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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by JimboSlice423, Nov 23, 2013.

  1. A two door sedan will hold just as many kids as a four door.
    It's been the belief, of modern parents, that as soon as the first kid comes along, it's time for an Excursion, because of all the support gear that is, seemingly, required for a baby, We had two kids and a Honda 600. Everything we needed fit in that little crackerbox. A little fold up stroller and a diaper bag. Guess what? Kids don't need 200 pounds of toys, a DVD player and a cooler full of snacks to take a 30 minute trip to Grandma's or a cross country trip
    At least your not considering the worst possible choice, the dreaded minivan with a crust of dried sodas, baby puke and Cheerios on the seats and floors
  2. 49styleline
    Joined: Nov 1, 2012
    Posts: 507

    from oregon

  3. Grumbler
    Joined: Mar 2, 2009
    Posts: 358


    (cough, choke) Hates wagons? How could anyone HATE a wagon!!!?
    You may want to consider marriage counselling before it's too late......

    Kidding aside I don't get this four door thing for little kids, the back seat is still the same size. Now if you were loading elderly grandparents, sure, but kids......[​IMG]
  4. 49-52 Chevy 4 door fastback.
  5. belair
    Joined: Jul 10, 2006
    Posts: 8,664


    Don't forget the mid 50's GM 4 door hardtops. Great looking cars and cheap.
  6. big bad john
    Joined: Aug 11, 2010
    Posts: 4,727

    big bad john

    Just get what makes you happy....have fun with it
  7. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 48,236


    Uh....maybe someone who grew up in the 60s and 70s when wagons were what housewives drove? Wagons were replaced by minivans. They used to have the same status that minivans now have.

    I guess some guys never new that, and others forgot.
  8. ^That sounds like a decent solution. Like Squirrel though, I grew up in an era when four doors and station wagons weren't very cool and I guess I've still got that mindset. Whenever I spot an old car I always feel a little disappointed when I see it's a four door and don't really give it a second glance. But, it's a different world today. As mentioned, find something you are passionate about because it is indeed a long term commitment.
  9. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 48,236


    Things have definitely changed. My brother's 58 Brookwood is way way way more cooler than the prius his wife drives.

    And my 57 Suburban looks really sharp compared to just about anything made in the past 30 years
  10. adam401
    Joined: Dec 27, 2007
    Posts: 2,416


    A 1950's 2 door car with a backseat fits the same amount of kids as the 4 door with out looking like a grocery getter. Nobody feels the need to justify how cool there 2 door car is.......
  11. 62nova
    Joined: Jul 13, 2008
    Posts: 340


    The car comes WAY before marraige and kids! Where are your priorities??
  12. But isn't a Suburban just a three door? LOL
  13. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 48,236


    Mine's a 2 door, like all of them were from 1935 thru 1966.
  14. Somebody
    Joined: Nov 2, 2013
    Posts: 468


    4drs are a lot easier to live with than women and kids. I'd pick the 4dr.

    If you're getting married though, I would go with a 2dr because its worth more so when you have to sell it in your divorce you will have enough $$ left over to buy a 4dr.
  15. 1964countrysedan
    Joined: Apr 14, 2011
    Posts: 1,131

    from Texas

    Listen to your elders.
  16. Do what you can! Hot Rodding is all about doing it yourself and with what you have. If your happy, that is all that matters. Definitely get the kids involved. I remember a guy back in the 60's that had a 55 Chev 4 door. Nothing great to look at but that thing was quick. He got a lot of respect. Best of Luck with everything!
  17. Dchaz
    Joined: Sep 6, 2009
    Posts: 481


    Why does it have to be a 4dr? My 41 Chevy 2dr sedan is the same size inside as a friends 4dr.
  18. JimboSlice423
    Joined: Sep 8, 2013
    Posts: 41

    from Ohio

    Wow! I didn't expect so many replies. Thanks everyone for the support. And for the people who asked, we wanted a four door for getting kids in and out of car seats. I'm sure it can be done in a 2d, but I would think it would be easier in a 4d.

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  19. Ebbsspeed
    Joined: Nov 11, 2005
    Posts: 5,446


    You've gotten plenty of advice about the cars. So I'll address the middle part of your question. Any hot rodder that frowns upon kids needs to recall their early years. Most will remember some old hot rodder that DIDN'T frown upon them when THEY were kids, but rather acted as a mentor of sorts.
  20. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 48,236


    I think he meant that 4 door cars are frowned upon by hot rodders....not that kids are frowned upon by hot rodders.
  21. I know they are frowned upon in the hot rod world, but what are your opinions on fixing up an old four door

    Damn ebbs, how did you read that as kids are frowned upon?
  22. Yeah,,4 doors suck and you loose money. :rolleyes: HRP

    My kids are grown and I kept this car long after they moved on with their lives,,I finally decided to sell it 2 years ago and I sold in a few days,,I didn't loose a dime! HRP

  23. T.L.
    Joined: May 24, 2011
    Posts: 206

    from Colorado

    I hate 4-doors unless the extra 2 doors are "suicide doors", such as the car pictured in the above post...
  24. 1955IHC
    Joined: Aug 20, 2013
    Posts: 636


    All old cars are cool, some more then others:cool:

    Sent via Illinois Bell Telephone Company's Car Radiotelephone
  25. Grumbler
    Joined: Mar 2, 2009
    Posts: 358


    Well I was talking in the context of this board when I said that. Born in 54 myself. Perhaps your right about the "pre minivan status" I never really thought of that
    Last edited: Nov 25, 2013
  26. Ebbsspeed
    Joined: Nov 11, 2005
    Posts: 5,446


    I must have had too much Kool-Aid yesterday. Pretty obvious after a re-read this morning.....
  27. If you have limited experience "fixing-up" old cars, then I'd say get started with the most complete, running car you can afford. There is a HUGE difference in the availability of parts between a Nova and a Galaxie. Not to mention the complexity of the options.
    Believe me, (I know), it is no fun having the car break down on a snowy Christmas eve, with a pregnant wife in it.
    Later in life, I found this real nice '67 Nova 4dr. Ran great and drove it 2yrs. with only normal maintenance, and most parts available at NAPA down the street within 24hrs.
    Have fun.

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  28. 48FordFanatic
    Joined: Feb 26, 2011
    Posts: 1,335

    from Maine

    I think the Chevy II wagons are nice. Lower it a bit...put some nice wheels and tires ( not low profile tires ) on it, and maybe a 327 with a 5 speed manual. Yes , that would be a sweet ride for the family .
  29. studedudeus
    Joined: Jun 11, 2008
    Posts: 141


    Love wagons. But 4-doors = too many doors.

    That said, do what makes YOU happy.

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