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Hot Rods What era are you stuck in?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Roothawg, Jul 15, 2020.

  1. Petejoe
    Joined: Nov 27, 2002
    Posts: 10,774

    from Zoar, Ohio

    30s-40’s. I love the classic swoopy lines and big fenders. Especially the customs being designed in those days.
    I’m surprised I never built an early classic custom.

  2. Rickybop
    Joined: May 23, 2008
    Posts: 6,921

    from Michigan

    Right now, I'm stuck in 2020.
    Help, Mr. Wizard...

    I was born in 1957.
    Seriously, I like the early style flathead powered roadsters a lot... but it's difficult to relate personally to stuff that came before our earliest memories. At least it is for me. Oh, I was hot on roadsters and coupes from a young age. But I think I actually saw less than a handful on the street in my very young life in the early 60s. What I did see quite a few of, were some rumpety post-war cars. I'm sure I had no clue about their particular drivetrains except that I knew they were cool sounding V8s.
    I guess I like the big old overhead valve V8s.
    But a lakes-style flathead roadster would be nipples.
    I'd find a way to relate.
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  3. Stogy
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 18,660


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  4. From about 1960 to 67. I loved the styling of the customs and hot rods in that era that I lusted after in all my Hot Rod magazines. Then the muscle cars came out and I loved them too. But I always seem to come back to the 1920s-30s cars built into a hot rod. Thats my favorite.
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  5. 26hotrod
    Joined: Nov 28, 2009
    Posts: 931

    from landis n c

    No doubt the 60's was a simple time to grow up in. The style of the hotrods and customs are somewhat carried over to today. The cruising was great, our social life was great, and the girls...…...WOW!!!!!
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    Joined: Oct 30, 2006
    Posts: 1,019


    Customs 48-54
    Hot rods 1950-62
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  7. error404
    Joined: Dec 11, 2012
    Posts: 285

    from CA

    Music wise, I'm in the 60's and 70's.

    Car wise and otherwise, I don't know. My favorite cars are definitely from the early 30s, but I don't know what (if any) particular style I prefer. I kind of do my own thing, get inspiration from anything I see that's cool, regardless of the era.

    For example, I have a 46 Willys Jeep that I put a Japanese Kubota turbo diesel engine into. Pretty sure some guys are rolling over in their grave at the thought of a Japanese motor in an old Willys. haha
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  8. My Social Security number is #3...
    Last edited: Jul 16, 2020
  9. partsdawg
    Joined: Feb 12, 2006
    Posts: 2,880

    from Minnesota

    Whatever my medication tells me
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  10. Gotgas
    Joined: Jul 22, 2004
    Posts: 6,928

    from DFW USA

    Everything '55-64. Customs, hot rods, music, architecture, art, signage... I like it all. America seemed to be generally more optimistic, smart, capable, and ambitious then. Save me the politics, I'm well aware it wasn't perfect. It just seems like a fun time to someone that wasn't there.

    I like older and newer cars / build styles too, but I inevitably gravitate to that era.
  11. 57 300
    Joined: Jan 1, 2010
    Posts: 259

    57 300
    from 211 Maple

  12. 0NE BAD 51 MERC
    Joined: Nov 12, 2010
    Posts: 1,441

    0NE BAD 51 MERC

    What ever era 428 and 429 Ford engine's back preferably by a stick shift transmission,Larry Waston and Art Himsel custom paint ideas, tuck and rolled, shaved,decked and chopped, little front and big back tires, and lots of chrome puts me in! Lol I was born in 1955,was totally car and motorcycle crazy by 1965, and was teaching myself to panel paint my first car in 1970 and have been building everything from custom vans in 1973 to pro street stuff in the 90's and pro touring in the 2000's But they always had a mid to late 60's drag race/ custom feel. So I guess I do not have an era, I am just a life long hot rodder and customizer;) Larry
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  13. Penetrator
    Joined: Aug 25, 2011
    Posts: 503

    from SK CAN

    Somebody's signature line (here) said something like this, "I'm an analog guy in a digital world." I have no idea what the means to him, but for me, it means I was born a generation too late.

    I was born in '66 and I'm fascinated with 60's drag racing. I wish I was there...

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  14. I just love anything about this hobby. I got interested in hot rods in the mid fifties, and have never lost my love of the old cars. My favourites, will always be wild engines swapped into the old iron from the 30s through the late sixties. I always enjoyed doing my own work, and the running gear was always more important to me than the body.
    I also got to fly supersonic fighters for a living, and spent my whole working career as a pilot, both in the military and the airlines.
    The most fun is, that I am still in regular contact with buddies, from the same car club we started in the fifties, that are still playing with old iron.
    I couldn't have asked for a better life.
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  15. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 27,804


    HAMB era, I'd have to say 1960 - 1965, sure would be a fun era to relive. Bob
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2020
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  16. blowby
    Joined: Dec 27, 2012
    Posts: 7,257

    from Nicasio Ca

    Double hump head era
  17. Thats my line. It just means the world is passing by and I am trying to keep up with the changes the best I can.
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  18. 41rodderz
    Joined: Sep 27, 2010
    Posts: 5,385

    from Oregon

    Hot rod and trucks mid 30's to 1960 . It would have been cool to live through racing of mid 50's late 60's dirt and drag racing.
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  19. 2OLD2FAST
    Joined: Feb 3, 2010
    Posts: 3,091

    from illinois

    From 1960 to 1970 I went from childhood to adulthood. That's a very formative transition !
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  20. RmK57
    Joined: Dec 31, 2008
    Posts: 1,663


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  21. Penetrator
    Joined: Aug 25, 2011
    Posts: 503

    from SK CAN

    Thanks for the explanation!

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  22. The present.
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  23. Dooley
    Joined: May 29, 2002
    Posts: 2,693

    from Buffalo NY

    Reading street rodder, Rod Action, and Rod and Custom in the early 70’s ...actually looking at pictures really shaped me
  24. anthony myrick
    Joined: Sep 4, 2009
    Posts: 6,981

    anthony myrick

    I live in the now
    I just drive old junk while I do that
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  25. gene-koning
    Joined: Oct 28, 2016
    Posts: 2,250


    I turned 18 in 1974. Those years were pretty sad car wise, but things really got going again in the late 70s and through most of the 80s. That was some of the best times I had. Auto factories were no longer producing cars that excited people, so a 2nd wave of "build your own performance vehicle" was taking off and I happened to have some cash and some knowledge, and I really fully enjoyed that time frame.

    By the mid-late 80s, there was a resurgence in the "restore your old performance cars" and I really disliked that time. It was about then that I went back in my past and re-fired the passion for the 30s and 40s era cars and trucks, but I wasn't interested in the original motors or drive train. I bought my 1st 30s hot rod project (OK, it was a pile of cut up rusted junk with a good title) in the late 80s, but it took me until 94 to get it running and moving under its own power.

    That era of the HAMB was much more open and many discussions involving installing that era drive train into older cars were discussions I could share first hand knowledge of. I'm still here because I'm not dead stuck on any specific era of hot rods, if it was an improvement over what the factory originally gave us, its all good. Gene
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    Joined: Jan 24, 2010
    Posts: 1,976

    from IDAHO

    1960-1970...Stuck Forever... IMG_0043.jpg
  27. J_J2
    Joined: Jan 15, 2020
    Posts: 175


    I’d say 1940’s to mid 60’s for me. I like just about everything from that era.

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  28. j3harleys
    Joined: May 12, 2010
    Posts: 885


    Do you remember the day they made dirt?!!:D
  29. Never2old
    Joined: Oct 14, 2010
    Posts: 696

    from so cal

    I got my drivers license in 1959.
    If it weren’t for street rods I wouldn’t have any interest in[​IMG] “hot rods”. I find it curious that “traditional” is mostly absent in this discussion.
    I was never interested in flathead engines.

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  30. Marty Strode
    Joined: Apr 28, 2011
    Posts: 5,528

    Marty Strode

    Late 50's to early 60's, Hot Rod Magazine was at it's best, music was at it's zenith, just seeing a real hot rod, was pure excitement ! With over 60 classes running at the local drags, every other Sunday, and a Honda Motorcycle to ride, absolute heaven. IMG_5142.JPG

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