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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Alaska Jim, Aug 14, 2016.

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  1. Alaska Jim
    Joined: Dec 1, 2012
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    Alaska Jim

    I know I am probably stirring things up by asking this question, but I had a discussion at a car show last night about this topic. First let me say that my car is not exactly "traditional" as it has a Ford Y-Block and a C-4 automatic, with a 9" rear. That being said, I think that their is a difference between a "street rod" , and a " hot rod" . any body care to express their opinion? I think there is a difference, and some I was having the conversation with agree, but others just could not seem to see, or grasp the difference. Any takers on comments?----Jim ------- note, my car (not shown in my avatar) is a chopped and channeled '30 A coupe, and can bee seen in my ford barn avatar
  2. ground pounder
    Joined: Feb 16, 2010
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    ground pounder
    from ontario

    first off notice you're from alaska ..bought a k5 blazer out of florida a while back that was sold new in
    Seem's it was a med a vac unit..

    now for you're question yep theres a difference in a hot -rod vs street rod.
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  3. There is a difference between a late street rod and a hotrod. In actuality the term street rod has been around since the late '50s that I know of. I have a hot rod magazine around here somewhere that has some old show coverage that shows a street rod class in the show.

    That said even then there would have been a difference between the street rod and a jalopy I suppose. A street rod may have been more of a show car.
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  5. Hot Rod = As built in '40's and '50's
    Street rod = IFS, IRS, A/C, Billet, Crate motor, etc.
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  6. Atwater Mike
    Joined: May 31, 2002
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    Atwater Mike

    There's a difference...
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  7. The real question becomes, is there a difference between a 'ho and a prostitute. :D
  8. Dino 64
    Joined: Jul 13, 2012
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    Dino 64
    from Virginia

    Street rods are comfy cruisers
    Hot rods are 4 wheel motorcycles

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  9. Alaska Jim must not do too much reading here on the HAMB...and he has been a member foe 4 years
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  10. ground pounder
    Joined: Feb 16, 2010
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    ground pounder
    from ontario

    yes there is!!!!
  11. slowmotion
    Joined: Nov 21, 2011
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    A car is a car to most of the mass's. The sub categories from there are damn near endless. So yea, there's a difference. Especially depending who & how far down the line you question.
    Street Rod to me is a 70's build & up, sporting creature comforts, billet parts of any & all types, usually in mono-chrome or pastel paint scheme. JMO, the good part is they can all usually be fixed....:D
  12. KoolKat-57
    Joined: Feb 22, 2010
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    from Dublin, OH

    Hot Rods have 3 pedals, are not usually built for comfort, have more power than is necessary, and are a blast to drive!
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  13. A Hot Rod can scare you, a street rod won't.... LOL.
  14. volvobrynk
    Joined: Jan 30, 2011
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    from Denmark


    This is becoming a traditional question, and I don't care much for them, it's the ultimate classic can of worms!

    Your car might be very traditional, might not be Era Perfect, but if you run a old motor in an old car and make it look like it was build way back when, it's traditional!
    It might not be HAMB friendly, but...
    Sorry what was the question?
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  16. Jibs
    Joined: May 19, 2006
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    "The real question becomes, is there a difference between a 'ho and a prostitute"

    Yes one charges the other doesn't.
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  17. "The best way to get the right answer on the internet is not to ask a question, is to post the wrong answer"
  18. seb fontana
    Joined: Sep 1, 2005
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    seb fontana
    from ct

    Yeah but you still pay some how...
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  19. verde742
    Joined: Aug 11, 2010
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    [QUOTE="wbrw32, post: 11653159, member: 41907"]Alaska Jim must not do too much reading here on the HAMB...and he has been a member foe 4 years[/QUOTE]

    NO KIDDING !!!!!!

    Someone said: streetrods have lawn chairs in the trunk,
    Hot Rod have a sock full of tools,
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  20. young'n'poor
    Joined: Jan 26, 2006
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    It really doesn't matter because everyone has their own definition of every word.

    That said, Street rod seems to have become a dirty word. From what I've seen in old magazines and heard from older relatives, bud Bryant, jake, gray Baskerville, etc. started using the term during the muscle car era to describe the traditional style cars they were building and driving all over in. These cars were less focused on speed and more on drivability, but still a far cry from modernized and full of creature comforts.

    It seems that as the 70's rolled on more and more modern conveniences made their way into these old cars, and slowly the billet laden air conditioned Easter egg we call a street Rod today was born.

    I don't use the term derogatorily, but I consider traditionally styled cars that have automatics and four links and such street rods.

    Cars that are traditional and use era correct parts are hot rods.

    That's my own personal opinion and I'm not saying it's correct. I just grew up with the terms being used like that.

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  21. 117harv
    Joined: Nov 12, 2009
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    6. Was your thread about something other than traditional hot rods and customs? Aside from a few "sidebar" topics that interest the staff here, we don't allow off topic posts. Your definition of "traditional" might differ from ours. That's fine. However, this is our forum and it's our definition that the forum is run off of.

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  22. I'm not sure who originally coined the phrase Street Rod but Henry Gregor Felsen use the title in one of his popular series of books,that was in 1953.

    The terminology was used by the National Street Rod Association and the idea behind it was to clean up the hot rod racing in the streets.

    Public opinion and newspaper sensationalism with hot rods was at a all time low and the factory muscle cars were the go to cars during the 60's.

    Just my opinion but tweed interiors,Easter egg colors,heartbeat/splash graphics and billet wheels and independent front suspensions scream street rod.uts

    During that time a lot of guys like myself were out of step but migrated toward the resto rod styles,I would think a lot of those people are still building cars and adhere to the traditional style and some are hard core traditionalist. HRP
  23. mike bowling
    Joined: Jan 1, 2013
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    mike bowling

    EVERYTHING'S got a price- if you see "free", flee!!
    "Hot rods" are kinda like "dirty girls" -they're loud and uncouth and you don't have to take them out to eat to have fun. Built by kids with no money, tools, or a garage most of the time- bare bones . Beg, borrow and steal!
    "Street rods" have fancy paint ($$$$$), radios and interiors and real exhaust systems, spare tires, , AC, heat, etc., etc. If you don't spend money on all that stuff, you can start another hot rod!

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  24. It seems now that we consider cars built in the 50s or 60s as the "traditional" hot rods but I sometimes wonder if we've forgotten that these early rodders put "late model" (53 Merc, Cadillac, Olds) engines in their Model A or Deuce and used the newest Edelbrock, Offenhauser, etc. manifolds, the latest Isky 404 cam, and a pair of Sandy Belond's headers in their builds - and these images are somehow frozen in time as traditional. If an LS3 was available in 1959, would a real rodder put it in his Model A? Seems that this shows the wisdom of having a "traditionally styled" category here on the HAMB along with the "traditional" category. And to paraphrase some wise man, I may not be able to define the difference, but I know one when I see it.
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