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Old 11-19-2012, 10:41 AM
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I think one of the biggest differences between today and years past is we now have an option, we can spend boat loads of money building something out of catalogs or we can build it as cars were built decades ago using passion and ingenuity. It's hard to compare today's car builder from one 40 or 50 years ago when today EVERYTHING is available from so many sources it isn't even funny. You don't have to make ANYTHING, you could open up a catalog or hop on the net and find just about anything you would ever need for your build, be it a fan shroud to a chopped top 32 Ford body.

Years ago a car was built from what ever you could find, and your passion and ingenuity. But there wasn't a choice, you did that or you played a guitar or grew roses, there wasn't a choice. So it's awful hard to compare the two eras.

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but by the same token, back then the raw materials where EVERYWHERE..
you didn't need a catolog for a 9",, you found many in the j/y.. and brought a tapemeasure and found one that would work..
now try to find one in a yard is not all that easy.. for some that are spoiled in the dry climates.. you still might be able to.. but work north and . good luck
and the dry climate junk yards.. know what they got.. getting a 50.oo or 200.oo car from a yard is a thing of the past..

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I guess this is the latest "You kids get off my lawn!" thread.
I wonder what the average age of the membership here is. Someone should do a poll. I bet the bell curve skews high.
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Old 11-19-2012, 01:42 PM
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I hope I don't sound like that! My point is, there is a difference and that is all there is too it, these parts are available now, SOOOOOOO things are different. It isn't anyone's fault, nor is it that much of a bad thing, it's just different.

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I guess this is the latest "You kids get off my lawn!" thread.
I wonder what the average age of the membership here is. Someone should do a poll. I bet the bell curve skews high.
I don't think this is a get off my lawn thread, I think maybe a little bit of generalizing like a lot of older adults did when I was younger with long hair (God got me back, don't have much now)...It's to bad that some people don't appreciate the good, honest, hard working and genuine good nature'd youth as much as they like to rag on the ones that aren't in that category, same thing when I was younger.

As far as the average age of the membership here, I agree that it would skew high on the bell curve. Thank God. There's a lot everybody, no matter what age, can learn from the experience people have on this site.

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Old 11-19-2012, 01:48 PM
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I remember when I had to walk to school in the snow, up hill both ways!

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Actually, we just did the age survey on my forum....The older guys won hands down

Which Age Group Dominates OnRod [45 vote(s)]

15 to 20
2.2%
20 to 30
4.4%
30 to 40
6.7%
40 to 50
24.4%
50 to 60
35.6%
60 to70
22.2%
Ancient
4.4%

Not sure if its all that accurate though....just seems to me that the older guys have more time and tend to post more....and the older guys like the polls/surveys more....younger guys cant be bothered
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Old 11-19-2012, 01:52 PM
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Seems we did one here too....same result

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I don't want to get too far into this but.... I have 2 kids and a wife to think of FIRST the Hot Rod comes second. If it comes down to a decent pair of shoes for the kids or a new set of plugs guess who wins.

The thing that really strikes me is this. A couple months ago I got a whole stack of Rod & Custom magazines from 64-72 and almost every issue has some form of budget concious information, weather it be someone braging about how cheaply they made their rod or articles on scrounging parts and talking down farmers for vintage tin. Budget has always been a primary concern for Hot Rodders. This explains why not everyone has Blown 426 Hemi's in their rods.
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Old 11-19-2012, 02:32 PM
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This explains why not everyone has Blown 426 Hemi's in their rods.
I could have one if I wanted it, I just don't like them, their icky.

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Seems we did one here too....same result

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Not very surprising. I have an older friend (I'm 46 and he's pushing 60) and whenever we go to car shows together it's primarily his age bracket who are attending. Hopefully when our generation takes over we'll drop the 50's car show music! But that's another thread entirely.
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unless you are a billionaire
anything in your life has a budget.
x set aside for the mortage
y for utilities
etc.
i built my car on a $10 hourly wage
damn straight i know what a budget is.
maybe if i lived in my moms basement and used daddys allowance money
no
i would STILL have a budget.
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dig it out cheap or i cant play. some horse tradin maby.the kids are gettin lazy cause we crammed all them gadgets in their faces to keep busy so we could be 2 income families. and now 2 incomes aint enough. hahaha. i dont see a fix either.theres not enough time spent with um. no real guidance.thats kinda behind the school violence in a way.some of them kids are just lost.emagin tryin to be kid today.
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I agree 100%...

Times are changing for sure.. Kids today just don't want to work for ANYTHING... Sad but true... I just don't see the changes for the good..

If your going to do sometime.. Do it right the first time..
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this is a brand new complaint.

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[disrespectful] and impatient of restraint" (Hesiod, 8th century BC).

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I'm a young guy (26 in two weeks) and I'm building what you could call a hotrod on my time, on my dime, with no help monetarily from anyone and supporting my family. I have two kids and yes they come first. My daily driver is a beat up old pick up with a lot of miles, I work blue collar and between me and my wife working full time we make probably less combined than your average college graduate.

My priority is to live in a nice safe neighborhood with a good school, so my rent on my home is about 20% of my annual combined income. Basically I'm not well off. My hotrod is a 1965 chevy pick up that cost less than $1000. It started as an undesirable long bed that needs a lot of paint and bodywork. It came with a mostly stock 1970s 4 bolt 350 and an sm420 transmission. It had no interior to speak of. When I first got it, I knew the basics and I've slowly made improvements to it as I learned more and had the time. It now has a 455 cubic inch Oldsmobile V8 and a 1962 jimmy long bed fleetside. It has a bench seat from a 68-72 truck and the interior chrome from a 63 medium duty truck. I'm working on getting rid of the sm420 and getting my hands on a st10 or muncie.

Everything I couldn't afford, I traded for. I wanted big cubes and found an option. I wanted a stepside and made it work. I wanted something fast and different and now I have it. It's still a work in progress and I'm learning everyday as I go.

My project has not been popular at all among any person I've shared it with, but it's for me so... so be it.

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I'm a young guy (26 in two weeks) and I'm building what you could call a hotrod on my time, on my dime, with no help monetarily from anyone and supporting my family. I have two kids and yes they come first. My daily driver is a beat up old pick up with a lot of miles, I work blue collar and between me and my wife working full time we make probably less combined than your average college graduate.

My priority is to live in a nice safe neighborhood with a good school, so my rent on my home is about 20% of my annual combined income. Basically I'm not well off. My hotrod is a 1965 chevy pick up that cost less than $1000. It started as an undesirable long bed that needs a lot of paint and bodywork. It came with a mostly stock 1970s 4 bolt 350 and an sm420 transmission. It had no interior to speak of. When I first got it, I knew the basics and I've slowly made improvements to it as I learned more and had the time. It now has a 455 cubic inch Oldsmobile V8 and a 1962 jimmy long bed fleetside. It has a bench seat from a 68-72 truck and the interior chrome from a 63 medium duty truck. I'm working on getting rid of the sm420 and getting my hands on a st10 or muncie.

Everything I couldn't afford, I traded for. I wanted big cubes and found an option. I wanted a stepside and made it work. I wanted something fast and different and now I have it. It's still a work in progress and I'm learning everyday as I go.

My project has not been popular at all among any person I've shared it with, but it's for me so... so be it.

- Cameron
Believe me Valkyrie, You will have a lot more fun and pride in your truck than the guy who spends 100,000 on a rod and goes to a show hoping to win a trophy only to get beat by some fellow that spent 150,000.
The other aspect of this is the comradery you have with the friends you make who share your interests ........both young and old

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