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Kids only into Tunners and Facebook. Only Hot Rods and The Hamb will do for me.

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 47.Poncho, Jan 9, 2013.

  1. 47.Poncho
    Joined: Nov 16, 2010
    Posts: 68


    As much as I like to sit at the computer and droll over all the magnificent rods on the hamb and learn how to built them so they turn out like that, I must admit that I always think that person has not always been able to built cars to that level. Like others on the Hamb, I feel that the work I do is nothing compared to what is showcased here. What I'm trying to get at here is we all started somewhere.

    So what I'm trying to get at, instead of showing off the cars you own now after all those years, I want to see the cars that started the obsesion. I want to see the cars(trucks) that you owned that got you into this hobby called wrenching. It may of not been anything special but at the end of the day, if your reading this, you must still be into wrenching in some way or another.

    I'm 21 and been into wrenching since high school. Since I know lots of you are older, I want to see the cars you started out with. I know lots of you started at a young age due to thats what alot of guys got into back in the 70's, 80's and even 90's.

    This forum is for all the young guys on here just starting out like my self. So lets see what eveyone else was driving in there early stages of their Rodding carreer.
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  2. 47.Poncho
    Joined: Nov 16, 2010
    Posts: 68


    I also find it funny to think of how different it must have been to build cars back in the day compared to how kids these days learn and build todays Rods. Lets just say, The Hamb has helped me alot but i also owe a huge thanks to my high school power mech teacher. Having someone watching over my work and giving his advise is something the internet can never do. So i'll start with the pics.

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  3. In the early '70's I built this 1930 Ford pickup from the ground up. HRP

  4. tfeverfred
    Joined: Nov 11, 2006
    Posts: 15,793


  5. gicknordon
    Joined: Oct 11, 2012
    Posts: 64


    Im 18 and have been into cars since i was probably 6 or 7. I used to read all the magazines. I could reall off the horsepower numbers for most performance cars at the time. I used to take the tires off of my hess trucks all the time. I cut my teeth on nitro R/C cars when i was in middle school. I worked on my truck so much i think that i could take it apart and put it back together with a blindfold on. I got my first chance at wrenching on a real car when i did a minor restore job on an O/T car two summers ago. Now im working on a 1949 ford f1 as my first real hotrod.

  6. First car I consider mine was a 1949 Dodge pickup, still sitting on the family property.
  7. maybee you otto go look at a bunch of profiles and their photo albums most have something to show:D
  8. 4psi
    Joined: Nov 30, 2011
    Posts: 283


    Don't discredit those "Tuners" to quickly. Everybody has to start somewhere. In the OT import world there are many highly skilled fabricators,engine builders, tuners, etc. A lot of very talented individuals in that scene. It is the "ricers" you got to look out for!

    I am 28 and in my early rodding career I started with fox body Mustangs, 4th gen Camaro's, and DSM's. It wasn't until last year that I was able to buy a hamb friendly project.
  9. My first car in high school was an OT 66 El Camino that my dad bought for me and said "If you do the work on it, its yours.".
  10. eppster
    Joined: Jan 26, 2011
    Posts: 223


    My first car was a 55' chevy two door. Unfortunately, back in the 60's, I didn't think it was important to take pictures of my cars. I really like the look of your car ! Keep it up , you've got a great start !!!
  11. tommy
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 14,758

    Member Emeritus


    Back when my hair was not white.:D


    A clone of my first car. I replaced the 318 with a 383.

    A virtual clone of my 38 Chevy coupe I pulled the 383 from the Plymouth and put it in this. I sold it when I got my "Greetings from the President" letter. (I got Drafted):D I was 23 because I got a five year deferment for my education.
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  12. Paul
    Joined: Aug 29, 2002
    Posts: 15,121


    I've always had olders cars,
    was given a '35 Dodge project when I turned 16
    and bought a '56 New Yorker, my first driver, soon after
    since then I've owned and driven dozens of old cars,
    mostly from the '30s, '40s and '50s and mostly stockers
    very few ever photographed, just drug them home, got them back together and roadworthy
    and sold them off.

    only been building hot rods from the ground up for 25 years or so.
  13. I didn't own a camera in when I was a kid. Sorry.

    Hell I doubt that I even have any pictures of the car that I owned before I woned the Pusher and I started playing with it in '04.

    But if it makes you feel any better about things the first car that I owned and drove legally was a '58 Buick Roadmaster, it was sweet under the hood and had a nice interior but it was as rough as a cob.

    That would have been in the '60s. yea I know to have oened a driven a car in the '60s makes me a lot older than you would have thought but there are guys on here that were racing in the '50s.
  14. propwash
    Joined: Jul 25, 2005
    Posts: 3,858

    from Las Vegas

    our family always had cameras, but they weren't something the adults allowed kids to haul around, and most of us didn't take pictures anyway. Who would have guessed that life as a hotrodding teenager didn't last forever? I started at age 14 with a '47 Merc coupe. Wound up owning slightly over twenty cars between 1958 and 1962 (HS graduation). Past that point, too numerous to count - some were HAMB-friendly, some not so much. Early acquisitions included a few shoebox (49-51 Fords) sedans/convertibles, 54 Sun Valley, 30-31 Pickup/baby hemi, 31 Tudor/324, 55 Chev 2dr sedan/389, 56 Bel Air 2dr hdtp, 57 Chev Conv, and a few others sprinkled within the mix.
  15. Propwash,
    Funny when I think back on it. There were some real nice cars running around my high school. Some of them I built so I imagine that I had aquired the skills early, none of them belonged to me. Skill level and monetary level just never seemed to match for me.

    There are very few actual pictures of my life, my sis has some from when I was real little. Then there is a big gap, I never made it into the high school year book, not once. I did see a picture of me @ B-ville taken in the early '70s in a magazine a while back, my name is not mentioned in the caption just the car owner.

    Sounds like you and I owned about the same amount of cars in high school.
  16. MikeRose
    Joined: Oct 7, 2004
    Posts: 1,571

    from Yuma, AZ



    I'm almost 34 years old now. This was my first car at age 15. 1959 chevy biscayne

    That's my little brother drying off the back bumper at the car show. It rained all weekend.
  17. 40StudeDude
    Joined: Sep 19, 2002
    Posts: 9,440


    My first car was a '50 Studebaker Starlight coupe...with a flathead six and overdrive...when I was 16 years old (My Dad said I wouldn't be able to kill myself in it...!!!)...I put porta-walls on it, painted the rims black, cut a coil in the front to give it a rake, and ran mud and snow tires on it in the winter...and winter's were tuff in Iowa in the late '50's/early 60's...

    That car gave way to a three year old '57 Chevy...and from then on I was always in trouble...

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  18. 47.Poncho
    Joined: Nov 16, 2010
    Posts: 68


    I forgot that camera's were not as popular back in the day as they are now. I should take more pictures of my cars. Even my past 2, I don't really have lots to remember them by.
  19. tommy
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 14,758

    Member Emeritus

    Yes I have no pictures of my cars that I took. Any picture that I have of my cars are courtesy of my friends. There were a few photo bugs back in the day but the invention of the digital camera made it easy for idiots like me to take pictures. I have been able to swipe a few pictures from the net that are very close but not actually mine.
  20. Paint
    Joined: Nov 18, 2005
    Posts: 301


    A friend of mine in Maryland owns that 38 now, it's a cool old car.
  21. tommy
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 14,758

    Member Emeritus

    Yes this was at a show at Capitol raceway. It's uncanny how close to my old 38 that this car is. Mine had 6 lug Chrome wheels on the front. Back then nobody that I knew, knew how to run 5 lug drums. American disc brakes did not exist at that time. Had the same spacers on the axle to get the front end in the sky. It had the same pin stripe and black paint. Unbelievable.
  22. ol'chevy
    Joined: Nov 1, 2005
    Posts: 1,283


    Matchbox and hot wheels, from when I was just a baby. In college I was a minitrucker, 78 Datsun then 85 Toyota. Figured if I screwed up a toyota, there were plenty more to pull parts from. Got my truck in 05, broke it down and rebuilt in 4 months, been working ever since. Led to me building a 50 Chevy truck for a client, restoring a 53, now working on all kinds of things.....playing with other people's money.
  23. I never knew any better, third generation Hot Rodder. All of the family friends were Hot Rodders as well. I still remember when I found out at school that not every family had Hot Rods, I was shocked!!
    Always worked on the car's, being small I was always the one to crawl into tight spaces, the family car was a 38 Ford Club Coupe. My father also owned a Radiator Repair shop that I worked in part time through school. We specialised in designing custom cooling systems for modified cars of all types, mainly Hot Rods. Norm of Aussy Desert Coolers worked for my father before moving on to start his company.
    My first car was a 54 Ford Prefect, it got tinkered with but never finished, we were going to put a 13B rotary in it (Yetch!! But hey I was only about 12 then).
    Then came a few motorbikes, you have to start out on a 250cc bike over here so I bought a Honda VT 250. It was the coolest 250 I could find. Then after joining the Army Keeping a Hot Rod on base was kinda hard, so then came another couple of bikes. One we called the 'Purple Piece of Shit', I built it in the car park from the parts of three bikes. That was another 250 and was boring so I bought a 916 Ducati.
    After that I bought the family Hot Rod from my parents, I wanted to keep it in the family. It was my daily driver and lived in the open car-park on base, that was hard on the car and it started to deteriorate.
    Somewhere in here I also picked up an Austin A 40 Sedan, that was going to be a gasser, again that went on down the road, I still have the 30thou over 401 Nailhead. I guess that will go in the next project.
    Thats when I started to build a 28A RPU, was going to be a daily driver to replace the 38. Once again started to build it in the car park on base but two A models and a donor parts Falcon was too much for the MPs and I had to find somewhere else to keep it.
    (They were all done in my early-mid 20s)
    For a short time then I bought a HG Monaro but sold it pretty quick, it had a very tough 350.
    I also bought an XD Ford Falcon from a mate that had over 450Rwhp. That was now my daily so with the 28A coming along, the Falcon and the 38 I had to get rid of something so I gave the 38 back to my parents. It always seemed wrong that it was not in their garage.
    Then a major accident at work ended my career, living on a Veterans Affairs pension meant I couldn't afford my cars anymore so the 28A and the XD went on down the road.
    Heres some pics.
    The 28A.

    The 38.

    The XD.

    The Monaro.
  24. Veach
    Joined: Jun 1, 2012
    Posts: 1,081


    Don't laugh no pic thank goodness 64 Newport 4dr.It wasn't a couple years old and cheap we had some old farm trucks but that one was mine.Say Eugene do you know approx how many of us DAVs are on this site I bet there is a lot.Veach US Army
  25. droplord49
    Joined: Jan 12, 2004
    Posts: 1,680

    from Bryan, Tx

    Here's the one that got me hooked. Got it when I was 12. Shoveled horse shit all summer long to pay my dad back for buying it. Got it running/stopping, took the front coils out, added the chrome steelies, and rattle canned her flat black. Started driving it when I got my permit, but traded it for a 64 Biscayne right before my 16th birthday. Got it back a few years ago and am in the process of getting her back on the road.

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