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What Happen to the Average Rodder?

 
ivanogburn ivanogburn
New User | Posts: 12 | Joined: 07/07
Posted: 12/18/07
06:51 PM

I am a long time reader of the Street Rodder magazine and normally enjoy at least 80% of its articles, but it seems the magazine is becoming more about fat cat collectors that spend tens of thousands to buy someone else's handiwork and then get their new possession in your magazine. Or articles on high dollar rod shops and specialists that seem more like ads for those fat cat collectors than actual how to articles. I understand those big dollar dudes are a real part of the street rod world just like the weekend road hogs are to biking, but an occasional article about the old fashion low budget street rodder would sure be refreshing now and then!  
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jhenry1946 jhenry1946
New User | Posts: 3 | Joined: 12/07
Posted: 12/19/07
10:01 AM

Yes Ivan,  I agree, I myself am a budget rodder from the 1961 to 1965 era. Just got back into it in 2005 with a acquisition of a '29 Ford (shay), already with the chassis work done (mustand II front and s-10 rear, with 2.3 liter four banger as power).  Tore it all down and did a complete make over (upholstery, body work, paint) now it is a true hot rod.  How come we don't see these concept cars hot rodded in the magazine??? I guess they are to cheap for the examples.  Hope we see what we would like to see in the future...................Henry  

ekimball ekimball
Enthusiast | Posts: 344 | Joined: 01/07
Posted: 12/19/07
04:47 PM

I may be biased, but I think they do a pretty good job of splitting the features between big dollar rides and homebuilt hot rods.  

Travst Travst
New User | Posts: 23 | Joined: 10/07
Posted: 12/20/07
12:36 PM

I think you can get a lot of good ideas from the high-dollar builders.  However, I also like to see the homebuilts and read the DIY articles by Rizzo and others.  The new trend in rat rods is very cool... low buck, homebuilt rods with classic engines.

Remember that the high-dollar stuff is also a great showcase for the magazine's advertisers.  Without them, there would be no Street Rodder... a terrible fate for us all.

Now, back to scraping old undercoating from my project Jag....  
Take my advice... don't take my advice.

RIZ RIZ
Moderator | Posts: 4 | Joined: 01/08
Posted: 01/31/08
01:46 PM

"Remember that the high-dollar stuff is also a great showcase for the magazine's advertisers.  Without them, there would be no Street Rodder... a terrible fate for us all." -- Travst

Yep, that's the way it is in the real world -- it takes bucks to manufacture and distribute a national magazine. That said, pro-built big buck rods are awesome but my heart will always be with affordable blue-collar hot rods. Bustin' knuckles in the home garage is the way to go!  

Burtreyn0lds Burtreyn0lds
User | Posts: 113 | Joined: 08/06
Posted: 02/08/08
03:21 PM

come look at my garage and you'll see the average rodder is still alive and well.  

Travst Travst
New User | Posts: 23 | Joined: 10/07
Posted: 02/13/08
09:30 AM

I'm proud to be an average rodder.  Not to take anything away from the high-dollar rods, but I simply can't justify spending big bucks on a rod.  In addition, I really enjoy working out things by myself.  I take input from all over and do the vast majority of the work myself (single exception is engine machining).  When someone asks about my car, I like to be able to say "I did it myself".  
Take my advice... don't take my advice.

Burtreyn0lds Burtreyn0lds
User | Posts: 113 | Joined: 08/06
Posted: 02/15/08
11:50 AM

Do you do your own interiors? I ask because I ahve always wanted to do it but it looks like it's alot of not fun work.  

Travst Travst
New User | Posts: 23 | Joined: 10/07
Posted: 02/17/08
04:11 PM

I've done interiors with pre-made stuff, like putting on seat covers.  I don't have a problem fabbing up door panels and carpeting.  However, when it comes to stitching a custom interior, I leave it to a pro.  
Take my advice... don't take my advice.

bardahl33ford bardahl33ford
New User | Posts: 3 | Joined: 02/08
Posted: 02/19/08
10:38 PM

I too am proud to be an average rodder. I don't have a lot, not even a garage but I'll build one soon. I'm 53 and have a 12yr.old daughter. She is the ultimate average rodder. every penny she makes goes into her car, she sells chicken eggs , and last year at the local fair sold a champion pig. and bought a 31 coupe shell. she knows if she wants it done she will have to do it your self.    p.s. she said a horse blanket works just fine over the seat springs.  

Burtreyn0lds Burtreyn0lds
User | Posts: 113 | Joined: 08/06
Posted: 02/20/08
04:30 PM

Yeah the stitching is a bit overboard for me.

and a horse blanket is just fine for now... Smile  

WhiteRocket1 WhiteRocket1
New User | Posts: 1 | Joined: 05/08
Posted: 05/06/08
03:46 PM

I am also an average do it your-selfer.  I believe the real creativity in rods comes from guys like us.  Turn key rods are a cop out.  The whole purpose is to make it interesting, not just a car made with a cookie cutter.  When dealing with a limited budget you have to be more creative with what you have.

Now as for upholstery, years ago I was into Custom Vans.  There were Van shops around that sold rolls of velour and naugahyde that had pleat lines and diamond shapes already formed into the fabric.  Then they sold you some buttons that you screwed into the material at the intersection points.  I a van you just used luan on the walls and then carpet foam over that and then screwed this material over the panel and poped the buttons on.  Voila, a button and tuck interior.  
This was so easy that I thought it could be done instead of a high dollar head liner.  Problem is the Custom Van Shop is gone now and I don't know who manufactured this stuff. If anybody has any ideas where I could get it, I would appreciate it. I've already done Internet searches on Upholstery and Tuck and Roll, etc.

I also saw in Street Rodder that there were plastic door panels (for popular rods) that you could cover with fabric and foam to make interesting designs.  
Between these two things I think I could make an interesting interior with No Sewing Involved!  

ekimball ekimball
Enthusiast | Posts: 344 | Joined: 01/07
Posted: 05/13/08
11:44 AM

Yeah, you see some of those old Vans, they had some wild interiors. What are you building now? Have you tried contacting some upholstery shops in your area.

I'm not even sure where you would start to look for naughahyde. This may sound crazy, but a lowrider builder might be a good place to find some of those fabrics.  

suzi suzi
New User | Posts: 31 | Joined: 09/07
Posted: 05/13/08
05:42 PM

This site has a lot of naugahyde:
garysupholstry.com
Click on products, then automotive
There are quite a few sources besides this, just search naugahyde  Smile  

old.yankee old.yankee
New User | Posts: 1 | Joined: 05/08
Posted: 05/14/08
06:21 PM

the average reader is in my garage in Maine. I don,t buy Street Rodder any more it to rich for my blood Have had street rodder since the 70,s but you get what you pay ,for more adds and less how to unless you got money Mad  

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