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Can somenone tell me what a Rat Rod is? I have heard that term used in description for items on ebay and I don't know what a Rat Rod is. Help
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There are all kinds of definitions now days and many arguments about it. The old time rodders like myself call anything that is safe and road worthy...but is still in primer and usually no interior except the seats..a rat rod others have different descriptions......but to me its basically a unfinished, no frills hot rod.
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Can somenone tell me what a Rat Rod is?
Its a beater
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Hot Rod or Rat Rod

Thanks Henry Highrise, I like your defination. I guess what I want is a Hot Rod sorta like the one I had back in the late 50's and 60's. The body basically what it started out to be, but different and bigger engine. The wife is making a noise like she want to do the interior of my 46 in Roll and Pleted likie the 60's. I have a 350 CU Pontiac engine and a tubo 400 trans and a Pontiac OE tri-power setup for it.
I bought a Munci 4 speed that I had planned to used, but after driving the 3 on the tree for a while, I began to remember all the bad things about straight shifts(mainly a big dummy missing gears and stripping them) so I have decided on the tubo 400. Haven't even thought about painting. I do want to remain a Hot Rod not a Street Rod if there is any difference between them. All I want is a rod to have fun with. After 40 years under pressure and working, now I am ready for fun with no one to tell me what to do, well maybe the wife does a little.
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There are all kinds of definitions now days and many arguments about it. The old time rodders like myself call anything that is safe and road worthy...but is still in primer and usually no interior except the seats..a rat rod others have different descriptions......but to me its basically a unfinished, no frills hot rod.
Maybe I will learn how to use this board. I forgot to say in my reply to your defination that we are pretty close to each other..I live in Moscow, TN just outside of Colliverville, TN. Thanks for the def.
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Rat rod is a newly developed name for the original hot rod style of the early 1950s. A rat rod is usually a vehicle that has had many of its non-critical parts removed. They are usually finished in primer-like paints and are often period correct. They are very often the conglomeration of parts and pieces of different makes and models.

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I agree with Henry about the Rat Rod def but for myself, I call an no-frills hot rod a old time hot rod. But I call those thrown together, wacky rods that sit 1 inch off the ground as just a big piece of junk!
It's funny, though, that those guys with the tattoos, greasy hair, cigarettes hanging from their lips, leaning against a Rat Rod just as big of a snob as those fat cats with the 100K + Coddington rods!!
Crazy hobbie we're in!!
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Good basic explanations of a Rat Rod, except remember one very important thing, please.

'Rat Rod' is a term endearded to some and detested by others, both of whom share the same passion of the same symbol of the origins of hot rodding.

There is also a scale of 'rat rods' or period correctness in authentic Hot Rods of the golden age of hot rodding. The scale for some cars is off the charts in effort to re-create the authentic Hot Rod. These creations are referred to as Rat Rods that can emulate a 1/2 a$$ed old car, when in actuality, these super, period-correct rods are master pieces in automotive art and history.
There can be just as much time, money and effort into building one of these original appearing and period correct cars as one who wins the Ridler award. REALLY!

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Texas Speed is right, it can take a lot of money to make a period perfect car. If you look at the roadster built by Troy, you see perfection of execution!
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It is just a buzz word like "old school" that people throw around. It used to mean a car built with resources at hand and not a catalog menu of parts. Now Boyd Coddington puts flat primer paint on one of his cars and calls it a ratrod. There are actually techniques to make a car built with all new parts look old. Then people with money can buy coolness that they would never have been able to obtain any other way.
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Heres my 70's Rat fink rod!
Well I guess its a Mouse fink rod. LOl Hg

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Hey HG,

You might have to take your metal shrinking disk to the pictures you upload. That hemi of yours is HUGE.
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Thanks Henry Highrise, I like your defination. I guess what I want is a Hot Rod sorta like the one I had back in the late 50's and 60's. The body basically what it started out to be, but different and bigger engine. The wife is making a noise like she want to do the interior of my 46 in Roll and Pleted likie the 60's. I have a 350 CU Pontiac engine and a tubo 400 trans and a Pontiac OE tri-power setup for it.
I bought a Munci 4 speed that I had planned to used, but after driving the 3 on the tree for a while, I began to remember all the bad things about straight shifts(mainly a big dummy missing gears and stripping them) so I have decided on the tubo 400. Haven't even thought about painting. I do want to remain a Hot Rod not a Street Rod if there is any difference between them. All I want is a rod to have fun with. After 40 years under pressure and working, now I am ready for fun with no one to tell me what to do, well maybe the wife does a little.
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Ok...your making a hot rod, with a sb chevy motor. Some people will disagree w/ me, but nothing special. Nothing unique bout it. There are so many roadsters, coupes, with sb chevy motors in them. If i was you, i would put something else in it. Maybe a nailhead like me.
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Yep! Or a old Rocket Oldsmobile engine or a old Desoto Hemi. Its just a money thing with the SBC ( thats what I put in mine) you can build three 350 sbc's for what it will cost to build a Nailhead Buick.....If you can even find the performance parts that you would want for it. They can be found but they are pricey. But if your doing a Nailhead.....I like it...they are really cool.
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