I saw a commenter yesterday berate someone elses idea to remove some parts for a more streamlined look as not being "traditional." I was a little floored to be completely honest. Don't get me wrong, I completely understand that some things like everything between the covers of Vern Tardels "How to Build a Traditional Ford Hot Rod" are kind of a given. In my personal, young and perhaps naive opinion though, traditional hot rodding is to gather up whatever pre 1961 parts are available, you can find, or you can fabricate and figure out a way to bolt, weld or bubblegum together (hopefully safer than they actually did back in the day) to make a cool looking fast, better handling or personalized rod. That's it! Beyond that you have veins of customs and lines that blur between the two. When I see someone say something along the lines of "Oh no, thats not proper." It leaves me thinking...well duh! Thats what this is about! If you want ultra strict guidelines, join a restoration group! Stock is a fairly easy definition. I feel like some folks get too wrapped up in trying to be like someone else, build their car like someone else that they forget the true spirit of this hobby and lifestyle as well as the fact that while guys copied each other back in the day, SOMEONE was the originator of every little detail that became a trend. So I pose to you; what does traditional hot rodding mean to you? Is it only what specifically was done that we have surviving proof of today? Is it building within SOME guidelines to replicate a look and feel of an era? I certainly am not ignorant enough to ASSume that my opinion is or could only be the correct one.