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Features I Have Old Car, Because It's An Old Car

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Robert J. Palmer, Dec 16, 2015.

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  1. I always have people asking, or more often telling me what I need to do to make my 1953Chevrolet more driveable or reliable.

    Things ranging from electronic ingition, disc brakes, dual reservoir master cylinder, radial tires ect...

    I want my car to act, and drive like an old car.

    If I wanted a car the handled like a brand new Corvette, I would go to the Chevrolet dealer and buy a brand new Corvette!

    I have owned my 53 for seven years it has a 261 Blueflame six rebuilt by myself and my father with period speed parts, dual points, dual exhaust, Isky C-4 cam, late fifties Corvette three speed and a 60 Chevrolet rear changed to leafs by my father and myself.

    The car starts every time I get in, stops every time, and better than my daily driver even in a panic.

    I have put 40,000 miles on the car in those seven years keep it mind that is summer only.

    When I drive the car I go 50, 75 or 100 plus miles from home, I have driven from Upstate N.Y. to Englishtown N.J. about 200 miles.

    The reason I drive the car is because if I do have trouble on the road I know I can fix it!

    I did have to change a fuel pump along side the road to get home from a cruise in this fall (less the 20 miles from home). I always carry, tools, points, and a fuel pump.

    To Quote Deron Wright "It should be a time machine"

    Thank- You,

    Robert J. Palmer.

    My 53-

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  2. tb33anda3rd
    Joined: Oct 8, 2010
    Posts: 15,149

    1. Connecticut HAMB'ers

    yep, i hear that too. "ohh you need to start using the LS motors and get away from that old technology"
    i get so tired of arguing i just say "ok" then go about my business.
  3. Flat Six Fix
    Joined: Feb 6, 2010
    Posts: 921

    Flat Six Fix

    Yup I dig the car, and it's capability...
  4. 55willys
    Joined: Dec 7, 2012
    Posts: 1,596


    Vintage works and being a time machine it can slow down the pace of life unlike the new cars that are all about insulating you from the experience.
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  5. Almost totally agree with you, but you're not driving in 1953 traffic so for my own peace of mind better brakes and lighting makes a lot of sense.
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  6. LeoH
    Joined: Nov 4, 2011
    Posts: 462

    from Reno, NV

    I've had to tell people, even folks who are old car drivers themselves, when I talk about rebuilding my '52 truck, "so you're a mechanic now?". NO. I have no illusion that I can wrench everything or repair anything, or honestly that I know much, just because I have 2 old vehicles. I know what I know about my 2 cars, and I'll know more about them as the years pass. That's ok. I can't learn it all at once and I'll likely never know all that I need to know about them, but there will always be the opportunity to learn something new when I do dive in to something on them.

    I like the idea that I can learn how things work on my vehicles and that process. There's nothing inherently wrong about a new car; that you get in, push a button and drive away in it. Use that sense of inquiry and curiosity on something else practical though, if you don't use it on your new technology vehicle.
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  7. 33sporttruck
    Joined: Jun 5, 2012
    Posts: 532


    Robert J., I looked at Your Profile Page just after reading Your thread. I must say that "I am Impressed !!!" At age 68 now, I understand Your Logic and I Commend You. For a Young Guy, You really have Your act together. It is also Good to see that You are definitely a Chevy Guy (6 included) That makes You a Care Taker and You have done well. The Chevy looks Great.
    At Your age, You have a grasp on the past. Stay True to Your Opinions........... Good Job and Thanks for Posting.
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  8. Thank-You very much, but most of the credit belongs to my Mother and Father.

    I have never really related to most people my own age, the guys in my car club (Kingston Igniters EST 1956) being the exception (Mostly under 40 and like minded)

    I like history, old cars, and music.

    I don't want this tread to for off topic.

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  9. indyjps
    Joined: Feb 21, 2007
    Posts: 3,576


    Wait, you should just change the.. just kidding.
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  10. I am not big on the "fairgrounds type shows" however I always enjoy the fact the old cars with brand new technology to make them driveable, show up in enclosed trailers, and the car with old technology are driven.
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  11. junkyardjeff
    Joined: Jul 23, 2005
    Posts: 7,166


    I think its great that you are keeping it all old school but as someone mentioned we do not have 1950s traffic any more so you will not kill the old car feel if you make some improvements in the future,I used to keep them mostly original but now that there are plenty of vehicles that weigh much less with 4 wheel disc brakes on the road these days so I do improve the brakes and make them more highway friendly and as you drive it more you will find out.
    Joined: Dec 27, 2009
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    AMEN - R.J.P.

  13. indyjps
    Joined: Feb 21, 2007
    Posts: 3,576


    I like disc brakes, I live in the Chicago suburbs and want to keep my car intact. When I lived downstate, it was less of a concern.
    Replacement Carbs with readily available kits are nice as well.
    I agree too many updates and the car loses its quirks that make it fun to drive.
  14. Sporty45
    Joined: Jun 1, 2015
    Posts: 692

    from NH Boonies

    That is a beautiful car, I wouldn't change anything either. Some people just think they know what's best. :rolleyes:
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  15. falcongeorge
    Joined: Aug 26, 2010
    Posts: 18,341

    from BC

    I keep thinking I should put a Gen III in my truck...With a carb and a solid roller...
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  16. k9racer
    Joined: Jan 20, 2003
    Posts: 3,117


    Nice car Robert. It what I would expect with your interest in old modified round track autos... So now post some photos of the mill..
  17. 3030
    Joined: Dec 21, 2010
    Posts: 199


    The brakes will skid the tires I don't know what more a person needs but I do agree the rear lights were a little dim. People just can not see them good while texting on there phone.
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  18. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 43,677


    I like your attitude.

    btw the current issue of Hot Rod quotes me saying something similar

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  19. steinauge
    Joined: Feb 28, 2014
    Posts: 1,507

    from 1960

    Good for you MR Palmer! I despise these damned electronic automobiles.I really prefer either of my old cars.They don't break much and if they do I can fix them.I currently own my first(and last) electronic automobile.Never again.Nice old Chev too!
  20. rob lee
    Joined: Jul 30, 2006
    Posts: 1,323

    rob lee
    from omaha,ne

    I like this post alot,Manual steering,brakes,big steering wheels,points,carbs.All these things make an old car what it is supposed to feel like IMHO. All the other stuff has a place ,just not on mine.:D
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  21. tb33anda3rd
    Joined: Oct 8, 2010
    Posts: 15,149

    1. Connecticut HAMB'ers

    whats a gen III?...............;)
  22. falcongeorge
    Joined: Aug 26, 2010
    Posts: 18,341

    from BC

    the only thing that's stopping me is I cant figure out how to trigger the coil packs with a dual point...:rolleyes::p
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  23. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 23,444

    Jalopy Joker

    gotta keep the "Flame" alive
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  24. I bought this old gem a few years back out of a guys drive shed-I cleaned it up,tuned it up,added the wheels and tires and drove it-bone stock. Like you I had lots of 'opinions' offered to me of the direction I should take with the car-I couldn't do it-The car was not a hot rod-but it was a good car,and damn fun to drive-best of all it was cheap to buy,cheap to fix up,cheap to drive,cheap to own. It made me wonder how many folks who perhaps cant afford a high end car,miss out on the pleasure of owning and driving an old car because their pride won't let them ride around in something this simple
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  25. droplord49
    Joined: Jan 12, 2004
    Posts: 1,679

    from Bryan, Tx

  26. 33sporttruck
    Joined: Jun 5, 2012
    Posts: 532


    A.A. That's a Clean looking 6 you got in that More Door................................ Jeff
  27. I wanted to go to Bonneville and then to the HAMB drags the following weekend and I wanted to drive my old 41 Pontiac.....took 2 weeks off work and left the car bone stock [239 flathead 6] except I switched it over to 12 volts. I totally HATE getting stuck with a car that won't start. Oh, and I replaced the 3.90 rear gear with 3.23s from a 56 Pontaic.
    I tossed a set of points,condenser, cap and rotor in the glove box, loaded it up and boogied!
    I replaced the ignition parts in the super 8 motel parking lot in Wendover when it began to get hard to start.
    It blubbered a little going over Wold Creek Pass in colorado....had a blast and everywhere I went people always asked "You really drove that car all the way from Omaha???" I told 'em it's just a fuckin's how all people got around in 1941 fer Christsakes.
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  28. Truck64
    Joined: Oct 18, 2015
    Posts: 3,686

    from Ioway

    I believe that there's Church Rock, right outside of the road into the Canyonlands. Hwy 191? The road from Cisco into Moab is real scenic, too. Spent a lot of time pokin' around out there and didn't see half of it.
  29. 55willys
    Joined: Dec 7, 2012
    Posts: 1,596


    I understand that feeling of being born in the wrong era. I always listened to music from the 50s and 60s when I was in junior high. I related to people who were much older than myself. Now guys my age (I will be 50 in March) are into muscle cars and Corvette's, just give me a cool old model A hot rod.
  30. volvobrynk
    Joined: Jan 30, 2011
    Posts: 3,588

    from Denmark

    Its funny how people, thinks that they need to help you fix, your unbroken car!

    I change stuff I dont like about my car, but that dont mean that I feel no need to changed it for others.
    But if asked I speak my mind.

    I like to change stuff like my old engines are made to leak oil, an small amount, but i made it more leak tigth so i can park in peoples driveway. the rear rope seal are made to drip between 2-5 times a minut.

    stuff like that i change. And I still love my old-car-life!!!
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