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The Antique and Classic car industry is too big to ever get eliminated from the road. I doubt we would ever see it in our lifetime.

Although California is giving it a good try. Just saw where they are banning heavy trucks, for regular use anyway, made before 2010.
 

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Well I'm 34 and trying to keep it alive... It is not an inexpensive endeavor like it used to be which certainly makes it more challenging for younger generations, and I am a fairly competent mechanic who's done an engine swap, brake system rebuild and cooling system rebuild on the car (with many lessons learned). Fabrication and rust are my two biggest hurdles because I don't have the time or talent and they cost a boatload to do. So I stick with bolt-ons and enjoy my car as a survivor until I have the time or money to take care of the small rust issues.

I think some cars, like Tri Fives and almost anything in the 60's and early 70's will endure. I think Model T's and that era will be as unpopular as they are today but will have their crowd. I think the 30's-50's cars will mostly become obscure save very interesting models.
 

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Now now 65&67...We go on rants here but I'm pretty sure gasoline will be available for hundreds of years. I'm not saying it will be cheap, it may even cost $20-$30 a gallon and be produced just for our hobby but lets not jump to electric conversions...let's all try to stick to the purist approach and appreciate the assembly line!!! And Cintocrunch...kudos to you...34!!! I thought I'm the baby of the family at 55. You deserve a medal!
 

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Now now 65&67...We go on rants here but I'm pretty sure gasoline will be available for hundreds of years. I'm not saying it will be cheap, it may even cost $20-$30 a gallon and be produced just for our hobby but lets not jump to electric conversions...let's all try to stick to the purist approach and appreciate the assembly line!!! And Cintocrunch...kudos to you...34!!! I thought I'm the baby of the family at 55. You deserve a medal!
I've had the car for 10 years or so. When I only had one kid I would put at least a thousand miles on it per year but once more kids came into the picture it got harder to offload the kids so I could joyride. Now I try to sneak out at 6:00 AM for an hour or two on the weekends.
 

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as big as that back seat is, you could load all the kids in there, no problem!
Well my wife isn't a huge fan of them being in a car with no seat belts or safety devices of any kind. But I am willing to say no to share the experience with them.

The problem is the drivers where I live now are absolutely insane and treat classic cars almost as bad as motorcycles. I've never had so many people cut me off or do crazy things to get around me when I always go the speed limit. This is another reason I go out very early, before the crazies get on the roads.

When we move, it will be out of the suburban town and its craziness to a more rural area where I can actually enjoy the drive.
 

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This thread is drifting a bit from the subject of Christmas presents :) , but FWIW, I had my buddy help me install 3 seatbelts in the back seat of my '65. First question he asked was "this is for the grandkids, right?" -- same problem with my daughter and DIL! I remember growing up in the 60's -- our neighbors the Cornelisons had a '58 Belair wagon - we'd put 10 kids in there and go to the Tastee-Freeze! Not too safe I guess, but great memories.
 

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My car got a full dash treatment. New clock, original radio with bluetooth mod, some aftermarket JC Whitney gauges, and a fresh coat of paint on the plastic. I got lots of small cuts on my hands, a sore neck, and about two whole hours of shouting obscenities because the dash lights weren't working. But it's all done now and looking great.
 

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