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Whats your opinion of flamethrowers on a hot rod...?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by StuntmanJames, Sep 12, 2011.

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  1. StuntmanJames
    Joined: Aug 22, 2009
    Posts: 171

    from Denton Tx

    I know they can be cheesy but ever since i saw flames shoot out the rear of that '55 in Sometimes They Come Back Ive kinda wanted some on mine... too showy or impractical or what? It just be for fun of course! :)
  2. mastergun1980
    Joined: Oct 18, 2010
    Posts: 1,095

    from Alva OK

    My 56 had em when I bought it. I have never even tried to use em. I guess it would be cool but honestlly I think its cooler on other people's cars! They kinda seem like a problem waiting to happen!
  3. Tom C
    Joined: Apr 3, 2006
    Posts: 610

    Tom C

    I think they're to showy. Seems like someone who needs attention. Just my opnion. I agree with mastergun I'd rather watch someone else do it
  4. StuntmanJames
    Joined: Aug 22, 2009
    Posts: 171

    from Denton Tx

    I guess it makes sense for a car from hell to shoot flames... id like to think my Desoto is from hell sometimes tho... with that grill and black paint! ;)

  5. Kiwi 4d
    Joined: Sep 16, 2006
    Posts: 2,997

    Kiwi 4d

    OOOHHH look at me I can shoot flames out my rear.
  6. Heo2
    Joined: Aug 9, 2011
    Posts: 661


    verry "cool" i gues if you are about 7 years old
  7. Scumdog
    Joined: Mar 3, 2010
    Posts: 627


    Can ya?
    Can ya really?:D
  8. BLAKE
    Joined: Aug 10, 2002
    Posts: 2,775


    Like most things, they were kinda cool until they were over-done.
  9. Von Rigg Fink
    Joined: Jun 11, 2007
    Posts: 13,426

    Von Rigg Fink
    from Garage

    Just build the car for its own attention, if you need that gimic for people to look at it, than you've missed the point
    Joined: Sep 18, 2007
    Posts: 3,617


    My personal opinion is i don't like them at all. I have seen some beautiful cars with them on them though.
  11. How far do they date back? I think they're pretty traditional but more of a liability than anything. Explain to your insurance company how someone got their legs scorched with something that you bolted onto your car!

  12. tommy
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 14,757

    Member Emeritus

    Put them on your daily driver...don't ruin the look and personality of a traditional hotrod. Assuming it is a traditional hotrod. That may be a big assumption.
  13. fergusonic
    Joined: Nov 11, 2007
    Posts: 221

    from Kokomo, In

    Don't ignite them here in Bastrop county!
  14. RichFox
    Joined: Dec 3, 2006
    Posts: 10,006


    I don't want them on my car. So I don't have them. It sounds like you would like to have them on your car. So go for it. This is supposed to be fun. And that's fun for you, hurts no one else. Perfect.
  15. VoodooTwin
    Joined: Jul 13, 2011
    Posts: 3,455

    from Noo Yawk

    I like flames on hot rods....the kind that are painted on. Flamethrowers? No. I don't understand their purpose at all.
  16. Six-Shooter
    Joined: Jul 12, 2010
    Posts: 341

    from Ohio

    Personally, I don't care for them. It's just something that doesn't trip my trigger. At the cruise-ins and shows I go to I like the burn-out contests better. However, it's your ride.
  17. 283john
    Joined: Nov 17, 2008
    Posts: 814


    Can't it harm your engine as well due to extreme lean conditions? Thought I read somewhere that if you use them wrong, bad stuff happens.
  18. RAY With
    Joined: Mar 15, 2009
    Posts: 3,133

    RAY With

    had then in the early 50,s and they worked good but I never saw any one injured or a fire start from them and back then it was Traditional for those who could make them.
  19. 1931av8
    Joined: Jun 2, 2008
    Posts: 389


    Actually, you are doing everything you can to create an over rich condition. These need the choke engaged to operate unless you are supplementing with gas injection somewhere outside the engine. Seems to me the only real risk is washing your cylinder walls.

    I have a '55 stag magazine that pictures flame throwers in action. Also has a pic of Barbara Walters modeling beside a sports car. I guess both are now traditional!
  20. Dreddybear
    Joined: Mar 31, 2007
    Posts: 5,996


    That's the truth!
  21. 1964racecar
    Joined: Nov 14, 2008
    Posts: 32


    A friend of mine has this truck that has been in Car and driver, and other mags. He took me to see it the other day. Nice truck. It would shoot flames 100 feet. I will get more info from him.

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  22. LynchMOB
    Joined: Nov 29, 2010
    Posts: 77


    Not mine... well the picture is.

  23. beast460
    Joined: Aug 21, 2011
    Posts: 71


    not for me. but if you like them go for it. it's your ride.
  24. Thorkle Rod
    Joined: May 24, 2006
    Posts: 1,392

    Thorkle Rod

    They are lame, if really my opinion.
  25. Not for my A, but fun to watch on the right car, at the right time!
  26. tarpley1
    Joined: Aug 21, 2011
    Posts: 27


    its your ride, do what you want, never ask the iterweb forums about what you want on your car:confused:... if they don't like it screw em'.

    i don't want them on my truck, but i do like seeing them on other peoples stuff!

    we all know about "opinions".
  27. Kripfink
    Joined: Sep 30, 2008
    Posts: 2,040

    Member Emeritus

    I can understand the appeal of shooting out little blue flames like a jet engine from a standard exhaust if that's at all possible (I think I've seen it but it might only be in my feeble mind) but bolting on ugly assed big bore or fish tail or megaphone style gizmos like the photo above to make it look like your car is on fire? I'll pass.
  28. Ratroddude
    Joined: May 15, 2009
    Posts: 1,027


    I like 'em , and to answer a question on harming the engine , there is a way to bypass the "cutting the ignition off , and igniting the gas , then turning it back on" thing , I used the small propane cylinders (like the ones on the bottom of gas lanterns), took the pieces out of an old gas grill to mount the cylinder to , and I used a battery operated ignition button I removed from my old gas grill , one AA battery , a cutoff valve , and a pair of bottles about half the size of a 2 litre pop bottle screwed into the rear corners of the trunk of my car , you can take the cylinder off when traveling , just screw them off , and take the AA battery out when not in use , and no harm whatsoever to the engine , just fire the ol' gal up , turn on the propane , hit the button , rev the car , and voila!!!! flamethrowers!!!!
  29. About as cool a neon lights under your car.

  30. Lone Star Mopar
    Joined: Nov 2, 2005
    Posts: 3,070

    Lone Star Mopar

    Exactly, pencil tips on a lowrider with some flames cool. Giant two foot pipes with 10 foot flames...pure cheez.
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