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Why traditional rods and customs?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Ned Ludd, Sep 28, 2010.

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  1. Danburnsart
    Joined: Jul 27, 2010
    Posts: 118

    from 59044

    I just love old, motorcycles, home appliances, tools...the shapes and styles these things were made with, they just feel like they all have stories, and they feel as if a human being actual designed and made them...they're organic, mechanical, almost primal in some cases, and you know they were made by a being, not a machine. For me it's the look of the old parts, and their unabashed functionality.
  2. Paul
    Joined: Aug 29, 2002
    Posts: 15,592


    out of all the things I hate, this is the one I love the most
  3. 29nash
    Joined: Nov 6, 2008
    Posts: 4,544

    from colorado

    It's cheaper than Cocaine and Wild Women.
    Every time my wife asks me why, that's what I tell her.
  4. KooDaddy
    Joined: Oct 16, 2006
    Posts: 753

    from Wis.

    Because old is got soul
  5. Solospeedshop
    Joined: Jan 27, 2009
    Posts: 522


    Because You Don't need A Smog Certificate!
  6. 117harv
    Joined: Nov 12, 2009
    Posts: 6,590


    X2, everything from say the 50's back had style and manufacturers cared how things looked as much as profit.
  7. "You know the old saying - If you have to ask........"

    that's what i was thinking....i guess i would have to ask in reply "why do i like traditional hotrods and customs vs. what?" in my narrowminded opinion it began in the 30's and the perfection cutoff time is mid 50's. beyond that i think it is either off a bit or way off from what is to me the perfect time of man and auto coming together.
  8. DirtyJohn
    Joined: Sep 9, 2009
    Posts: 1,065


    because it's real and most things now days ain't
    Last edited: Sep 28, 2010
  9. thats pure genius......can't argue with that now can you? lol
  10. its my life im 17 and ive loved every minute of it i dont know what the so called rockabillys that are into hot rods over there(in the states) probably got sky high pompadors and leopard print creepers but here weve got it right its my life every minute of it im having fun ive gone through school getting all the shit you can imagine about how i dress and what im into and it still has'nt put me off im in it for the long haul it's just what pushes my buttons to working on rods to being up at 4am drunk as a skunk dancing to the songs i love in rockin clubs you just cant beat it really for me anyway
  11. 4t7flat
    Joined: Apr 15, 2009
    Posts: 266


    By 1958 I was really into hot rods and custom model cars. The AMT Three in One kits really got me started. I would ride my bike all over town to look at rods. My first car was a Model A sedan, with a souped up Model B banger. I remember sitting in Daleys Drive in wondering what a new rod had under the hood. It was a mystery in those days,could have been anything under that hood. Today its no mystery,most of the time its a SBC. I can not relate to all rods haveing the same motor. I can not relate to Mercedes head lights on any old car. I hate 20" wheels with rubber band tires. I hate what Chip Foose does to great old cars. Time never changes for me,I am locked into the 50's & early 60's.
  12. edweird
    Joined: Jan 4, 2009
    Posts: 3,187


    Its what i remember when i was a kid.
  13. Chalupa55
    Joined: Feb 3, 2008
    Posts: 152

    from So-Cal

    Amen I couldn't have said it better myself. It tickles that little thingy in my brain too. I'm only 31 and have loved the style since my late teens.

  14. low-n-slo54
    Joined: Jul 25, 2009
    Posts: 1,920


    For me nothing says class like chrome and wide white walls.
  15. Pinstriper40
    Joined: Sep 24, 2007
    Posts: 3,456


    I like the feeling of what it felt like to drive. I can get out of my auto-couch daily driver, and get into a hot rod and drive it. It smells the same, rides the same, sounds the same as it did in 1958. The fun part for me is putting together the right parts to make it look like it should have in 1958.
  16. 296ardun
    Joined: Feb 11, 2009
    Posts: 4,462


    ...because I was there in the thick of it, Pasadena, CA
    ...because hot rodders were the people my parents warned me about, so I couldn't wait to be one.
    ...because there is nothing like the thrill of blowing up a motor in the timing lights and living to tell about it
    ...because the first source of parts was the junk yard, and there was usually one close to could build a hot rod for a few hundred dollars.
    ...because I can tell my grandkids about it, and as long as someone is telling stories (lies or otherwise), the hobby lives on.
  17. Antny
    Joined: Aug 19, 2009
    Posts: 1,071

    from Noo Yawk

    For me, they remind me of a much simpler time in our history. A time that I think I lived in a previous life. I connect with old stuff. I know, weird right? It's just the way I feel.
  18. Ray C's son
    Joined: Dec 27, 2009
    Posts: 410

    Ray C's son

    X2. I love the connection I feel to the past when I touch an old part, appliance, tool, weapon or guitar. Made by the greatest generation and their parents, grandparents and great grandparents. Someone saved up and bought it and loved it as much as I do now. I think of it as continuity of history. Someone else down the road is going to love it just like I do. And, hopefully, on and on it goes.
    Or maybe my wife's right and it just a piece of junk and I'm clear full of shit.
  19. NWRacing
    Joined: Aug 29, 2010
    Posts: 124


    So I can be different like every one else! JK
    Went to the drag races with my dad at 5 years old watching FEDs and gassers thats where it started for me, I can fire up my old FED and it takes me to a different place, a quater mile at a time.
  20. propwash
    Joined: Jul 25, 2005
    Posts: 3,858

    from Las Vegas

    Gee, did you go onto a photography site and ask why they're into film? Did you go onto a quilting site and ask why they like that style of cover?

    Traditionalists built this site for other traditionalists. It seems silly to ask why we like traditional rods and customs. Just like asking Corvette Club guys why they like fiberglass cars, or Shelby folks why they prefer aluminum bodies.....

  21. arkiehotrods
    Joined: Mar 9, 2006
    Posts: 6,623


    my thoughts, exactly!
  22. Hotrod1932
    Joined: Jan 20, 2007
    Posts: 227

    from Oregon

    Pin's ya nailed it..Very well put.
  23. D ROD
    Joined: Jun 28, 2010
    Posts: 965

    D ROD
    from New Jersey

    Could'nt be stated any better. I grew up in the 70's, and my parents were in the antique business, which tatooed my brain w/american history. Like any kid growing up being into cars, I easily connected the dots to depression era, prewar, and postwar nostalgia. For me this hobby is so great because you can be so individual with your build. Anyway great thread !!!!!!!
  24. Granger Perry
    Joined: Jul 12, 2009
    Posts: 134

    Granger Perry
    from Albany, WI

    Because the only satisfaction when you finish working on a new car is the happiness that you are done with that pile o' junk.
  25. Royalshifter
    Joined: May 29, 2005
    Posts: 15,513

    from California

    Isn't that all there is?
  26. mcisneros
    Joined: Sep 9, 2005
    Posts: 93


    i used to play with hot wheels, being at car shows is like a bigger version!
  27. 1939STREETROD
    Joined: Mar 5, 2006
    Posts: 256


    life was simpler back in the 50-60 technology was too as compared to today's computer runners....i like simplicity!
  28. booboo
    Joined: Apr 3, 2002
    Posts: 718

    1. oHIo

    in one word .......TIMELESS.......
  29. 66Coronet440
    Joined: Oct 26, 2009
    Posts: 367


    I heard all these stories from my dad and uncles about the cars they had back in the day, and I wanted a piece of that action. Maybe one of these days I can build an actual traditional hot rod.
  30. Baggs
    Joined: Feb 1, 2009
    Posts: 320


    Geez, u dont have to make the guy feel stupid for being curious about why we love this hobby, and why we are in it. Thats like having a kid coming up to you when you are out with your car and ask you a question, and you make him feel stupid for not knowing the answer already. Geez
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