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Hot Rods Who would rather start with a truely "rough"car?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by JimSibley, Sep 24, 2017.

    Joined: Oct 30, 2006
    Posts: 911


    Yep. Its Like saving a dog fron the pound that no one else wants to take home because its too wild or has some thing wrong with get it home and it takes you a while to tame the beast but it turns out to be a damn nice dog.
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  2. southcross2631
    Joined: Jan 20, 2013
    Posts: 2,992


    Some day when I become rich and famous I am going to take a perfectly restored car and make a hot rod out of it . That way there is no body work and no interior work. Until then I will continue to pick up peoples cast off's and re do them seeing as I am poor and unknown.
  3. 1959Nomad
    Joined: Jun 21, 2009
    Posts: 2,015


    Hypothetically i would rather not, but sometimes there is a car i think someone needs to save. Sometimes it ends up being me, despite my "no more rust buckets" pledge.
    Next one will be from a dry, no salt area, hopefully.
    Current OT convert being worked on was not. but it seemed to need "a good home".
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  4. My '59 Ford was dirty and missing parts, but close to zero rust. I'm 62 and got no time to piss around with a lot of fab work. I'd rather work with something better even if it costs more up front. We used to buy the rough rusty ones for stock cars. Anything that needed to be fixed didn't have to be pretty.
  5. ceege
    Joined: Jul 4, 2017
    Posts: 204

    from NW MT

    I get it. I feel the same way when doing collision repair. You stand back and say " I fixed that" and your workmates are slapping you on the back. It definitely aint about the money on those wrecks.
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  6. Truckdoctor Andy
    Joined: Jan 13, 2017
    Posts: 922

    Truckdoctor Andy

    I can only afford hopelessly shot stuff!

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  8. JimSibley
    Joined: Jan 21, 2004
    Posts: 3,105


    Sell the best and fix the rest! I like it.
  9. sailingadventure
    Joined: Feb 11, 2007
    Posts: 277


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    Anybody can fix a nice car.

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  10. Barrelnose pickup
    Joined: Aug 20, 2008
    Posts: 860

    Barrelnose pickup

    My 28 came to me as a ex chicken coop,all the seams rusted out,no sub frame,entire bottom 4 " of the body gone due to the chook shit and the dash/tank had been axed out in a prior life as a shooters wagon.Nail holes around all the windows where the wire netting had been nailed on to the body,overall it was rooted!Funny thing was the 4" I cut out of it was the best part of the body.
    3 yrs later,I had a straight bodied car,no show car but one I used daily for nearly 4 yrs and one I learnt my meager skills on.The 30 coupe I'm doing now is made up of 3+ hacked up bodies,another nightmare.I got to admit sometimes I wonder ,but what a buzz to get over the line and driving around in something that would otherwise be land fill.
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  11. topher5150
    Joined: Feb 10, 2017
    Posts: 1,607


    Compared to what some of you guys their together in a weekend I'm sure my car would be a cake walk, but I'd rather take a crusty old car like mine and hot rod it up, then cut up an easily restorable car.
  12. eberhama
    Joined: Dec 19, 2003
    Posts: 668


    I like to build starting with trash. I tell myself its because I've seen so many guys pay premium dollar for nicer, more complete cars, only for them to start picking at them and they start falling apart. I think I really do because I'm cheap. The '36 in my avatar was a mangled 5 window that would be a questionable parts car. This '40 sedan, will be reborn as a '40 deluxe coupe, using parts from many junk piles. That being said, there does come a point when I'm in the garage surrounded by chunks of rusty vaguely car shaped pieces when I think "Why the f*ck don't I start with better cars?" output.jpg
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  13. Nostrebor
    Joined: Jun 25, 2014
    Posts: 758


    Ability has to be a factor in the equation. Jim has much, so his cars can be ROUGH!! I have little, so I am much better off starting with nice, rust free, unmolested, already finished, possibly only needing waxed examples.:D

    Jim, please continue to do what you do. Some of us like to watch from the sidelines and wish we had those skills.
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  14. czuch
    Joined: Sep 23, 2008
    Posts: 2,756

    from vail az

    I need a tetanus shot after reading this thread.
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  15. UNSHINED 2
    Joined: Oct 30, 2006
    Posts: 911


    Yeah -- right in the eyeballs. :D
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  17. Wow. Nice work. Another example of someone with serious skills. I think those late 30's Stude Coupes look great.

    This was for sale here locally for next to nothing, with all the missing body parts, grill etc. I think it was actually a '38 Commander Coupe. The only thing I know is that it was gone within hours of it's posting.

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  18. I've gone the crusty rusty route and would rather start with the best body I could afford-usually that takes me back to crusty rusty
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  19. Squablow
    Joined: Apr 26, 2005
    Posts: 13,945


    The metalwork is the fun part for me, but I don't like to do the mechanical stuff. I'd rather rebuild a car around a running drivetrain than start with a rust free shell with no engine in it. Play to your strengths, I guess.
  20. bigblk1177
    Joined: Feb 17, 2006
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  21. topher5150
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  22. porknbeaner
    Joined: Sep 12, 2003
    Posts: 41,140


    I would like to have a nice car to start with just one time, but I doubt that it will ever happen. :D

    I am happy enough with rough, I am not as good as some at making a rough one nice but rough is normally what I have to play with.
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