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History Has your attitude concerning 4 doors changed over the years?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by HOTRODPRIMER, Oct 21, 2018.

  1. I’m too poor to pass on a more door that would be in good shape. Wouldn’t be my first choice but beggars can’t be choosers! Besides, “4 doors for more whores!!”

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  2. I didn’t grow up around anyone that was into old cars. All I wanted when I was a kid was to buy an old car, fix it up and drive it. Wasn’t gonna happen in our house. So when I was able to, I didn’t care how many doors the old bombs I managed to grab had. Still don’t. In fact, my favorite vehicles have had no doors at all and only two wheels. But having little kids, the bigger the vehicle the better, (less chance of me getting it in the back of the head while they are fist-fighting in the back seat), so a big old Caddy 4 door is where it’s at for us.

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  3. v8flat44
    Joined: Nov 13, 2017
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  4. quick85
    Joined: Feb 23, 2014
    Posts: 1,926


    Only when it comes to pre-48 cars and Porsche SUVs. Actually, I'll budge a bit when it goes up to
    '53 Fords, Chevys and Pontiacs, and I can't explain why on that second part. I grew up in a town
    where it seemed like there was a Model A sitting in a garage on every block. I don't question them
    when I see a rodded one, it's just natural. This is my all-time favorite magazine photo
    and the car's a four door. It looks great to me.

    12 - Jerry Volavka -1931.jpg
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  5. v8flat44
    Joined: Nov 13, 2017
    Posts: 413


    Awesome. Is that a gull wing Stinson radial engines & fe ford motors......yupper!
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  6. lumpy 63
    Joined: Aug 2, 2010
    Posts: 1,115

    lumpy 63

    I'm on the hunt for a 37-40 willys more door :cool:
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  7. I do like some 4 door wagons and early 30's sedans. That's about it for me with more doors
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    Joined: Sep 20, 2006
    Posts: 39

    My all time dream car is a chopped '50 Merc. But that'll never be in my reach financially.
    When I found my 1950 Packard I felt it was as close as I might get, so it followed me home! It was in very good original condition and after adding a 350/350, power disc brakes and bagging the front it's a fun cruiser!
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  9. mountainman2
    Joined: Sep 16, 2013
    Posts: 315


    You need the one in post #51! ;)
  10. tfeverfred
    Joined: Nov 11, 2006
    Posts: 15,796


  11. primed34
    Joined: Feb 3, 2007
    Posts: 1,009


    Not really. Some of the pre '48s are kinda almost maybe ok but that's about it. Got parts off several tri-five four doors on my '55 two door sedan. We use to stand on top of four doors looking for the good stuff in junk yards.
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  12. My first thought when looking at a project 4 door, is how I can convert it to a 2 door.
    My fiend picked up a 4 door station wagon when he was 15, we converted it to a 2 door before we could legally drive.
    2 too many....
  13. 1934coupe
    Joined: Feb 22, 2007
    Posts: 3,754


    Just found this thread and NO my attitude towards 4drs has not changed, the cars above can not be considered in the same class as 4drs although they have that in common. These wagons are in a class of their own, on a par with Nomads and Safari wagons.

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  14. oldrelics
    Joined: Apr 7, 2008
    Posts: 1,729

    from Calgary

    My 61 olds, its fun. I like it.

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  15. Here's my "parts car" that has been in the family for 30+ years. Of course I'd rather it was a coupe but it is what it is. Maybe I'll lower it someday... image.jpeg
  16. Boatmark
    Joined: Jan 15, 2012
    Posts: 240


    I’ve always been of the opinion that cool cars (and trucks!) had two doors and three pedals. But I also like wagons and vans. Never could get past the Momma’s car thing of a four door.

    I’m not all in with four doors now, but I’m really digging some of the pre-war stuff. Kinda reminds me of all those old black and white gangster movies I watched as a kid. And the reality is that any dream of a 32’-34’ in my budget will include lots of doors.

    To me a lot of it is the look, and the quality of the build. I’ve seen some really sharp four doors, and some two doors that really (IMHO) really missed the Mark.
  17. Barn Hunter
    Joined: Feb 15, 2012
    Posts: 1,310

    Barn Hunter

    Nope. Never owned one and never will. I like to see 'em at shows, but not in my garage.
  18. RaginPin3Appl3
    Joined: Mar 31, 2016
    Posts: 1,142


    4 doors are more fun, worth less and you can drive them and tinker without having to worry about messing up a "nice" 2 door. paint gets scratched on a beater 4 door? who cares?
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  19. dana barlow
    Joined: May 30, 2006
    Posts: 3,774

    dana barlow
    from Miami Fla.
    1. Y-blocks

    Well 4doors an autotrannys were for grandmoms. But at my age now,there's some hot little old ladys out there,a few with Super Stock Dodges LOL
  20. norms30a
    Joined: Jul 17, 2008
    Posts: 555


    My dad bought a 47 Chevy coupe new and that is what I rode in as a kid and I thought all the 4 door cars were not "neat" like my dads car was. Later he bought a 64 Plymouth 2 door hardtop and I thought that was the neatest car ever. In the old hot rod magazines I saw coupes and roadsters so That is what I like, 2 door coupes, roadsters, and hardtops.
  21. e z i
    Joined: Sep 5, 2007
    Posts: 563

    e z i

    Back when I was a kid cruising on Friday and Saturday night, you'd get your ass kicked if you showed up in a four door.
    I'm still holding on to that rule..
    I may be wrong, but I suppose most guys would gladly trade their four door sedan for a two door of the same model, if given the chance, but I don't see it happening the other way around...
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  22. bchctybob
    Joined: Sep 18, 2011
    Posts: 2,053


    For my hot rod side it’s two doors or nothin but if I go shopping for a restored pre ‘36 classic a four door would be fine.

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  23. Not unless it's a wagon. 55wagon2.jpg
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  24. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 26,514


    Still not a fan of 4 door sedans from the 40's or 50's but I'd have another 55/57 Buick 4door Hardtop or or a 55/57 Olds 4 door hardtop or 4 door hardtop wagon as a road car in an eye blink if I wasn't already swamped with projects.
  25. Dyce
    Joined: Sep 12, 2006
    Posts: 1,861


    They make perfect sleepers!! I had an ugly green 68 impala 4dr with a 377 stroker that embarrassed a few hotrod 2drs in its day.
  26. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 17,574

    from California

    I like old cars.
    in this era Mopars shared the same roof profile whether 2 or 4 door. I think both these cars look good...2 and 4 door.

    Copy of Scan1767.jpg dodges.jpg
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  27. Duck's Goat
    Joined: Nov 2, 2010
    Posts: 65

    Duck's Goat

    I never cared much for 4 door cars at all growing up, actually looked at them as mainly donor cars. That changed after putting this one in our garage. ventura.PNG
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  28. inthweedz
    Joined: Mar 29, 2011
    Posts: 377


    Oh to be so lucky to have a choice..
    The majority of US cars imported into New Zealand back in the late 20's thru mid 60's were 4 doors, with a ''MINIMAL'' amount of 2 door sedans..
    Coupes were also bought in, and fewer survive due to the speedway and dirt trackers..
    If a car nut over here finds any old 4 door of American origin, it's like striking gold, whatever the make or model..
    A few years back I rescued an X dirt track 39 Chev coupe, and put it back on the road.
    I'm like the majority of the members here, I like coupes and 2 door sedans, but at present, have a 4 door sedan..
    So lots of rods here are 4 doors, although on saying that, lots of rodders are now importing 2 door cars from the USA..
  29. They all feel the same from behind the wheel.

    I actually want a '59 Pontiac 4-door hardtop, but of course the roof on those is one body style only.
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  30. I have always liked them. I had a '66 Caprice sleeper 4-door hardtop, put 283 badges on it which may have fooled a deaf person. I still have the 396, which is on deck to be built next. 4-doors were always good to go somewhere with a crowd and they blended in better.
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