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Hot Rod terms that are no longer in common usage

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by adjustablejohnsons, Feb 15, 2011.

  1. Yea on the tire thing me and a buddy had a '59 belair for a while when i was in highschool. We put some fat dirt track tires on it and radiused the quarters for cleanance. I had dated a gal whose dad was a sign painter so I pulled it up to his shop and he lettered "The Big Meats" over the tires on both sides.

    It ended up causing us some problems with the local constabulary (what didn't), something about obscenity or the like and we ended up selling the car.

    We used to say an old sick woman off a bed pan or wouldn't pull the hat off your head.

    How about ya wanna hook 'em up? I say that to people now days and they look at me like a cow lookin' at a new gate.
  2. And the there was "Let's blow this Popsicle stand"

    "Hey man, give me four bits worth of Go Go Juice"
  3. Bobert
    Joined: Feb 21, 2005
    Posts: 820

    Member Emeritus

    Hit the hooks throw out the anchor = step on the brakes
  4. My car club in the fifties was the Trompers.
  5. Powerband
    Joined: Nov 10, 2004
    Posts: 542


    'Gettin the traction, ridin' the clutch , my pressure plates burnin' and a' she's too much
    Sometimes terms evolve - like LSD ...

    Have Fun
  6. Enshrined in movie history is Robert Mitchum's remark to the effect of "I bought the car for the mill...". Thunder Road from 1958.
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  7. EEZI
    Joined: Nov 6, 2006
    Posts: 109


    Nicely done!
  8. Rock Island Rocket
    Joined: Sep 30, 2010
    Posts: 61

    Rock Island Rocket

    I have never understood the whole 3/4 cam nomenclature ?????????????
  9. Boydoggie
    Joined: Dec 11, 2010
    Posts: 4


    How about-Haulin"A" or Churped-meaning a little tire spin noise after banging a gear ​
  10. It had to do with how radical the cam was a full race cam was pretty basically not streetable where as a 3/4 cam was just pretty stout.

    I have an Engle 153 296 duration .500 lift it was probably considered to be a 3/4 race cam.

    I'm guessing that it was easier than explaining the lift, duration, overlap, lobe separation etc to someone to whom none of that made any difference.

    Its like trying to explain Chanuka to a Baptist. :eek:
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  11. Ddooce
    Joined: Oct 27, 2010
    Posts: 132

    from Memphis Tn

    How about "a leg out of bed" to describe an engine block with a hole in the side and a rod poking out?
    I still have some older customers, mostly ladies from south of the state line, who refer to the throttle as the foot feeder - I am told to differentiate from a hand throttle as on T. They also use the term gas hand for the fuel gauge and every noise a car makes is a pop - doesn't matter what sort of noise it's a pop.
  12. GAL60
    Joined: Feb 8, 2011
    Posts: 47


    What does it mean to "re-work" the suspension? At what point is your suspension "re-worked"? I heard that said of that Gary Howard/Jimmy Vaughn 54' Ford.
  13. falcongeorge
    Joined: Aug 26, 2010
    Posts: 18,341

    from BC

    "Wont pull a fat girl off a tricycle"

  14. :D:D:D that sounds like S Carolina.

    The wife and I went for a drive when she got home from work, and she used one I haven't heard in ages. I was bitching about not being able to see out of the little econobox we were in and she said, " It isn't any worse than that Hammered coupe we had when we were kids."

  15. Thanks Don....I'm loving origins.......
  16. Road Rocket
    Joined: Jan 5, 2007
    Posts: 35

    Road Rocket

    How about "pedal to the metal".
    Some cars don't even have metal any more, and the throttle is a sensor???
  17. 31ACoupe
    Joined: Nov 14, 2005
    Posts: 1,416


    "flippin a bitch" doing a tire burning cookie.

    "slammin iron" hitting the mechanical brakes hard (i know some of you had mechanical brakes).

    "yankin a brody" pulling the emergency brake hard when slammin iron isn't doing the job.
  18. If you wanted a "fine short" it had to be nosed, decked and shaved, dumped front and rear, runnin' twice pipes with dummie spots and four bars. Then you ready to cruise and listen to the Wolfman...
  19. Muttley
    Joined: Nov 30, 2003
    Posts: 18,449


    Oh stewardess, I speak jive.

  20. ibarodder
    Joined: Oct 25, 2004
    Posts: 223


    The body is cherry.
  21. Skirts
    Connie kits
    Wolf whistles
  22. falcongeorge
    Joined: Aug 26, 2010
    Posts: 18,341

    from BC

    Its a personal favorite...:D
  23. billsill45
    Joined: Jul 15, 2009
    Posts: 784

    from SoCal

    "gimme 2 bucks worth of ethyl" - what you used to asked for at the gas station. Which now will get you a dumb look and enough unleaded gas (that you pump yourself) to get you to the end of the block.
  24. sr
    Joined: Feb 12, 2007
    Posts: 400

    from Monterey

    Pagina and Gow job seem to be a match.............
  25. ford495051
    Joined: Nov 11, 2006
    Posts: 138


    Wide Ovals (tires), Flop Tops(convertibles), Bubble Skirts, and Scavenger Pipes
  26. werntonb
    Joined: Feb 16, 2011
    Posts: 6


    You are very tough man.
  27. gsport
    Joined: Jul 16, 2009
    Posts: 678


    at the gas station... "a couple of dollars of Ethyl please"
    i guess if i would've read all 11 pages, i would've seen that bill already said that...
  28. rustyford40
    Joined: Nov 20, 2007
    Posts: 2,168

    from Mass Bay

    How about the Bermuda bell
  29. 26 roadster
    Joined: Apr 21, 2008
    Posts: 2,015

    26 roadster

    nosed; chrome removed from hood
    decked; chrome removed from trunk
    shaved; chrome removed from sides
    Thanks 1stGrumpy, I thought I had lost it!
  30. headaches = headers, as thats what we always got trying to fit them in
    put a deuce in the tank = $2 worth of gas (try that today)
    may pops = bald tires that may pop at any time

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