For the last nine months everyday has started at Custom & Hot Rod Life with a post containing a scanned picture. Those pictures span 40 years of car shows and events that took place in a world before digital photography. All of them were taken by members of my family and I found them about a year ago while cleaning up at my mother and father's house. Tucked into a drawer, I found over 600 car specific pictures.
My father's T-Bucket. Taken in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee sometime in the mid to late 1970s.
By today's standards that's not a lot of pictures. I probably have that many on my iPhone and haven't looked at them since they were taken. 600 pictures from the film era is quite a lot for a family that was just taking them to remember the cars they had seen.
A '31 Ford Model A Coupe, that never got turned into a Hot Rod. It was sold after a year of ownership to start the construction of the black '48 Chevy you see sticking out of the garage.
Probably half of the pictures were taken because my father wanted a picture of how something had been constructed. He wanted a picture of what he had seen, so he might better understand how the builder had achieved the look.
Above: As difficult as it might be to believe, the above gallery is full of the same car. It's a 1948 Ford two door sedan. It was built in the parking lot of the store my family owned and ran in the early 1980's.
Some of the pictures were of cars that my family owned. I've saved those for this last post.
Above: When I was 14 I purchased this 1948 Chevy truck for the hefty sum of $250. It had a Mustang 2 front suspension and a Pontiac 455 CID engine coupled to a 400 automatic transmission. I promptly chopped the top 5 inches, days after I got it home.
I've scanned all of these pictures into a computer, copied them and put them onto my shop computer. While I'm working away and listening to the music that's on the computer, the pictures of car shows from 30 years ago scroll past as a slideshow on a monitor that's been mounted on a wall in the shop.
My father and a '37 Ford. I'm afraid I'm not old enough to remember were or when this picture was taken. I'd guess some time in the mid 1970s. Side note: While he's lost the shirt, I'm pretty sure he still has the pants!
It can be distracting and a number of times people that come around will ask to see a certain picture better and I have to stop what I'm doing, wipe my hands off, and figure out what picture they were talking about.
A '23 T-Bucket my father built for a friend in the early 1990s. It might look like everyone in the background is bored, but it was pretty dang hot that day!
It is true that most of the cars in the pictures look dated and even tacky by today's standards, but they represent the times they were taken in. These Rods of the past, were stepping stones to the Rods of today.
I call this one, "Dork with Sandpaper". Circa 1997
While these pictures haven't been the most popular things I've posted, they have been a neat look into the early years of Street Rodding here in the Tennessee area.
A 1948 Chevrolet four door sedan. I learned pretty much everything I know about building Hot Rods, by helping my dad build this car. He sold it to a Canadian about 15 years ago. I hope it's still running around the Great White North.
Truth be told, the most bumps that one has ever gotten was 30. That happened fairly recently with a picture of an old race car. Usually they get about 7 or 8 bumps. So many of you might not notice they are gone, but I'm glad I got to share them. They might not ever make it into a history book, but they have made it to DRIVETRIBE and that's pretty cool!
Keep on Cruisin'!
Here's the first post that included some of these pictures:
Art by: Chris Breeden
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About the Author:
Chris Breeden is a Social Media content creator for Custom & Hot Rod Life on DRIVETRIBE, YouTube and Facebook. After spending 5 years in Southern California, a.k.a. Hot Rod Heaven, while serving as a jet engine mechanic in the United States Marine Corps, he moved back home to Tennessee with an even greater love for Hot Rodded Vintage Tin. Since then he has worked in retail sales and the transportation and logistics industry. In 2018, seeing a gap in Hot Rod and Custom Car coverage on DRIVETRIBE, Chris began advocating for their inclusion on the platform. During the summer months, he can be found all over the Tennessee region covering car shows, meets, and cruise-ins. During the winter months, he can be found in the garage working on his custom 1949 Ford two-door sedan and 1954 F100 truck.