    As most teens, we did drink beer, but never at home. My brother and I did kick back many times and talked about other builds which eventually led to the 1940 Willys Coupe C/Gas build. At the time of teenage envy, there were opportunities to buy other hot rods. But, we had the 58 Chevy Impala and that was very satisfying if we kept it up in the stock car class and when that was over, start modifying it to go faster. If we had money back then, there probably would have been a couple of other hot rods sitting in our backyard to be modified or used as an alternate daily driver.
    The 58 Impala took over the whole scene and effort from the brothers. Then when my brother’s life changed, he wandered away from hot rods and drag racing into the world of motorcycles and surfing. So, I was the new owner of two cars, a Flathead powered, 1940 Ford Sedan Delivery and the pristine 58 Impala. Each car had its place and sometimes it crossed over with a few chuckles. If I could have built the 40 Sedan Delivery as a powerful hot rod that it once was, then it would have been a one car teenage scene. But as all thing depended on money, it stayed a cool, reliable Flathead powered, beach cruiser and sometimes date mobile to the surf movies all over So Cal.
    So, yes, if I only had the 58 Impala and no interest in surfing, it was plenty to have the fastest car in town, a great reliable daily driver to high school. Also, to be able to modify the car when money suddenly appeared. There was no envy for other hot rods or cruisers. It was all Impala and what I could do with it to keep the flame going.

    One car was enough and we did kick back with our friends and have a Cherry Coke/gravy/fries combo as many times as we could in Bixby Knolls. Most of our teenage friends had enough to worry about with one car or hot rod. Upkeep, gas money, adding new paint, wheels, upholstery, were all part of teenage upgrades to the ordinary street car in our So Cal neighborhoods. So there was no one we knew that had more than one car…(except me, my Impala and the 40 Ford Sedan Delivery.) Each served a definite purpose and the upkeep was not that great that I could not handle.

    If we did not have the accident, our lives would have been a little different. My brother and I have talked about it endlessly to many different scenarios. Multiple cars, hot rods, trucks, sedan deliveries, expanding our little speed shop business, all would have been a major part of our lives. His success with buying and selling cars and parts was a beginning and that could have been in our future. Then after high school, life intervened and it moved on in many interesting ways, all the way to today.
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  7. Yep

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  8. 11 years ago I came to the startling realization I can only afford one project at a time. Also, I only have room and time for 1 project. Felt like a weight had been lifted off me. Now, I'm free to spend what I like on my project and it's always stored in my [tiny] garage, not under a tarp in my driveway or back yard. Aaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, what a liberating feeling.
    It also meant I could go to to the very top of my car-bucket list. The end result is my avatar.
    Last edited: Mar 29, 2020
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  9. rockable
    Joined: Dec 21, 2009
    Posts: 2,907


  10. wvenfield
    Joined: Nov 23, 2006
    Posts: 5,075


    In the immortal words of Meatloaf (Jim Steinman actually). Two out of three aint bad.
  11. If I only had one it'd be a hell of a good one, I could spend another 3 times the amount of money and time on it than I already do.
    After this little jaunt today I can think of one less I'd like to keep...ha ha ha

  12. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 26,910


    Not yet but one running and driving and going places 48 Chev pickup is starting to sound better than four unfinished projects.
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  13. I quit drinking a while ago. I was setting to many records. So I guess the answer is no.
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  14. sliceddeuce
    Joined: Aug 15, 2017
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  15. Gman0046
    Joined: Jul 24, 2005
    Posts: 6,225


    Right now I'm down to one. Its a rust free car thats had a recent frame off restoration with all the goodies. The engine had less then 400 miles on it. It doesn't need a thing. Completely happy with the best driving car I've ever had. My last project. HYq2SbttQgeNAfh%02YAZQ.jpg
  16. Stock Racer
    Joined: Feb 28, 2010
    Posts: 637

    Stock Racer

    Drink a beer...check. Kick back...check. One Hot way.
  17. 41woodie
    Joined: Mar 3, 2004
    Posts: 1,062


    No, but my wife has said that exact thing several times
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  18. A Boner
    Joined: Dec 25, 2004
    Posts: 5,581

    A Boner

    The bare minimum for me would be one and a half.
    One to drive, and a project to be working on.
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  19. fordcoupeguy
    Joined: Apr 26, 2014
    Posts: 119


    No. The more the merrier. For now.
  20. olscrounger
    Joined: Feb 23, 2008
    Posts: 3,846


    Down to two-kinda on the hunt for another.
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  21. blvdbill
    Joined: Feb 2, 2010
    Posts: 317

    from California

  22. v8flat44
    Joined: Nov 13, 2017
    Posts: 445


    One is enough TROUBLE....nuff said.....
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  23. mgtstumpy
    Joined: Jul 20, 2006
    Posts: 8,055


    Once I finish my 46 Olds, that's it for me. Way too many other things in life that I want to do before I get too old.
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  24. 1971BB427
    Joined: Mar 6, 2010
    Posts: 5,684

    from Oregon

    Have three and one is my daily driver. 2nd one is finished and gets driven regularly if the weather cooperates. The 3rd was sold a year ago to fund the new 3rd that is getting close, and hopefully will be driving this summer.
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  25. klawockvet
    Joined: May 1, 2012
    Posts: 375


    No, I kick back in the garage, have a few beers and just keep planning on building more.
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  26. Hemi Joel
    Joined: May 4, 2007
    Posts: 821

    Hemi Joel
    from Minnesota

    One?! I can't imagine how. I was thinking recently about pairing it down to a dozen. But it would be so hard to decide what to get rid of.
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  27. edcodesign
    Joined: Mar 30, 2007
    Posts: 3,860


    image.jpeg Guess I' getting old, now down to one, but not as beer is concerned !
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  28. DERPR30
    Joined: Jun 3, 2010
    Posts: 797

    from HARVEY LA

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  29. 26hotrod
    Joined: Nov 28, 2009
    Posts: 875

    from landis n c

    @ 75 yo 1 is all I need. I have enjoyed it for the last 22 yrs. I thank the good Lord for all the fun miles I have had with it.....…….
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  30. 41rodderz
    Joined: Sep 27, 2010
    Posts: 4,708

    from Oregon

    I need a 12 step program for buying parts:D

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