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Hot Rods Long term ownership

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by HOTRODPRIMER, Dec 30, 2021.

  1. This applies to Hot Rods & Custom cars as well, In my case I have owned my old beater for close to 33 years and I have done very little as far as making any changes, I'm still pretty satisfied with the way I built it long before I joined the hamb, if I had it to do over I would change very little, I did change the wheels and grille insert from red to a cream color, I have installed a interior and heat, that's basically it with the exception of maintenance.

    How many times have you updated or changed your old hot rod or custom? HRP
  2. Johnny Gee
    Joined: Dec 3, 2009
    Posts: 9,828

    Johnny Gee
    from Downey, Ca

    < 35 years with only minor changes except when body work (mod's) and paint was done in 06.
  3. junkyardjeff
    Joined: Jul 23, 2005
    Posts: 8,232


    47 years with my 37,its only been on the road 21 years and now on its second interior. I fell victim to the tweed interior fad when it was about ready to hit the road and after a few years I could not wait to get rid of it so 3 years ago it got fixed.
  4. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
    Posts: 16,059

    from oregon

    We bought our 67 Nova just before getting married in 1983.

  5. firemangordy
    Joined: Feb 28, 2007
    Posts: 404


    Bought it from original owner 42 years ago. It has looked like this for 25 years.
  6. proartguy
    Joined: Apr 13, 2009
    Posts: 547

    from Sparks, NV

    When I was young I would buy, sell and trade like crazy. At some point I started to keep some and they became “savers”. My ‘53 Dodge panel at 47 years is the longest in my fleet.

  7. Had my avatar '34 for about 35 years. 2 frame offs, 2 paint changes, 2 interior changes, 3 different engines and transmissions. Probably never drove it 1000 miles.
    Lil32, wicarnut, hotrodjack33 and 4 others like this.
  8. Almost 24 years, I’ve had my 51. Multiple rebuilds.[​IMG]
    The 29 cabriolet, I’ve had since 1958-59, 63 years, mol. Major rebuild starting ten years ago, lasting 6 years.
    The closed cab 29 has evolved since 1963, from a Tudor, to a roadster, to its present configuration.
    From its start, it had an assigned DMV number I had to stamp on the frame.

    I have had a number of other cars, but none stayed so long. I still have a 29 coupe and most needed parts, I have had for about a dozen years.
    Last edited: Dec 30, 2021
  9. Slopok
    Joined: Jan 30, 2012
    Posts: 2,711


    015.JPG 2022 will be 40 years, tires and freshen up pinstriping that was somewhat fading.
  10. RmK57
    Joined: Dec 31, 2008
    Posts: 2,136


    My Moosestang since 1976. It was only a 6 year old car at the time.
  11. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 18,229

    from California

    I have owned my 61 Dodge Dart Seneca about 30 years. had the slanted six rebuilt when the crank broke, had the 3 speed gone through when the front bearing went out, changed the original rear for an 8 3/4 because you can't find brake drums for the original, dropped it about 2" and that's it. I don't even remember the last time I drove it. too much crap in the way to get it out of my shop.

    I bought my 49 Chevrolet in 1976 at age 16. around 1996 I tore it all apart and took it all down to metal. body off the frame. MII suspension, now it is sitting in primer with the body mounted and rolling with a 305 and 700R4 wondering WTF is wrong with me for letting it sit for so long.

    I've had about 30-35 old cars over the years. can't really tell you why these 2 stuck around so long.
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  12. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 50,943


    The first picture when we were working on overhauling the 235 was taken in 1977, most recent at the drags was last year. 1977.03-59Chevy-Jim-David-shadetree.jpg 1978truck.jpg 1979396dist.jpg rear.jpg 198009truck.jpg racing81.jpg 1981paint.jpg 1985.jpg 1990engine.jpg 1989newbed.jpg 1999.jpg working34.jpg paint13.jpg zip tie.jpg
    HEMI32, Kiwi 4d, 40FORDPU and 49 others like this.
  13. I have had the drag coupe for 21 years this coming February.;)
  14. chevy57dude
    Joined: Dec 10, 2007
    Posts: 6,917


    34 years. Things that went:
    'Glass front end
    Tubular A arms
    327, 396, 454
    Muncie M22 Frankentrans
  15. hemihotrod66
    Joined: May 5, 2019
    Posts: 599


    Owned this for half a century..50 years My old Ford when I got it... April 1972.jpg Road Angels show 9-18-2021.jpg
    HEMI32, 40FORDPU, 33 fuel and 27 others like this.
  16. Had my avatar roadster on the road for 32 years (1987-2019) plus prior 8 years to build it.
    Miss it every time I go in the shop. SIGH!

    First mock up circa 1978
    Exceeding the limit
    Last edited: Dec 30, 2021
  17. I’ve had my 1950 Chevy 3100 since I was 12. I learned to drive on it, painted it when I was 14, and really only driven it since. I’ve put tires on it and fixed brake cylinder leaks, but other than maintenance, that’s it. Every year, I take Little Truckdoctor to his first day of school in it. 6D368028-89E5-4D1D-A9E6-87B3E04D2878.jpeg
  18. proartguy
    Joined: Apr 13, 2009
    Posts: 547

    from Sparks, NV

    Seems like some of us just hang on to our favorites. Some of my long-term other ones - over 30 years; my ‘51 Plymouth since 1984, ‘64 Comet - 1985 and ‘37 Chevy - 1990. All of them received improvements, engine swaps, interiors, etc, over the years. All are drivers - some more than others. Like old friends I am surprised how long I have had them, 30-40 years, and how fast the time went. 0901CD94-E26C-4C60-9577-69B14BA774A9.jpeg 26549D6A-2FFF-4901-ADCC-8E24F050A4CE.jpeg 0E9084BF-AC24-4BDC-AB79-7D7D4AE4F32C.jpeg
    Last edited: Dec 30, 2021
  19. I've had my '63 XL since the spring of '72 so coming up on 50 years. Paint and body work a couple of times and a new interior about 30 years ago.
  20. EA9A3778-CBF6-4D85-A143-EC385200589A.jpeg My dad bought this 38 in 1971 as a roller. Finished it in 82. He’d did everything but stitch the upholstery which was done by Jim McFall. It has had little done since 82 and it needs TLC. I’ve been gathering parts for years and it will get a mechanical and suspension update soon. Probably won’t do a thread because it’s not all hamb friendly.
  21. I laid claim to the 33 pretty much day one on this planet, lol. Turn the big 3-0 this year. Its next in line for a fresh overhaul.
    33 2.jpg

    33 4.jpg
    My grandparents have had their 55 Chevy now for 45ish years. Always been blue and white, but been our Project X with many different motors and trans combos. Frame off was done a couple years ago.
    papa 55.jpg nanny 55.jpg 55.jpg 106786654_1001355973601135_6720724889712358295_o.jpg 52486629_10155884426517204_3343619056249864192_o.jpg
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  22. 40LUV
    Joined: Dec 30, 2003
    Posts: 1,847

    from Mid Jersey

    I've had this since 1972, a year before I could get a license, and it started my '40 addiction. The kid in the play pen is 30 now. IMG_7863.jpg IMG_5944.jpg Yearbook Picture (4).jpg IMG_8559.jpg IMG_6586 (2).jpg
  23. 2OLD2FAST
    Joined: Feb 3, 2010
    Posts: 3,998

    from illinois

    53 years with my T , this iteration has been on the road for 22 years ... No old pics, house fire
    Lil32, 6inarow, wicarnut and 5 others like this.
  24. 2935ford
    Joined: Jan 6, 2006
    Posts: 3,729


    When I was a lot younger, I couldn't afford but one maybe two old cars at any one time ($350-$700 price range).
    My problem was I wanted and liked so many cars and the only way to get them was to sell/trade what I had.
    So, long term ownership never happened for me but I have enjoyed many cool rides over the years! :)
    downlojoe33, chiro, raven and 11 others like this.
  25. chop&drop
    Joined: Oct 11, 2006
    Posts: 535


    D6E3C129-7524-439A-B132-3A2133DBD5F3.jpeg Sold my ‘32 Tudor a couple of years ago after 42 years. Needed room and cash to build my ‘32 5 window.
  26. jim snow
    Joined: Feb 16, 2007
    Posts: 1,473

    jim snow

    Will be 22 years in July. Thinking about moving it along. Snowman ⛄️ C6CDC98D-1F5F-4256-8B7E-B61CB318DA0B.jpeg
  27. 57Fury440
    Joined: Nov 2, 2020
    Posts: 56


    I have my 57 Plymouth 57 years. I got it in 1964 before it was being sent to the wrecking yard. In that time I have had the original Dual Carb 318, a 383, a 426 Max Wedge and the 440 that is in there now. It has looked the same now since the 80's. I have had several other 57 and 58 Plymouths over the years but have always kept this one. It has been on the road for all except the two years I was in the Army. 57 fury.JPG
  28. tubman
    Joined: May 16, 2007
    Posts: 6,049


    I've had both my '51 Club Coupe and '67 Corvette Coupe since 1987 (as Frank Sinatra sang, "It was a very good year"). I built my "T" on the mid '60's (it carries a 1966 Minnesota "Homebuilt" title), and is now in the process of a complete re-construction.
  29. 41 coupe
    Joined: Nov 29, 2009
    Posts: 341

    41 coupe
    from bristol pa

    20170226_130205.jpg l have had this one for 30 years.
  30. Bob Lowry
    Joined: Jan 19, 2020
    Posts: 914

    Bob Lowry

    Little Blue, owned for 30yrs. Always kept outside. Daily driver for 10+years during that time....only
    modification is conversion to 12 volts....

    54 truck.JPG

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