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Hot Rods Help! I've been offered (maybe) a hell of a trade for my 55 Chevy Gasser.....

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Mr. Sinister, May 22, 2020.

  1. saltracer219
    Joined: Sep 23, 2006
    Posts: 822


    It would be easier to put floor pans and rockers in your car than undoing all of the pro street stuff in his. Those care are not that tough to put floor pans in. I really like your 55 and I am also sentimental so I would keep your car, it is timeless.
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  2. If you would change his car to be more like yours, then whats the point? Keep yours, if you like a blower, modify the car you have.
  3. That for the car trade or tripower setup for bench seats trade?
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  4. 1934coupe
    Joined: Feb 22, 2007
    Posts: 4,580


    This says it all! Keep yours, I've been where you are only my trade was money, well the money is gone and car is gone. All I got is "I had a" bullshit talk.

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  5. trollst
    Joined: Jan 27, 2012
    Posts: 2,057


    Well, I got a 36 ford pickup, twenty years old this year, paint is fading, truck needs a going over, been offered several times to sell it, trade it, and nearly did......for a real nice 40 ford coupe. I thought hard over the course of a couple weeks, and didn't do it. Best decision I ever made. You said in your original post that this car is "your car" has a family connection, and that alone is enough to keep it.
    My truck is unmistakably mine, built by me for me and has my character all over it, the 40 would have been just a car for me, but after just coming in from my shop, I look at mary with great affection, I know her inside out. From the internal engine noises when idling, to the fading paint, it's been part of me a long time, and I'd have regretted letting her go in a trade. You will too. LeRoy.
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  6. clem
    Joined: Dec 20, 2006
    Posts: 3,406


    Here’s your answer.....
    It will never be your car, - it will always be the car your friend built.

    ( I didn’t read every one else’s comments, so apologies if I’m repeating what others have said ).
  7. seb fontana
    Joined: Sep 1, 2005
    Posts: 7,031

    seb fontana
    from ct

    Pro street look is dated, really and Traditional hotrods and customs aren't? Just imagine taking that pro street car, radiusing the rear openings and moving the tires out some, change the whole look? But thats my eyes not my want.
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  8. Tow Truck Tom
    Joined: Jul 3, 2018
    Posts: 141

    Tow Truck Tom
    from Clayton DE

    I happen to have a deep affection to the Bowtie dash and the shaded-tinted front glass.
    After you find a good deal on a blower set up, you'll be happy to tackle that mess downstairs. Just start a savings plan, every paycheck, you'll get there.:cool:
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  9. OLSKOOL57
    Joined: Feb 14, 2019
    Posts: 480


    What He Just Said !!!!
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  10. belair
    Joined: Jul 10, 2006
    Posts: 8,717


    I'm late to the party, but stand pat. Who wants an old pro street car? Yours has a story and a personality.
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  11. Hot Rods Ta Hell
    Joined: Apr 20, 2008
    Posts: 4,289

    Hot Rods Ta Hell

    Keep your car along with the memories of your Dad! What's not to like about your car? The rockers and floors? That's not anything 'wrong' with your car, it's just stuff you haven't done yet and IMHO, really not a legit reason to trade away the car. They're not that technical, just a bunch of labor.
    I'm with the crowd that you can do your floors, rockers and add a blower with far less money and work than un Pro streeting, adding an interior, etc to the other car. Also, that super hot engine may be a temperamental bitch that ends up being a major league PITA to keep in tune.
  12. 41rodderz
    Joined: Sep 27, 2010
    Posts: 5,419

    from Oregon

    Take a deep breath. Think about it for a week or two, then decide. A lot of things are not so rosy as they seem at first.
  13. This is great advice :rolleyes:
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  14. southcross2631
    Joined: Jan 20, 2013
    Posts: 4,414


    Let's see rocker replace one days work. Total floor pan replace One weekend work .
    Can you do the work yourself ? Save for the new paint job.
    Getting rid of the Pro street look could take months of work and many dollars. You could just cut it all out and sell the narrowed rear and 4 link setup. Still you built your car , just keep building it. If you want a blower then start saving for that after you finish the body on your car.
    I build cars to sell so there is no emotional attachment. When one is done and gone I build my next favorite car.
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  15. 40ragtopdown
    Joined: Jan 13, 2015
    Posts: 10,707


    A car you can drive every day or a car you can't. I would keep your car it has roots.
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  16. ***Area-51***
    Joined: Mar 25, 2005
    Posts: 711

    from Ohio

    take a step back and a deep breath, turn and walk will not regret later....
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  17. 19Fordy
    Joined: May 17, 2003
    Posts: 7,230


    Keep your car. You'll regret it if you don't.
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  18. 392
    Joined: Feb 27, 2007
    Posts: 1,206


    I’m with the majority and say keep ride you have.
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  19. Lloyd's paint & glass
    Joined: Nov 16, 2019
    Posts: 4,879

    Lloyd's paint & glass

    If the 2 cars were sitting side by side, i would walk over to look at your car every time. And i wouldn't trade for a car just to change it to the car that i already have. Put the work into your car, it has history with you. :)
  20. 283john
    Joined: Nov 17, 2008
    Posts: 822


    Comes with a 2X Hawaiian shirt and gold chain.
    Last edited: May 23, 2020
  21. And khaki shorts.
    That made me laugh.

    Thanks everybody, my car is staying put.

    Sent from my KFSUWI using The H.A.M.B. mobile app
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  22. -Brent-
    Joined: Nov 20, 2006
    Posts: 6,194


    There's a reason WHY he'd like to trade for yours. Consider that.
  23. traffic61
    Joined: Jun 15, 2009
    Posts: 1,512

    from Owasso, OK

    Man, don’t want to sound like a broken record here, but keep yours man.

    Maybe in thirty years pro street will be a thing again( I pray not).

    You got a good thing there and the connection with you father only make it more imperative not to trade.
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  24. traffic61
    Joined: Jun 15, 2009
    Posts: 1,512

    from Owasso, OK

    I’m quite glad you’re hanging on to it sir!
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  25. Bandit Billy
    Joined: Sep 16, 2014
    Posts: 7,798

    Bandit Billy

    Wow! Three pages of opinions on the HAMB and we are all in agreement on this one? We should send ol Beelzebub a HAMB hoodie for those cold nights!

    Glad you are staying with your car! It is the right call.
  26. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
    Posts: 15,072

    from oregon

    Yeh, what y'all said.
    Mr Sinister
    Sounds like you are generally happy with your car so here is a thought.
    Incorporate the best of what you like about his car into your car to achieve what you believe is the perfect 55 Chevy (I have my own ideas).
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  27. SDhotrod
    Joined: Oct 11, 2008
    Posts: 597


    Don't forget the white, New Balance tennis shoes...

    Glad you're hangin' on to your car OP.
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  28. That's a fact, when I purchased my friends '50 Ford coupe to help him out after he suffered a sever stroke almost every time I drove the car I was ask is that car that belong to Rene'.

    No matter what I did to the car it would always be Rene's old car.

    One of the main reasons I sold it. HRP
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  29. 4274SPEED
    Joined: Apr 7, 2017
    Posts: 18


    Tripower trade sounds like a no brainer. Glad to hear your keeping your car. Can’t replace your memories. Agree the other one would need too much.
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  30. 40FORDPU
    Joined: Mar 15, 2009
    Posts: 3,103

    from Yelm, Wa
    1. Northwest HAMBers

    15 yrs ownership, built with help from your passed on father, places your car in the family heirloom category.
    Keeping your car in your families ownership is the right choice.
    Nice car.
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