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Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by jim1932, Mar 21, 2019.

  1. For an up and down 10 years in the old cars hobbyI have bounced between newbie to avid restorer, hoarder, Hot rodder and everything in between. I hope to speak to the guys like me. Shit I can’t even weld, let alone to stuff a master like flop can do. Pretty sure my banger won’t go to bonneville. But back in the day, all people were after was respect in their town. The internet can make our town the world. It took me a number of years to decide to be happy with what I can build and assemble. If you can do better.... good for you. Mine is not a copy, not a show winner. But it makes me smile. I win!
  2. Good for you.It's your vision.
  3. JimSibley
    Joined: Jan 21, 2004
    Posts: 3,205


    I like cars. I have always said, the guy that knows the most ridicules the least. I real builder admires what he can, helps where he can and only points out dangers for the sake of safety.
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  4. belair
    Joined: Jul 10, 2006
    Posts: 8,604


    If you're not having fun, you're doing it wrong.
    Last edited: Jun 17, 2019
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  5. lumpy 63
    Joined: Aug 2, 2010
    Posts: 1,379

    lumpy 63

    At the end of the day when you sit and look at what you have accomplished ...Does it make you smile? If so you are doing it completely right:D
  6. 56sedandelivery
    Joined: Nov 21, 2006
    Posts: 6,558


    "I" can completely relate to you! Dreams are what we all work towards; there has to be a light at the end of the tunnel (our own tunnel). Build whatever makes YOU/ME happy; the rest of the world can get in line to, KMA! There are many cars that I can't see what possessed them to build such an abortion, and many more that I only wish I had the talent and ability to build such a creation. I personally prefer mostly stock appearing cars, with drive train modifications. Maybe not too exciting, but it's what I like. Sounds like what you like too. I am Butch/56sedandelivery.
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  7. I agree with you completely. I never drive one of my cars to a show to be judged, I just like them for being my old cars. I don't care if anybody else likes them or even if they are never seen by anyone but me. I have even more limitations now that I am officially "old" and find contorting in, around and under cars troublesome. My welding, painting and other skills are noticeably worse than they used to be.
  8. 40FORDPU
    Joined: Mar 15, 2009
    Posts: 2,969

    from Yelm, Wa
    1. Northwest HAMBers

    I agree
    The pride I take in my cars is based on the fact that I created them, to my taste, with my basic tools and skills.
    Rarely do I take home a trophy, and rightfully so, as there are always high end builds present, with outstanding workmanship.
    The shows I attend is strictly for the sharing of interest with people who have the same love for a hobby we share.
    I wouldn't be happy with a finished car, created by someone else.
  9. Model A Gomez
    Joined: Aug 26, 2006
    Posts: 1,403

    Model A Gomez

    Great car, I would love to have it. A banger with a high compression head, a downdraft carb and a few other upgrades makes a fun driver. Not a 70 mph car but will always draw attention, lot of modern V8 powered cars out there but just a few really vintage powered cars in comparison. Have fun with it.
  10. I have always said that you should do what you do and let the chips fall where they may.

    In the real world of hot rodding before traditional was traditional most cars never made a magazine spread or even actually raced and won. They were just built by the guys who did it and driven. Fit and finish was for show cars and the rest of the world just had a good time. I personally am all about having a good time, when it stops being fun I'll quit doing it.
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  11. A lot of that nice stuff you see at shows was built by somebody other than the owner. I don't know how many guys I try to talk to about their cars and they don't know a single specific. They wrote a check and bought a car or had one built. If that's your thing, fine. But for me, I'd rather see something a little rougher that the owner has poured his own time and effort into. Something that shows some character from having lived a life and survived. The kind of people who would look down on your car because it's not as nice as theirs are not the kind of people whose opinions I care about.
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  12. Moon50F3
    Joined: Sep 18, 2014
    Posts: 216

    from Mesa, AZ

    There’s no “man, I really fuckin like this statement” button, so lemme just say that I do. Thanks!

  13. RustyDogg
    Joined: Oct 8, 2014
    Posts: 136


    Great thread. I fully concur with the above statements. There's no shortage of imperfections on my Fury. Be it lousy body work, so-so gaps or the chip in the windshield. Its fine by me, she makes me smile. I put it together with limited funds and fundamental skill set. It's all good.
  14. RustyDogg
    Joined: Oct 8, 2014
    Posts: 136


    Right on!!!
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    Is this the car? HRP
  16. I try to build a car to the best of my ability and my capability's have improved over the years,but in the end I am the only one that needs to be happy with my accomplishments, I'm fortunate to have a group of friends far more talented than myself and we swap help each other on projects. HRP
  17. Super Streak
    Joined: Nov 22, 2011
    Posts: 264

    Super Streak
    from Florida

    Enjoy what you've built, life is too short to be worried about what some one else thinks about your car.
    Take it out and drive it like you want, all of us can't be like those people on Barrett Jackson with more money than they know what to do with. Some one doesn't like my car they can get buggered.
  18. ramblin dan
    Joined: Apr 16, 2018
    Posts: 2,299

    ramblin dan

    Nice ride. I've owned and driven my car since high school where I was laughed at by some for driving an old car. I now have to laugh when I see these clowns who picked on my car years ago now paying an entrance fee to get into a car show where my car sits.
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  19. gene-koning
    Joined: Oct 28, 2016
    Posts: 2,173


    The only shows I enter are shows that support things I support, charities, in memory of special people, or other things I like to support. Nothing I build is a show quality ride, it was build within my abilities and for my enjoyment, and I really don't care if someone like it or not.
    If I enter a car show and I win a trophy, that only tells me there were not enough cars that have entered that show. My favorite trophy is the enjoyment my wife and I get driving around in our hot rod. Gene
  20. deucemac
    Joined: Aug 31, 2008
    Posts: 1,115


    You need to remember the original motto of the NSRA. Fun with cars! If you enjoy your car, then you have arrived. If you want to see neurotic people, go to a Corvette meet. They worry about the most trivial things because they can! Just remember that the round rubber things are there for much morethan holding the car off the garage floor. Use them for their real intentions, smile and be glad to have a hot rod!
  21. clem
    Joined: Dec 20, 2006
    Posts: 3,129


    Beautiful car !
    Nice to leave it as it is, or make some changes as to your ability.
    Did you really take 648 photos of it ???
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  22. clem
    Joined: Dec 20, 2006
    Posts: 3,129


    From what I can work out, there are probably only a few world wide with skills like flop !
  23. rd martin
    Joined: Nov 14, 2006
    Posts: 2,446

    rd martin
    from indiana

    Do what ya can,enjoy what you can, I realizing how short life is, headed over shortly to help clean out a good friends shop,he’s gone. But he enjoyed life,his cars,and most of all the people.have fun while ya can.
  24. Actually, all those photos where of this car because it was originally kept at my Dad's 7 hours away. That way I could reference stuff while buying parts or asking questions. I ended up letting go of the Tudor because I fell into a deal I couldn't turn down on this one. C9C2F703-898D-49F2-9B4B-9ED1E0259520-196-00000004E710643B.jpeg
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  25. Oops.. that was before reversing the spring (a friend did that for me).

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  26. That is a dam cool ride I would be proud to put it my drive way. As other have said build it for you and what you want or like. There is all way going to be that million dollar guys that things is about brand name and how much was spent.
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  27. WB69
    Joined: Dec 7, 2008
    Posts: 1,489


    You are absolutely spot on with your thinking! Nothing worse than someone criticizing someone's ride, then when you ask about their car that they have built, guess what, they don't have one and have never built one. But they still know it all.
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  28. roger didonato
    Joined: Aug 24, 2016
    Posts: 132

    roger didonato

    Both cars on my avator are home built & good safe roadcars As with most cars a lot of oops , oohs, & why'd I do that's. But to me its all worth it. So keep it up.
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  29. mcmopar
    Joined: Nov 12, 2012
    Posts: 1,590

    from Strum, wi

    When I go to a car show with my truck, I bring it so I can get a close parking spot in the show and I don't have to walk that far.
  30. Moon50F3
    Joined: Sep 18, 2014
    Posts: 216

    from Mesa, AZ

    I do that when I go to Symco. Park in the VIP show area, not because I want to show it, but because it’s a good close parking spot among old stuff.

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