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Old 09-18-2005, 05:02 PM
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A question for the older guys here...

Like it or not, this current "rat rod" movement is getting a lot of younger guys interested in preserving some old iron. Even though they aren't painted fancy, very little if any chrome, sometimes natural rust allowed to patina everything.

So what do you guys think about it? Just curious if you look at this with aggrivation? disdain? disgust? or do you see it positive that a younger generation wants to learn old traditions, shun pop billet culture, and preserve some old iron?

It would be nice of some of the older guys who have "been there, done that" compliment the younger crowds once in a while in person. Seems like most of the older rodders I have met over the years kept to themselves and even if you tried to talk to them, they just kinda gave short answers and acted disinterested in what the younger guys are working on. That's why I like this board though. Seems like a cool bunch from all ages that recognize each others efforts.

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Old 09-18-2005, 05:15 PM
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I myself like it... Its really good to see young guys and gals get into cars and trucks and have a "rat rod" as they say... We have an 18 year old were I work and he is into rods and such... In fact he is in the process of building an alcohol powered 4 wheeler (banshee engine) to run the 1/8th at the local strip... He tends to drool over my "rat rod" that is a true "Rat" (has a BBC) its in the process now of being redone... The thing most of them need to know is to not make it their every day driver till its finished... Just get a POS to drive every day and spend the spare time working on the real ride...


Oh and just to coin a phrase... "Rust just means its ligher"
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I'm not a "Rat Rod" type of guy as I tend to like shiny paint, but anybody that wants to resurrect anything old has my
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Frank, I am one of the oldest members here and I am glad to see anyone into modifying vehicles of any sort. I am not a fan of the glass cars but do appreciate all the work it takes to make them decent. My biggest concerns related to Rat Rods is safety for the operator, passengers and other people on the road. Build them safe at all cost and it can look however you want it as far as I'm concerned. There is a senior member on this board that is a die hard Rat Rodder so I don't think age will be an issue here.

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Old 09-18-2005, 05:52 PM
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anything to keep them away from the rice
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Rodding is Rodding...........even, if it is, dare I say it, a Ricemobile..........it's still Rodding.

I think the communication problem stems from many of the younger and older people, whether they are car guys or not, just not seeing eye to eye on many things.....................

It has been that way forever.................just ask our dad's, if they are still around.
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.....My biggest concerns related to Rat Rods is safety for the operator, passengers and other people on the road. Trees
I'll second that. Rat Rods aren't my cup of tea either but whatever flips your switch I guess. Just build'em safe. Unfortunately a fair amount of Rat Rods are anything but safe.
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Old 09-18-2005, 07:13 PM
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I LOVE it!!!!
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I'll second Trees' concern about safety. We don't need more rotted brake lines and wired-together seat supports boogeying down the highway.

Maybe the current rat rod craze is a reaction to those who wear their cars as status symbols. There are people who feel inadequate if they can't buy the biggest or fastest or most expensive off the assembly line. They are not interested in transportation or fun, just in perception.
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I can appreciate most any vehicle that some one put their blood, sweat and tears into, even rice if it is done right. The FAD of rat rods is going to become a good source of income for the guys that can make them "LOOK" how the folks with the $$$ think they are supposed to look. It started out as a bunch of guys actually building real rods again, but like anything else that is seen as cool, it will be exploited.


Back in the day it was popular to put a bunch of decals on your car to "LOOK COOL". I liked asking them are those the race car parts you want? Once in a while I would get told "those are the parts I got". Then I would point out my 442 or the Z-28 I owned at the time and we would commence to bench race, or take them out to check them out.
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Some of us just suffer from "Rusty Iron Syndrome", we're naturally attracted to old rusty beat up machinery. It's not about making a statement or being anti-anything or feeling inadequate. We just like old rusty stuff and like to piece it together to make something out of it. I've been like that all my life and will be until the day I die so it's natural that I would like Rat Rods.
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I am happy to see anyone of any age building, restoring or just enjoying an old car or truck. Its just something about that old iron that gets the heart to pumping.
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i think its great, i love the rat rods. when they are at cruise nights and shows i tend to spend more time looking at them than the $75000 rods although i do respect them both .

i also agree that the rat rods should be built safe and at least in my stste if it wont pass a saftey inspection you dont drive it.
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I guess I'm like Weimer. I like to "restify" the old stuff. But, I respect anyone who has built something himself. Too many times at car shows I've seen some really great looking cars only to find the owner bought it like that. And, he doesn't have a clue about what he's got.
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Too many times at car shows I've seen some really great looking cars only to find the owner bought it like that. And, he doesn't have a clue about what he's got.
I got really irate with a show entry judge when he had no clue to the equipment on the car my buddy and I were entering. I had to show him the parts and mods on the car to get it into the catagory we wanted it in. Of course except for the tunnel ram nobody really saw all of the rest of the car.
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