Personally I think that being a hotrodder is more of an attitude than anything else. Some guys have the passion for the sport but do not have the talent to build there own car therefore the save the money and have a car built for them. I know a couple of guys that can not change there own oil if they had to but are very passionate about their love of the sport. Are they hotrodders, yes. Then there is the guy who can build a car from the ground up but does not care if it is a 34 Ford or a 2004 Porsche, does he have the passion, no, is he a hotrodder, more than likely not. I do build my own cars but if I had the money, I would have Brizo, Troy, et al, build me a high dollar car. went beyond my 2 cent all the way up to a nickle.