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01-29-2016 02:38 PM
Northstar T
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Originally Posted by MARTINSR View Post
There is a wide range of how nice a car can be. From the mind blowing detailing of a real show car to a driver with dents and dings, I dig them all. Any older car is interesting to me.

I always say the best part about any car is the smiling face behind the wheel!


Brian
Well put Brian. I couldn't agree more!

As to the original op question: a four door can be made fast but, in my mind, it's can't be made a hot rod. I know this because I (and many others) was beaten many times by a certain fugly rusted out pos 4 dr 55 chev back in the late 60s.
01-29-2016 12:24 PM
MARTINSR
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Originally Posted by NelMurr View Post
Spoken like a true perfectionist, some of us have other interest than being perfect, we just work hard, try our best and sleep well at night with no worries, no disrespect intended. Just the way it is, but the fact is I have done this project while many I know have absolutely know idea what is under the hood of a car. That's enough for me and I have enjoyed the fruits of my labor to boot. N
There is a wide range of how nice a car can be. From the mind blowing detailing of a real show car to a driver with dents and dings, I dig them all. Any older car is interesting to me.

I always say the best part about any car is the smiling face behind the wheel!


Brian
01-28-2016 12:13 PM
OneMoreTime Interesting to bring up a tractor.. The one my Dad built was from a wrecked logging truck. took the cab and fenders off, shortend up the frame and welded some spring hangers for some front end he had and there was the tractor. had a blade on it and an arch on the back. He cleared quite bit of land with that thing. To me that is what this is all about to build something that is not available with parts at hand..

Sam
01-28-2016 10:58 AM
BuzzLOL
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Originally Posted by painted jester View Post
There were a lot more pocket mags then HOT ROD To think you need engine mods to hot rod a car is way off base to what it was yrs ago! In the 50s if you just pulled the fenders off an old model A and removed the hood and installed a loud Smitty Mufflers or steel packs it was considered a hot rod it was light and faster actually! -Jester (Chris)
Yeah, a lot of beloved car magazines have fallen by the wayside over the years... my closets and attic are full of them... I can't throw them away... I have the important technical articles and page numbers noted on the back covers... a 1940 Popular Mechanics shows how to make a minibike (2 1/2 HP Briggs/wheelbarrow tires/EMT frame) long before anybody ever heard that word supposedly invented in California in 1960's... what you're describing above, we would have called a 'doodlebug' around here... and, of course, our Dad's yelled at us for "hotrodding" our beginners cars if we drove them simply without the ugly wheel covers... but, to me, hotrodding will always be turning a tepid engine into a snorting engine... back in the Depression years of the 1930's, my Dad built a doodlebug tractor from a 1928 Chevy because GrandPa didn't have the money for a real tractor to farm with... and the farm horses were getting obsolete... used the Chevy 3 speed tranny mated to a 4 speed truck tranny for 13 speeds forward and 7 in reverse for a very low speed first gear and un-tractor-like speeds top gear... big military truck rear tires... not a hot rod, Chevy 4-banger left stock... but still the fastest tractor around... LOL!
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01-24-2016 02:25 PM
NelMurr Spoken like a true perfectionist, some of us have other interest than being perfect, we just work hard, try our best and sleep well at night with no worries, no disrespect intended. Just the way it is, but the fact is I have done this project while many I know have absolutely know idea what is under the hood of a car. That's enough for me and I have enjoyed the fruits of my labor to boot. N
01-24-2016 01:59 PM
OneMoreTime I am just amazed and shocked that anyone would put forth less than their best at what they were doing. Sure there are times when we can't get to everything for what ever reason..if I were to put out chicken crap welds my dad would have skinned me and that might have been easier to take than the chewing out that I received...

Sam
01-24-2016 12:08 PM
NelMurr I'm a teacher and a student of life; Education is always expensive just at varying degrees. But point well taken. Thanks N
01-24-2016 08:39 AM
Too Many Projects
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Originally Posted by NelMurr View Post
I just got done my "1st" build with some questionable non-educated guesses. Specifically in the area of squish and rod stretch. It runs like a boss in the barn, up to operating temp, but no road test possible. I may have created your "true hot rod definition". Time and spring will tell. Your definition hit a funny bone (sort of) NM
That's part of the self-taught learning curve.
Sometimes it gets expensive too...
01-23-2016 02:51 PM
NelMurr I just got done my "1st" build with some questionable non-educated guesses. Specifically in the area of squish and rod stretch. It runs like a boss in the barn, up to operating temp, but no road test possible. I may have created your "true hot rod definition". Time and spring will tell. Your definition hit a funny bone (sort of) NM
01-23-2016 02:29 PM
painted jester There were a lot more pocket mags then HOT ROD To think you need engine mods to hot rod a car is way off base to what it was yrs ago! In the 50s if you just pulled the fenders off an old model A and removed the hood and installed a loud Smitty Mufflers or steel packs it was considered a hot rod it was light and faster actually! Many hot rods were not fast at all when I was a boy they were lowered or raised, they were stripped down and streamlined with stock engines and ran dirt tracks or on the streets engine mods were not important unless no mufflers is an engine mod ?? A High boy with stock engine and running gear and loud exhaust was a hot rod in the day A 40 ford channeled and chopped with a loud exhaust and stock flat head, was a hot rod! especially setting in a high school parking lot! There was the term (man that girls hot) There were "Hot Pants" And when you saw a car you liked it was "Man thats a "HOT ROD" Later the word Groovy or Cool was used Like in the coffee shops among the "beatnik" Crowd
But maybe Hot Rod was a area you lived in type terminology or what the kids you hung with thought But in my area there were souped up hot rods hot looking hot rods and cruising hot rods some made fast and some just for looks that made the owner happy and it reflected his personality and likes in a car! Building a Hot Rod Was a personnel preference and freedom (rebellion in a way) in the beginning, not a fad or culture till it caught on and was copied by people turned on to it and was trended and has progressed into what it is in today's culture!
My thoughts on terminology in the area I grew up in Born in '46 and having a father that built hot rods of his own after the war and his war buddys that did the same thing I have a good idea what hot rod meant to hot rodders in my area from the time I was old enough remembering riding in his HOTROD and burning rubber on the streets with his buddys and tearing up the dirt roads!
In the beginning It wasn't talked about on the radios, (There were no TVs) No Mags on the subject not any advertizing of it, just passed on to other enthusiasts from word of mouth and what was seen on the street and spread in a very short time across the American continent!! I don't know where it started or what yr. or the first hot rod (maybe a horsless buggy LOL)but it may have started in more then one spot and more then one car? We may never know Like who first changed his horse drawn buggy to make it lighter and lower and sleek so it was faster that led to harness racing today?

Jester (Chris)
01-23-2016 01:51 PM
496CHEVY3100
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Originally Posted by painted jester View Post
N.H.R.A. and N.S.R.A. in the 60s and 70s and early 80s didn't recognize anything newer then '48 as a hot rod Now they are recognizing newer cars but the majority of members wanted it left at '48! '48 and newer was considered too new to be termed a hot rod. I can't remember what year they started changing and letting in newer vehicles?

Jester (Chris)
Did they not consider a 55 chevy a Hot Rod ,I am surprised,
01-23-2016 07:55 AM
BuzzLOL
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Originally Posted by painted jester View Post
N.H.R.A. and N.S.R.A. in the 60s and 70s and early 80s didn't recognize anything newer then '48 as a hot rod -Jester (Chris)
Hot Rod magazine didn't even start till Jan. 1948 (same month/year I was born)... To me, hot rod always meant an engine that was likely to put a hot rod out through the side of the block...!!!
01-23-2016 05:38 AM
Too Many Projects
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Originally Posted by hduff View Post
all that matters is if you're having fun or not.
Did you ever get the coupe repaired ? I never saw anymore about it after you posted you were having health issues. Hope that is OK too.
01-22-2016 09:36 PM
NEW INTERIORS
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Yeah, if that Buick still has the stock engine, it's not a hot rod... just a 'custom'...
So all hot rods need to have a hot motor... Okay...
01-22-2016 07:21 PM
hduff all that matters is if you're having fun or not.
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