Yup I get that, lots of stories like that. It is one thing to do the best ya can with what $$$$s you have. IMHO it is another thing to set out from the get go to build something that looks like a POS.The source of today's "rat rods" was likely cars from years ago.
Here is a car built by a friend about 1960. A kid in a small town far away from big cities who wanted a hot rod that would go fast. He had little money but he put together a car that was fast and reliable. It was his daily driver for several years.
In today's world people would insult him and call it a rat rod but it was all he could afford. No money for fancy wheels or paint job. A 34 ford 3 window coupe with a 390 Oldsmobile, tri power and a Lincoln Zephyr transmission.
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That truck is not a rat rod, it's the epitome off a cool old truck, I like it.I have been told my truck is a rat rod but I feel it is just an old truck I got running.
Yea Ford running gear and Chevy engine.
Some people go out of their way to make something look ratty I did not do that and never have done it.
There was always plenty of clapped out junk to build.
I only painted a couple of my cars and did that to protect the metal or to sell them.
I drive beaters or camo cars mostly.
My Dodge truck.. May not qualify as a rat rod.. just old rusty truck I do not know.
I have been told by strangers they like my rat rod look.
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