Contrary to common misconception Rat Rods are anything but hastily assembled junkers, nor are they always painted in basic primer with shot-out upholstery. They come in many varieties from those looking like rusting buckets that would fall apart if you tried to drive them to being almost indistinguishable from the “Classic Hot Rod’s” of the 40’s and 50’s.
What typically signifies the distinction of Rat Rod’s is the meticulous attention to detail in the cars construction, oh and the term Rat Rod can pretty much be attributed to Ed “Big Daddy” Roth who was a custom car pin-stripper and painter out here in California during the 60’s and 70’s. The engines have thousands to tens of thousands of dollars in them and are nearly as customs as the car bodies. The bodies and suspensions are cut, slammed, raked and assembled to fit specific Rat Rod profiles.
The following are pictures of one of my partners 1937 Ford Pick-up, and yes, it has been cut, chopped, slammed and raked. The truck is called “Lucky 13” it’s my partners 13th vehicle he has made. Eventually I will get around to posting pictures of the other vehicles that “Flat Ass Broke Racing” is working on.
Cut: means to cut the vehicles frame adding and subtracting tubing to change it’s physical geometry.
Chopped: means to lower the roof height and put smaller widows in it.
Slammed: means to lower the suspension so that the vehicles body is closer to the ground.
Raked: means to stretch the vehicles body length.