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Hot Rods How old are we really?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 40FORDPU, Dec 29, 2019.

  1. up to 20 years old

    6 vote(s)
  2. 21-30

    23 vote(s)
  3. 31-40

    96 vote(s)
  4. 41-50

    167 vote(s)
  5. 51-60

    262 vote(s)
  6. 61-70

    385 vote(s)
  7. 71-80

    290 vote(s)
  8. 81-90

    19 vote(s)
  9. 91 plus

    0 vote(s)
  1. error404
    Joined: Dec 11, 2012
    Posts: 279

    from CA

    I'm 36. I'm always among the youngest in my circle of friends, haha
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  2. Rickybop
    Joined: May 23, 2008
    Posts: 6,614

    from Michigan

    It was a steep learning curve.

    Click and drag?
    Copy and paste?
    WTF? Lol

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  3. Greaser Bob
    Joined: Mar 5, 2006
    Posts: 1,325

    Greaser Bob

    Will be 53 come March - what a ride so far. Like most of us I never thought I'd make it even this far!
    I'm the oldest in our car club, but at times probably act the youngest!
    Greaser Bob
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  4. Yep I got a 6 year old to teach me how.
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  5. chopndrop
    Joined: Feb 8, 2005
    Posts: 710


  6. Rusty Heaps
    Joined: May 19, 2011
    Posts: 612

    Rusty Heaps

    I'm 53 and considered fairly young in hot rodding groups. Most people I talk to about working on cars from the '40s and '50s are in their 70s because most guys younger than that never worked on such, especially OEM parts such as lever action shocks, straight 8s, and 216s. You older guys may want to mentor middle aged guys like me to pass along the knowledge!
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  7. Nostrebor
    Joined: Jun 25, 2014
    Posts: 1,074



    You guys really make me feel young!:p
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  8. The Shift Wizard
    Joined: Jan 10, 2017
    Posts: 2,089

    The Shift Wizard

    I'm in the second most populated group. (76)

    I must say I'm very surprised those 65-ish youngsters are so well represented. I never would've thunk it. o_O
  9. I'm 74, will be 75 in April, recently diagnosed "cancer free" after a long series of radiation and shots, been playing with hot rods for 60 years, I'm a happy old guy!
    Last edited: Dec 30, 2019
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  10. 75 in April, hey, that's me, April 26!!
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  11. I am too but at 69 I take a leak and go back to bed! :D

    Congratulations, that's great news. HRP
  12. stubbsrodandcustom
    Joined: Dec 28, 2010
    Posts: 1,283

    from Spring tx

    Well... wife says I am an 80 year old man in a 41 yr old body and chassis, with the dents and worn out parts of a 70 yr old.
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  13. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 25,266

    Jalopy Joker

    excellent - being a cancer survivor, always good to hear
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  14. 27 going on 28 this coming April.
  15. Ldogg53
    Joined: Aug 6, 2018
    Posts: 16


    42 here. A little over 2 years in the hobby.

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  16. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
    Posts: 13,763

    from oregon

  17. stinson
    Joined: Dec 9, 2010
    Posts: 77

    from alabama

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  18. I agree. A person that shows some kind of interest needs to be encouraged. They will follow the path that is right for them, in the end they will likely be doing what pleases them, not what pleases someone else. With the right encouragement though they can be led out of the darkness and into the light. ;)
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  19. Rickybop
    Joined: May 23, 2008
    Posts: 6,614

    from Michigan

    I always tell the young guys...

    You can call them all hot rods if you want to. And they're all cool.

    Then I show them a picture of a traditional flat-head powered roadster.
    And tell them...

    But this is the type of car that was originally called a hot rod.

    My little 10 year old buddy Zander understands that the really old hot rods are... in his words... handmade.

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  20. Mimilan
    Joined: Jun 13, 2019
    Posts: 639


    I confess....... I'm 52 in March. [shhhhhhhhhh!]
    I have never even tried cigarettes or alcohol ,and do Weight training x 3 [weekly], Aerobics x 3 [weekly] trying to reverse the perils of time.

    I was once told, if you want a lifetime of sitting on the edge of the cliff staring down into the abyss of broken relationships, poverty, sleepless nights, no career future blah blah! ,then marry a [Race] Car guy.

    It's been fun though!
    Last edited: Dec 30, 2019
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  21. Rickybop
    Joined: May 23, 2008
    Posts: 6,614

    from Michigan

    When I die, I'd like to go in my sleep... like Grandpa did.

    ... not screaming in terror like the four other people in his car.

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  22. Uribe
    Joined: Jan 27, 2019
    Posts: 43


    Im 39 and this thread really makes me think and wonder what will this "hobby" will look like in 20 years. I will be 59 by then. Will parts and cars be cheaper? Will it even be legal to drive our gas powered cars on the street? Judging from the pole, it looks like the majoraty of hambers are older gentlemen, thanks for keeping this thing going. I have learned so much here on the hamb thanks to the older guys. It truly is apreciated
  23. 392
    Joined: Feb 27, 2007
    Posts: 1,174


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  24. Caprice89
    Joined: Dec 30, 2014
    Posts: 249


    54. Started this old car crap 23 years ago.

    Sent from my online shouting device
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  25. ken bogren
    Joined: Jul 6, 2010
    Posts: 726

    ken bogren

    I've spent pretty much my whole life looking forward to old age ... at 74 (soon) it's just as good as I hoped! :)

    Blame it on my Grandfather, the guy was 65 when I was born and fast became my best buddy, he let me "help" (really?) when he built (at 75) his last "for sale" house, he let me hang around the lake cabin "we" built (he was 81 then) and listen to the stories he and his old crony friends made up about their youth and such.

    Oh yeah, on the many trips to build that lake cabin he taught me to drive. There were no slow drives down the back roads or side streets but I heard a lot of "Go, go boy ... GO!" He sort of believed that if the car would go 85 you were supposed to drive it 85.

    He had all the usual aches and pains of an old man in the 1940s, 50s and 60s but he was too busy living to let them get to him.

    Enough rambling about the glories of old age ...
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  26. slug
    Joined: Sep 1, 2007
    Posts: 178

    1. West Virginia Mountaineers

    Will be 73 in couple of days. Started this stuff with a '29 Model A in 1958. Not ready to quit just yet.
  27. Good gravy! My youngest is older than you.

  28. chevy57dude
    Joined: Dec 10, 2007
    Posts: 5,771


    Around 35% 60 years and under, that's the faction still in working (spending) years.
    We have a long way to go!
  29. X-cpe
    Joined: Mar 9, 2018
    Posts: 998


    Sweating tomorrows maybes is wasting energy that could be used to enjoy today.
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  30. derbydad276
    Joined: May 29, 2011
    Posts: 1,314


    I'm 16 with 40 years of experience
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