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refisk Rick Fisk
Frankenmuth, MI, USA   USA
What car's from the 80's are being hopped up? Just curious.

I remember the cars from the 80's as being front wheel drive four door grocery getters that had trouble getting out of their own way. I know a guy that has a 1980 Chevy Monte Carlo that has had all kinds of work done to it and he loves it. But to me it's a two door grocery getter. Yes, it goes fast in a straight line. But turn a corner and it wallows all over. When he showed me his shop and car for the first time I did my best to "ooh" and "aah" appropiately as it was very obvious he was very proud of his car. But later I heard him mention to his wife that he thought I was more impressed with his full size lift than his car. smiling smiley

In reply to # 3903825 by RobbyJoe There are plenty of cars from the 80’s that are being hopped up, modded, tuned, or otherwise “Hot-Rodded” by enthusiasts today. Back in the 80’s, there wasn’t much interest in Corvairs, 60’s era station wagons, or many other models that are getting pricey today. I never thought I’d see money poured into a 70’s Pinto... but I’ve seen some really well done customs with 302’s, gorgeous body work, and leather interiors show up at shows recently. There’s always a way to get into this hobby at a cheap price point, especially if you can turn a wrench and are willing to get outside the mainstream box.

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RobbyJoe Rob Heib
Stanwood, WA, USA   USA
Rick, the 80's had lots of ho-hum stuff to be sure (like any decade), but really? What cars were and still are being hopped up, hot rodded, etc.? Off the top of my head...


Fox Body Mustangs, Buick turbo-charged V-6 models (love to have a Grand National), Honda CRx, Toyota Celica or MR2, Volkwagon GTi, Acura Integra, Camaros (especially IROC), and don't forget Jeep Cherokees and CJ/Wranglers.

I'm sure there's lots I'm leaving out. All of these cars (and more) have loyal followings with clubs and forums as active as ours and a generation of "car guys/gals" who love them.

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littlecars David Bassett
Nashville, TN, USA   USA
1965 Chevrolet Corvair "Ski Team Transport SOLD!"
1965 MG Midget MkII "Buffoon"
1966 MG Midget MkII "Swiss Cheese...SCRAPPED"
1970 Triumph Spitfire MkIII "Tamara's Turd... SOLD!!!"    & more
RobbyJoe. Good points. Every town now has their own Cars&Coffee events to see what the trends are. I was surprised to find there is a fan club for Chevy/GMC trucks from the 80s and early 90s (the Squarebody?). Certainly a true hop up philosophy has not been lost on the current generation. Kids can still snoop around scrapyards (recycling centers) for upgrades. But nothing like it was before true junkyards were regulated due to gas and fluid runoff to the environment, etc etc.

The 1960's-1980s magazines and junkyards (beginning at the dawn of hotrodding in the late 40s really) meant hours of entertainment and dreamy performance discoveries for our Model As, Tri 5 Chevies, British, German and Italian two seaters. Oh, and lets not forget how big the local swap meets used to be.

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nonracer Gold Member Steve Codianni
AZ, USA   USA
Yeah, cause nothing says “Hot Rod” like a ‘98 Cavalier! :/
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Hey ! I have a Cavalier .....



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stagepony Silver Member Jinno Louie
Dunedin, FL, USA   USA
1960 MG MGA "Roll-Roll"
2002 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner "Corporal Lane"
2018 Toyota RAV4 "Tooth Fairy"
Hi Steve,

I notice that you own a Volvo P1800. I recently owned a 72 1800ES. Just sold it to a buyer in Norway.
How do you like yours?

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nonracer Gold Member Steve Codianni
AZ, USA   USA
Mine is basically just a shell waiting to be built, with so many customer projects I’m not sure I’ll ever get to it . I love the body style that’s why I got it but if I ever get around to it it’ll be a full custom build nothing Volvo except the body

In reply to # 3904987 by stagepony Hi Steve,

I notice that you own a Volvo P1800. I recently owned a 72 1800ES. Just sold it to a buyer in Norway.
How do you like yours?

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stagepony Silver Member Jinno Louie
Dunedin, FL, USA   USA
1960 MG MGA "Roll-Roll"
2002 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner "Corporal Lane"
2018 Toyota RAV4 "Tooth Fairy"
The 1800 coupe body lines are lovely from almost all angles except
when standing at a 2:00 position when looking at the car. The roof tends
to slope down a bit much. I love the front and rear angles of the car and
loved the tail lamps of the coupe. The wagon lamps are brutes.

While shopping for my Volvo 1800 series, it was a struggle between
selecting the coupe or wagon. Later, I wished that I had bought a coupe.

My first car was a Volvo 122S Amazon. As with the 1800 series, these
cars were crafted well, dashboard, body lines, etc. Over time they haven't
lost their charm. To repeat what others have said, they really do have the
propensity to rust vey seriously. Most Amazons have disintegrated.

Over time, I think the MG unibody cars held up better against rust
even given the fact they were open cars.

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nonracer Gold Member Steve Codianni
AZ, USA   USA
I agree about the roof line dropping off too much , that’s one of the major modifications I would like address. Luckily my car is a rust free AZ desert car but it has need hit ( not too bad ) easy fix . I almost bought an Amazon but it sold before I got a chance .....good thing since I have 4 projects already

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stagepony Silver Member Jinno Louie
Dunedin, FL, USA   USA
1960 MG MGA "Roll-Roll"
2002 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner "Corporal Lane"
2018 Toyota RAV4 "Tooth Fairy"
Steve,

My 1800ES didn't have rust either. It was from Sacramento, California.
Besides being unibody, I think the rubber seals around trunk, windows,
doors were not so good. Original paint processes could also have added
to the quick disintegration of the Volvo cars.

Perhaps unibody welds were designed for stability and neglected were
channels for water to escape.

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