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Hot Rods Does your car have a theme or time period?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by jakespeed63, Apr 30, 2020.

  1. Honestly surfing the web, looking at 1932-'34 Hot rods for sale, trying to help a close friend, establish a selling price for his 2 Top Shelf/Professionally built Ford Hot Rods.
    ('32 full fendered Roadster and '34 2dr sedan) The former a late 60's Show Rod, the latter a late 80's Street Rod.

    Looking at countless pictures and getting dizzy. Yes, each to his own, but I truly admire a builder, whom had a theme or time period in mind, and followed it until the end. Seeing countless bellybutton hot rods, that the whole theme is all over the map. Case in point, saw a traditional Hot rod recently, with SBC. Engine appeared to have just been plucked from 1962 Impala. Orange with black Chevy script valve covers and OG air cleaner, black plug wires. Nailed it!!!
    Also, Dave Schutten's Angry Orchid '34 5 window Coupe. Early 60's Show Rod done to a T

    May be acquiring a '39 Ford Coupe, in a few years, from close friend. Already planning, in my mind, a early 70's Street Rod personality. Hey, dreaming's for free.
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  2. 41rodderz
    Joined: Sep 27, 2010
    Posts: 5,200

    from Oregon

    My ‘27 T Tudor is all ‘50’s early60’s . My ‘48 “Effie” is going a 40’s/50’s look .
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  3. OLSKOOL57
    Joined: Feb 14, 2019
    Posts: 469


    Trying for Mid. 60’s period look for my 57 Chevy Sedan. Basically what I had or remembered in 1965-1966.
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  4. Big time. 60s gasser.
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  5. Moriarity
    Joined: Apr 11, 2001
    Posts: 19,241

    Staff Member

    Early 60’s rich kid high school parking lot car

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  6. Moriarity
    Joined: Apr 11, 2001
    Posts: 19,241

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    Early sixties show rod

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  7. Moriarity
    Joined: Apr 11, 2001
    Posts: 19,241

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  8. Moriarity
    Joined: Apr 11, 2001
    Posts: 19,241

    Staff Member

    Early sixties mild custom / hot rod

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  9. anthony myrick
    Joined: Sep 4, 2009
    Posts: 6,187

    anthony myrick

    I think a period or style is the most important part of a build.
    And sticking with it.
    Wheel, tire, stance and continuity of the pieces
    The exception is my junk which is built to fit my odd personality and shallow pocketbook.
  10. Almostdone
    Joined: Dec 19, 2019
    Posts: 316


    I appreciate when people have a goal in mind when they do a project. 7A34E7DF-59F4-4652-88BD-ACCDECDA4385.jpeg 76983DBC-CE45-445D-B0D9-DE5D37DE87D6.jpeg 6B6685F1-1B43-4F77-9E11-0BD19FB6E5E1.jpeg As many already know, there is a difference between a ‘period correct’ build and a ‘period flavor’ build. I’m not saying one is preferable to the other, just that the distinction drives the build.

    I’m shooting for an early-mid 60s flavor with my ‘31 A. I think the body, paint, interior, and engine fit that description. However, I used an alternator instead of a generator (alternators appeared in the early 1960s), a 700R4 tranny, added heat, defrost, and air, and used Excelsior Stahl Sport radial tires for a better ride. I plan to drive the crap out of it... hopefully by mid summer. Pictures are last summer.
  11. I built my 56 trying to nail my high school graduation year of 1966 era, or what I would have liked to have driven to school that year. Everything was going along ok until I put on the chrome wire wheels. I still want to change to Torq Thrusts, but I got a killer deal on the wheels and tires so I thought I would see how I liked them. Other than that and the power disc front brakes and alternator, its like I would have built. Actually the brakes and alt were out by then so I guess I still did it.
    PICT0002.JPG Now with wire wheels.jpg
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  12. Aaron D.
    Joined: Oct 27, 2015
    Posts: 826

    Aaron D.

    I wanted a period correct early 50s traditional hot rod, I think I kept it pretty dang close;)
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  13. I love adding the little details that nail down the “theme” of the build. My ‘35 Chevy was a running driving car when I got it, but it was unfinished and unfocused. I started changing things up, with the goal of putting the car in 1962. The inspiration piece was a 3 spoke Mooneyes steering wheel, and I went crazy from there.

    The roadster pickup build is going to end up as an early ‘50s, low-buck high school hotrod. The inspiration piece for this build is the dash gauges that I have collected for it. Everything else just adds on to it.
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  14. BamaMav
    Joined: Jun 19, 2011
    Posts: 4,445

    from Berry, AL

    Yeah, mine does. It’s called a money pit......
  15. Flathead Dave
    Joined: Mar 21, 2014
    Posts: 2,986

    Flathead Dave
    from So. Cal.

    My car automatically plays "Here Come The Clowns"
  16. BamaMav
    Joined: Jun 19, 2011
    Posts: 4,445

    from Berry, AL

    I love your 56 Don!
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  17. Thanks for playing along Fellas. Flat black paint and whitewalls, with yellow plug wires, billet valve covers and fake flamed air cleaner just don't cut it, in my book.
    Moriarty, your in a class all by yourself. 3 taillights on that Vette are super cool. Probably pisses off the NCRS bunch. Impala has always been amongst my favorites.
    56don, those wire wheels were all the rage during the 70's. Looking back through issues of Street Rodder Mag, everyone seem to be running them. Love your '56. Reminds me of a car one of the seniors had, when I was in freshman.
    Willys36 that is a Beast!!
    Aaron D I think you nails the traditional Grass Roots home built Hot rod theme.
    Almostdone, your comment about "Flavor" is spot on. If I can afford to finish my '64 98, it will have a Mid 60's MCM Mild Custom flavor. Think Executive Express.
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  18. rustydusty
    Joined: Apr 19, 2010
    Posts: 1,717


    I am working on a late 50s early 60s flavor for mine...
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  19. Blakmerk
    Joined: May 15, 2002
    Posts: 313

    from St.Joe MO

    Period correct, I fucked that part up.
    Looks like 1954 externally. 6ACAA849-5D4B-495A-AE06-10A0B19E2211.jpeg
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  20. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
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  21. dumprat
    Joined: Dec 27, 2006
    Posts: 2,809

    from b.c.

    I like period correct if possible. So that means nothing visible on the car after a certain date. My truck is 1958. Even the gauges and upholstery fit the time period.
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  22. rusty rocket
    Joined: Oct 30, 2011
    Posts: 3,978

    rusty rocket

    Trying to keep this at 1950. That's the newest part on the car( 50 merc steering box). I have a few exceptions for safety sake but trying not to use nylock nuts, plastic wire ties and things of that nature. image.jpg
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  23. cheap-n-dirty
    Joined: Jan 28, 2002
    Posts: 747


    I was trying for 63 or so. I tried to make it look like a guy who had a flathead powered 32 bought the engine , trans and rear end from a wrecked new vette and put them in his roadster. 32 roadster b&w a.jpg 32 roadster hood 005.JPG 32 roadster hood 018.JPG college of idaho show 017 - Copy.JPG
  24. 51pontiac
    Joined: Jun 12, 2009
    Posts: 141

    from Alberta

    60’s high school....unintentionally low budget :( 38237A4D-33C0-41AC-A97C-F3E84AE6F9CB.jpg
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  25. Having a historical car with lots of pictures to go off of helps, but enough metal work was done to really undo and go back exactly like how it was, so the theme was like the next wave of work for the car in and around 63-65.

    My 33 Ford pickup is going to be a same era hot rod when I start restoring it in the next year.
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  26. Mid 60’s Street Racer / Weekend Drag Racer... 10E3C65C-FDE3-44A0-B13E-3BF290A597F8.jpeg
  27. My kid High School car...
  28. BoogittyShoe
    Joined: Feb 18, 2020
    Posts: 330


    Screenshot_2020-04-30-23-34-14.png I just wanted something that would get from the corner to a little convenience store in 3 seconds. Then I realized you're not supposed to race a cold engine.
  29. I 'try' for the early 60's...
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