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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by lostone, Sep 13, 2021.

  1. lostone
    Joined: Oct 13, 2013
    Posts: 1,998

    from kansas

    Imagine you could take yourself and your hot rod back in time to when you were in your early 20's and show yourself your hot rod?

    What would younger you say?

    Mine would be ( in no particular order ) Air conditioning ? Are you crazy ?! You know how much power your losing ? And how much weight you've added ??

    3.08 gears ? What the h*'ll ? You need at least 3:90's !! Where did the dang 4 speed go? That auto trans ain't gonna run as fast as a 4 speed !

    And last but not least..... Who gives a d*mn what kind of gas milage it gets ! Is it fast ???

    Yep those are the top questions I use to ask back then !
  2. Roothawg
    Joined: Mar 14, 2001
    Posts: 22,467


    Buy all the 36 3 windows you can afford.
    And buy all those junk magnesium wheels….
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2021
  3. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
    Posts: 16,059

    from oregon

    "You wanna get rid of that old car"?
    Woogeroo, clem, 302GMC and 3 others like this.
  4. 210superair
    Joined: Jun 23, 2020
    Posts: 1,304

    from Michigan

    Ha, I was a bad seed in my 20s. I'd have said "let's sell the car and buy a bunch of blow."

    Luckily I've been cultured since....

  5. Cincinnati Slim
    Joined: Jun 26, 2007
    Posts: 346

    Cincinnati Slim
    from Cincy, OH

    "You wasted HOW MUCH on that stupid Chevy?, I thought you get wiser as you got older!"
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  6. alchemy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2002
    Posts: 17,898


    My younger self (in the 80's) was already buying Halibrands and winged Stewart Warners. I think I did OK. I wish I'da bought more '32 sheetmetal though.
  7. A 2 B
    Joined: Dec 2, 2015
    Posts: 275

    A 2 B

    I would tell myself to keep every car I ever had. Put shelves for them in the barn. Sell them all, right about now.o_O
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  8. dana barlow
    Joined: May 30, 2006
    Posts: 4,685

    dana barlow
    from Miami Fla.
    1. Y-blocks

    I had joined a hotrod club,when I was 14,then two more by the time I was in my Sr. Year of Jr High= but had started, collecting car parts in 6th grade,kept doing that,tell I had a running 28A hot rod by 1959. That was my first build for me,so my first baby. Helped on a number of others,did some others forsale, an many racecars.
    But I kept my first baby,an still drive it=It still looks as it did in 1960> but for added chrome header and a folding top>that comes off with two wingnuts.
    Same colors and engine,anyone that saw it in my high school 60 to 1962,would know it right away.
    I liked what I did as a teen,and now at 79yo,I still like it.
    No plans to change,it was good in highschool an good now to me.
    So in my case,I still pat my self on the back,for getting the first one right.
    Last edited: Sep 18, 2021
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  9. oldiron 440
    Joined: Dec 12, 2018
    Posts: 2,813

    oldiron 440

    This is funny I'm building my Fairlane the way I would have if I was 20.... I didn't have $$$$ back then...
    Last edited: Sep 14, 2021
  10. Johnny Gee
    Joined: Dec 3, 2009
    Posts: 9,774

    Johnny Gee
    from Downey, Ca

    Not get her knocked up because when I was able to build it got expensive.
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  11. I would hit all the jalopy derbys and tell the drivers of the '32 - '34 Fords that I'd haul all their discarded fenders and grilles away for free.
  12. 3spd
    Joined: May 2, 2009
    Posts: 552


    I'm only in my late 20's now but 10 years ago me would say "You are still poor and haven't finished anything yet? What have you been doing the last 10 years"
  13. abe lugo
    Joined: Nov 8, 2002
    Posts: 2,579

    abe lugo

    read my signature, just get one nice looking vehicle and move on. Can't drive them all at the same time
  14. JimSibley
    Joined: Jan 21, 2004
    Posts: 3,492


    Mine would say, 2 doors, 3 pedals , 4 gears and a blower! You did all right!
  15. JimSibley
    Joined: Jan 21, 2004
    Posts: 3,492


    ED2A7AC5-6DF9-43CC-BDB4-199E534416B0.jpeg Heres the car i had at 24, and the car i have bow. F2FDD2A8-D170-4435-B403-CEAE71054257.jpeg
  16. anthony myrick
    Joined: Sep 4, 2009
    Posts: 9,997

    anthony myrick

    My younger self would be well pleased with the bus but disappointed the merc and gmc are still in the garage.
    However, I would pat myself up on the back for stuff I built for other folks
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  17. captainjunk#2
    Joined: Mar 13, 2008
    Posts: 4,418


    D**M you lived passed your 20 S ?
  18. Tman
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 35,919


    You are a smart man. We have all tripped up on this one
  19. RJP
    Joined: Oct 5, 2005
    Posts: 2,120

    from PNW

    Ok dummy, listen up. You finished the T. You finished the Norton chopper. They're just the way you want 'em. Now shove 'em in the corner a forget about 'em. You won't really need more than those two (should have listened to that one). Concentrate on your Sprint car. Buy all the rental property you can get your hands on (glad I listened to that one). Oh, and get your Pilots license (wish I had listened to that one). If I had listened to me about the hot rod and chopper, I'd have a GEE-BEE racer sitting in the shop right now instead of my Easy Eagle project. But hey, it's still been a hell of an e-ticket ride.
    Last edited: Oct 7, 2021
  20. lostone
    Joined: Oct 13, 2013
    Posts: 1,998

    from kansas

    Now after the car "talk" with my 20 yr old self I would have left myself a note stating " forget the booze and broads and buy lots and lots of Microsoft and apple stock, then at 55 you can buy all the booze, broads and cars you want ! "...
  21. b-body-bob
    Joined: Apr 23, 2011
    Posts: 524


    "You never did learn how to do paint and bodywork, did you?"
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  22. I learned a formula that worked when I was a young man and stuck with it. I guess if anything younger me would say, "What the hell that's a 30 dollar car!!!!!"
  23. 37gas
    Joined: May 25, 2013
    Posts: 104


    When I had to choose between my wife or my hot rod I should have chosen the hot rod. Dam I loved that car
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  24. lostone
    Joined: Oct 13, 2013
    Posts: 1,998

    from kansas

    When I went thru my first divorce the first question asked by my buddies was " did the b*tch leave your cars?! " I'd answer yes and they'd reply "smart girl after all" LOL !!
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  25. UNSHINED 2
    Joined: Oct 30, 2006
    Posts: 1,120


    I would say "Haven't you found that Hi-Po 289 and Toploader yet"?
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  26. hotrodjack33
    Joined: Aug 19, 2019
    Posts: 3,454


    Man, I could REALLY get laid if I was driving THAT car;):D
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  27. cfmvw
    Joined: Aug 24, 2015
    Posts: 916


    "Don't get married."
  28. Dooley
    Joined: May 29, 2002
    Posts: 2,776

    from Buffalo NY

    What happened to our hair???
  29. partsdawg
    Joined: Feb 12, 2006
    Posts: 3,142

    from Minnesota

    I didn’t listen to advice then and still don’t.
    41 GMC K-18, LAROKE, scotty t and 8 others like this.

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