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Projects Traditional do-dads inside old hotrods?!

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Pete Poling, Mar 10, 2018.

  1. Pete Poling
    Joined: May 1, 2016
    Posts: 57

    Pete Poling

    Since I bought my ‘29 A pickup I’ve been collecting cool (to me) little trinkets and do-dads.... but I’ve always wondered what would a guy of had in his hotrod back in the day? Feel free to post pics of your little touches to your interior! Here are some of mine.

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  2. 4speed411
    Joined: Jun 8, 2013
    Posts: 204


    IMG_20170813_173025084.jpg Finned aluminum oil filter cover used as a beverage holder
  3. sdroadster
    Joined: Jul 27, 2006
    Posts: 247


    Less is more....
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  4. 56sedandelivery
    Joined: Nov 21, 2006
    Posts: 5,867


    Oh yeah; a little still sitting on the dash. Like that won't cause some LEO a reason to overdo his/her job. Just yankin' your chain!!! Anything to be different or unique is cool as far as I'm concerned. I can't read the decal below the still; what's it say? The "Repeal Prohibition" button is a nice touch. I've had a little troll doll in my DD truck for at least 30 years. My daughter used to suck on the trolls hair when she was a baby; and she's going to be 26 pretty soon. One thing I've always done with my hobby cars, is to place 1/2" "hardware cloth" (it's not cloth, so why do they call it cloth?) inside of the license plate trim ring, covering the plate for protection and to limit access. Someone peeled off my license tags one time, so that was my solution to prevent it from happening again. I've actually had the police give me a hard time (ticket) about it; "obstructing the plate". But, the judge easily read the plate without any problem in court (carried the plate in with me; try that these days), so the ticket was tossed out, and the judge invited the officer to meet with him in chambers after the docket. I'd like to have been a fly on the wall for that. This was 35+ years ago when police officers HAD to be present in court for those folks contesting tickets. I have a couple of police officer "figurines" , one's holding a donut in one hand and a box of donuts under the other arm, and a cartoon-like "police car" I think was meant to be a dogs squeaky toy. I have't gotten up the nerve to put them in my cars yet. OK, OK, I have an issue with the police!!! PM me your name/address, and I'll send you four hat pins with booze bottles on the ends to go with your theme. I am Butch/56sedandelivery.
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  5. KRB52
    Joined: Jul 9, 2011
    Posts: 990

    from Conneticut

    What about fuzzy dice and/or a raccoon or fox tail on the rear bumper? (Imitation tails will be acceptable now-a-days.) I've read in the past that some had a switch-activated red light under the dash for, uh, something to do with a girl, night and out-of-the-way place.
  6. Pete Poling
    Joined: May 1, 2016
    Posts: 57

    Pete Poling

    The still on the dash isn’t permanent... just thought it looked neat up there, I’m a fan of any and everything moonshine! Plus everyone I run into at the gas stations says it looks like an old moonshine truck... that is a repeal prohibition pin up there and that’s a pair of “playboy” panties around the mirror, they were there when I got the truck lol and my wife’s garter. That’s a 48 star flag and actual 30’s 40’s Indiana road maps, the other map pocket holds some of the original tools that came with it.
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  7. Pete Poling
    Joined: May 1, 2016
    Posts: 57

    Pete Poling

    Now there’s some do-dads lol
  8. zzford
    Joined: May 5, 2005
    Posts: 1,822


    I have a buddy that had a worn "I LIKE IKE" bumper sticker on the back of his 32 pickup.
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  9. Not a Hot Rod but a Do-Dad just the same. Dingle Balls
  10. If you want your car or truck to have the ambiance of a junk shop that's fine, but it doesn't say hi performance or racing at the lakes to me.

    Hot rod = less is more, as sdroadster said.
  11. blowby
    Joined: Dec 27, 2012
    Posts: 6,116

    from Nicasio Ca

    Ain't he neat? Who is that actress anyway?
  12. Pete Poling
    Joined: May 1, 2016
    Posts: 57

    Pete Poling

    I agree less is more, I’m just simply asking what accessories were common in the 40’s 50’s.... jeweled dash light covers, license plate toppers.... no need to be negative
    Don’t worry you won’t find me at the lakes... I’ll be looking for treasures at the junk shops.
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  13. Never2low
    Joined: Jan 14, 2008
    Posts: 1,104


    Recently, there was a few posts about vintage cardboard Coke promotional bottle holders, that folded out, and hung from your window crank, or dash knob.
    I thought those looked kinda cool, and would be a neat era correct accessory drink holder.
    Random image pulled from Google, credit to GrumpsGarage.
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  14. roundvalley
    Joined: Apr 10, 2005
    Posts: 1,771


    I still have a shrunken head someplace!
  15. 48ford
    Joined: Dec 15, 2001
    Posts: 419


    Baby shoes
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  16. No one had a bottle opener on the dash until some rat rodder decided it looked cool,I do however like the map pocket.

    I'm a firm believer in the less is more also.

    The guys that drove customs usually had the fuzzy dice,shrunken heads or a lady's garter hanging from the rear view mirror.

    To be honest,here in the Sunny South the hot rod guys I knew didn't go for anything that didn't make their car faster and any window decals were what came with the speed parts. HRP
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  17. sawbuck
    Joined: Oct 14, 2006
    Posts: 1,796

    from 06492 ct

    mirror muffs
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  18. Mackenzie Phillips
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  19. Never2low
    Joined: Jan 14, 2008
    Posts: 1,104


    M.P. road along with Milner.
    That's Falfa's girlfriend, at the beginning, when he's asking about where to find Milner.
    Her name is Debralee Scott.
  20. Buy every piece of retro shit in the JC Whitney catalog.
    And a Cry Baby doll.
  21. wackdaddy
    Joined: Nov 11, 2015
    Posts: 151


    One of my anticipated favorite "less's" is a little dash fan for defrosting the window and blown' cool air on my sweetie.
    And one more in the less category ... no wires no switches. Vacuum operated. IMG_1155.JPG
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  22. Never2low
    Joined: Jan 14, 2008
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    Agreed! That's on my short list of things I could see myself including in my Coupe.
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  23. I saw the movie in 1973 and drove my Model A Pickup to the theater and that was the first & last time I saw the movie.

    But you are correct,I had the names wrong,I have sometimers ,some times I remember and sometimes I forget.:rolleyes: HRP

  24. ROADSTER1927
    Joined: Feb 14, 2009
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    blue stop light 002.JPG blue stop light 004.JPG scan0001.jpg PB160004 (1).JPG scan0003.jpg scan0004.jpg scan0005.jpg I guess I have a few in my Roadster. The license light is an old dash light that has different colors of clear plastic in and a star pattern on the back. My Rabbit radiator filler,The dealer give away pocket knife with a working key in it. My magnifying shift knob, and the working Olds steering wheel clock on the dash. scan0001.jpg PB160004 (1).JPG scan0003.jpg scan0004.jpg scan0005.jpg r.
    Last edited: Mar 12, 2018
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  25. BamaMav
    Joined: Jun 19, 2011
    Posts: 3,596

    from Berry, AL

    Never saw one on the dash, but seen a lot of old pickups out in the countrysides that had one on the side of the bed somewhere. Maybe a regional thing?
  26. BoilermakerDave
    Joined: Mar 3, 2016
    Posts: 263

    from Las Vegas

    I’ve been looking for a shrunken head, like the ones I saw in the ‘60s. All I can find on the net right now are real ones. That’s not what I want!
  27. Look for rubber shrunken head,they are cheap. HRP
  28. tb33anda3rd
    Joined: Oct 8, 2010
    Posts: 15,217

    1. Connecticut HAMB'ers

    DSCF4659.JPG DSCF4660.JPG what not to doo
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