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History Naming your car

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by IROC100, Jun 6, 2015.

  1. IROC100
    Joined: Nov 1, 2010
    Posts: 39

    from NY

    This might be a stupid question but I was just wondering how many of you name your car and if you do, how did you come about the name and did you or are you going to have it on the car. The reason I ask if ,some how it seems that all my cars always gets called something. years ago I had a 68 Camaro that got named Running On Empty, not after the song, but because the gas gage never worked. Now that I building my Buick I got to thinking about it and on the radio came Van Morrisions song Moondance and I thought, what a good name for a kustom, Moondancer , so from here on out I'm not building a Buick, I'm building the Moondancer.
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  2. Tony
    Joined: Dec 3, 2002
    Posts: 7,350


    I named one the "little bastard". It wasnt a Porsche like James Dean had lol, just a 33 Ford truck that was chopped witha hard channel and made up of a lot of different year parts.
    Basically it was real small and didnt have a genuine year of make so it was a bastard child lol
    All the others are shit boxes.

    Generally i dont name or like to name vehicles.

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  3. I never name any of mine but if I did, they would all have the same name...."Money Pit".
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  4. 'Mo
    Joined: Sep 26, 2007
    Posts: 7,432


    There were about a million cars on the streets in the fifties named after songs..."Night Train", "The Wanderer", "Misty", Ebb Tide", etc. Especially on the East Coast. Names were often emblazoned behind the front wheel, on the rear quarters, or on the deck (or Continental kit).
    The pro builders (Barris, Winfield, Cushenbury, Starbird, A. Bros., Valley, Roth,,) also named many of their cars,
    but not after songs, nor did they paint the names on the cars. Names came to be expected for top show cars.
    If you choose to to label yours, the dash board may be the best place for such a classy custom.
    Last edited: Jun 6, 2015
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  5. I haven't named it but I call it names sometimes.
  6. henryj1951
    Joined: Sep 23, 2012
    Posts: 2,304

    from USA

    Henry J.... kinda hard to call it
    big birtha...:cool:
    Last edited: Jun 7, 2015
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  7. Rusty O'Toole
    Joined: Sep 17, 2006
    Posts: 9,516

    Rusty O'Toole

    The best ones name themselves. When I was in school I drove a VW beetle with a broken motor mount called "Lurch". Also had a Willys with an Olds V8 called "Gutsy".
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  8. Stu D Baker
    Joined: Mar 4, 2005
    Posts: 2,654

    Stu D Baker
    from Illinois

    Early 60's, my cousin had a 54 Buick, nosed and decked, with "Mr. Lonely" in script on each rear quarter behind the door. I always thought I'd want something like that, but never did.
  9. rockfish
    Joined: Apr 11, 2001
    Posts: 445


    Naming cars is lame. Now, I do name my guitars but that's different........:D
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  10. alphabet soup
    Joined: Jan 8, 2011
    Posts: 1,497

    alphabet soup

    I call mine Alphabet Soup because it has parts from a lot of different cars on it. But here, at home we usually just end-up talking about them by color. Orange car, red car, etc. I don't think every car needs a name. But when you look at a car and read the name. And it make's you crack a smile. You know that guy got it right.
  11. mike bowling
    Joined: Jan 1, 2013
    Posts: 3,556

    mike bowling

    And then you have George Foreman ( but who's gonna argue with him?)
  12. I used to call my 1931 Dodge 3 window coupe, "the '31". Now that I have two of them, I have to refer to them as, "the primer red one (alias: my first '31)" or "the blue one".
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  13. I didn't even want to name my kids, but my wife insisted...
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  14. 5w32
    Joined: Jan 17, 2006
    Posts: 1,062


    Called my deuce roadster "sideways" .... 427chevy , 4 speed m22 ..... Yup ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1433623493.823488.jpg
    Joined: Jan 13, 2004
    Posts: 2,758


    when my daughter was little and learning to talk she called my 57 the "Chevy 7".
    My daily ride is a donor car I bought ,93 Fleetwood , My friends call it the "whos your daddy caddy"
  16. Jet96
    Joined: Dec 24, 2012
    Posts: 1,282

    from WY

    I like "Chevy 7". :)
  17. I've always referred to my '40 coupe as either "The 40" or "the hot rod". Since I have the '40 stake truck, now I refer to them as either "the coupe and the truck" or "the hot rod and the not rod".
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  18. turdmagnet
    Joined: May 19, 2008
    Posts: 382


    When I brought the Pontiac home, my then teenage daughter at the time, remembered a line from the movie Christine - "you can't polish a turd". Well I did manage to, and every since its been affectionately called "The Turd"
  19. trollst
    Joined: Jan 27, 2012
    Posts: 2,018


    My 36 is Mary, cause I've known her a long time now, and she has never let me down.
  20. volvobrynk
    Joined: Jan 30, 2011
    Posts: 3,587

    from Denmark

    I name my cars after the last owner.

    My red Volvo is named after Jørgen Edvard Johansen.
    So it's called Edvard.

    My Green Volvo is named after the owner/builder Knud.

    My Black Volvo is Jimmy.

    My Bedford is named Henry.

    My 1929 Chevy project will be called Frankie the Bow tie. Because it will be totally a Frankenstein car.

    My dad did name his car accordingly too, so do I.
  21. 2bubbas
    Joined: Mar 19, 2011
    Posts: 620


    Never have named a car-
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  22. chevy57dude
    Joined: Dec 10, 2007
    Posts: 6,307


    Dad used to call his car ''This damn piece of shit''.
  23. since you asked , i have always been a bit suspicious of people who name their car
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  24. It's just "the 55". Every time I even attempt to think of an appropriate name, nothing seems right.
  25. indyjps
    Joined: Feb 21, 2007
    Posts: 4,160


    Sure I name then, the impala, the camaro, the silverado. When talking to my dad there are multiple impalas, the 65, the 409, the parts car, and the vette.
  26. CruZer
    Joined: Jan 24, 2003
    Posts: 1,913


    My friends have ended up naming some of mine. My yellow 40 Ford coupe was called "Big Bird" and my 34 Ford red roadster is called the red rooster.
    My 65 Malibu SS was named by my wife. She called it Mabel Lu.
  27. 3quarter32
    Joined: Dec 10, 2010
    Posts: 379


    Call my 46 Bubble Butt. The reason is obvious.
  28. Okie Pete
    Joined: Oct 29, 2008
    Posts: 3,436

    Okie Pete

    last fall I bought a 57 4 door Fairlane out of pasture where it had been sitting since 1993. I was trying to come up with a name . The PO Wife's name just didn't feel right . Then when I was cleaning out the car I found the remains of a Playboy it was from May of 67 so I named the car Annie after the centerfold . Anne Randall
  29. I never named any of my cars but when I bought my latest project the po said its name was Ernie so it stuck.
  30. arkiehotrods
    Joined: Mar 9, 2006
    Posts: 6,397


    I named my '56 Chevy "the Nomad" and my '47 Ford "the coupe"
    Now, if I built a fancy show rod, I would call it something like The Outlaw or The Beatnik Bandit.

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