Just recently completed my first Rat Rod (see attached pix).
I normally like to build what I call "Showroom Stock" cars, and paint them in nice shiny colors.
My local model car club chose the Model T Ford as the club's internal contest theme for 2012, so a few months ago I went out and purchased the AMT 1925 Model T kit. I intended to build a nice little T-Bucket roadster in traditional style. When I opened up the kit, I found that the roadster body was badly deformed. I was about to ship it back back to AMT - with a strongly worded letter - when one of my fellow club members suggested that perhaps I hang on to it for future use in a junkyard diorama, etc. The work "junkyard" stuck in my head, and over a period of days it morphed into "junker", and finally I knew what to do - build my first "Rat".
It was quite a change of pace for me, and took a lot longer to build it "ugly" than I thought it would. I have a new-found respect for you guys who have been building them this way for years.
Hope you find it amusing. Questions/comments/suggestions are all welcome...