Originally Posted by 1ownerT
Just because things were done that way 60+ years ago, doesn't make it right today.........
Good point, but whoever believes that's the way it WAS done has bought into the false "rat rod" philosophy that's being generated now days. That is definately NOT the way it was done. There were very few rods on the street covered with rust and unpainted. Most self respecting rodders in the '50's wouldn't be caught dead in the kind of crap rat rodders are building now. Most if not all were generally safe and the philosophy was to build the "best" hot rod you could with the money you had, not the rattiest piece of junk you could. Sure they were driven unfinished and primed but they were a he11 of a lot safer than some of the junk being turned out by some of today's rat rod builders.
If someone really wants to see how hot rods were back in the day all they have to do is watch some of the B "cult" hot rod movies of the '50's.