When I was a kid, we didn't have a ton of money, so I would scrounge garage sales and bargain bins for model car stuff. I would spend hours mixing and matching parts from leftover kits etc. Trading parts that were obviously not the right scale, just because it looked Ed Roth like. I really believe that model cars shaped my simple mind towards hot rods forever. I think that's why kids aren't interested anymore. Models are $35, old guys are the only ones that can afford them. I have a few that I still have a soft spot for. Post up the ones that influenced your hot rod life.