Originally Posted by John long
BB is correct. I graduated HS in '63. I ran spinner hubcaps because they were affordable. Would have loved to have been able to afford chrome reversed but did not have the money. I knew there was no way I would ever be able to afford the new "mag" wheels that were coming out. All three are period correct but were usually chosen based on budget, not the cool factor.
Most of the guys today are trying to achieve the period correct look as they perceive it it be. Not as it really was. That does not bother me though. If they want to roll their jeans up, why not? If they think flat black is cool, fine. But the truth is, the only reason we ever ran primer was because paint cost money we didn't have!
One other thing to consider; What was "in" where I grew up in Louisville, Ky. may have been completely different in Detroit or L.A. I saw styles change very quickly. For example, suspensions went from lowered in the rear to lowered on all 4 corners to "California rakes" within a period of about 3 years.
Well said John!
I get a chuckle out of guys today building "traditional" rods, or telling me what was correct for the 60's. Seems they know what we did back then better than we do! Sometimes I wonder if I'm getting CRS, because they remember things I don't and I was there.
The biggest complaint I have is also the primer and rust that guys seem to either endorse or leave as is. We would have been embrassed to leave either on a car any longer than it took to save the money to get rid of it. I'd have rather had a cheap paint job back in the 60's than to run around with primer or rust.