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Hot Rods How many cars are too many

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by hotrodrhp, Jun 3, 2020.

  1. Jarred Hodges
    Joined: Jul 30, 2008
    Posts: 564

    Jarred Hodges

    If a counted everything including parts cars, 60's and early 70's cars along with newer ot cars and trucks around 20.
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  2. Sonofabob
    Joined: Jan 28, 2020
    Posts: 107


    I have 6 in the garage/shop. All but one hamb friendly. 2 are mine one is my sisters. The other three belong to a buddy of mine.

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  3. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 18,084

    from California

    there is no such thing as too many cars, only not enough money or not enough room. I read somewhere Jay Leno has never sold an old car. he still has the old 56 or so Buick he used to sleep in while getting started in comedy.

    if I were stupid rich I'd have hundreds of cars.
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  4. Sky Six
    Joined: Mar 15, 2018
    Posts: 1,757

    Sky Six
    from Arizona

    Hang on, let me check.
    The wife says three which just happens to be what we have now.
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  5. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 29,593


    I'd say that he pretty well hit it on more than one point. As long as you can maintain the running and driving ones in decent shape there isn't a limit. He pretty well hit it on the parts cars too.

    I honestly had to look at his address to see if we might be thinking of the same person who is my best friend who is now in a nursing home. Had a couple of long time unfinished pretty cool projects that never got finished because he was always buying and dragging home another needs too much work project with the money that should have been put in those two.

    I'm to the point of deciding on thinning the herd a bit, Getting rid of one ot truck with a flatbed because the trailer I bought a while back can haul anything it could behind the other OT truck I have. I've been thinking about selling the Model A Vicky body and frame and putting the flathead in something a lot simpler to deal with, It's just looking like more work than I will be able to do in a reasonable time.
    I've got one OT parts car that used to be my daily that got hit by a garbage truck that I need to pull the engine out of and haul the hulk to the scrapper but I've been waiting until I get something to put the engine in.

    The other factor might be the question of are you/am I making reasonable progress on at least one project or are they all sitting and nothing is getting done? Or rather than a collection do you have a hoard that you keep and let rot just so no one else can have them? I know a guy who has close to 20 (55/57 Chevy ragtops that he has had since the 70's that he hasn't to my knowledge done a thing with and not letting any go seems to be more important to him than maybe culling a few and selling them to finance actually fixing up a couple of them into decent drivers. He is another one who continually buys stuff but never finishes anything.
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  6. Moriarity
    Joined: Apr 11, 2001
    Posts: 21,431

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  7. ahshoe
    Joined: Sep 12, 2012
    Posts: 833


    I am down to 7 now. I have garage room for another cause I recently sold my 32.So the the combination of garage room and some spare change is a good combination for me to be in for the moment.My wife is actually pushing me to pick up another one I been thinking about....She is a great lady.
  8. Too many is when you can't store them out of the elements. JW
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  9. BJR
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 6,998


    More than you have room for at your home property.
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  10. dwollam
    Joined: Oct 22, 2012
    Posts: 1,411


    I think if I ever got up to 100 cars I would think that was enough.


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  11. wicarnut
    Joined: Oct 29, 2009
    Posts: 7,498


    A few years ago when I turned 70 I decided to reduce our car inventory, did sell 1 car, a HAMB friendly, nothing since, LOL. Currently have 3 hobby cars, 1 Hamb friendly. The wife has an OT hobby car and we have a daily driver SUV all wheel drive, All 5 nice/driving/plated/insured, also 1 project in process., the family race car I drove in 70's. I do all the maintenance, repairs as needed, getting to be more work than I want to do. I've owned hobby cars for many years, 30 +, I've Enjoyed the car Hobby is some form all my life, born into a racing family. I always said, "Never too many cars, just not enough garage space." So to answer the question, IMO there is no definite number. Age, Health, Checkbook comes in at some point in everyone's life, that becomes a factor on this subject, again IMO.
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  12. I have got it down to my 36 Chevy p-up driver and the 25 Dodge project. My wife is claustrophobic so the 36 doesn't do well for her and she doesn't care for open cars so I keep my eyes open for something that floats her boat so to speak. Mitch
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  13. RJP
    Joined: Oct 5, 2005
    Posts: 1,884

    from PNW

    Found that 45, fully maintained, insured, road ready, street legal cars was my limit. No projects. Couldn't spare the time or the space.
  14. hotrodjack33
    Joined: Aug 19, 2019
    Posts: 2,566


    I have found that 2 hot rods work best for me...the one I've finished & driving... and the one I'm building. Although hot rods are a big part of my life, they aren't my whole life. There are too many antique toys, vintage guitars and rare coins out there vying for my play money.:cool:
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  15. 1oldtimer
    Joined: Aug 21, 2003
    Posts: 8,033


    Nope.........Just nope.
  16. NWRustyJunk
    Joined: Jan 2, 2017
    Posts: 402


    No such thing as too many! If I had unlimited funds I would build a warehouse and fill it up!
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  17. DocJohn
    Joined: Apr 22, 2014
    Posts: 21


  18. karl share
    Joined: Nov 5, 2015
    Posts: 107

    karl share

    I had at one stage 9 cars and 3 motor bikes, have been thinning out the herd as i am going to retire.
    Will keep my 32 ford, 57 olds and 21 harley as well as my daily driver G8 pontiac ute.
    It was a hard task keeping them all in good running order, the weight has been lifted off my back.
    Plus the bank account is much happier. :D
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  19. Elcohaulic
    Joined: Dec 27, 2017
    Posts: 2,207


    One is good for me but it has to be the right one and I finally found the perfect car at 60 years old.. I don't want anything else taking up my car time. It's a off topic 69 el Camino SS396 with a 427/TH400/2.87 rear end. I passed on the 64 el Camino I was going to by. This car is SO much fun to drive, you know how you get one of those cars every so often, I could never sell it.. The only bad thing about it is its off topic on HAMB. I wish we had a 1964 to 1972 section on HAMB, maybe call it HAMB 2?
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  20. HemiTCoupe
    Joined: Apr 4, 2013
    Posts: 217

    from TN.

    Depends, who your asking, me or my wife!
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  21. indyjps
    Joined: Feb 21, 2007
    Posts: 4,247


    If you had 6 running and driving old cars, In addition to daily's. I would think that would be a lot of time just to keep, washed, waxed, drive regularly, fix issues, general maintenance.
    To really keep them exercised and prepped that they can go on a road trip without concern, its actually a lot of work.

    I consider it different level of "readiness" to trust them to go a mile away in town to get some icecream VS ready to drive to another state.

    I think a lot of classics are in the icecream category, much fewer in the next state category on "maintenance readiness".
  22. Cougar20th
    Joined: Sep 30, 2019
    Posts: 6


    Depends if you ask me or my wife.
  23. Automotive Stud
    Joined: Sep 26, 2004
    Posts: 4,173

    Automotive Stud

    I had four, two of which are hamb friendly, and all were in the condition that I would drive them anywhere. When my dad passed earlier this year it added three more cars, all hamb friendly, but all needing work, so that puts me at seven. I'm putting a motor in one of dad's now, hoping to have it as another driver this summer, and another of his will be next on the list and will hopefully be a driver by next summer. The third has been sitting in dry storage for forty years so that is more of a five year plan project. I'm 36 and wanting to start a family, but I can't see getting rid of anything. I doubt I'll be buying anything else anytime soon, but if something else came up I think something else would have to go. As mentioned by indyjps it's a lot of work just to keep the maintenance on the cars. I usually pick one and drive it to work for the week in the summer, then the next week pick a different one so nothing is sitting too long. First world problems I guess.
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  24. I have 3 "old" vehicles but am constantly checking for another project. My wife has 3 dogs and tells me if I get another vehicle she is going to get another dog. So... 3 is my limit. :)
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  25. Lessee here-
    2 OT drivers
    1 OT pickup truck
    2 trailers
    '37 Chevy coupe with an aftermarket egg shaped trailer.
    '55 Chevy 2 door sedan
    '54 Dodge pickup (project)

    All of it fits inside except the 2 trailers but they are hidden from view...

    That is my limit-we voted 1 to 1 and I lost somehow. Her philosophy has always been that if she doesn't have to look at outside stuff she doesn't care what I have.
  26. guthriesmith
    Joined: Aug 17, 2006
    Posts: 5,360

    1. H.A.M.B. Chapel

    When I was in my early 20’s, I lived by the thought of “He who dies with the most toys (cars) wins.” But, for multiple reasons that could become a story in itself, I have come to learn that more cars really equals more headaches. So...even though I still have too many, I’m pretty sure that more than a daily and one old car are too many. And, in reality, pretty sure life would be simpler if the daily and the old car were the same car. Oh...and unless that daily and old car was a truck I might need one of those too... See where this goes? :oops:
  27. 51504bat
    Joined: May 22, 2010
    Posts: 2,875


    Not sure about how many cars since I'm always looking but haven't bought anything in a while. But I do know for sure, you can never have too many flatheads although I've only got the one in my p/u at the moment.
  28. Gman0046
    Joined: Jul 24, 2005
    Posts: 6,260


    I'm down to one that thankfully needs nothing. It feels IMG_0144.JPG good.
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  29. cktasto
    Joined: May 31, 2009
    Posts: 312


    One thats “finished” and one OT project.

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  30. j3harleys
    Joined: May 12, 2010
    Posts: 912


    That's where I'm trying to get to. But I'm a terrible impulse buyer. I'm trying very hard to quiet.

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