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How old's the oldest H.A.M.B. member?60+?Tell us a cool story

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by jalopy junkie, Dec 11, 2008.

  1. elba
    Joined: Feb 9, 2013
    Posts: 624


    I am 73 . My Father had a Shell Station in Kent, Ohio in the early 60s. His first employee had a 60 Impala , 348. 3-2s and a 4 speed . White with the red hounds tooth interior . Thousands of muscle cars bought Super Shell and down the road at a Sunoco dial 260 ! Elton ( Sonny Hunt ) was one of my friends and a customer with his many 38 Chevys. I have 3 drivable Corvairs. I just stripped all the paint off of the Rampside and I will repaint it . I have excellent health and still get around like when I was 20 . Just luck I guess. Never smoked or drank. I have had several 57 Chevys, a 56 Chevy, 2, 38 Chevys, 72 Nova , Nash Metropolitan and others . Daily driver now is a 73 VW Bug.
  2. Well I might be the Oldest Cat in the Bunch & Still kicking & driving my
    50 Mercury street rod, which I have owned since 1951 when I bought it
    after a Accident, I bought on the seen of the Accident for a whopping
    Price of $35.00 dollars & Towed it to the shop I was Working for
    it needed a Front Clip which I found one upstate NY & paid $150.00
    it was put on & almost Finished when I Received a Letter in the Mail
    It was my Draft Notice so I went Down & Enlisted in the Navy & got out in
    1954 on a Medical discharged.
    I have been a Bicker for a long Time! & have rode all over the US on my Bike
    I am 86 ................................!

    Just my 3.5 cents

    Live Learn & Die a Fool
  3. I forgot to tell you a Story well I was a road racer when I was younger
    I did not have much money so I built my own Race Car which was
    a Crossly Hot Shot & Turned it into a Road racing car
    Rajah Head 2 weber Carbs & a Fiberglass Body and some other
    mod's I raced a lot of the Tracks after I got my road race permit.

    Just my 3.5 cents

    Live Learn & Die a Fool
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  4. Dirk35
    Joined: Mar 8, 2001
    Posts: 2,044


    An older fellow once told me that he had a weird dream the night before. Said he dreamt he was a muffler. Said he woke up exhausted!
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  5. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 18,082

    from California

    13 year old thread about who is the oldest member has a lot of members who are no longer with us who posted. :(
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  6. jalopy junkie
    Joined: Feb 19, 2008
    Posts: 4,708

    jalopy junkie

    After taking an long extended break from social media, I recently logged back on to the HAMB to check on some of my old threads...unfortunately my "Vintage Trophy Girls" got canned about 6 months ago for excessive bickering and drama, but I was happy to see this one was still alive and well.

    I'm guessing it was only 6 or 8 pages long last time I checked in, but has tripled in size since then. My reason for posting is to let everyone know whos shared a story here, that no matter how big or small, I've thoroughly enjoyed reading, visualizing and laughing at all of these great experiences you guys have shared.

    Someone posted a link on this thread a while back to the American Hot Rod Foundation's interview with Don Montgomery, which I listened to and thoroughly enjoyed. About 20 different interviews with old hotrodders there (some as old as 90+ years). I admire their passion to capture and record these stories for future generations to enjoy and learn from.

    And while I/we may not be as famous as Vic Edelbrock, Jay Leno, Jeff Beck, Carroll Shelby etc... I firmly believe these stories are just as entertaining and just as important to our hobby. So, please, continue to post and share, and to those who have shared that are no longer with us, I'm glad you had a platform to put pen to paper, and document your experiences for not just us here today, but for people who maybe haven't even been born yet that'll be reading your words 50yrs from now .

    Thanks again guys, and keep the lies...umm.. I mean stories coming! lol
  7. arkiehotrods
    Joined: Mar 9, 2006
    Posts: 6,452


    I was 52 when this thread started. Now that I am pushing 65, I can't remember any stories!
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  8. BrerHair
    Joined: Jan 30, 2007
    Posts: 4,683


    Entertaining thread, have enjoyed it immensely. Thanks for it!
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  9. Koz
    Joined: May 5, 2008
    Posts: 2,361


    I'll be 70 on the next birthday. No cool stories to tell, only dumb shit I should have known enough not to do...... LOL!
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  10. Hey, if it wasn't for dumb shit this thread wouldn't exist. Let's hear it!
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  11. oldiron 440
    Joined: Dec 12, 2018
    Posts: 2,230

    oldiron 440

    Friends, cars and women should be the title of these
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  12. Koz
    Joined: May 5, 2008
    Posts: 2,361


    First time in my life I was formally "detained"...... Was apprehended for riding a skateboard holding a rope tied to back of one of my older buddies Model A tudor. We were cruizing down High Street and the cops didn't see the humor in it. They called my Mom to come get me and when I got home my Dad thought this was the funniest thing ever. Mom wasn't quite as amused. I was maybe 12-13 at the time. They thought sitting on a City Hall bench was going to put sense into me. Definitely didn't help. High Street in the mid to later 60's was just too much fun.
  13. Ice man
    Joined: Mar 12, 2008
    Posts: 984

    Ice man

    Well I'm 83 and still kicking. A diehard Ford guy, and have seen most of the stuff you youngsters are dealing with. Now I just read and remember. My life long dream was to build a B Banger, which I did and put it in a 29 Ford Pkup, with a 5 sp trany, which I did. Also always wanted a Crager head for a Banger. And yes I found one in Sarasota, Fla on the same B engine that was built as a race engine before WW2 and never fired. Had a problem sourcing all I needed to use the head and sold it. But the B engine was a runner and blew many away at the red lights. Also Had a 40 Buick Super that was bought for $250.00 that turned out to be an almost new car, perfect interior no rust and after 15 yrs of careful care was sold to a Buick Dealer, spending many years in the show room. Yea it was that clean. MEMORIES. Iceman
  14. poco
    Joined: Feb 9, 2009
    Posts: 513

    from oklahoma

    I am 86 and still work almost dailey 0n one of the 2 projects that i have, Ono is a 39 ford 2 door and the other one is a first series 55 pickup.
  15. Awesome, keep it up !
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  16. carpok
    Joined: Dec 29, 2009
    Posts: 441

    from Indy

    Thanks to all who posted some great story can relate to many of the story’s. I’m in my late 60s still going strong thank god to be blessed. Just yesterday I took my hot rod truck new build for a road test. All built by me in the garage no lift just a floor jack. It’s been a 12 months or so build 383 ,700r4, 456 rear, sitting on a milk crate because seat is in upholstery prison. Well down the road I go 12 shift ok a bit harsh tho 34 shift ok converter lock up ok steering a bit all over the road. Back to the garage set the toe in a bit more to compensate for the new power steering box. Re adjust the tv cable air up the tires. Back on the road truck is running sweet get a few miles on her stop and fill up the gas tank. So far so good stop on a country stand on it a little churp the tires in 2 and 3 hanging on the steering wheel trying to not fall off the milk crate. How fun is this still have a smile on my face. 849D5A7C-E456-4A31-87AF-FA26C109D47B.jpeg
  17. There was a interview with Clint Eastwood who is in his 80's
    He was asked how he can be so active at his age.
    "I don't let the old man in".
    Kinda says it all.
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  18. jerry7702
    Joined: Aug 29, 2006
    Posts: 59

    from fla

    78 next month live in florida and try to drive my 27 every day................
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  19. Jerry, 78, your still under warranty.
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  20. tubman
    Joined: May 16, 2007
    Posts: 5,733


    Every time I answer this I am 5 years older than the last time.:rolleyes:
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  21. He's now 90 and still going strong.
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  22. Toby Keith recorded a song "Don't Let the Old Man In" based on a conversation with Eastwood.
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  23. jalopy junkie
    Joined: Feb 19, 2008
    Posts: 4,708

    jalopy junkie

    So my 3rd grade math skills tell me you were born in 1935...any HAMB members have a birthday before then?? If so let us know.

    Poco, just curious...what was your first car, how old were you when you got it and how much did it cost? Thanks for sharing!
  24. wicarnut
    Joined: Oct 29, 2009
    Posts: 7,465


    I'm not sure how many "Crazy Dave" stories I've posted, you know the type, a car friend that just never thinks, just does, used tell him and ask him, Do you have shit for brains.? His Father said to me one night when I brought his car home as Dave was arrested, taken to jail again so I took his car home, this was the 3rd time within same year, I knock on door at 2:00 AM, His Mom answers door, yells to Dave's Dad, it's for you, your dumb ass son did something stupid again, his Dad looks at me and said, that damn kid, his brains must have run down his Mothers legs. I had no words or comment, just handed him the keys and asked for a ride home. Fast froward 25 years or so I'm taking my youngest daughter to her college dorm on move in day, we stopped for lunch in a small town on the way and "Crazy Dave" came over to say Hi, did not see each other for 20+years, his restaurant, met his new wife #3 and we had fun reminiscing over some of our misspent youth and then my prim/proper daughter on rest of trip asked about a few things she heard, my Answer was, Dave loves to exaggerate, don't believe any of his baloney, he was always full of it and to my surprise and grateful he did not tell all the stories, Thank God. Again I was traveling, stopped in a truck stop for lunch and I see this little old man that I recognized, Crazy Dave's Dad, I approached and said Mr. -------. don't know if you remember me, his reply, you're Dave's friend who used to bring his car home, sure I remember you and we had a nice lunch and he was so happy that Dave finally straightened out, took till his was 30. I stopped hanging with him at 20 as him and I were dumb and dumber together, I could do enough stupid stuff on my own, did't need help or any encouragement. LOL
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  25. jnaki
    Joined: Jan 1, 2015
    Posts: 5,985


    upload_2021-5-24_5-1-22.png similar but not the exact car...



    Friendships in high school were pretty outstanding. We all stumbled along, having as much fun as possible. The camaraderie with the teenage boys in the local drive-in restaurant parking lots, hot rod topics, drag racing when necessary and just having some great food, topped off our weekly associations. Now, throw in cars full of our friends in the girl’s side made it that much more fun.

    In our high school classes, we had built up friendships with girls and other guys. Sometimes, those girls happened to be “girlfriends” of our own cruising friends. That made it much more enjoyable to be in those bland history classes. Those “Girls just wanted to have fun…” but, for us, they made the classes attractive and ego boosting at the same time.

    My friend with the black and white 55 Chevy two door post sedan had the coolest looking girl in the whole school as a girlfriend. All of us were, of course, very envious of him and their relationship. But, when his girlfriend was in class, by herself, she was one of our friends, by association, and joined in all sorts of hijinks. Sitting next to her was an experience in itself.


    Those are some of the memories that just hang around throughout our lives, then and in our memory banks. We had plenty of jokes to play on the others and one incident of a water balloon attack by several of our friends while those “two” were temporarily indisposed in the 55 Chevy, was the talk of the high school for weeks. Not just by us, but like wildfire spreading, the midnight water balloon caper was one of the best events, told to friends.

    Although my friend was totally surprised, but as mad as hell, he chuckled as he saw us running for safety in the middle of the night. His girlfriend was also laughing at us running away.

    This is the result of a massive water balloon attack on friends:

    What happened a couple of weeks later was that my friend with the b/w 1955 Chevy showed up at my house on the Westside, on Sunday, at 3 am, in the morning, with his girlfriend. He purposely drove up onto the driveway angled at the front lawn of our house. (My mom’s Dichondra grass was as nice as possible.) He instantly stomped on the gas and left two tire marks across the grass. (Positraction) Little did he know that my dad’s window was right there and my dad came running out of the front door when my friend had come back for round two.

    As the 1955 Chevy was laying another round of marks, my dad gave chase down the block. I was right behind him with a baseball bat. But, then I realized it was my friends in the 55 Chevy. Ha ha…The joke was on me. Payback was not nice according to my mom…I had to dig up the grass and replant more for her, for free. My dad was saying under his breath that those go&^%%$ kids were %$#! as he was huffing and puffing all the way back to our house.

    I was the laughing stock at school Monday morning and all day. The friendly, finger of fate was constantly used as a reply. We all laughed at both incidents and our high school classes took on fun attitude until graduation. After our HS graduation, my friend’s old girlfriend was my daily companion, driving to the local college and back, for the next two years. She had her little Renault 4 door and I had my 1958 Impala on alternating days.

    When we drove up to where our friends were all parked and ready for the newish college classes, it was old home week. The incident would be brought up at gatherings, as it was a classic move, but the payback incident was also very big time for laughs. (except for my dad…he almost had a heart attack) But, friends will be friends to this day. Teenage shenanigans… a bright spot in the vast experiences of high school friends and their friendly adventures.
  26. oldiron 440
    Joined: Dec 12, 2018
    Posts: 2,230

    oldiron 440

    High school, your story reminds me of moving a classmates B210 all over the parking lot during the day. Four of us would pick the rear of the car up and move it around leaving him looking for it at the end of the day.
    The best move was putting it out in the middle of the football field.

    We would have burnout days where someone would put 5 gallons of diesel fuel on the pavement and we'd do our burnouts, the ash from the smoke was hard to get off your car. I still don't know why the cops never busted us for it.
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