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Hot Rods Never too young to learn

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Bruce Fischer, Oct 2, 2017.

  1. 001.JPG Friday, Sat and Sunday, my granddaughter spent the weekend with us and wanted to help change the oil in one of our cars. Here a picture of her helping. She is only 8 years old. P.S she can work an in pact gun too.! Bruce.
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  2. You’re quite right Bruce. It’s never too early to teach kids about cars.

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  3. Teach them young ,this lady did have a granddad to teach her how to add oil. HRP

  4. Latigo
    Joined: Mar 24, 2014
    Posts: 711


    Good picture Bruce! Fun times with the grandkids!
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  5. Mark Hinds
    Joined: Feb 20, 2009
    Posts: 616

    Mark Hinds
    from pomona ca

  6. Sometimes they just wanna see what lurks under an old Ford. IMG_0244.JPG
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  7. 19Fordy
    Joined: May 17, 2003
    Posts: 7,729


    That's great. most kids today no nothing about what "makes the wheels go round" and doing the most basic maintenance.
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  8. lostone
    Joined: Oct 13, 2013
    Posts: 2,360

    from kansas

    I agree, at least learn the basics. My son at 15. Of course it's his truck he is working.

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  9. atch
    Joined: Sep 3, 2002
    Posts: 5,311


    Good on her and you; and all others mentioned above.

    One s-i-l is a gearhead and I'm sure will teach his two sons (and perhaps the little princess) about mechanical stuff including vehicles, bicycles, 4-wheelers, lawnmowers, etc. when they are old enough. His wife (my daughter Meredith) loves the old hot rods and is NOT afraid to get greasy head-to-toe helping Justin.

    The other s-i-l doesn't know any more about vehicle maintenance than what he overhears at the dealership when he takes one in to get fixed. His wife (my daughter Allison) will probably teach their two sons about this stuff, though, when they are old enough. When she was single she brought her cars out to my shop to do all sorts of maintenance and repairs. I'm not really sure whether she was that interested or just too frugal to pay someone else. Either way she's pretty mechanically inclined.

    I'm proud of both of my girls for this. I probably failed miserably in other aspects of raising children but in this they excelled.
  10. 004.JPG We also had to change the air filter so we had to take some suff apart to get to it.She got in there with a screwdriver and loosen up everything and pulled it apart to get to it.She loves coming down to the shop when she comes over.Bruce.
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    I cannot for the life of me get my darn transmission pan to seal. So I sent my 10 year old daughter to go under there give it a go. Still leaking. I'm not paying her a dime (kidding).

    She's interested, so I'm teaching her everything I know. Woodworking. Welding. Painting. Mechanics. She helps me sometimes at my shop building film sets[​IMG]
    We all have such limited time here, I spend all of it that I can with my kids.
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  12. Clunker.It seems like just as many girls are interested on working on cars as boys are.Bruce.
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  13. Be sure to teach all of them how to use a stick shift.
  14. metalman
    Joined: Dec 30, 2006
    Posts: 3,293


    My oldest daughter was quite the gearhead, of course she grew up in a hot rod shop. Got an engine rebuild kit for her 16th birthday and rebuilt the 327 in her Camaro herself with it. It was fun seeing her hang around car shows and stuff and having boys trying to impress her with their "car knowledge". Fun when they realized she knew more about cars then they did and enjoyed putting them in their place! At some point she realized she doesn't really enjoy wrenching so she doesn't do much anymore, that's ok, least she knows how and won't let a mechanic take advantage of her (not that a shop would EVER take advantage of a single female).
    My youngest daughter never hung out at the shop much growing up but still managed to pick up some decent mechanical skills. Her live in (ug) boyfriend doesn't know a screwdriver from a wrench so any little home repair or vehicle maintenance is her job and he seems ok with that. I would think he'd be embarrassed but I guess he's ok with it since he'd rather sit on his ass and let everyone else work. Nor can he drive a stick but that's a good thing cause I know he's not running around in her truck!
  15. Duellym
    Joined: Feb 28, 2016
    Posts: 314


    I was always around my dad when I was little, he's the reason I know as much as I do about cars.
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  16. driverquality
    Joined: Sep 17, 2017
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    I have my dad & older brothers to thank for my mechanical abilities, so am trying to do the same for my son. He loves “working “ on the old truck with me. I also bought an old Schwinn for him to learn basic mechanics on and maybe some metal work & paint if he’s up for it. Even if he isn’t into old cars when he grows up, I at least hope he can troubleshoot with more than his cellphone! Here’s a couple pics. First he’s about 2 1/2 years old & everything under the truck measured 42, other is of him in his hot rod with trailer this last spring :) [​IMG][​IMG]

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  17. Hotrodmyk
    Joined: Jan 7, 2011
    Posts: 2,235

    1. Northwest HAMBers

    I thought I would re-pop this thread just for kicks. Today is my Grandson's birthday and here he is "helping" a few years ago.
  18. Truck64
    Joined: Oct 18, 2015
    Posts: 5,325

    from Ioway

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  19. low budget
    Joined: Nov 15, 2006
    Posts: 5,562

    low budget
    from Central Ky

    Her Grand dad was a chef tho wasnt he, HRP? :D
  20. Always teach them to drive a stick just in case there is an emergency and no one else is there to get to help.
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  21. LM14
    Joined: Dec 18, 2009
    Posts: 1,937

    Member Emeritus
    from Iowa

    Grandson is great help. Problems started when I got out the torch and lit it. His dad and I knew what was happening but he didn't. He ran from the garage yelling "fiwa fiwa" (fire, fire in 5 year old speak).
    Good times,

  22. I told you to install the 3.23 gears not the 3.55s you knucklehead!

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  23. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
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    [​IMG] I got it started for him, but the look on his face when he ripped the wheel out of the tire was priceless. Bob
  24. vtx1800
    Joined: Oct 4, 2009
    Posts: 1,547


    My grandkids live about an hour away so it takes planning to get them involved. My grandson helped me pull the engine on the Stude Hawk last summer and then about a month ago he helped put the 53 Stude body on the 58 Hawk frame. I was talking to his mom about his interest and I thought she had helped disassemble a Camaro when she was about 10, she said she liked doing things like that but as a teenager that wasn't "cool". My grandaughter helped put a clutch in the 38, laying under a car turned out to not be something she wanted to do again, she will probably be a princess:) Her mom also has helped me work on her car, she isn't afraid to get her hands dirty. I try to have things they can do and not just watch, none of us want to watch somebody else do something. IMG_1686.JPG IMG_1659.JPG
  25. He looks a little umm, tired

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    These are mine and they are girls the older one is the brightest most caring and inquisitive soul I know. The little one is a smart ass ball buster , just like her old man and I love it!!

    They are always following me around the house asking how I do this or that and expect answers.
    I just tell them that they need to go to school and get good jobs so they can support me and have me live with them, I’ll tske car of the cars and house stuff !!
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  27. low budget
    Joined: Nov 15, 2006
    Posts: 5,562

    low budget
    from Central Ky

    Eye protection especially for the youngins crawlin up under our crusty stuff is always a good idea too;)
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