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#61 cartpix

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Posted 23 February 2014 - 08:30 AM

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.



#63 Greg Myers

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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.JB_GrayBaskerville-coupe.jpg  another famous racer got the boot when he showed up with thishrdp_1011_02_o%2Brat_rod_history%2Bwally 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"e317e2b53054686ac2284522bd785def.jpg

 

Next up is the atrocious engineering, or total lack of engineering that goes into rat rods.dsc08865-vi.jpg Can't be too much fun always worrying if yer gonna get high centered on a curb.Put some high Dollar par$t on it28_Model_A_Rat_Rod.jpg and it ain't no rat rod. yep. :o Worst thing is using perfectly good old ironrat_rod_magazine_official_tour_car_2011_ for these monstrositys. :blink:


Edited by Greg Myers, 24 February 2014 - 12:35 PM.


#64 Teddy J. Tannehill

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Posted 14 March 2014 - 03:57 PM

From the pics they look like art work....I guess I am glad they exist, I have had this idea of building one from all the "Good Junk" parts from the "Bone Yard"...I like the idea of using old license plate decals for a door panel....Still trying to develop a concept...Maybe a pick up truck... 



#65 Greg Myers

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Posted 24 March 2014 - 04:59 PM

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#66 Erik Smith

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Posted 24 March 2014 - 05:07 PM

I would say not a rat rod. That's an actual hot rod.

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Posted 24 March 2014 - 06:29 PM

gettin' in might happen, but out? I doubt it.



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Posted 24 March 2014 - 08:45 PM

I could not get in or out... :o



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Posted 24 March 2014 - 08:55 PM

I think revamping the nose could improve its looks 100%...but I like it from the nose back.

 

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Posted 24 March 2014 - 09:27 PM

I think crushing it would improve its looks



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Posted 24 March 2014 - 10:10 PM

Definitely a low buck hot rod and not a rat rod. There was an effort to finish it - no rust. The only change would be the nose.

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Posted 24 March 2014 - 10:22 PM

I think crushing it would improve its looks

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#73 Psychographic

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Posted 25 March 2014 - 12:44 AM

Put a sectioned grille to match the body, pull the headlights back some, lose those ridiculously tall zoomies and you've got something.


Edited by Psychographic, 25 March 2014 - 12:45 AM.


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Posted 25 March 2014 - 04:41 AM

Maybe rat rods aren't so bad, but that thing sure is.



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Posted 25 March 2014 - 04:52 AM

I think they are pretty creative. I have seen some that are quite cool. I don't mind them as long as they aren't a bunch of scrap wired together like a few I have seen. They need to built safely and not look like a car crusher regurgitated it.


Edited by Modelmartin, 25 March 2014 - 04:52 AM.


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Posted 25 March 2014 - 04:55 AM

I hate what rat rods have become. When I picked my user name many years ago, people started building traditional hot rods using vintage speed parts, that had rust. They were sound, safe, and the start of bringing back TRADITIONAL hot rods. Now they have evolved in to Horatius pieces of junk!!!


Edited by RatRod, 25 March 2014 - 04:56 AM.


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Posted 25 March 2014 - 04:56 AM

No-talent dweeb hack mashup conglomeration of ugly, dorky, and stupid.

 

Pity. That much effort could have produced something worth having.

 

Of course, that would also require a basic understanding of proportion and line...sadly lacking in this horrible mess.



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Posted 25 March 2014 - 05:03 AM

I guess I'm just to old. I really don't get this Rat Rod thing. I'm not dissing it,  just don't get it. In my early years I had a few Hot Rods. I've had a T-Bucket, but it was shinny and went like stink. I have had many sedan fully enclosed type cars which are my personal favorites. I had the good fortune to be of an age when you could go into a dealership and order a car that could turn 13s and below right off the showroom floor. While there was times when I had to put together an old car with what ever I could scrap up and paint it with Krylon flat black spray cans, it still looked good and functioned as an every day driver. I look at Rat Rods as a kind of an expression of one sense of humor or something.     



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Posted 25 March 2014 - 05:40 AM

The automotive equivalent of this...

 

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#80 Greg Myers

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Posted 25 March 2014 - 07:08 AM

So don't move this post to the "Definition of a rat rod post" thank you?

 

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Edited by Greg Myers, 25 March 2014 - 07:11 AM.