It’s typically a coupe or roadster and may also be a truck or sedan derived of the period that stretches from the 1920s through the late-1950s. The bodies were exquisite bits of channeled and sectioned; the roofs were chopped.
The”Rat Rod” first came into prominence when it was apparent that a new sub-culture had captured hot rod fever. This rebellious sect of car lovers turned their back on the over-priced customs and built vehicles which were a throwback to a more classic period. While the regulars scoffed at the upstarts for their derisive style and approach, these rodders instilled freshness in the hot rod world.
Through time, the two distinct peaks of pole enthusiasts have taken a stand. 1 group with their influx of cash has continued to buy classic cars and have them assembled according to personal taste and specifications. For the most part, these classics aren’t supposed to be driven, but to be placed on display for show. The other group of rodders have assembled their muscle cars and ripped down the road at full speed impressing one and all.
A further division of the two groups is found in the form of style that each one supports. The traditional car owner have their hot rods or custom cars re-created to precision or period-corrected restoration to connect to a car of some specific era. A rat rod imitates and sometimes exaggerates the ancient sticks of the 1940s, 1950s and early 1960s with customized variants.
Another version is derived from the rat bikes which were assembled like Frankenstein machines much like the first hot rods were put together in Southern California to race onto the salt flats. It was not a long jump to go from rat bike to rat rod in order to provide the”beater” another name.
What Does A Rat Rod Look Like?
Aside from the lack of paint, cheap upholstery and no chrome or shine what else does a rat rod possess? The chassis are usually taken from the frames of trucks and light trucks because they are easier to convert. Another advantage is taking a part from a wreck is cheaper and it is extremely apparent that many owners of rat rods are lower income enthusiasts.
The rough finish that includes a lack of proper glossy paint includes rust, rust and bullet holes, which make the rat rod an immediate centerpiece of conversation. No matter how much money an owner possesses or spends, the ultimate objective is to have others speak about their car. The focus is relished.
So as to continue and fit the degenerate appearance of the interior, the exterior is sparsely furnished with bomber chairs and Mexican blankets. It is a far cry from the rich, plush interiors of these classic car owners that spare no expense. However, despite the rag-like look, rat rodders are as boastful of the machines as are those with much more expensive vehicles.
The Rat Rod has gained prominence in every corner of the hot rod building world. Many enthusiasts have embraced the simplistic form not so much as a way of being rebels, but since they’re easy to develop and one is permitted to add many distinct kinds of personal touches. It is this ability to customize a car on a completely individual basis that is the magnet which entices so many.
What are some of those individual markings? Among the major one is that the finish of the car. The lack of paint allows the owner to create whatever her or his imagination can conjure. This includes stripes, designs such as skulls or crossbones, personal numbers or insignia and everything under the sun.
Some creators have left the rat rod without any paint except for one special line or scatter in order to complete the totally personal invention. These people have taken the basic concept of owning and building a hot pole, which is fun into a different dimension.
The upholstery is also another point of creation which allows the individual to go a little crazy and wild. There are patterns of zebra material or the imitation of some other animal, different kinds of comfy seats including lazy boy chairs, in addition to other tastes that would never be found in a classic car that’s strictly for show.
The Rat Rod is here to remain. There is a strong camaraderie of proud owners who believe that the throwback design is much more humble than the polished, expensive classic automobiles, but just as important in their own way. In a world where everything gets more expensive many hot rod enthusiasts must cut corners and build machines which could tear down the street without looking pretty.