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Old 05-21-2011, 09:44 AM
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BilletProof carshow vehicles and people

l went to the BilletProof show in centralia washington last year. the club that puts on BilletProof has shows all over and l see a trend; all the other sites that hate rat rods seem to go to this show and really are hyped about it. l have been to 8 different "rod" sites to gather this info.

--------------HERE IS THE QUESTION:--------------------------

how can they hate/dislike rat rods and tout this as the premier hot rod show when a lot of the rods look like rats????

on these web sites people are showing pics of there traditional rods parked next to other rods and most of 'em look like the rats they don't like

not a fact, just my view of the world, others may vary, no warranty, no returns, no refunds and not slamming any others sites or persons opinion.

our rodding world would be real boring if we all drove 80's hondas, 55-57 chevys or old fords

Me, l like everything from ratty model A's to million+ dollar rides, dragsters, circle track and everything in between.

typed BilletProof in search engine and pics l got---


http://images.google.com/search?tbm=...&aqi=&aql=&oq=

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Old 05-21-2011, 10:20 AM
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I can like about any style but this, I don't get it.

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I can like about any style but this, I don't get it.

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It's called 'self expression' - and you can bet that there is some expressiveness that is best left unsaid

The link posted only goes to the Google search page
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Old 05-21-2011, 10:39 AM
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The link posted only goes to the Google search page
This one should work. Google images "Billitproof".

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Some nice cars and some that fit the description of "Rat Rods"....but to each his own. I would never fit in though......don't have any tat's, earings or wear stupid looking hats.
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I can like about any style but this, I don't get it.

Brian

I get it..not everyone has access to a car that appeals to all. Looks to me like the guy did a decent job of running what he has which to me goes back to our roots when we used the lightest thing we could find with the baddest motor we could shoehorn in..English Anglia come to mind.

Part of the rat rod deal is rooted in the idea of run what ya brung and use what ya got..

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I can like about any style but this, I don't get it.

Brian


with a few changes it may look ok, different tire/wheel combo, s spokes & no whitewalls. it has the wrong body style for the WW tire. put on a hood and a speedster type nose or something on that order. get rid of the truck mirrors and a better headlight system.

that would be a good start

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If the term 'rat rod' had never been invented, they would just find something else to ***** about.
They feel being called a rat rod is derogatory. Maybe 'rust rod' is better. Doesn't matter to me. I don't fit in their mold anyway.
Going to a show with only one kind of build is BORING. And to be excluded from a show because of your choice of wheel or a digital dash is stupid.
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Birds of the same feather tend to flock together. What's the big deal? If you don't appreciate what the other birds bring to the show, then don't go or leave. The last show I went to, there was the nicest 40 Ford Pickup I have ever seen and right behind it was a young guy that had a Rat rod he had poured his heart and soul into along with his limited budget. I enjoyed talking with him and hearing his thought process through out his build. I did not like the car at all, but did like the attitude and spirit of the owner/builder.

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Ya know, after block sanding and breathing filler dust for the last 5 months doing the bodywork on two cars, I can almost see the virture in having a "real" patina old ride. I could almost warm up to a ride that has been modified and hot rodded, not super smooth, but built w/ original metal. No skulls, mail boxes, crosses, framing nails for hinges or welded chain for a frame though.
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their rebel expression.

a lot of the kids into rats, looked at the nice cars cars a few years ago at a car show , and when the owner would actually talk to them heard , "I built this car, I ordered a *** chassis, had &&& build the engine, had *** get it rolling, a new *** body, call 1-800 ETC, ETC , and when they checked out the cost and time to build a show quality car, found they couldn't afford it. Then there were a few barn find hot rods from the 30's and 40.s originally built with a drill, hacksaw, and a welder, under the shade tree, I've been there done that, 50 plus years ago we had one of the 3 arc welders in the valley, a big farm fork lift for stacking hay. and more tools than anyone else in the blacksmith shop on the ranch. all our buddies brought their cars over to work on them. todays rats are too radical to be practical, And in the old days we wanted to eventually get all the dents pounded out. and something other than primmered spots on it. When some one sees the parts pile or unfinished cars My sons are working on they answer it's not going to be a Rat rod, It's going to be a traditional hot rod like grandpa drove back in the day.
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He had the makings of a great gasser build there and totally screwed the pooch. I'm into "traditional" rods, kustoms, unrestored survivors, musclecars, etc. but Rat rods and "shock rods" like these don't do a thing for me. To qoute one of my favorite lines from American Grafitti, "Geez, what a waste of machinery."
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Birds of the same feather tend to flock together. What's the big deal? If you don't appreciate what the other birds bring to the show, then don't go or leave. The last show I went to, there was the nicest 40 Ford Pickup I have ever seen and right behind it was a young guy that had a Rat rod he had poured his heart and soul into along with his limited budget. I enjoyed talking with him and hearing his thought process through out his build. I did not like the car at all, but did like the attitude and spirit of the owner/builder.

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your only 72 yrs old, too young to have so much insight and thoughtfulness.
i can appreciate all builds too.

i get a little tired of new cars off the lot, but as you said, don't look or don't go.
new mustang/camero/challengers don't belong in a hotrod/classic show.
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Personally, I would think the word "billet proof" would mean no high dollar show cars. Coddington started the billet craze, open your wallets and buy any and all the aluminum parts your heart desires to make your ride pretty.

Rat Rods and old skool. I hate the terms, overused and misunderstood, used to death. I generally turn on the ignore hearing when I hear them at a car show.
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