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What Modification Do You Regret?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Tommy R, Aug 10, 2010.

  1. Tommy R
    Joined: May 18, 2004
    Posts: 717

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    Hey y'all,

    I was thinking the other day about some of the radical alterations we make to our cars in order to make them match the vision in our heads. Chops, channeling, radical cams, custom bodywork, outrageous exhausts, etc...

    What did you do to your hot rod or kustom that you wish you hadn't? Was the 5.13 gear too steep? Did the flamethrowers burn your paint? Was the chop too low or channel too deep? Did the new bodywork visually miss the mark? Or maybe the compression was too high for pump gas?

    Let's hear your stories! What did you do? Why'd you regret it? And did you do anything to "fix" it? Pics are always appreciated.

    And no, selling your car doesn't count!! We've all suffered that regret... ;)
     
  2. The choice of using an original A chassis under my 28 A RPU, why, OH WHY didnt I go for a 32 frame??????????

    Doc.
     
  3. 34toddster
    Joined: Mar 28, 2006
    Posts: 1,482

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    from Missouri

    I would image a lot of Pro Street guys wish they could re-install the original wheel housings. I know a guy that has a 33 Glass Vicky that looks way stupid with those big meats on it. He's asked me several times to buy it and I don't have the heart to tell him I think it sucks, a lot of work to change it back to skinny tires
     
  4. AJofHollywood
    Joined: Oct 3, 2008
    Posts: 640

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    Regrets, I had a few.

    I regret putting full length headers, 3" pipes, and Flowmasters on my former street car, a '69 Torino. It sounded great for the first 5 minutes. Then stuck in traffic for an hour, day after day --I wanted to blow my head off!
     

  5. OGNC
    Joined: May 13, 2003
    Posts: 1,194

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    I will never shave another set of door handles on a vehicle I have to drive fairly often. You only have to be stuck on the outside of your car a couple times before you start to kick yourself in the ass for tossing a perfectly good pair of door handles in the scrap bin. I don't care if it is a full custom, it will still have door handles...
     
  6. Stu D Baker
    Joined: Mar 4, 2005
    Posts: 2,659

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    from Illinois

    I put a Pete Jackson gear drive on a sbc (37 Ford). It was really neat for about 2 hours. After that, it sucked. Stu
     
  7. Flipper
    Joined: May 10, 2003
    Posts: 3,339

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    from Kentucky

    Did you have turndowns after the mufflers or exhaust all the way out the back?

    I have a similar exhaust set up that was obnoxious. A fellow on here suggested adding 18 inches of pipe after the mufflers. I did it and it is an entirely different sounding beast now. No drone and is fairly quiet at cruise speed, but still bellows when you plant the right foot.
     
  8. Bobert
    Joined: Feb 21, 2005
    Posts: 820

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    Doing away with the side vent windows and going to one piece glass on an off topic Cal-look veedub. Looked good but the function was gone.
     
  9. LAROKE
    Joined: Sep 5, 2007
    Posts: 1,914

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    I regret turning my '77 vette into a tree . . . that mod made a permanent modification to my nose too :D
     
  10. Ranunculous
    Joined: Nov 30, 2007
    Posts: 2,466

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    Years ago when I got my truck,the front suspension was screwed up,M#stang II suspensions hadn't been thunk up yet and subframe swaps were in their infancy in these parts.
    A welder of some acclaim helped "install" a N#va subframe in the front of the truck.It had drum brakes which operated great for many years.
    I had my beloved chrome reverse on the front and back and all was right with my hot-rodding world.
    Jet ahead...I decide in a sober moment that I absotively-posilutely had to have disc brakes on the front end.
    Now my 14" wheels(3 different sets of wheels and tires) won't clear the calipers("grind em" some guys say? Nope,ain't gonna do it.).
    I curse that swap frequently...

    Old stuff is still good stuff.
     
  11. ShortBus
    Joined: Dec 31, 1969
    Posts: 916

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  12. temper_mental
    Joined: Oct 22, 2006
    Posts: 2,718

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    from Texas

    Chopping my old 1949 Studebaker truck.
     
  13. Raunchy
    Joined: Apr 16, 2007
    Posts: 378

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    Laroke........You made me laugh!!
     
  14. HRod 50
    Joined: Feb 22, 2010
    Posts: 760

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    All of them, my bank account has never been the same!!!!!!
     
  15. AJofHollywood
    Joined: Oct 3, 2008
    Posts: 640

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    I had pipes all the way back. Oh yeah, while I was moving the Torino sounded awesome. But in LA, most of my time was spent with my foot planted on the brakes... in traffic... listening to ((((reverb))))
     
  16. What problem/problems did you have with the handless ride? Right now my problem is getting them to work. Period!
     
  17. 53sled
    Joined: Jul 5, 2005
    Posts: 5,818

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    from KCMO

    I should have left it alone, stock suspension lowered with disks, 235 with a 5 speed. dead reliable and good mileage. I am an idiot.
     
  18. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 18,084

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    from California

    my biggest regret was accidentally putting an 65 Mustang on my rotissierie that I built for my 49. $7500.00 and hundreds of hours later I had a running driveable primered shell with a beautiful undercarriage and engine compartment. lost my job and sold it for $4500.00. should have put that time and energy into a car I liked better.
     
  19. coolbreeze1340
    Joined: Aug 18, 2009
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    from Indiana

    Getting married, having kids, getting a job....... Oh wait, those are the things that keep me from doing the mods, not regretting them. LOL
     
  20. Tommy R
    Joined: May 18, 2004
    Posts: 717

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    Why do you regret it? Wrong look? Lack of headroom? Just curious...
     
  21. GassersGarage
    Joined: Jul 1, 2007
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    I put a Richmond 6 speed in my Biscayne with a strip clutch. That Richmond was a pain to shift ALL the time and the clutch was murder in traffic. I sold the car before fixing it. The new owner put an automatic in it.
     
  22. carcrazyjohn
    Joined: Apr 16, 2008
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    from trevose pa

    Passenger seat to small for the wife ,But the girlfriend fits in fine.Lol
     
  23. theHIGHLANDER
    Joined: Jun 3, 2005
    Posts: 8,224

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    I regret modifying my schedule to do this fuckin Packard 12!!!
     
  24. orange52
    Joined: Feb 21, 2003
    Posts: 455

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    Its a small mod but I regret shaving the drip rails on my 52 Chevy pickup. It just doesn't look right.
     
  25. henryj429
    Joined: Jan 18, 2007
    Posts: 1,061

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    Recessing the brake booster way deep into the firewall. Looks really sweet under the hood, but, like all humans - I have knees.
     
  26. Thirtycoup
    Joined: Jul 21, 2002
    Posts: 1,198

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    extending the frame 2-1/2" for more enigine room.... it totally blew the great stubby look of and A coupe.
     
  27. Muttley
    Joined: Nov 30, 2003
    Posts: 18,456

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    Putting a TH350 in my old '67 Malibu just because it was cheap. I should have saved the money for a 700R4 or a Four Speed.
     
  28. hotrodstude
    Joined: Jul 30, 2010
    Posts: 70

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    mt biggest mistake was putting a 409 in a 62 corvair.it was an 340hp 409.used the corvair transaxle(went throu a bunch of them.)did a lot of fabracation work and had to put some cylinder heads in the trunk(it was in front of the car.)it was a real bear on the road.i insalled the radiator in the trunk and ran pipes to the front and rear.used an old window fan with a 12v motor.the thing turned like a mack truck and if you gave it to much gas the thung would just about flip over.i sold it and new owner pulled the 409 and scraped the body.
     
  29. vtwinpartss
    Joined: Nov 18, 2008
    Posts: 335

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    from NOR CAL

    its the ones I didnt do that I regreat... I finished painting my 26 coupe and stood back and thought to myself,,,,fuck I should have chopped it
     
  30. medicinal_marinara
    Joined: Nov 24, 2009
    Posts: 139

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    from Oregon

    I rebuilt a '55 Willys CJ-5 with a 225 Buick V6, new paint job, straightened out all the body, brand new top, new seats, pretty much everything, and didn't realize I was just too tall to be comfortable driving that thing for more than 15 minutes. I tweaked the seating position several times and just couldn't make it comfortable enough so I sold it at a loss. I should have built a CJ-6 instead.
     

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