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#21 Daddyfink

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 05:18 AM

It went from guys putting cars together for fun with leftover parts that where considered not "clean enough" for a show quality car or resto to some just cobbling anything together, giving it some "Patina", aka RUST, and calling them Rat Rods. Oh yes, anything in primer and not finished is being called a Rat Rod. When someone purposely goes out of their way to make a "Rat Rod", you know the jig is up.

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 11:48 PM

this is a true rat mobile >

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 06:17 AM

That was salvaged from a wrecked IMSA race car, on the pile of junk behind the shop.

No, it wasn't. I talked to the owner, the frame was purpose built for that truck cab.

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 08:35 AM

No, it wasn't. I talked to the owner, the frame was purpose built for that truck cab.


Then it is not an IMSA frame, is it.
(I'm just pok'n fun now!)

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 11:57 AM

now that ^ is funny.

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 12:02 PM

The last time I looked up the definition of Rat Rod in the Dictionary the definition clearly stated this. Any scale model Dr. Cranky produces that contains rust. Just sayen :D

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 08:36 PM

Nobody will every agree on a definition.

Rat rods started out essentially as an anti-high buck, anti-establishment, and anti-street rod phenomenon. If rat rods irritate the snooty street rod crowd - they serve their purpose,

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 08:26 AM

Nobody will every agree on a definition.

Rat rods started out essentially as an anti-high buck, anti-establishment, and anti-street rod phenomenon. If rat rods irritate the snooty street
rod crowd - they serve their purpose,



Amen

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Posted 16 February 2014 - 07:40 AM

 Hey guys here a question to all of you so from what years were ratrods most common and when did the ratrod era end? Also same goes for hotrods. Just a curious question that everyone should know.



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Posted 16 February 2014 - 07:53 AM

The rat rod era just started ten or so years ago. No one built stuff like that "back in the day".  Hot rods started in the model T years when some kid found that a lighter speedster body made his T faster. They are still being built today but street rods get far more coverage.



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Posted 16 February 2014 - 07:56 AM

ratrods & hotrods are still going strong as ever..Come to are Monday night cruise , 300 plus cars, you will see...



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Posted 16 February 2014 - 08:48 AM

The Burbank Choppers car club and the late Gray Baskerville would have been better off kicking themselves in the balls than coining the term "rat rod" back in the 90's had they had the foresight to know what it was going to devolve to. 

 

For what it's worth, there are THOUSANDS of shiny, pretty, "finished" street rods that are absolute safety and mechanical engineering failures too. People generally have the misconception that if a hot rod has shiny paint and chrome and looks nice then it must be perfect. Probably 50% of them that you see on the road aren't as well-built as you think. A lot of "good enough" and "close enough" goes on in the garages they are built in.



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Posted 16 February 2014 - 09:00 AM

A topic that gets threads locked and deleted. :lol:



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Posted 16 February 2014 - 10:49 AM

one can only hope



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Posted 16 February 2014 - 11:05 AM

The Burbank Choppers car club and the late Gray Baskerville would have been better off kicking themselves in the balls than coining the term "rat rod" back in the 90's had they had the foresight to know what it was going to devolve to. 

 

For what it's worth, there are THOUSANDS of shiny, pretty, "finished" street rods that are absolute safety and mechanical engineering failures too. People generally have the misconception that if a hot rod has shiny paint and chrome and looks nice then it must be perfect. Probably 50% of them that you see on the road aren't as well-built as you think. A lot of "good enough" and "close enough" goes on in the garages they are built in.

 

Yup.

 

And not another peep from me on this. Not a peep.



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Posted 16 February 2014 - 02:03 PM

The Burbank Choppers car club and the late Gray Baskerville would have been better off kicking themselves in the balls than coining the term "rat rod" back in the 90's had they had the foresight to know what it was going to devolve to. 

 

For what it's worth, there are THOUSANDS of shiny, pretty, "finished" street rods that are absolute safety and mechanical engineering failures too. People generally have the misconception that if a hot rod has shiny paint and chrome and looks nice then it must be perfect. Probably 50% of them that you see on the road aren't as well-built as you think. A lot of "good enough" and "close enough" goes on in the garages they are built in.

Which is why the NSRA has safety inspectors set up and major shows like NSRA and GoodGuys and the WSRA Corn Roast. They look at them and tell you what you need to look at, cuz sometimes one doesn't know that a problem is there.

 

Now let's just kill the thread. Kill it! Kill it with fire!



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Posted 16 February 2014 - 02:58 PM

Long Live Rat Rods



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Posted 16 February 2014 - 03:29 PM

Rat...

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Not a rat...

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At least in my opinion...and everyone is entitled to my opinion...#notserious.


Edited by mrindy77, 16 February 2014 - 03:32 PM.


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Posted 16 February 2014 - 03:57 PM

Not every "rat" has a chassis from a race car. To me, rat rod is a derogatory term describing a car that looks cobbled together and is unsafe. I've seen suspensions that look dangerous, I've seen a Tudor sedan that had its fuel tank moved to directly behind the driver's head, and another Tudor that was radically lowered, but didn't have a transmission tunnel. Four guys rode to the show in that one. Yikes. Watch that driveshaft. Essentially, it describes a turd on wheels.

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Posted 16 February 2014 - 04:13 PM

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