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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by KevKo, Jan 22, 2019.

  1. dan31
    Joined: Jul 3, 2011
    Posts: 1,047


    Gas isn't the problem,gas is a by-product of refining oil. 33and a 3rd knows whats up.
  2. My 9 year old likes my old cars.
    The 62 econoline is his, he says,
    He already wants a couch and some courtains in it.
    Hes been bugging me on when is his vans turn? After the coe?or after the vannete.

    One of his videogames has this as an option to drive.
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  3. trollst
    Joined: Jan 27, 2012
    Posts: 1,755


    It is changing, but maybe not the way you might think. A friend died yesterday of very aggressive cancer two weeks after he was diagnosed, his cars, a vette and an elky, both went to his neice and nephew, cars they could not have afforded while he was alive. In life they had large monetary value, in death they became treasured items belonging to uncle glen and will be looked after as such. I suspect that will be the biggest change to our hobby.
    RIP Glen Gillis, car guy extrordinair.
  4. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 27,145


    I look back to 1973 as a 28 year old with the "newest" year model wise vehicle at the 1973 NSRA street rod nationals. That newest vehicle was my 48 Chev pickup, yup that same one over there in the Avatar with far less modificatons. It was all of 25 years old but it was an "OLD" truck according to the locals around town. As in "why ya driving that old truck?" Not too well accepted by some at rod events at the time either. That year a 32 Ford was 41 years old. Most of them were owed by guys with a few extra spending bucks then. Right now a 78 Camaro or Chevelle is 41 years old and to a guy in his teens or 20's that is an "OLD" ride. I've had more than one guy tell me he is fixing up an old car or truck and then go on to say it is a mid 70's rig. As someone else said the hobby is still there but what guys and gals are working on may not be what we see as "cool" cars to fix up.
  5. traffic61
    Joined: Jun 15, 2009
    Posts: 1,474

    from Owasso, OK

  6. rd martin
    Joined: Nov 14, 2006
    Posts: 2,431

    rd martin
    from indiana

    reading all this, I saw the other day the new Harley Davidson there building as we speak, its got an electric motor!:D it comes with an app for your cell phone that makes big motorcycle noises while your at the stop lite!:rolleyes: we cant worry about it, just take the neighbor kid or your grandson to a car show! I have been putting young kids in my car when im parked at a cruise nite if they are showing interest, one kid I put in the car about 10 or 12 years ago, is building rods and working on bonniville stuff now, and hes in his early 20s!:cool:
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  7. KoolKat-57
    Joined: Feb 22, 2010
    Posts: 2,960

    from Dublin, OH

    We're all doomed, the polar ice caps are melting, the magnetic poles are shifting, THE WORLD IS COMING TO AN END!
    Well I for one don't give a crap, I'm going to have fun with my cars and so are my kids and they're in their 40's. My Grand Kids seem to like anything that goes fast and I have hope for them too!
    Let the naysayers say what they will I'm finally retired and I'm in it for the fun of it!
  8. woodhawg
    Joined: Apr 11, 2009
    Posts: 1,017

    1. S.F.C.C.

    Start them early and some will remember. My grandchildren love to ride in my A

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  9. Having 6 great nephews I'm not sure I'll be able to get one. Yes all their dads are kinda liken hot rods but 4 of them have dads that also want their boys to be football or some other sports hero. Kinda sad - the two oldest spend even the weekends playing in some kind of tournament outside of school sports.
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  10. drptop70ss
    Joined: May 31, 2010
    Posts: 1,149

    from NY

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  11. Brad333
    Joined: Oct 18, 2017
    Posts: 33


    Plenty of young people involved, only 24 years old myself. My old man has been building hot rods since before I was born. Collecting bits for my own build now and have been for a few years, only reason I haven't started is because we have to finish his current car first!

    My view is the idea of what's 'traditional' will change as the years go on. A lot of 60's and 70's cars are getting more popular because they are now 'older' and earlier stuff is just getting more expensive making it harder for the average person to get involved. Not to say you can't get involved with a small budget, you just need to be smarter about how you do it and have patience.
  12. mountainman2
    Joined: Sep 16, 2013
    Posts: 323


    Heads up for you young guys.....start collecting all the junk flathead engines you can find. Get the cracked ones while they are still considered scrap. There will be a demand one day for a hollowed out flathead with an electric motor hidden inside. Put a pair of Bose SoundLink Revolve speakers in the lake pipes for that distinctive sound and you are set for traditional hotrodding in the no-gasoline future. Oh yeah, don't forget to record some good sounding engines of all makes so you have them for the "sound apps". That way you can swap out the flathead for a hemi like them old-timey hotrodders did back in the day. :rolleyes:
  13. wicarnut
    Joined: Oct 29, 2009
    Posts: 3,798


    I'm positive the "Hobby" will always be here, has changed, will change, trends come and go in my 50+ years of being a Carnut. I understand/enjoy this is a traditional car site, look around, the younger generation I see that are Hot Rodders, for the most part tend to be "Tuners" that's their 57 Chevy and "RatRod" is a dirty word here, A lot of them are well built, just look like junk/poop IMO, I understand their thinking, paint, chrome, upholstery, wheels is what makes the cars so expensive to build, they're Carnuts having Fun, that's what our great Hobby is about. 50 years down the road will car show Old Farts be showing/cruising with their Tuners, RR's and 60's/70's cars will be their 32's, I think so, just my opinion. Us Baby Boomers are aging out and our generation drove the Hobby to it's present state, the business side, parts mfg., retailers, builders seems very strong and they will change adjust to market as they have in our time frame. My Opinions and $2 buys coffee at my breakfast joint.
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  14. shadetreerodder
    Joined: Aug 4, 2006
    Posts: 291


  15. I never really get this.
    Why worry about what might happen, will the "hobby" survive?
    What happens, happens, things change. the world is full of unintended consequences.
    I'll be dead, what difference does it make?????
  16. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
    Posts: 13,640

    from oregon

    Yup, like it says on my profile page "just hold'n on for the ride".
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  17. Gasolinefed
    Joined: Apr 17, 2018
    Posts: 105

    from OR

    I don’t know, didn’t the modern trad resurgence happen with a lot of young people.. if it happened once...

    Some don’t givie tradition enough credit

    Based on Ryan’s age he must have been pretty young when the hamb started..

    Reading all the old stories about Dutch and Roth and the like by guys who knew I don’t see how it could die out but some people?

    Just keep parts affordable and the people in power in check..
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  18. mikebarone
    Joined: May 6, 2010
    Posts: 38


    What is the car in post 40? Wow.
  19. shadetreerodder
    Joined: Aug 4, 2006
    Posts: 291


  20. Gasolinefed
    Joined: Apr 17, 2018
    Posts: 105

    from OR

    well, according to dan stoner R@# Rod in it's original incarnation wasn't a slur that meant pile.. better?:)
    Last edited: Jan 28, 2019
  21. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
    Posts: 13,640

    from oregon

    What was the question?
  22. Gasoline Junkie
    Joined: Nov 20, 2010
    Posts: 327

    Gasoline Junkie

    Alot of guys my age would rather sign lease papers for a new mustang with 425hp and a 6-speed than work on an old car themselves.
  23. Joemama
    Joined: Feb 13, 2004
    Posts: 50

    from Tacoma, Wa

    I'm doing my part.....:cool:

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  24. gimpyshotrods
    Joined: May 20, 2009
    Posts: 17,373


    Do you even Physics, bro?
  25. oliver westlund
    Joined: Dec 19, 2018
    Posts: 772

    oliver westlund

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  26. clunker
    Joined: Feb 23, 2011
    Posts: 1,613

    from Boston MA

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  27. johnold1938
    Joined: Apr 19, 2009
    Posts: 376

    from indiana

    my grandson will keep the hobby alive ! IMG_1833.JPG
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  28. Boneyard51
    Joined: Dec 10, 2017
    Posts: 4,058


    I went to the “Chili Bowel” in Tulsa a week or so ago and there were way more kids there than us old folks. I know it’s a litte off topic for the HAMB , but close! It’s still racing!

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  29. clunker
    Joined: Feb 23, 2011
    Posts: 1,613

    from Boston MA

    It’s all going to be ok man. The country. Cars. Us as a people. It will all work out.

    Sent from my iPhone using The H.A.M.B. mobile app
    Last edited: Feb 2, 2019
  30. paintman27
    Joined: Apr 23, 2011
    Posts: 282

    from new jersey

    What is your definition of ok? Vastly different my be misconstrued as ok.

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