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Customs What car first got you excited about customs or rods as a kid?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by patrick66, Oct 27, 2009.

  1. Not quite a teenager in 1958, I got hooked by the AMT/SMP 3 in 1 model kits. I just could not get enough of them and trying out all the options. ...and then the AMT Trophy Series came out! The '32s, the '36, the ala kart double kit, and the greatest, the '29 Model A Tudor sedan.

    Then as a teen, I started building my own Model As in 1:1.
  2. bcharlton
    Joined: Sep 13, 2006
    Posts: 427

    from Buffalo NY

    Sorry to be so "blaze" but mine would be John Milner's Coupe

    Still stuck on it.
  3. bcharlton
    Joined: Sep 13, 2006
    Posts: 427

    from Buffalo NY

  4. J DE LUXE
    Joined: Oct 17, 2009
    Posts: 153

    from Oklahoma

    Red baron Hot Wheel as a kid.
  5. poofus1929
    Joined: Jan 29, 2008
    Posts: 897

    from So Cal

    Growing up in So-Cal, My dad had a Model A, a 68 Corvette, a 70 Challenger so I was around cool cars as a kid. My best friends dad was a part owner of a Top Fuel Hydro drag boat in the late 80's to mid 90's so I went all over California and to Firebird in Arizona watching all the boat drags. It was cool being in the pits and watching a fuel boat be torn down and put back together then fired in a short period of time. Ever since then I have been into old cars and fell in love with vintage hotrods and drag cars and lakes cars.
  6. koolkemp
    Joined: May 7, 2004
    Posts: 6,006


    I loved all kinds of cars from a very young age...but when I saw Sam Foose's chpped Ford coupe and Curlys Merc in the same issue I was hooked big time on kustoms..


  7. toddjw73
    Joined: Dec 29, 2010
    Posts: 183

    from Tracy, CA

    There are to many to choose from. I remember having a Toy car with flames on it when I was about 6 or 7. That thing disappeared. Can't remember what car it was. Never knew what happened to it.
  8. Offset
    Joined: Nov 9, 2010
    Posts: 1,700

    from Canada

    My buddies brother in law Brooke DeShaw had the first hot rod I ever sat in, a stock bodied 31 Chev with a multi carbed Olds V8. But the real impact was when I was about 12 driving through the Canadian National Exhibition and there was a car show on. At that time they had not covered the windows and all I saw was color and chrome. Never forgot that glimpse of hot rodding.
  9. Ned Ludd
    Joined: May 15, 2009
    Posts: 4,251

    Ned Ludd

    The box art for Tom Daniel's Tijuana Taxi, seen in a shop window in Italy in 1971. I was seven at the time.
  10. right here, the summer of 1967

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  11. slickhale
    Joined: Dec 19, 2010
    Posts: 772

    from Phoenix

    the 51 ford 2dr in my great grandmas garage, was my great grandads and after he died it just sat, she never even had a drivers liscence. i used to play in it when i was a kid and pretend i was racing. my uncle still has the car and is slowly restoring it
  12. This is what hooked me as a kid and I still like it today because if brings back the cool memories of the many times I drooled on it.
    A Bill Hines black masterpiece constructed of lead and cigar ashes.
  13. scottydc
    Joined: Oct 26, 2010
    Posts: 129

    from Waco TX

    57 chevy, and ironically the most over-rated and over done car in my opinion now, funny how 33 yrs changes you.

  14. I love that truck!! And that says a lot because I was never much for customs.
    I fell in love with hot rodding back in 1954, because a neighbour who was a few years older than me had a '47 Chev that he had shoehorned a 301 GMC into. That car was immaculate and went like hell. As a result, I started going to the magazine store and buying all the hot rodding books that I could afford.
    When I was fifteen, I bought my first car, a 1939 Ford coupe and never looked back. I was totally hooked on hot rodding. My mom said that if girls had wheels, I would have been married by the time I was 13.
  15. 5w32
    Joined: Jan 17, 2006
    Posts: 1,062


    50's & 60's amt model kits and my uncle's 53 studebaker coupe
  16. Would have been a 56? nomad in Tulsa Ok. in the late 60's. It sat in a parking lot around Skelly dr. and Harverd . I'd ride my stingray bike to see it all the time. Green with lace and the custom plates read ''SO RARE''. AnyTulsa guys remember or have pics?
    Last edited: Dec 30, 2010
  17. rustednutz
    Joined: Nov 20, 2010
    Posts: 1,580

    from tulsa, ok

    For me it was the SWC '41 Willys coupe on the cover of the May '65 Drag Racing magazine. Something about that car just spoke to my little eleven year old brain. I had never really been too interested in cars or hot rods before this as I grew up at airports helping my dad rebuild his airplanes. I had to have that magazine and ran home and returned with a wagon load of pop bottles to cash in for it. I was blessed to have been able to own a 1941 Willys coupe in high school in the early '70s but as so often happens life seems to interfere and change your priorities. I still have it to this day; the magazine that is, unfortunately not the car.:(
  18. f100newb
    Joined: Jan 23, 2008
    Posts: 42


    My dad's Muscle cars. We had a slew of them when I was growing up. That mean a lot of time at the shop he worked at and a lot of time breathing in bondo dust and paint fews from a young age. We went to all the world of wheels shows here in MD and my dad would take me around and show me the cars he did paint and body work on. Good times!!!
  19. snakecbaker
    Joined: Aug 18, 2011
    Posts: 78

    from Keyser, WV

    I remember watching "The Munsters" with my grandfather. The Munster Koach and Drag-u-la was what got me interested.
  20. falcongeorge
    Joined: Aug 26, 2010
    Posts: 18,341

    from BC

    As far as rods and customs, my dads spotlight book with pics of the Jade Idol, Zocchis Pontiac, and Kassa's Duece. I'd guess I was about 3.
    The first thing I saw that really grabbed me, and was hot rod related was the Car Life cover
    with the Dragmaster Dart with the chute open, and a small b&W shot of the Ratican & Stearns Fiat racing Walts Puffer T. It was the Fiat that really grabbed me.
  21. The late 50's a girl dating a guy in my town cruised thru the neighborhood in a primer gray '37 Ford 5wc with a 303" Oldsmobile in it. They burned rubber from every stop sign for blocks.
    I became totally smitten with rods at a very young age.
  22. Customs..... 2 brothers with similarly customized Ford shoebox convertibles. One was outhouse aqua the other arrest me red.
    Both nosed, decked, Olds wheel covers, clean smooth pair of drop tops.
    The image of those two cars are burned in my mind forever.
  23. Pontiac Slim
    Joined: Jan 16, 2003
    Posts: 1,188

    Pontiac Slim
    Member Emeritus

    The 60s at Sanford Drags this coupe did it for me, The original builder got it back and its been all redone via that era..

    I built a coupe but not that awesome

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  24. firemangordy
    Joined: Feb 28, 2007
    Posts: 366


    My dad's '55. When he put chromed, reversed rims on it in '62 I was hooked.

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  25. Forever Blue
    Joined: Sep 20, 2012
    Posts: 12

    Forever Blue

    In about 1957 a guy that worked at the Lincoln Mercury dealership that my Dad worked at had a lowered, lemon yellow 1953 Ford 1/2 ton pickup, it was being driven in a parade and the bed was heaped with go-carts, they were just becoming the rage then, I'll never forget it!
    Joined: Jul 20, 2006
    Posts: 2,422


    There were three, lil coffin, the orange crate, amd the alacart. Here locally there was a 40 deluxe coupe with an early hemi, and a 30 -31 model A coupe with a small block chevy, and a chopped 36 coupe with a decked out flat head. Finned heads, can't remeber if it had 2 or 3 carbs, but it really got me going
  27. fiat gasser
    Joined: Sep 5, 2008
    Posts: 1,584

    fiat gasser

    DAd's cars gave me the bug at an early age.:):D


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  28. jesse1980
    Joined: Aug 25, 2010
    Posts: 1,355


    My uncles 55 Chevy he frame offed in the early 90s. First old hot rod I ever worked on.
  29. Rusty Heaps
    Joined: May 19, 2011
    Posts: 772

    Rusty Heaps

    Whenn I was a kid in the late '70s in my dads bodyshop ready for the paint both was a green '55 Chevy 4dr, I said to myself "wow, I have to have one of those". Years later ('84) I became the proud owner of a '55 BA 2dr sedan, and still have it and more oldies to keep it company!
  30. hoodprop
    Joined: Oct 26, 2010
    Posts: 329


    My first model car 1955 chevy gasser around 8 yrs old. Never was around alot of hot rods growing up but between the model cars and car craft i new i wanted when i got older.

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