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Folks Of Interest Quirks or superstitions

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Smokeybear, Mar 19, 2019.

  1. Smokeybear
    Joined: Apr 20, 2011
    Posts: 325


    The topic of superstitions came up with a bunch of car buddies of mine. I remember that my grandpa always glued a wheat penny that was issued in his birth year to the dash of all his cars. I can picture the 1930 penny shining on the dash of his '51 Caddy to this day. I plan on gluing one to the dash of my '30 Model A in honor of him. Also, my dad wouldn't start a vehicle with his right hand. He always reached through the steering wheel and started it with his left hand. When I asked him about it, he said it was just a habit he picked up because his first vehicle was a '69 F-100 that had the ignition switch on the left. I was told by my mother after he passed away that it was really because he always held her hand while they were in a vehicle. Any one else have any cool car related quirks or superstitions to share?
    Joined: Sep 5, 2007
    Posts: 1,817


    I never put my hand on the coil and engine block when cranking the engine.
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  3. williebill
    Joined: Mar 1, 2004
    Posts: 2,730


    Good story about your dad.
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  4. klawockvet
    Joined: May 1, 2012
    Posts: 424


    Anything green around race cars. Danica Patrick apparently broke that traditional superstition at Indianapolis.
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  5. KevKo
    Joined: Jun 25, 2009
    Posts: 564

    from Motown

    There were green race car sat Indy way before Danica. Teo Fabi drove a factory March sponsored by Skoal. I seem to remember the Porsche (oddly, also driven by Fabi) was green too.
  6. dan c
    Joined: Jan 30, 2012
    Posts: 2,198

    dan c

    i imagine a lot of folks went the "st. christopher" route!
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  7. Beanscoot
    Joined: May 14, 2008
    Posts: 1,947


    "I can picture the 1930 penny shining on the dash of his '51 Caddy to this day. I plan on gluing one to the dash of my '30 Model A in honor of him."

    I hope you mean that you'll glue one of your own birth year, it's super unlucky to glue someone else's birthdate penny on the dash of your car.
  8. and never won or placed ever again. LOL :D

    I actually got a thing for green. Grew up believing that it is bad luck and it just stuck. I do have a green sweater that is my lucky sweater though. I figure every time I wear it and I don't die or get seriously maimed that's good luck.

    For me personally its flames. I have owned 2 cars that I flamed and one bike and they all caught fire shortly after the flame job. So I avoid flames on my own stuff.
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  9. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 27,949


    Jimmy Clark WON The Indy 500 in a green Lotus Ford in 1965 before Danica was born. :)

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  10. Some have been known to say that English racing green on a Brit car is OK. I probably am not going to be driving a Lotus anytime soon (although I did once consider buying a Lotus Europa) but I have heard that the proper green on a brit car is acceptable.

    no peanuts in the pits. There is one that most do not know about anymore. I will toss you out of my pit for eating peanuts.
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  11. RDR
    Joined: May 30, 2009
    Posts: 1,355


    Never set my battery on the cement floor.....sorry you better find me a piece of 2X4 or 2X6 !
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  12. Actually that is based on fact. The old battery cases were leaked electricity really bad and setting a battery on "ground" would drain it. That is not the case so much with the newer case materials but I still put my batteries on a board too. ;)
  13. I heard of the green thing about motorcycles before but not cars.
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  14. 56shoebox
    Joined: Sep 14, 2011
    Posts: 1,106


    Plastic Jesus on the dashboard.

    I don't care if it rains or freezes, long as I got that plastic Jesus sitting on the dashboard of my car. I can go 100 miles an hour, long as I got that almighty power sitting on the dashboard of my car.
  15. silent rick
    Joined: Nov 7, 2002
    Posts: 4,255

    silent rick

    i separate my M&M's by color before eating them
  16. Flathead Dave
    Joined: Mar 21, 2014
    Posts: 3,275

    Flathead Dave
    from So. Cal.

    I have a really bad quirk of raising my hand onto anyone's forehead after they fart in my car. My arm and hand are very uncontrollable like that...
  17. My official disclaimer: If you are thin skinned this may be considered to be sacrilegious :rolleyes:

  18. 56shoebox
    Joined: Sep 14, 2011
    Posts: 1,106


  19. I wipe my key with my fingers before inserting in the lock. I do not allow anything glass in my shop.
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  20. Slopok
    Joined: Jan 30, 2012
    Posts: 2,626


    I always clock my Philips screws in an X pattern!
  21. das858
    Joined: Jul 28, 2010
    Posts: 721


    I'm going to start looking for a plastic Jesus for my wagon ! I also won't have a green car .
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  22. Fordors
    Joined: Sep 22, 2016
    Posts: 3,461


    Not a quirk story, but I do have an M&M story. I bet my foreman that there were no red M&M’s in a package and beat him out of $5. I had a bag from the plant vending machines, held it up to my forehead and said there were no red ones in it, to which he said “ You’re nuts, open it.”
    Clearly he didn’t pay attention to the news. There was a time back in the ‘70’s when red dye 40 was banned as a carcinogen and as a result there were no red M&M’s until they found a substitute coloring agent. I let him stew for a couple of days before I gave him his $5 back.
  23. RDR
    Joined: May 30, 2009
    Posts: 1,355


    At least you don't put them in alphabetical order !!
  24. Rusty O'Toole
    Joined: Sep 17, 2006
    Posts: 9,490

    Rusty O'Toole

    I've heard of the superstition regarding green race cars, but I know a couple of people (who know nothing about cars) who swear that the best cars they ever had, were green.

    As far as leaving a battery on a cement floor, I decided to test this superstition by leaving a good battery on a cement floor. After 3 weeks it was dead as a door nail and it would never take a charge again. Since then I always store batteries on a wooden shelf, and my batteries last for years. I know a guy who has several old cars and keeps his spare batteries on the floor, he buys new batteries at least once a year. Why this happens I can't say.

    Another weird superstition is that you should always use non detergent 30 weight oil in an old car. Detergent oil has been around since 1947 and multi grade oil since 1951. Chances are your old car has never used anything else, at least until it fell into the hands of some nimrod.
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  25. Beanscoot
    Joined: May 14, 2008
    Posts: 1,947


    "I have owned 2 cars that I flamed and one bike and they all caught fire shortly after the flame job."

    Well if you knew anything about sympathetic magick, you would have prophesied this right away!

  26. Moselli
    Joined: Feb 16, 2009
    Posts: 99


    I'm not superstitious... knock on wood.
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  27. BuckeyeBuicks
    Joined: Jan 4, 2010
    Posts: 2,265

    from ohio

    As Cool Hand Luke Said "Going 90 it ain't scary, when you got the Virgin Mary, sittin on the dashboard of my car"
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  28. Sky Six
    Joined: Mar 15, 2018
    Posts: 1,656

    Sky Six
    from Arizona

    For me, never a green motorcycle, and one minor quirk... the tags in the neck of t shirts. I cut them out.
    Of course, I am not the brightest bulb in the chandelier.
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  29. jimgoetz
    Joined: Sep 6, 2013
    Posts: 409


    No race car number that reads the same upside down. 11, 96, 101 etc. But I knew one driver that always painted his name upside down above the window so people would know who he was if he flipped.
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  30. oldolds
    Joined: Oct 18, 2010
    Posts: 3,139


    Bells in the car to scare the evil spirits away. I never did it. Had a friend who swore by it. He wrecked more cars than anyone I know. He never got hurt though.
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