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Hot Rods What makes your hot rod "your" car?

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  1. Jive-Bomber
    Joined: Aug 21, 2001
    Posts: 3,526


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    What makes your hot rod "your" car?


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  2. mopacltd
    Joined: Nov 11, 2008
    Posts: 960


    I MOPAR power anything I own. That makes it my car
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  3. Tenacious A
    Joined: Nov 14, 2006
    Posts: 284

    Tenacious A
    from Willis Tx

    I usually have some goofy idea[​IMG]

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  4. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
    Posts: 16,059

    from oregon

  5. S.F.
    Joined: Oct 19, 2006
    Posts: 2,895


    well first out that 1958 tuck'n roll; replace it with purple tweed, along with a couple dolls on the package tray. Then toss those bias plys and steelies in the trash; and replace them with an early 90's set of boyd 14 inch wheels. (after turning the original Dago axle into a trailer and replacing it with a 1974 Mustang II suspension) Then i'll sand that original 1960 lacquer paint job off and paint it easter egg colors with splash graphics, and a heart beat of America sticker on the back window. Lastly rip out and replace any Nailhead or 392 hemi with a TBI 305 out of a 1989 Chevy truck. All car shows there will be a doll leaning up against the grill.
  6. Pinstriper40
    Joined: Sep 24, 2007
    Posts: 3,477


    Well, I'd have to say it's the dash! (It is the part of the car that the owner sees the most of, so it's gotta be nice!)
    Take my '40 sedan, for example. I'd say the parts that make it my car are the parts I've made or the ones that are really unique... The gauge cluster, home made fuel block, and old chromed inner fenders and garnish mouldings are the highlights. What really makes it my car is that everything about it- good or bad- can be attributed to my level of skills at the time of the build. The body and paint work (which isn't perfect, but the firewall has been repainted since this picture), the upholstery, the design aspects... It's all out of my head and from my hands. 1606983_833127976795666_7347207532613909635_n (1).jpg 197845_10151373913133623_575494314_n.jpg
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  7. JeffreyJames
    Joined: Jun 13, 2007
    Posts: 16,612

    from SUGAR CITY

    I don't know if anything it "mine" as I always grab ideas from old pics. I do know I like the color red and I like early chevy motors with Weiand 4x2 intakes. I have a flathead in my '33 right now and I recently bought another Chevy intake to eventually swap over one day.... but nothing is entirely my idea.
  8. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 50,942


    I seem to start from nothing, so the whole car is "mine" when I'm done.
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  9. Murphy32
    Joined: Oct 17, 2007
    Posts: 747

    from Minnesota

  10. falcongeorge
    Joined: Aug 26, 2010
    Posts: 18,341

    from BC

    changed the converter almost immediately, it was just WAY wrong, picked up close to .50 right there. Hooked up the vacuum advance, and a shitload of tuning. Cam and heads next. It wont really be "mine" till that's done. Then it'll run like "mine".
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  11. gpohl6
    Joined: Sep 22, 2013
    Posts: 60


    No problem seeing it as "my car". To get what I have wanted, I had to build my chassis and roll cage structure from scratch, remove the 40 Chevy body from its original running gear and fit it to my chassis. It is still a work in progress, but I hope to drive it this year. My biggest problem is it is too much my car and I have never done this before, never been a tech and am getting older quickly, so some days aches and pains slow progress. I am certain when it is "out there" that lots of folks will look and question this or that...but I don't believe it will dampen my enthusiasm!
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  12. 4thhorseman
    Joined: Feb 14, 2014
    Posts: 261

    from SW Desert

    I constructed the whole thing in my garage. Nobody else has laid a hand on it. Hours spent sitting there scratching my head trying to figure how I was going to do this and that in the beginning. Building it exactly how I wanted it. The engine combo is all mine.

    So when it performs... I did that.
    When it fails... I own it.
  13. Raiman1959
    Joined: May 2, 2014
    Posts: 1,427


    My constant car projects are mine because...I creak, twinge, ache, & then can't even get up off the garage floor without grabbing something stable & mumbling quietly:oops:...but, I keep at it, and 'tread carefully' bending over and lifting, so I don't have to yell for my wife to help me crawl out from under my projects again-------I know my car is mine, because I've known 'every' piece of it, and molded it all together the best I can, not as 'perfect' as I'd wish afterwards, but safe and 'realistic' for my skills....and best of all, my car makes me feel good, even in winter, by just a quick ''look at it'' with a smile, and to know it's all in my hands, and I have the keys:).....thanks for all the advice fellow HAMBer's!---- Ray
  14. Gotta have louvers in the hood! Beyond that, two simple steps. First, remove/repair/replace anything that just BUGS me. Get rid of the things that are just wrong or not done correctly. Steering wheel, wheels and tires, mismatched parts, etc all gotta go. Second, add anything that the car really needs. Scallops, finned aluminum engine parts, blue dot taillights, whatever I think it needs.
  15. 327Eric
    Joined: May 9, 2008
    Posts: 1,665

    from Diablo Ca.

    It starts with the engine. The right cam and related parts. Rims are nice, if I can afford them, but really just like to hear the engine sing.
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2016
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  16. oldcargary
    Joined: May 6, 2010
    Posts: 212

    from devore, Ca

    To make it your car, build it the way you want it. Some will like it and some won't.
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  17. aaggie
    Joined: Nov 21, 2009
    Posts: 2,531


    I can't remember the last project I dragged home under it's own power so the first thing I do is get a title in my name. That alone makes it mine , the rest is just refining it and enjoying the build.
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  18. What makes it "my car?" Obsessing over every nut, bolt, screw, and fastener...that, and the fact that it's not and probably never will be finished :)

    Beyond that, I probably agonized over the dash more than anything else...still gotta get my engine turned panel done, but here's the gist of it;
  19. mainly 'cause I spent 8 years cobblin' this together from scratch....

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  20. Detail, I take an old hot rod, tear it down and build it my way, the way I would have in the early 60's, if I had the money and expertise back then.

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  21. 20160114_134138.jpg 144.jpg 127.jpg I go to the junk yard or swap meet and pick only the parts that I like. Never a Cookie cutter build. Never try to please anyone but myself. Then keep it for LIFE !!!
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  22. Dave Mc
    Joined: Mar 8, 2011
    Posts: 2,274

    Dave Mc

    six pics 005.jpg IMG_0918.JPG I had the pleasure of working for a 33-34 Ford Collector and was able to drive and use any of the cars I worked on . my favorites were a 33 and a 34 Vicky , also liked the open cars . so I dreamed up a car to fit my idea of the car I wanted and built it from a junk Fordor Sedan . never seen another like it - Yet .
  23. belair
    Joined: Jul 10, 2006
    Posts: 8,864


    I LOVE the interior in that sedan delivery.
  24. Because I brought it back from the dead, a old forgotten race car. It is kind of like having a pet zombie, that is loud, fast and eats brains. LOL.:D OH it is definitely mine.
  25. Raiman1959
    Joined: May 2, 2014
    Posts: 1,427


    ^^^hahaha^^^ ...nice analogy of a loud, pet ''that'' is a car!:eek::D
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  26. G V Gordon
    Joined: Oct 29, 2002
    Posts: 5,710

    G V Gordon
    from Enid OK

    I think I can speak to this having bought a car off of Tman going on ten years ago.
    Wheels have been mentioned and that was one of the changes I made going with 16" wires and bias tires. A little judicious striping to break up the blue a bit, cushions for the seats and a cover for the transmission were some of the small changes I made to it. Over the time that I have owned it it has been Driven a lot, average of 3000 miles a year probably (not a lot by some standards) but adds up to about 30,000 in an old buggy sprung, bias tired hot rod.
    My tired ass and the grease on my hands are what have made it My car at this point.
    Getting ready to pull the engine for new soft plugs, a repaint, and finned valve covers. Just a general freshening up for spring.
    I have to give Trent props as I have had no major issues since owning this car so he did a good job on the basic build.
    The longer you own them the more they become part of the family.
    Pics are before and after I bought it.

  27. HellsHotRods
    Joined: Jul 24, 2009
    Posts: 1,368


    I built it myself - fabricated parts, painted it, upholstery job, etc......
  28. chaos10meter
    Joined: Feb 21, 2007
    Posts: 2,191

    from PA.

    Because I built it
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  29. RainierHooker
    Joined: Dec 20, 2011
    Posts: 2,018

    from Tacoma, WA

    For me it is 'harmonizing' the build into a singular vision of what I want the car to be.

    For my previous '62 Chevy II wagon, that meant getting rid of the myriad of 'performance' stickers, a bunch of chinzy accessories (think American Graffiti-esque piston shift knob) and the unfortunate variety of colors, inside and out, and replacing them with a mix of stock, and 60's appropriate gear, paint and mexican blankets to crate something that could have been a 1960s family jalopy that didn't take itself too seriously (which is what it was, until it blew up).

    For my current Model A project, and my driver '39 DeLuxe, a formerly stalled stock-ish resto, and a mostly stock 'sleeper' respectively, I am bringing them both to a vision of the mid 1940s, rather than the directionless, disparate alternator-clad cars that they were.

    For example, within a month of ownership the outside of the DeLuxe went from this...
    [​IMG] this...

    And the engine bay went from this...
    [​IMG] this...

    Small changes from stance, to carburetion, to plug wires and tires, all make the car mine, and not the previous owner's.

    Still, the biggest thing that makes them mine, is the mileage racked up with my, and my family's, asses occupying the seats.
  30. My engine build, transmission build, rear end set up, chop, hard lines, welds, brakes, steering, suspension and all the rest. Even paint. Every nut, bolt and washer on my cars have passed through my hands and that's the way they've all been.

    I'm kinda proud of that.

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