I had heard one rodder say, a rat rod is unfinished. I'm OK with that. What I'm not OK with is parts that look like they came from a swap meet & just bolted on, without even cleaning the dirt & dust off them. I had a 69 Nova, in primer, as long as I owned it, but I washed it, on a regular basis. Open the hood & the engine was painted, the chrome was polished, the plug wires were clean, etc. The interior wasn't finished, but it was clean. I took pride in it. A lot of rat rods look like the owners, just don't care. They look nasty, just for the sake of looking nasty. I like some rat rods, the rest look like they just dragged them out of a swamp. Just my opinion.
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Posted 23 February 2014 - 08:52 AM
A rod that arent finished but still road legal and can be driven. Not finished as in maby missing paint,only primer,parts of interior
not mounted,parts supposed to be chromed are still steel etc.
Posted 24 February 2014 - 12:20 PM
A few thoughts if I may.
Back in the day there were "Beaters" These were cars / Hot Rods that weren't kept up with,I.E. dirty usually unpainted/primer. Basically, just not up to par with other cars, almost a "Daily Driver" usually less. I know there was once a man got kicked out of a show for drivin one. another famous racer got the boot when he showed up with this to protest the continual changing rules they plied on him.
Another thing that comes to mind is the car () that was a fiberglass fat fender Ford Hot Rod Show car. Then the "patina" thing hit and the owner decided to have it "weathered" making it appear to be a long lost "Barn Find"
Next up is the atrocious engineering, or total lack of engineering that goes into rat rods. Can't be too much fun always worrying if yer gonna get high centered on a curb.Put some high Dollar par$t on it and it ain't no rat rod. yep. Worst thing is using perfectly good old iron for these monstrositys.
Edited by Greg Myers, 24 February 2014 - 12:35 PM.