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The evolution of our taste in cars as we mature

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by BAILEIGH INC, Aug 8, 2012.

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    When I was a kid, the 57 Chevy was the coolest car in the world. My mind was made up, when I grew up I was going to drive one with flames on it. Then High School had its muscle car influence on me. Early twenties I went through my Corvette stage.

    Now working at Baileigh and dealing with the Hot Rod crowd every day. Dealing with the metal shapers that blow my mind with their skills. It’s official. I think I am a 31 (ish) Coupe guy. I just love the look. I have spent all summer going to car shows with my son Justis. We find ourselves walking fast past the muscle cars and Corvettes and heading right to the older cars and Hot Rods.

    I’m obsessed now, it’s strange. Anyone else get that sickness?

    I just think this is a bad ass look......... I am on the hunt!



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  2. olds vroom
    Joined: Jan 29, 2010
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    olds vroom

    Since I was 5 i grew up wanting that 57 Chevy too but I can't touch one on my budget . So I got something I could afford ( a 41 olds body and frame ) and put 4 years into building it and love it. Bottom line is as long as you find something your happy putting the work into you will be twice as happy with it when you get it done . Ps. Someday I'll still have a 57 Chevy but I'm happy with what I have.
  3. AnimalAin
    Joined: Jul 20, 2002
    Posts: 3,417


    I don't know. My mom told my wife not too long ago that when this automotive obsession thing started, she thought it was probably just a stage. Almost fifty years later, it turns out probably not. I've dabbled with various ideas and variations on the themes over the years, but keep coming back to old Fords with mostly stock bodies and axles at both ends. It might be a disease. Then again, it might just be the way I am.
  4. drptop70ss
    Joined: May 31, 2010
    Posts: 1,152

    from NY

    I like lots of different cars, which causes storage issues, but the biggest change over time is that I now will drive a 4dr car. Before a family I was way to cool to drive a 4 door, now it is convenient :)

  5. birdman42
    Joined: Jan 18, 2012
    Posts: 400


    If its old I am obsessed with it.
  6. tfeverfred
    Joined: Nov 11, 2006
    Posts: 15,793


    I grew up in the middle of the muscle car era, but gravitated towards hot rods. I always loved T's and when the stars aligned, I was able to build one. As a result, I like anything that's done well. Old and new, it's just got to be done well to get my attention and respect.
  7. Funny, I drool over the same cars as I did when I was 12.....'63-65 Riviera, Model A's, and 1949-1956 Mercurys.
  8. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 17,860

    from California

    "The evolution of our taste of cars as we mature"

    mature? well that leaves me out.
  9. Stroker McGurk
    Joined: Feb 17, 2012
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    Stroker McGurk
    from Canada

    I started out liking tri Five Chevys and still prefer them......Guess I am just a slow
  10. Hotweel
    Joined: Jun 23, 2010
    Posts: 66


    My tastes haven't changed to much since H.S. I still think 4 door cars have 2 too many doors, really don't care for station wagons or "dare to be different" cars. What's still cool are gassers, pre '40 Fords, and old 'Vettes.
  11. Magnum Wheel Man
    Joined: May 11, 2011
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    Magnum Wheel Man

    1st car I fell in love with was a 58 Chevy Impala that my dad bought for my mom to learn to drive ( she didn't get her license, until I was at an impressionable age... the car had a straight pipe & glass pack ) I was mad as hell the day he sold it, & I was probably only 10 or 11 at the time... next car I fell for was a 66 Lincoln Contenental 4 door... by the time I was driving, I loved the look of a 67 Dodge Cornet 440 station wagon my dad got for me to start driving... it was my pooch wagon, I loved the body style, but it was really rusty & had been bondo'd already once or twice, & had a really worn out 318... my personal 1st car was a 64 Galaxie 500 2 door with a 289... & while I still had that, I bought a 68 Coupe de ville... the strong 472 would roast the tires on command, & that car got me into high speed driving... dangerously high speed driving... once went like 28 miles in 7.5 minutes around midnight one night... way way out driving the headlights...

    I survivived my youth, & got into the boring drive back & forth to work cars for the next decade or so... then bought a CJ-5 with a SBC, & started to get the desire for more than just a ho hum transportation... but drove exclusively trucks for the next decade or so... then as I started to get some expendable income, I decide I wanted a collector car... I thought about it for a year or so, & ended up with my 38 Nash... which I love... but they are like "potato chips" love driving the old car, but now need to get something that give a lil thrill back
  12. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
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    My 55 chevy is the only car I ever bought just because I like the styling. I still like it.
  13. Chevy55
    Joined: Nov 6, 2008
    Posts: 409

    from Nebraska

    I have been working with old cars for about the past 30 years and find that my tastes really have not changed that much. I started with a 56 Chevy 4dr, wanted a 2dr but that was all I could find cheap. I loved the look of early drag cars and gassers, still do and couldnt get enough muscle cars. I keep collecting 55-57 Chevys and every muscle car that I can find within reason. I would really like to do a Corvette gasser 57-67 but the prices for just a junker have kept me out of that realm.
  14. 30dodge
    Joined: Jan 3, 2007
    Posts: 437

    from Pahrump nv

    Back in Hi School every one and their brother had a 55,56, 57 Chev or a 54, 55, 56 Ford.
    But I went for something a little bit off : 34 Dodge panel(413 auto), 30 Ford sedan delivery (4 banger), 53 Chrysler Imperial (Hemi) and still go for the non conformist stuff.
  15. imperialman67
    Joined: Dec 29, 2008
    Posts: 42

    from minnesota

    Always being car crazy , when I hit 10-11 years old I lusted after (like everyone else at the time it seems) 57 Chevys . Any way ,shape or form I loved them.
    Then one day Dad brought home a 58 Plymouth Suburban wagon.
    The love of that Chevy was replaced by all things Forward Look ,and as they say the rest is history.
  16. UK RUSS 1960 OLDS
    Joined: Jul 23, 2009
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    UK RUSS 1960 OLDS

    28 MILES IN 7.5 MINUTES = 224MPH, not surprised you out drove the headlights. :D
  17. GassersGarage
    Joined: Jul 1, 2007
    Posts: 4,729


    Back in the '50's, I loved Hot Rods, T-buckets and 30's Roadsters. Then the '60's came and muscle car madness hit, but I couldn't afford one or the insurance hit. In the '70's, I fell in love with Tri-Five Chevys, affordable plus classic. It wasn't '90.I discovered Hot Rods again, but coupes as I was losing my hair then. Having a '32 3 window and a '31 Model A made me appreciate the comforts of a custom, low and slow.
  18. Master of None
    Joined: Dec 18, 2009
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    Master of None

    Used to really like 57 Chevy's as a kid. Then saw American graffiti, then turned to 32 Fords. Now I really would like to have a 33-34 Ford 3 window coupe......some day.
  19. Dog Dish Deluxe
    Joined: Dec 23, 2011
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    Dog Dish Deluxe
    from MO.

    I was the opposite. When I was a kid I wanted shoeboxes, mercs, 46-48 Chevys, 40 Fords etc. and I thought that late 50's early 60's cars were ugly. Now I'm a late 50's early 60's type guy and love 57 chevys. I used to think that everything need wide whites, fancy hubcaps, chromed out engines and suspensions, etc. But these days I like plain jane basic black mobiles with no "bling bling" B.S. My taste has changed for sure. My car reflects that.

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  20. slick304
    Joined: Oct 29, 2011
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    My dream car in middle and high school was a 69 buddies was a 68 camaro. So my first car of course was a 68 beetle and his was a 69 Fast forward 16 years and I have been thru almost all "phases" of cars. My last venture was my 475rwhp 900ftlbs diesel Im in my 48 Ford tudor sedan. I can find something cool about any car, but I think for me I will stick with the oldies. Plus it helps my wife and 2 kids love our "hot rod"
  21. When I first started getting into hotrods...not muscle cars...I was grabbed by the real radical builds. I really liked fenderless cars, blown motors, low cars, suicide suspension, spindle mounts, open headers or lake headers, high shifters...etc.

    Heck, I even fell in love with some RR styled cars and trucks. I loved the Honest Charley's truck and Billy Gibbons' truck.

    Since that time my taste's have evolved and I've come to appreciate simplicity and subtlety...Now I'm more into clean, simple, traditional styled cars with a bit of a modern racy twist...Circle City hotrods builds are all a prime example.

    I even find myself leaning towards full fendered, unchopped, and mildly lowered coupes now.

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  22. Bad Banana
    Joined: Jun 20, 2008
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    Bad Banana
    from Texas

    I am pretty sure Mick Jagger's parents probably said to him at one time when he was young "Do you really think you can earn a living doing the rock band thing your whole life?":eek:

    I used to be a die hard Chevy guy only. Then expanded to other brands of the GM vintage. Now I find myself looking at pretty much any make with interest. More interested now in hand made or modified components no matter what emblem is on the grille or valve cover..;)
  23. wallster
    Joined: Aug 3, 2012
    Posts: 56

    from Buffalo NY

    When I was in High School everyone wanted 1970's muscle cars since they were affordable. Fast forward 30 plus years and most of my friends are going back to the '70's muscle cars. I'm not a big fan anymore, been there done that. Now I prefer the older rods, the original hot rods. I've got a '51 Ford F1 but I want to build a '34 Ford highboy someday... but I still like the '70's wheels.


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  24. dexleo2
    Joined: Jul 20, 2008
    Posts: 145


    I would have to agree. When I was in highschool and college it was all about Mustangs, Camaro's, Firebirds and Transam. Never gave a look to anything that was not in the above list. Funny thing is after restoring and racing many of the above cars, then one day something happend, I was at a car show looking down the row of cars along the street. They where all mustangs, camaro's and firebirds an older gentleman standing right in front of me turns to his buddy and say's " i dont want to go down that row. all thats there is cookie cutter muscle cars. That got me thinking so I went down the row with this thought in mind and boy george the old man was right the only thing that was different was what motor it rolled out of the factory with and the color of paint. I walked over to a 1930 ford Model A coupe on another part of the street and looked hard at it, I seen a lot of personality in it and creativity I was hooked.

    Don't get me wrong I still own and have a couple muscle cars that are dear to my heart, but I don't really go looking for them anymore. My taste have changed and I jump straight to the Model A's at the car shows now and spend a lot of my days at show looking at all the customs.
  25. LongT
    Joined: May 11, 2005
    Posts: 942


    Never got into Camaros/Firebirds in high school. Probably because they weren't out yet. I didn't particularly care for GTOs or any other early muscle cars either, they were out. Always liked hot rods. Drew T-buckets on my notebooks because they were easy to draw.

    I had a '39 Ford coupe w/SBC 4 speed. When I bought it, $300, it had an Olds J2 with '39 box. (I couldn't afford the $700 the guy wanted for his licensed '32 3 window.) Never got the '39 on the road. Back then it was pretty hard to get a hot rod licensed in NJ and the insurance was VERY high. Did race it and even won a trophy. Actually my brother was driving I was in the Navy.
  26. 1928chevycoupe
    Joined: Jun 4, 2012
    Posts: 217


    Always a GM guy here, but I love and appreciate all kinds of cars, even cars I would personally not choose to buy.

    As I get older I find myself more into the "stock look", but I love a hot rod drivetrain!
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    I too am a Chevy guy but cant get past how bad ass a 31 Model A looks. I feel dirty.
  28. Rob Paul
    Joined: Nov 11, 2005
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    Rob Paul


    Your pics look like my old coupe. Let me know when you wanna build one....Ill help you out.

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    That's it man, I love it. Got some free time this winter?
  30. classicdreamer
    Joined: Nov 5, 2009
    Posts: 588

    from nyc
    1. A-D Truckers

    I am glad my taste has changed. It was all about imports. Been through quite a bit. Always a car guy, since the age of 9ish I always wanted to this day a 34 chevy pickup. One day

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