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Old 01-03-2013, 02:56 PM
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How old is "too old" to be working on your hot rod?

Last night the kids were discussing (semi joking) who gets what car on my demise. I theorized that at 64, I've got about 10yr left to play with the 32 highboy or the Corvette, before the body will just not allow me to crawl under it to even change oil. Or climb into it for a drive for that matter. Then the kids can have a lottery on who gets them.

Are there any 70's or 80's guys out there still pulling engines, bent over a fender changing plugs? Right now just changing oil causes a trip to the chiropractor for me!!

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I am 73 & I have no intention of giving up on street rods,that is what keeps me going.Tell the kids that you are not going to quit until you reach 100,that should rattle their cage
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Old 01-03-2013, 03:27 PM
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Everyone is different. I have a guy who comes by here at 75 years old celebrated by he and his wife riding a tandem bike around Lake Tahoe! That's 75 miles folks!

Look at Bill Hines, he's 90!

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My boss at work just turned 85, he runs every morning, shovels snow off his driveway and helps with projects in the shop.

He says staying active, mind & body, is the key to staying young.
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who u call'n old sonny boy...

tell your kids they can have your car when THEY retire for u are selling the plot and have other plans.. we have a fella in his 80's in the T bucket club... i'm 66 and don't plan on stopping yet. i'm looking forward to selling the bucket and starting on my old truck project... so u ain't old till u just give up..
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As long as you able and willing , Age dont matter, even if you are only willing to work on the hotrod but physically cant, get the kids to help.
When your in a pine box, then your a little too old.
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Everyone is different. I have a guy who comes by here at 75 years old celebrated by he and his wife riding a tandem bike around Lake Tahoe! That's 75 miles folks!

Look at Bill Hines, he's 90!

Brian

Didn't know hobbits worked on hotrods: Seriously, how in the world can Bill get up after sitting on his knees on a concrete floor!!
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Carroll Shelby was 89 when he passed - he might not have been working on his cars, but he was driving them. He was 81 when they introduced that prototype Shelby Cobra and he drove that on the track at speed and did donuts with it!
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That's only for you to decide when your going to stop.. I'll stop when they throw dirt on top me..
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Well, I know for a fact that you have to be older than 68 (which I was on 12/01/2012).

My wife (of 46 years) swears that I'll be "working in that darn garage" until the day I die. I am sure planning on it!

Good Lord willing, I'll go with a wrench in hand. Hopefully, not anytime soon, although I am sorta' anxious to see the ABSOLUTELY PERFECT hinge gaps on the Pearly Gates!!! Lord knows that I'll never see them on my '63 T'Bird!!

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I had an 89 year old client in my job last new years. New years eve 2011 I helped him put together a new compressor from harbor freight so he could work on his cars.
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When I go I wish it to be with a fishing rod in hand , great big lake trout.

I cant hold or work a braze rod properly anyhow, and I gave up cigar smoke too. Luv that pic brian

There wont be much to will out or for the kids to fight over cause once I am feeling old in (90 years)

I am gonna run every car/sled/quad/truck/boat/kite/bike/plane right into the ground just to get one more spark out of it.

Point being you are never too old, keep keeping the rubber side down folks!
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you are only as old as you feel my son is my mechanic as he doesnt want me to pickup a wrench he feels i will screw something up
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old age..........

I just turned 75,on 30 December,so many cars,so much work to do,cant go until i finish them !!!!!!!!!!
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i can't say what the secret is but i'd guess desire and will.
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