No, it's a nostalgia thing. Guys coming back from WWII and Korea had a few $$ saved up, exposure to hot machinery and a tech education in the military and came home to built GO machines. Rat Rods are what hot rodders were driving in the 50s and what gave hot rodding a bad name then. Us oldsters are just trying to recall the good old days.poncho62 said:Could you say, that a "Rat Rod" is the lazy mans street rod?
I like the "look" but it has to stop as well as go, and be safe.
I wish I lived in the old days too... stupid fuel injection and computers don't let us hotrod modern cars very much for cheep.[email][email protected][/email] said:Mike; your post is a breath of fresh air. For being so young, you got it 10000% right! However, it wasn't just economics that resulted in the original hot rod movement being DIY, rough hewed masterpieces. Actually, young adults had pretty good incomes back then, there just wasn't ANY after-market, and not even not much of any hot rod technology back then. These guys didn't buy their parts from Edelbrock, Weiand, Iskenderian, etc., they WERE Edelbrock, Weiand, Iskenderian, etc.!
There is a huge gulf between hot rodding and street rodding. The latter is a recent development and consists of super slick modern cars with old looking bodies. True hot rods are still the result of some guy working in his shop and hand building a machine from whatever he can find. May be summit parts but may just as likely be junk yard parts. A true hot rodder knows EVERY part on his car intimately!