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Old 10-18-2011, 01:33 PM
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What do you Consider a Hot Rod?

As Hot Rodders all of us love our hot rods and we live, breath, sleep, and sometimes eat out hot rods. Now here is the toughest question for any Hot Rodder; What is a Hot Rod?

For me I am young, I have only been in to Hot Rods since I was little in the late 90s and all through late elementry school, middle school and high school in the 2000s the internet and Hot Rod/ Car Craft have always shown several cars that are Hot Rods.
So my idea of a Hot Rod is any American Made car, powered by a V8 that is modified mainly for performance but looks can be modified as well. To many anything from a 65 and older car, to a Street and Strip Muscle Car, to a Rat Rod, to a Pro Mod Car, or even an alterd can be a Hot Rod!

I have been told by some that this is a wrong definition and others agree.

What is your guys definition of a Hot Rod?

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Old 10-18-2011, 03:53 PM
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HA HA. A hot rod is the same as a Jalopy only from the east coast.
Ask any old Californian.
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That's something that will differ with alot of people.




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Old 10-18-2011, 06:01 PM
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Its a topic that has been discussed more times than I can count. I can remember a very long thread on the topic from way back in the infancy of hotrodders.com

The dictionary definition is any car that has been modified to go faster.

Anything more specific than that will cause someone somewhere to get offended that their beloved rod isn't included in the list. I actually prefer the dictionary definition, because I think the culture is more about the love of cars, and enjoyment of driving them.
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Old 10-18-2011, 09:39 PM
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In the fifties, when I was a teen, any car that was "souped up" was a hot rod. "Souped up" was any car, any age, that was modified to go faster then what it was originally capable of. BTW, I consider my '54 truck to be a hot rod since it has a 350, a 700R4 tranny and a 373-12 bolt rear end.
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In the fifties, when I was a teen, any car that was "souped up" was a hot rod. "Souped up" was any car, any age, that was modified to go faster then what it was originally capable of. BTW, I consider my '54 truck to be a hot rod since it has a 350, a 700R4 tranny and a 373-12 bolt rear end.
I agree,your truck is a Hot Rod.I like the older cars best,but as stated the true definition of a Hot Rod is any vehicle that has been performance enhanced.This does not mean just mag wheels and a stereo that can shake the windows.It means made faster.JMHO.
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Old 10-19-2011, 08:04 AM
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IMHO, that's an impossible question for any "one" person to answer because I will consider my "56 Jimmy to be a Hot Rod once the headers and dual carbs and different rearend are on it but right now it's just a nice old Classic truck that purrs like a kitten and rides like a tin can.
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In the fifties, when I was a teen, any car that was "souped up" was a hot rod. "Souped up" was any car, any age, that was modified to go faster then what it was originally capable of. BTW, I consider my '54 truck to be a hot rod since it has a 350, a 700R4 tranny and a 373-12 bolt rear end.
Your truck is definitly a Hot Rod.
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That's something that will differ with alot of people.




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Thats why I asked my friend I wanted different definitions.
Surprisily I got mostly the same definition lol.
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The way I see it, build what you like and enjoy. Don't worry what somebody else says is "the car".

I have come to the point where there aren't too many opinions I care about from other people. If I like it or at least think I can do it I am going to do it to my car. Now I do like compliments, but that is not the main reason I build my car. As a song once said "You can't please everyone, so you got to please yourself."
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i have no idea anymore. i "thought" a hot rod was any modified car 1949 and before, a "street machine" is anything souped up 1950 and newer????

i like willy's definition---anything souped up.



2)If you think a hot rod must be american and if you think an altered is a hotrod, then what if it is a fiat? Remind that fiat is Italian. (although seemingly not for long---the chrysler/fiat "marriage".....)
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i have no idea anymore. i "thought" a hot rod was any modified car 1949 and before, a "street machine" is anything souped up 1950 and newer????
Pretty close. 49 and earlier is considered a street rod.
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What ever has gas in it and the tires are aired up and I am driving it ( except the wife's )!!
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What ever has gas in it and the tires are aired up and I am driving it ( except the wife's )!!
So what's your Prius turning in the quarter now?
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1948 and back!
49 to 63 street machines
64 to 72 muscle cars
Anything else whos cares lol
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