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Old 04-05-2009, 09:34 PM   #1
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Vintage trucks: A minor rant

I've been looking at vintage trucks, mid 60s era. What in the name of Heaven possesses people to take a great looking truck, chop it to about a half inch of ground clearance and put utterly ridiculous 22" tires on it? What exactly is the point of the low profile tires on a 1/2 pickup? Can you push a 1967 Chevy into a corner fast enough to flex the tires... without some kind of rocket booster? And what's with putting late model body parts (like beds) on vintage trucks? I'm not saying 60s American pickups were works of art... but c'mon! Or am I just getting old?
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I hear ya.

I have a few choice words about lowering trucks, but I'd probably be kicked off the forum for using them.
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I've been looking at vintage trucks, mid 60s era. What in the name of Heaven possesses people to take a great looking truck, chop it to about a half inch of ground clearance and put utterly ridiculous 22" tires on it? What exactly is the point of the low profile tires on a 1/2 pickup? Can you push a 1967 Chevy into a corner fast enough to flex the tires... without some kind of rocket booster? And what's with putting late model body parts (like beds) on vintage trucks? I'm not saying 60s American pickups were works of art... but c'mon! Or am I just getting old?
You are getting old We had this same discussion at a local rod meet not too long back. FWIW I prefer my restored vehicles stock or mildly modified (not enough they can't be brought back to stock fairly easily) I am still trying comprehend the low pro 22" wheels on a Hummer

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I restore cars as a hobby. I have a 1951 Mercury that has actually increased in value since I've had it, not because of anything special I've done to it, but because it is absolutely stock, exactly like it was (for the most part) when new in 1951. It seems that this model car is very popular for rodders, so lots of them are chopped, channelled, frenched, have the little flathead replaced by something that would power the space shuttle, and so on. Supply and Demand. Good examples of stock Mercs from that era are hard to find.

The guys who bought my 1937 Buick wanted it for a hot-rod project. Sometimes it seems a shame to tear up an old car like that, but I must say that I am also impressed by the skill and effort that goes into some of those rods.
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Old 04-06-2009, 06:06 AM   #6
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I've been an antique car guy since childhood. I've had some kind of antique car since high school, and still have 4 antique cars today. I, too, have never understood the radical rodders. But, I guess, to each his own.

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When I was looking for my new TV (2000-2004 SUVs), I couldn't believe how many Suburbans, Yukons, etc had the 22" wheels with the low profile tires. I kept wondering if they'd be suitable to tow my AS. Figured not ... on the flip side, saw some pretty interesting raised sedans.
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Later model beds were installed on older trucks when the original bed got destroyed or rotted away. Sometimes original engines get replaced with more modern engines because the originals have large holes in the side of them.
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I don't think its a RANT at all. Now you have to realize I'm 70 and street rods were KING when I was young. But I have never seen the value In 22 in or 28 in low pros. Some of the wheels are great lookin but I have never seen the value in destroying old cars or trucks for that matter. I have never seen the value in lift kits either but too each his own.
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Or am I just getting old?
It could be you are old, not just getting old. It creeps up on us and then one day you realize that old guy in the mirror that's been following you around is you.

Do you chase kids off the grass? Do you complain that it only cost $4 for two to go out to dinner just a "few" years ago? Do you remember when you'd get 3 bags of groceries for $5. And what about that "music" those kids listen to? Why can't they listen to Led Zeppelin?

Being somewhat more ancient than you, I couldn't resist. I agree, why mess up the looks of a vintage or classic vehicle? Even if it looked ugly when it was new, over the years it acquires a certain charm (like me) by just surviving. When I see a pre-WW II car gutted and sitting on some new running gear, new seats and dashboard, messed up body, I cringe.

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Fellas,

I'm going to play devil's advocate here, and say that I like highly modified vehicles.

Granted, some are done well while some are not. That is merely opinion.

My current truck has an aftermarket exhaust, intake and chip. I've added big mud tires on the stock rims, but no lift kit (yet). A few other goodies too.

I also think it is wise to use junk cars to modify instead of taking a beautiful original and chopping it up.

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A dilema.....I cannot bring myself to do it.

I know the feelings expressed here. I want a cool tow vehicle....from the 40's or early 50's to go with my 47 Curtis. Everything I like is so classic that I can't think of radically modifying it. But, I still remember all the overheated, radiator spewing, hood up, along the roadside, breakdowns. The faded brake caused accident. The burnt up transmissions. A/C and all the comforts which have evolved.....all missing.

But I can do it...and will. If a Buick could do it then, it can do it now....with some judicious "tweaking" that you won't see form the outside and won't offend my desire for originality. No 22" wheels here I promise.
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You are getting old We had this same discussion at a local rod meet not too long back. FWIW I prefer my restored vehicles stock or mildly modified (not enough they can't be brought back to stock fairly easily) I am still trying comprehend the low pro 22" wheels on a Hummer

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Actually, I don't mind kids on the grass. My iPod has music from Ella Fitzgerald and Ray Charles to Badly Drawn Boy and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Oddly enough, I prefer listening to things other than "classic rock" these days. I don't complain about prices... much. While cars are expensive, they are also far more comfortable than those of my younger days. Honestly, a whole lot of things are better today. I don't miss Bakelite rotary phones or having a party line. Like you, I don't miss vacuum wipers or crank windows.

I just don't get the "aesthetic" of chopping or rodding old trucks. Low profile tires on a vintage truck are like "moon boots" on a model wearing a little black dress. I don't know if it is fashionable, but I'm pretty sure it is ugly. Oh, I don't object to internal modifications to increase performance, reliability or safety. I don't mind an old rig feeling comfortable... but curb appeal--to me--is a inhaling a sense of time and place. Seeing a "cherry" old truck reminds of all that was good, and could be again. (A borrowed quote.) Seeing a chopped truck is like seeing a beautiful young girl with her nose and eyebrow pierced. I just don't get it.
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