|11-30-2005 08:04 PM|
Rat rods like rat bikes are a modern thing as for as I can tell. I think they are trying to get the look of everyday transportation of the era not that of the genuine hot rod. The hot rodder wanted to draw attention to his ride, so he could show off his skills.
|11-30-2005 02:57 PM|
|11-30-2005 01:07 PM|
I just got a set of Hot Rod mags for the year 1961 and itīs amazing how much diversity there was in the dragsters back then.
The quality of workmanship was very high and you have to take into account they didīnt buy stuff off the web ready made.
The cars Iīve seen go from car club efforts up to the four wheel Ivo monster.
NHRA didīnt have such a tight control on innovation.
I also looked for "Rat Rods" assuming the today style was taken from back then, but all the hot rods are well made and very clean and none are in primer.
The motor that K. Black put together for Greer and Prudhomme was basically a stocker carefully assembled and I donīt think they did more than change oil and plugs the whole season.
|11-30-2005 12:59 PM|
|bigun||It is amazing when you think about the fact these were the top of the line with the latest tech for the era, and how crude they look to todays Top Fuel vehicles.|
|11-30-2005 12:02 PM|
|malc||Somethings wrong, I cant open the pic.|
|11-30-2005 11:35 AM|
Look in the background. Look familiar?
|11-30-2005 10:21 AM|
This is better,
|11-30-2005 02:17 AM|
Since I started reading Hot Rod, in ī65 I have followed Garlits.
I got some books about him and videos about him and the museum.
Definately a great innovator and once being the underdog and getting to the top didīnt hurt.
Hereīmy Swamp Rat 1B, SR1 with blower added.
Also a Kalitta dragster, The Bounty Hunter, not sure which one first second or what.
|11-29-2005 08:50 AM|
Check out my project journal Entries 132 to 142
Prudommes Hot wheels car is there + others
|11-28-2005 09:42 PM|
|bigun||Thanks Malc I followed Don's career starting with a write up in dad's Popular Mechanics magazine he had just been involved in a blower explosion/car fire and survived with minor burns because Pat had bought him a leather jacket to wear over his standard white T-shirt. Then when I discovered car magazines he was always the man to me.|
|11-28-2005 01:46 PM|
|11-28-2005 01:03 AM|
|bigun||Dang that brings back memories!! Thanks|
|11-27-2005 01:52 PM|
Greer/Black/Prudhomme Rail.........Look out this is BIG
as it first appeared, later it got the aluminum scoop and the yellow paint.