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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 32dreamer, Jan 7, 2014.

  1. RichFox
    Joined: Dec 3, 2006
    Posts: 10,020


    Hey. I was 15 when I bought my first car. A '39 Ford standard coup with a '49 Merc in it. That was '58 I believe.
  2. 26 roadster
    Joined: Apr 21, 2008
    Posts: 2,015

    26 roadster

    1956 at 7 years old
  3. RayJarvis
    Joined: Oct 11, 2010
    Posts: 209


    I was 9 or 10. my first car was a zepher.had a bunch of galaxie 500s and lincolns bought and parted out . use to pay about 30-50 dollars apiece for em
  4. That is COOL!:cool:
  5. I'm told I went nuts when I was three and a new '53 Corvette drove by. Got my first car at 12, a '39 Chevy I hid in the woods and rode my bike to it everyday after school.
  6. DaPeach
    Joined: Apr 22, 2009
    Posts: 260

    from NE OH

    Pretty much my whole life, can't really say it ever "started" at a particular time. I was surrounded by it. I bought my first car when I was 12 & had quite a few before I turned 18.
  7. V8 Bob
    Joined: Feb 6, 2007
    Posts: 2,757

    V8 Bob

    My interest in cars (mostly Fords) started as early as I can recall, and because of my dad. :) I remember looking forward to his monthly Popular Mechanics magazine, and almost monthly J.C Whitney catalogs, where pictures of flathead Ford speed equipment, glass and steel pack mufflers, and all the drawings of hot rodded and custom Fords and Mercs mesmerized me, silly as it sounds! :eek: The next progression was riding my bike to the corner drug store and reading/buying some of the hot rod comics, then Hot Rod magazine, along with the paper backs written by Henry Gregor Felsen in the early '50s, especially Hot Rod! I've read that many times, and still have a copy.
    Dad built my 1st car in 1957 when I was 11, during the time "side walk" gas-powered cars were transitioning into Go-Karts, and still have it today! :cool:

    Last edited: Jan 8, 2014
  8. Slicks
    Joined: Mar 22, 2006
    Posts: 388

    from denison tx

    I got my first car in 1952 i was 12 years old it was a 31 model a victoria
  9. 48jeep
    Joined: Apr 3, 2009
    Posts: 66


    I think it was about 1952 when my dad took us to the local dirt track. Later on we were visiting relatives in Defiance, Ohio and got go to their track. The drivers gave the kids a ride around the track at intermission in their race cars. Man, I was really hooked then.
  10. My Dad was into car's, so you could say I was exposed to it at a very young age. For instance at a young age there were lots of car and truck toys, then when I got a little older a pedal car, and it just continued from there.
  11. Mrwizard2
    Joined: Jan 2, 2014
    Posts: 7


    I was 10 when I fell in love with Willys Jeepster , my little league coach had one , I rode in the back seat and the rear window was flapping ,hitting me in the back of the head, first car I bought was a pair of model A ford basket cases , I was 14 , paid for them with my paper route money, now after 40 plus years , I bought a 1949 Willys Jeepster that had been stored in a barn since 1980, here we go! I hope the spousette is ready.
    Joined: Feb 21, 2010
    Posts: 351


    I must have been around 8 years old and I knew most all makes of the passing cars. Setting on Dads lap steering the family car at 11 and building Model cars from AMT kits. It has been a life long obsession for me like many of the guys on this HAMB site. I am of an age now that it appears pretty certain that I am not going to be able to grow out of this car sickness thing.
    Joined: Jul 5, 2008
    Posts: 107


    I hope my daughter can post this pic some day and say..."I was 1 year old and I owe the habit due to my dad!" Lol

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  14. gimpyshotrods
    Joined: May 20, 2009
    Posts: 18,321


    Came home from the maternity ward in a '63 Falcon. Drive a '60 Falcon now. Since about day-one, or there abouts, I guess.
  15. das858
    Joined: Jul 28, 2010
    Posts: 734


    Pretty much from day one , srarted out with buddy L toy trucks, then on to model cars, then slot car racing , then go carts , finally real cars , then dragracing, on to car shows, now I'm back to building a nostalgia front engine dragster.
  16. Gary Addcox
    Joined: Aug 28, 2009
    Posts: 2,427

    Gary Addcox

    My Dad was born in Austin on Bluebonnet Lane, about a stone's throw from Austin Speed Shop, in 1916. He was always playing with his cars, starting with a '30 Willys roadster which burned to the ground while he worked on the Capitol as a carpenter's helper. Then a '34 Ford 5-w, a '37 Ford moredoor which I rode home in from the horsepital in '47, a'47 Willys station wagon, a '53 Ford Ranch Wagon, a '55 F-100 with a 292, overdrive and A/C. I was more than ready to get down and start building stuff when in junior school, but by that time my Dad was out of gas when it came to messing with old shit. I remember him painting and doing body work on many of his cars, tearing down and reassembling four of his cars and three for my older brother, but I was too late out of the "hole". I am attempting to carry on his legacy until I push up thistles.
  17. 66tintop
    Joined: Nov 7, 2012
    Posts: 450

    from Canada

    Just remember , if it's got tits or tires , it's goin to give you troubles !
  18. zacattack
    Joined: Feb 29, 2012
    Posts: 27


    I was born into it, been at the drags and tripping around the country in cars since I was born. started collecting parts with dad for my first car at age 8, started building the chassis for it when I was 12 now were painting it. imported a car last year for the first time (18).
  19. big bad john
    Joined: Aug 11, 2010
    Posts: 4,727

    big bad john

    First was a 29ford coupe set up for drag racing...own it with a friend...sure had a lot of fun racing in union grove drag strip back in 64
  20. I was 2 yrs old in 52. Rode on the arm rest in the back seat of a 48 Buick Super.
    Ma said I could tell the names of al the cars. Used to drive around all the car lots with Dad. We always looked in the back row, that's where the cool old cars were. Dad was car crazy, so was I.
    First car was 1950 Ford sedan. got it in 1962 when I was 12. The addiction to cars never left!
  21. Brenda's (ladyhrp) infatuation with car's was jump started at a early age,her grandmother bought the wagon in the photo from Blue Ridge Ford brand new when Brenda was 1 year old and it has been a part of her life ever since.


    The wagon was used in her grandmothers flower business and Brenda grew up and learned to drive in this car,then her dad owned it and then it was given to her.

    A lot of memories are wrapped up in the car and I got it back on the road after being parked in our bard for over 20 years in 2012. HRP

  22. 1971BB427
    Joined: Mar 6, 2010
    Posts: 6,899

    from Oregon

    I bought my first vehicle ('47 International panel truck) at 13 yrs. old, but was into cars way before that! I can't remember how old, or when I wasn't a car enthusiast.
  23. wicarnut
    Joined: Oct 29, 2009
    Posts: 7,419


    Born into it. "Car Crazy" as far back as I can remember. Thanks! MOM and DAD. John
  24. fsae0607
    Joined: Apr 3, 2012
    Posts: 871


    At age 5 I remember my dad working on the family's cars. I would always come out and ask him if he was going to get his hands dirty. I wanted to use go-jo so bad at that age!

    I helped him out, fetching tools and cleaning parts and what not until I got my first car in high school. Then began my obsession with buying tools and car parts!

    Now I have a problem we all face: A long list of tools/equipment we want and not enough money/space :(
  25. Kerry67
    Joined: Apr 11, 2005
    Posts: 2,606


    Very young. But then I got into guitars and playing in bands until I was about 30 and left it. Around 30 I bought a 68 Cougar then eventually found the hot rods/customs and have not looked back these past 17 years.
  26. Best I can remember I begged Mom for my 1st slot car set at age 8. That's my earliest recollection of being bitten. 1st car, 57 Chevy wagon at age 14 (some 600+ cars ago!)
  27. 1oldracer
    Joined: Dec 3, 2010
    Posts: 195


    In1955 I was 13 and a couple of 19 -20 year old guys had a Model A roadster and a 32 coupe, both Rockel Olds powered in a garage down the block from me. I started hanging around there. They let me swept the floor and clean tools and parts. The next summer they took me with them racing at Oswego drag strip. I was hooked. Within two years with their heip, bought my first car, a 34 Frod 2dr. sedan with a caddy motor. Been working on cars since.
  28. cool picture
    nothing really changed except the car, gun, and You have gotten bigger!:eek::D
  29. KStewart
    Joined: Dec 17, 2009
    Posts: 46


    When I got out of the Army I had a 56 Plymouth 2 door HT. I got a job at the Lorain Ford Assembly Plant. One night I was reading a newspaper and a 30 Model A for sale. I went to a phone and called him. After I got off work I went and looked at it and bought it. $1200. He trailed it to my house and put it in the garage. I stayed up all night playing with it then went to work. Could not get it out of my mind. He said the motor was in good shape. I bought a battery and put some gas in it clean the points and it started right up. Someone told me about Snyder's Auto parts so I called them in 1963. I drove that Model A to work for 5 years. Then in 1972 I sold it for $5,000. Since then I have has 20 Model A's. Today I have 4 Model A's, 4 Model T's, 33 Coupe, 35 Pickup, 2 39 Fords, 50 Ford and my 49 Ford Conv. I am sure glad I never got hooked on old cars. Dad always said he got a dam junkyard at his house. :confused:
  30. inkblots55
    Joined: Jul 26, 2011
    Posts: 54

    from New York

    It was something like this, in the late sixities, for me.
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