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Technical Flames, thumbs up or thumbs down?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 34Larry, Oct 16, 2018.

  1. quick85
    Joined: Feb 23, 2014
    Posts: 2,200


    Stogy, I smiled at the photo you posted. Not because it's funny or because I think the flames
    are laid out all wrong. They're what I expect of the era. The thing is, as a kid born in
    1950 who started buying car mags at the age of eight, it was probably years before I
    saw a flamed car on the street. Our town, for some reason, was a hotbed for cruising.
    Guys from bigger towns in the area came to our town and melded with our cruisers.
    Maybe it was the girls, maybe it was the pizza places or maybe it was just the slower
    pace of Lemont in the evenings. Anyway, we just didn't see a thousand flamed roadsters.
    There was pinstriping, mild scalloping and names on the quarter panels. Then metalflake
    hit big time around 1967. Flames were at the "Rod & Kustom" shows in Chicago.

    By the way, I dig the photo. If I'd been a ten year old standing on the street corner with
    my friends, and that coupe passed by, I probably would've gone nuts!.
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  2. Stogy
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 17,574


    I come down on Most everything you post?...o_O

    That's stretching the truth a little...there is actually Very Little you comment on that I have anything to all.

    Your Positivity to History is admirable.

    We will always be judged for what we say...enjoy your Freedom of Speech and The Hamb...;)

    and most of all
    Enjoy Your Flames


    Credit to Photographer, Owner
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2020
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  3. goldmountain
    Joined: Jun 12, 2016
    Posts: 2,423


    Flames are a defining hot rod statement. We don't want our cars to look like soccer mom minivans. It is part of the visual things we do to give our cars impact. These cars are not everyday drivers but vehicles for the imagination. We need something whimsical. I don't understand ghost flames; they should stand out. Flames are part of the recipe as much as little tires in front, big ones in back, louvers, and chopped tops. It needs to appeal to the little kid in me, not the old geezer in the mirror.
  4. fourspd2quad
    Joined: Jul 6, 2006
    Posts: 701


    Flames are as "hot rod" as it gets but like anything else it is all about execution.
  5. My ‘37 has understated flames. Most of the time I forget they’re even there.

  6. ^^^ Love it.
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  7. 6sally6
    Joined: Feb 16, 2014
    Posts: 1,305


    Like most of y'all......on some cars they look OK.........others not-so-much.
    IF I ever had a car with flames I would do the "ghost-flames" look. Just barely visible. One of those...."Oh look.....ghost flames, cool!
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  8. @Stogy I think that what flames were traditionally are nothing like what most of us think flames are. Several of your pics really show us where we are coming from. The early flames or what we see most often of the early flames are for the most part a wiggly scallop.

    I was reading an interview with Kenneth Howard once and he said that he believed that flames should look like crab claws. If you look at his examples that is basically what you are going to see. My preference if a flame is in the works falls somewhere between the Von Dutch crab claw and a seaweed flame. Sea weed flames are too busy and crab claws are too clunky for my taste.
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  9. I've been around. Under the radar, haha. Recently bought a Hotrod, so i'm back in the mix.
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  11. A0E4D6DA-E89B-480B-9256-A81C0391A83F.jpeg Used to really like them. Must have gotten over it for the most part now.
    I do like some flame jobs. Like Roths truck. Sort of dripping paint more than flames. But it can go both ways.
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    Joined: Dec 10, 2017
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  13. jaracer
    Joined: Oct 4, 2008
    Posts: 591


    I liked these. 11FrontUp.jpg
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  14. Never2old
    Joined: Oct 14, 2010
    Posts: 668

    from so cal

    I prefer them to start at the body edge and not”float” like a decal. California Kid as an example of “floaters”.

    Sent from my iPhone using H.A.M.B.
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  15. Speed Gems
    Joined: Jul 17, 2012
    Posts: 2,790

    Speed Gems

    Two more.
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  16. papajohn
    Joined: Nov 2, 2006
    Posts: 870


    olds2.jpg They were layed out and rattlecan sprayed by me. I liked them... Not many other people did, but I didn't care.
  17. Six Ball
    Joined: Oct 8, 2007
    Posts: 3,609

    Six Ball
    from Nevada

    I just went through this whole thread and saw some cool pictures and read some interesting comments. my concluding is that flames are for looking at not some much talking about. It's a lot like the Wheels and Stance thread here. There are looks we like and looks we don't like but we will never agree on what they are. Difference of opinion........ I don't agree that bad paint can ruin a car. It can make 'em ugly but it's just paint. A bad chop or section can ruin a car.
    Heres a couple of pics of my pickup I think the first in red primer came from where flames came from, to cover front body damage when matching the rest of the paint wasn't possible or important mostly in race cars. The one in black was because the flames were already there and I'd grown used to them. Good or bad they are there until the next and hopefully final Paint job. (for me):D

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