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Old July 13th   #1
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What is a Rat Rod?

Someone asked me this today and I was at a loss of words for a second.

What's your definition of a rat rod?
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Old July 13th   #2
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It is vehicle of pure backyard beauty. It you get to close to it you will need a tetanus shot. I love them.
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A completely custom ride built from the ground up using any part laying around that you can get to work, IE: kegs used for gas tanks. The term if I'm not mistaken is took from the old cartoon drawing "Rat Fink". I am probily wrong about all that, but that is how I take it .
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http://ratrodstuff.com/what-is-a-rat-rod

sometimes they are great if building a ride on a budget; others spend lots of $$$ to make it look like an old rat rod !!!!
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I want to own a Junk yard so I can have endless posibilities of what I can do hehehe.
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There are many pages, history & descriptions, of rat rods

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rat_rod
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Its a rusty piece of crap that has dangerous design and built poorly. A car that who ever built it has no sense of pride in their building ability. Just as the name says....ratty.
Hey, you asked........my 2
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Its a rusty piece of crap that has dangerous design and built poorly. A car that who ever built it has no sense of pride in their building ability. Just as the name says....ratty.
Hey, you asked........my 2
You have officially lost 100 cool points! Thank you drive thru .
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i have seen some that fit that description but all the guys i know that are into them and build them are very skilled at metalworking and welding and dont use bondo they lead all the bodywork that is a lost art
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You have officially lost 100 cool points! Thank you drive thru .
Ow man.....But I only had 4 points to start with!!
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Its a rusty piece of crap that has dangerous design and built poorly. A car that who ever built it has no sense of pride in their building ability. Just as the name says....ratty.
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Yep, sure did. I wouldn't agree with your definition, but we each have our own.
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Then you are in the neg 96 lol.
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Ow man.....But I only had 4 points to start with!!
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Then you are in the neg 96 lol.
No cool point tallies here...because I would be about negative 150,000 for high school...
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lmfao! I can't say much either, but I got major points cause I can get along with anyone that can handle my company, then again loose them because of my company lol. I talk too much.
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Its a rusty piece of crap that has dangerous design and built poorly. A car that who ever built it has no sense of pride in their building ability. Just as the name says....ratty.
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I'm agree with mailman. To me a ratrod is an unfinished heap that someone got a tag on and is a hazzard to traffic and any idea of safety. I'm no safety nader by any means, but many that I have seen are just recklessly built. Those are the guys that seem to take pride in the fact that they drive junk. I have seen a few, very few, that i can say I was impressed by the craftsmanship. Maybe 1 out of 15.

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I'm agree with mailman. To me a ratrod is an unfinished heap that someone got a tag on and is a hazzard to traffic and any idea of safety. I'm no safety nader by any means, but many that I have seen are just recklessly built. Those are the guys that seem to take pride in the fact that they drive junk. I have seen a few, very few, that i can say I was impressed by the craftsmanship. Maybe 1 out of 15.
^^^ as its been said before "one mans junk is another mans treasure"

Ratrods are to me just part of an artistic outlook on cars that ppl come up with in their minds… almost every one is different and no one the same... plus you have almost unlimited possibilities on what parts are used and the way its built... unlike most car "categories" there's not really a go to sponsor or company to buy parts from... most are made as they go! Some ppl like them some ppl don't... l have a liking for them due to the creativity some of the ppl have... my opinion tho... lol

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sometimes they are great if building a ride on a budget; others spend lots of $$$ to make it look like an old rat rod !!!!
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There are many pages, history & descriptions, of rat rods

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rat_rod
Great links! Some really great reading.
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Exclamation Ouch !!!

Don't know if I want to be in this dicussion or not -
might have to get my buds at RatRodsRule.com to
descend here and change some minds.



I would say it's a modified, fun to drive, work on it yourself, cheap, fun, never have to polish, fun vehicle. Want something? add it, don't like something? take it off.

I will be tweaking my ride to add some extra safety features but
it rides good just like it is.
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We have seen rat rods that are built well, mechanically, and can and have driven coast to coast with not one bit of trouble. And if they do have any problems, they have the knowledge to fix it right then and there on the side of the road, even with cheap, used and/or modified parts. Now how many of you can do that to your rides?

We can see their point of view. Fun to drive; gets the looks (even if not all the looks are good!). And if another vehicle hits and damages your rat rod, no great loss, just built it back. Sometimes leaving some of the damage to add to the look!

These guys get together and have a blast. They do not worry about their rides in the parking lot. Matter of fact, they probably do not have to worry about their rides anywhere! Probably not too many people looking to steel a rat rod!!!

They have the right idea: build it, drive it, enjoy it, with little to no worries
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You are so right coupe mama

Didn't I see your Ranchero at the Bridge Street show this spring?
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