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What is the best reaction you have gotten from people?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by EnragedHawk, Jul 8, 2011.

  1. Truck64
    Joined: Oct 18, 2015
    Posts: 3,984

    from Ioway

    One of the shittiest cars ever, bar none. Yes they have a following now. When the communist East German system collapsed they drove them into the West and just abandoned them en masse by the side of the road. It was a real problem. 3 cylinder two stroke engines - yes, had to mix oil with the gas like an old Lawn Boy mower. The body materials were made of compressed wool and cardboard.
  2. As for "the best reaction" driving around in cool vintage car(s), well, there's been more than few that would qualify for top honors, including many unexpected occasions leading to intimate physical activities with previously unknown representatives of opposite gender.
    Different cars, different occasions, different reps, some in, some on, some near the car(s), all long ago, all good times. :)
  3. Not really the best reaction but when my step mother first saw my T bucket she said why do you have that ? so you can look funny driving down the road ?
  4. 32 Spitfire
    Joined: Dec 26, 2008
    Posts: 979

    32 Spitfire

  5. 3340
    Joined: Jun 4, 2010
    Posts: 551


    A well known financial man here in Ohio pull up next to me at a red light and ask what it was worth, then said I must have a very understanding wife.

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  6. jnaki
    Joined: Jan 1, 2015
    Posts: 4,284



    Teenage egos are always looking for “pats on the back” or some kind of recognition. Running out on to a giant football field with your friend’s calling out your name is/was a big deal. Being introduced at a school assembly as you walk out onto the stage is priceless. Someone yelling your name when you are finally allowed to run out on the basketball floor to bring the ball up the court. You can’t buy those moments. Thank goodness for high school friends.
    I already had my 58 Impala featured in the high school newspaper, but the 1940 sedan delivery was always overlooked, except for the drive-in restaurant cruises on Friday nights. As far as my first 1940 Ford Sedan Delivery was concerned, it was a true form of surf transportation for an up and coming teenage surfer.

    Surfing was one of those sports that should have been in high school competition way back in the early 60s. The surfing craze had already hit So Cal and was a booming social phenomenon. (although our varsity football coach kept telling us that surfing was not a high school sport and we should concentrate on football... like football isn't a 50 year, after high school, continuing sport activity.)
    We had been driving the sedan delivery all over So Cal coastal areas in search of great surfing experiences. People would wave when they saw the “racer orange” (true color was salmon pink, previous owner’s nighttime mistake…) sedan delivery cruising to those spots from Santa Barbara to San Diego.

    But, the best reaction from people (fellow surfers/surfer girls) was the accolades of being a “famous surf star.” When we drove the 40 Ford Sedan Delivery to a local surf film being shown at a huge, college auditorium, we were able to drive right up and find a rare parking spot in front of the service road. This was the long line up for the ticket holder’s entrance to the latest surf movie from Bruce Brown… “Surfing Hollow Days.”
    When we got out of the sedan delivery, everyone looked at us like we were royalty and asked if we were in the movie. Sure…of course. Then one of the girls mentioned that they liked the cool, red surf wagon. (at least she did not say it looked salmon pink…!!!)

    The 40 delivery played its part, the local surfboard shop t-shirt, Levis, Rayban copies, and sandals added to “the Look” for this scene. We walked up to the door and the girl taking tickets said, “Can I have your autograph?” What????


    Wow, those were the days of being happy-go-lucky teenagers in their own world, while the outside society was pounding on most everyone. We were getting noticed, having fun cruising, surfing and being acknowledged as … “Almost Famous.” (One of my recent favorite movies…)

    We thought that the outdoor parking scene was fun… When we walked down the auditorium aisle to our seats, people stopped and looked to see if any surf royalty was in their presence. It was like the walkway to the Academy Awards… One of our friends was with his group and started clapping as a funny moment… Boy, that started something (a big reaction) in that auditorium. Ha Ha… Royalty…sheesh…

    We were just local teenagers having some So Cal fun while still in high school. But those moments are forever ingrained into our memories as "Remember when... moments."
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    When I had my 69 Lincoln pretty much every parking lot or gas station I was asked if they could open the back door !!

    With all my cars a lot of thumbs up and “ wow, you actually drive it?”

    Best reaction was my 53 Chrysler, at a bar sitting on the patio and a older gentleman was walking around it and looking, finally asks who owns it, I saw I do. Asks if it’s for sale to whitc I chime in “ everything’s for sale make me an offer”
    He offers about 4X what I got in it and I yell SOLD !! Just like that done deal, drive it to his house the next day and we exchanged cash for the keys..... I miss that car as it was a perfect original car, but it was so clean and original I could not bring myself to do anything to it except maintain it, so it’s better off with someone who can appreciate that.
  8. Earlier this summer I pull into DD for a small coffee and a chat with friends who gather there with their hot rods every Wednesday afternoon. This small appearing but well dressed gentleman, early 40's maybe, follows me inside and asks me if that's my car I just walked away from. I'm driving the 32 roadster. Next question he throws at me is a surprise to me. He asks me what I get for gas mileage. I respond I don't really know as I have never checked it, I don't care what it gets and I further tell him I didn't build the thing for gas mileage, I built it for fun. Now he starts verbally abusing me for driving a gas guzzler (In his small mind) and how irresponsible I am for using an inefficient Cadillac engine. I didn't have the heart to tell him it's really a SBC. Why waste oxygen at this point. He keeps rattling on and on how inconsiderate to the environment I am and so forth. As he stammers on and on I finally move away from his small impish frame and tell him in expanded detail how every time I start my roadster's engine another Prius dies. His blood pressure hit the rev limiter. Some people just don't get it. IMG_1891.JPG
  9. dodgedifferent2
    Joined: Mar 8, 2006
    Posts: 115


    I had my 67 dart in primer and rolling around my small town. It's a 340 stroked to 418 with some overly worked heads. I randomly get on it on occasion to test the shifter and clutch.
    I entered the car in our local car show. I was checking the other cars out and on my way back I heard one guy telling his brother. "Do not under estimate this car. It looks like hell but man does it fly." The guy was a neighbor and has heard it idling with it's very lumpy cam.

    Another time I was out after getting the dart painted and everything reassembled. So I went for a shake down run. I went by the school my 10 yr old daughter goes to and noticed they were on recess. My daughter had seen the car in color but didnt know it was back together. I stopped and hit the line lock and watched her jumping up and down with major excitement. Looked like every kid was watching. I dumped the clutch and left a few black trails. Every kid was cheering. My daughter was famous that day because her teachers were asking who I was. She proudly said "my dad in Dartie"
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  10. jimmy six
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
    Posts: 5,951

    jimmy six

    Other than the typical liking of a mid 50's car, I've gotten a lot of guys sayin' "I broke my cherry in the back seat of one just like it".... Best is when a women says it and it's happened more than once...;)
  11. David Gersic
    Joined: Feb 15, 2015
    Posts: 2,114

    David Gersic
    from DeKalb, IL

    I love Priuses. Passing them at WOT is fun.

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    Promises have to kept. So two years after buying the body of my Model A from the widow of my co-worker, I stopped over at her house on a Sunday afternoon an we went for a short cruise. There were tears in her eyes when she said that we did a good job and here late husband would be proud. Kind of makes it special. I know it's my car....but it's still his car. Gary
    Last edited: Sep 27, 2018
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  13. Truck64
    Joined: Oct 18, 2015
    Posts: 3,984

    from Ioway

    Yup. "Because Fuck You, That's Why." Best answer, and they will usually take the hint unless they are especially stupid, which is a possibility.
  14. Bandit Billy
    Joined: Sep 16, 2014
    Posts: 6,331

    Bandit Billy

    Long before cell phone cameras I bought a '35 5 window ford body in Scio, Oregon that had been used for dialing in a scope prior to hunting season evidently. I brought it and the fenders home on a trailer and parked it out front of the house while I ran inside for a second prior to unloading my treasures. When I came out of the house two of my neighbors were adding their crap to the trailer "since we see you are heading to the dump anyway"... o_O
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