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History Driving unfinished cars long term - Are you guilty?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by HOTRODPRIMER, Sep 23, 2018.

  1. Binger
    Joined: Apr 28, 2008
    Posts: 1,562

    from wyoming

    I drove my coupe around for almost 2 years before I finished it. It was a mad thrash to get it together after painting it and make the Hot Rod Hill Climb in 2016. The car was painted but no interior or top on it. It even got featured in Roy Boy's 48 Cars in 48 States book that came out this spring. My wife and I finally got the interior done in May this year right before the Dirt Drags. Then another short thrash to install a fresh motor before the Hill Climb again this year. Now I think I am happy with it and consider it finished now. However I would like to change heads on the car and make another piece of linoleum for the floor mat. If I find a 2 carb set up I will change that too. So I will say its mostly finished now. HAHA
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  2. donno
    Joined: Feb 28, 2015
    Posts: 333


    I'm guilty X 3.
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  3. Guilty, as charged! I was just glad to get it running......:D
  4. Deuces
    Joined: Nov 3, 2009
    Posts: 16,928

    from Michigan

    Yep! While restoring my o/t Z/28.... It got rear ended by a drunk driver while parked...:mad:
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  5. Retrorod
    Joined: Jan 25, 2006
    Posts: 1,989


    The car will never be "done" will be unfinished forever and it will be driven in whatever state it currently is in.
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  6. That’s all my cars, I’ve never owned a “finished” car.
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  7. ROADSTER1927
    Joined: Feb 14, 2009
    Posts: 2,523


    Guilt times 2 although the Roadster is closer!:D:D
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    Joined: Oct 30, 2006
    Posts: 867


    Hence my username....Unshined
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  9. Flat Six Fix
    Joined: Feb 6, 2010
    Posts: 879

    Flat Six Fix

    Yes, is there a better way????
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  10. I think my car is done until I have to put so much damn money in to it! 34dodge.jpg
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  11. Yutan Flash
    Joined: Aug 6, 2008
    Posts: 629

    Yutan Flash
    from Gretna, NE

    Guilty for 37+ years. Even Rocky can attest to my car being in 'suede' since the early '80s. Need to get off my dead a** and get it finished (or not). 55-kcmo-08-08.jpg
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  12. southerncad
    Joined: Feb 5, 2008
    Posts: 650


    Does driving it with the original door panels, minus the material, no headliner, or carpet, just sound deadener, & just later model seats, for over 17 years count?
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  13. It does but your a novice, my old beater has been on the road for 30 years without a interior. HRP
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  14. s55mercury66
    Joined: Jul 6, 2009
    Posts: 3,330

    from SW Wyoming

    Guilty as charged, cuz I sold the parts I needed to finish!
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  15. I've been driving my model a "as is" for eighteen years. It runs great, stops, & steers, so i didn't want to mess with it. I collected a lot of nicer parts in 18 years, I think this winter will hold a big change for it
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  16. shadetreerodder
    Joined: Aug 4, 2006
    Posts: 290


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  17. 4tford
    Joined: Aug 27, 2005
    Posts: 1,567


    Yeah, I got everything to get it on the road and safe. I have new interior still in the boxes since 2004 and my hood off also to let the engine run cooler breaking it in. It's kinda funny going to a car show and come back to the car and find business cards for interior work.
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  18. Seeing, as how a true hot rod is never finished, don't we all?
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  19. Whale - I kinda got two cars from my dad...actually we all got Mustangs when we turned 30.... as he had a bunch and also his SWB Chevy - he did leave me after....which he never finished putting the grille back in also.

    Here's a rare late 70's pic of me and my dad (he actually let me drive it) coming back from Kansas in his - at the time 2+2 - which pretty much stayed the same through two thief's of it in the 80's ! dad and me and Stang 2.jpg
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    Yes, guilty as charged.
    Drove this for 17 years before finishing it.
    Looked a lot worse before the picture in primer and Indian blanket took place.
    I’d save up money to do something major to it then blow the cash on another hot rod or muscle car.
    Finally 2years ago my wife strongly urged me to finish the thing or else.[​IMG]
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  21. My old coupe has been on the road almost 40 years. It also has never had any intreior. Just a bare bones Hot Rod. Some think that it's not finished. But for me it is.;) 055.jpg
  22. 1959Nomad
    Joined: Jun 21, 2009
    Posts: 1,972


    Put me in the guilty column.
    Too many never get done and enjoyed.
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  23. straykatkustoms
    Joined: Oct 30, 2001
    Posts: 10,239



    Great thread idea. I have been driving my Merc since '95, it was finished but I wanted to go back to a traditional style. So I have been driving the wheels off of it and getting a few improvements along the way. I'm blessed to have some kool friends that have helped me along the way. If it wasn't for them I would have not have been able to transform my Merc to what it is today. I enjoy driving it so much it will probably never be painted or get the interior finished. I can love with that.
  24. That's how I got my moniker - hotrodprimer.

    Correct me if I am wrong but I honestly believe I saw you coupe for the first time in Columbus,Ohio at the NSRA nationals in '87. HRP
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  25. trollst
    Joined: Jan 27, 2012
    Posts: 1,389


    My only finished car is my 36 pickup, but over twenty years of use was beginning to look very worn, so much so, I was used to it and just considered it to be a good looking well worn driven hot rod. Truth is, it was looking like I never gave a crap about it and it showed.
    So last winter I got busy and refurbished it to the point that it's beautiful now, but otherwise, I've never owned a finished car, they've all been rough and ready, driven hard and enjoyed.
  26. I was guilty of it years ago, and some never got finished. I'm to the point now where I make it a point to finish them before they leave the garage because otherwise I know I'll never get them completely done. I must be using the patience and restraint I never had as a youth. ;)
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  27. jaw22w
    Joined: Mar 2, 2013
    Posts: 669

    from Indiana

    When I posted this, I was actually in the process of painting the car in question. Now it is painted and the interior is finished. Since I have made restitution for my crime, could I possibly get my charges dismissed or at least reduced?. (Don't tell the judge that they are never "finished".)
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  28. Pass The Torch
    Joined: May 18, 2018
    Posts: 108

    Pass The Torch

  29. B.A.KING
    Joined: Apr 6, 2005
    Posts: 3,472


    Once they are finished, they no longer have potential . Not my quote, but i live buy it!!
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  30. lilmann
    Joined: Apr 13, 2017
    Posts: 85

    lilmann can finish a car project :0)

    I’ve never heard of this strange word “finish”.....what does one do with a “finish”

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