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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. gimpyshotrods
    Joined: May 20, 2009
    Posts: 17,139


    Theme: unfinished.

    Period: all the time.
  2. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 26,883


    This is what I love about this group, the majority full and well understand the concept. In another group I am real active in some cannot grasp the concept that certain components don't jive with each other and just because You think the "cool guys all run this" doesn't mean it jives with those and that that you already have on your rig.
    I think that for "Period/time frame" correct some of it can be would a guy have done that/those mods in that time frame? A mod I have planned for my 48 to my knowledge was never done on a truck in the late 50's but it could have been done by a body man with the idea and some extra parts.
    Still my truck will probably at the 80 % true to the cause correct as we are too old to want to drive to Texas in the summer without AC and my wife earned her road to Texas and back in 100+ with no AC creds years ago. Been there Done that.
  3. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 27,104


    The plan was to build the '30 Ford Roadster to period correct, as I would have built it in 1962. The year I found the body, an old Channeled Hot Rod at that time. Stalled plans, but in my mind it is sitting on '32 rails with the 354 HEMI, full hood, cycle fenders on the front and bobbed stockers on the back. Wonder when you could first get American five spokes? Bob
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  4. gimpyshotrods
    Joined: May 20, 2009
    Posts: 17,139


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  5. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 27,104


    So 1963 is the year 5 spoked cam out?
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  6. gimpyshotrods
    Joined: May 20, 2009
    Posts: 17,139


    The street Torque Thrust wheel was introduced in 1963, first in magnesium, only, and very shortly thereafter, in aluminum.


    So, you can do it to 1963 specs. Pretty close to 1962, as math goes.
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  7. firemangordy
    Joined: Feb 28, 2007
    Posts: 319


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  8. fordf1trucknut
    Joined: Feb 13, 2007
    Posts: 1,111


    I went for early 50s jalopy.

    Everything is 54 and older.

  9. Baumi
    Joined: Jan 28, 2003
    Posts: 2,421


    I guess I just think about which theme compliments each car best and try to work ahead from there.
    the ´shine hauler

    Granny´s Grocery Getter

    late 50s/ early 60s high school car

    day 2 Impala
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    day 2 Riviera
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    late 50s era Hot Rod
  10. Late '60's. :cool: Except for the radial tires.:rolleyes:
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  11. All excellent examples of the point I’m trying to make.
    One things for sure, attempting to build an era perfect, post WWlI Hot Rod has become an expensive and difficult proposition.
    Lobecks built this ‘32 for one of my best friends, right before Barry passed away. He has 2 sets of wheels n tires to change from 70’s to early 60’s
    I’ve been told Barry Lobeck created what was to become “The Ohio Look”

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  12. As a rule, I prefer the late 50's, early 60's style of hot rods and mild customs, it's what I saw cruising the streets of Southern California as a teen. Most of what I have built or have redone, follow that time period with the exception of my '29 Tudor. I built the '29 in a way, I believe, it would have been built in the late 30's/early '40's.
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  13. bill gruendeman
    Joined: Jun 18, 2019
    Posts: 305

    bill gruendeman

    My theme is junkyard. Most parts are used gm other than fuel cooling and wiring. A Chevy van and a trans am lost their lives for my build. 70FF71D7-A4D8-41AC-B27F-1AC043AC64C5.png
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  14. Automotive Stud
    Joined: Sep 26, 2004
    Posts: 4,035

    Automotive Stud

    I tried pretty hard to stick with 1955 for my roadster. The newest thing that bends that rule is the Buick front brakes. I always loved the Little Deuce Coupe album cover with the fancy brakes and double sided whitewalls, so that influence is there. 338a.jpg
  15. That little roadster is Bitchin'. Where do you get double sided white walls??? that album cover has a lasting effect on me as well. Still own the mono version I got as a kid
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  16. bowie
    Joined: Jul 27, 2011
    Posts: 2,298


    Nuthn’ but the facts. First American Torque Thrust ad I have found is December of 1959 in Hot Rod. Expanded ad is from June 1960 also in Hot Rod : 7C728EC2-6A3A-4100-90C1-8ECE231616D8.jpeg 41D95F60-2325-4ECD-9F24-2F4CEFC24794.jpeg
  17. bowie
    Joined: Jul 27, 2011
    Posts: 2,298


    Yeah , I am all about the theme... I would call this one at 1965 with the ‘68 Vett seats being the exception ( I have a pair of ‘63 seats, just need to redo their covers). 7740C12A-C2F3-4444-A884-5CD2F197BB93.jpeg 4589A9A5-6592-4950-A811-EC5775DC7D36.jpeg 0110BE65-389E-4CB4-B5B5-3656110A901F.jpeg
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  18. bowie
    Joined: Jul 27, 2011
    Posts: 2,298


    I call this one at 1965 also, after original 6.70 tires wore out , upgraded to 7.75 goldlines on 1965 released magnesium pointy spokes, and period correct big letter Hurst. Only exception being her 650 cfm double pumper (can’t go without that!). 77F8C843-C77E-4BDD-878F-DDF22AEE48CB.jpeg B2759211-6F19-49BB-B5EC-883D51B6241A.jpeg 0A8EEDEF-365E-4CBB-B53D-22510B58D873.jpeg
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  19. Gotgas
    Joined: Jul 22, 2004
    Posts: 6,837

    from DFW USA

    It was supposed to be "factory concept car" touches to a 1957 car, which I probably came pretty close to here, with the Lancers.


    But it has morphed into "socal hotroddish mild custom circa 1959" or something like that, with the wheels, carpet, chrome tape, shifter, and dual quads. To answer your question, no, I haven't really stuck to any particular theme. :D




  20. Automotive Stud
    Joined: Sep 26, 2004
    Posts: 4,035

    Automotive Stud

    Thanks! I just put port-o-walls on the insides. Not fancy but it works.
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  21. Gotgas,,,,Cool,,,,very Cool !

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  22. DenverFlash
    Joined: Dec 5, 2008
    Posts: 108

    from Denver, CO

    Kinda like 1962-64 with narrow whites & Supremes. This is a "side project" I got for my wife. One-owner with 348 W motor and nearly perfect hounds-tooth interior. I just cleaned it up, added wheels & tires, brakes, exhaust, tune-up, etc.
    Last edited: May 1, 2020
  23. Gman0046
    Joined: Jul 24, 2005
    Posts: 6,217


    IMG_0144.JPG My 60 Pontiac built as a big, safe, comfortable Highway Cruiser. With the 2004R transmission on Interstate Highways turns right at 2000 RPM's at just over 80 MPH. Can run all day long without breaking a sweat.
  24. Jacksmith
    Joined: Sep 24, 2009
    Posts: 333


    My '39 Ford came with an interesting story... so I'm using that story, as told, as the "theme" / time-line. The car was raced at drag strips, dry lakes and the streets... eventually being up-dated to the "dreaded S.B.C.", Muncie 4-speed and a '56 Chevy diff with 4:11 posi. in the late '60's. The numbers on the engine confirm the story in as much as the engine was a dealer replacement '63 327. The engine is still quite healthy, so I cleaned it up and replaced the A.F.B. with a Tri-Power set up. I've replaced the chrome wheels and wide ovals with black steelies and American Classic black-walls. The trans & diff were obviously beaten and very tired, so they've been replaced with new components for long term reliability. Other than that, it will look the same for the most part.

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  25. Kan Kustom
    Joined: Jul 20, 2009
    Posts: 2,549

    Kan Kustom

    In many ways a period correct car is a belly button car. The guy building it is replicating what has already been done. Nothing wrong with this but every era can be considered a belly button car. I personally feel that a car built to the owners own taste with all of his own favorite parts is a real hot rod whether it's all over the place or not. It may not please the rest of us but this is how all of the past hot rods were built that everyone emulates. I build my cars with all of my personal favorite parts and styles from a span of the years I was most interested in from my early years. I build for myself not others opinions and consider my cars to be priceless to me while I am alive and no matter what they are worth to others when I die or if they go to scrap, I could care less. I consider my hot rods as expendable for my enjoyment only. If someone else likes it great but doesn't change the joy I get from them. I put them in a different category than my earnings and investments. If I can't afford to loose them, I don't build them. So far that has never happened.
  26. When I was building my old beater in the late 80's I didn't have a time period in mind although I liked the simple bare bones looks of the original cars, just lower more or less a 60's look. HRP

  27. Nicholas Coe
    Joined: Jul 5, 2017
    Posts: 1,450

    Nicholas Coe
    from Tontitown

    I didn't want to be just another Milner clone. My goal is to really get the spirit of the movie. Thanks to great help from friends here. I am now able to use as many original parts as possible to make that happen. I'm also looking at a generator to hit that 1962 rather than 1973 style. Thank you HAMB.

    Milner's Driver's license. That's my level of insanity. IMG_20191016_194859.jpeg IMG_20200211_195121.jpeg IMG_20200311_191205.jpeg IMG_20200328_131439.jpeg IMG_20200404_194624.jpeg IMG_20200328_131353.jpeg IMG_20200328_153910.jpeg CADL%20vintage-1.jpeg

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  28. hemihotrod66
    Joined: May 5, 2019
    Posts: 175


    I tried for the day I started building it...Just did things I liked...Don't know what era or image it would be.. Findley Chevy 11-24-2019.jpg
    Last edited: May 12, 2020
  29. alfin32
    Joined: Jun 20, 2006
    Posts: 1,382

    from Essex, Ma.

    image.jpeg image.jpeg image.jpeg image.jpeg Mid-'60's build, if I had two cents to rub together in high school.
  30. My '34 5-window is styled to represent what a guy could have built in his backyard with modest funds, basic tools and average skill in the 1962-63 time frame. Uncut body, unfilled top insert and cowl vent. 327 with a 4-speed. Firestone bias-ply www tires with '46 Ford hubcaps and trim rings. Nothing fancy. 34 Ford outside #2.jpg Photo shoot #2.jpg '34 top pic.jpg '34 interior #1.jpg

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