Daily Archives: October 11, 2010

Street Rods – Part 2 – Rat Rods

Yesterday’s post was about Street Rods with the pretty paint jobs, etc. Those are the vehicles that the owners keep clean and polished, put “do not touch” signs on, and watch over very carefully when they’re out in public.

Even though Rat Rods have the same “last name”, they are not in the same family as street rods. Most probably, the term “rat rod” was coined because the idea is to find an old vehicle (usually a truck) in a barn, then use whatever cast-off items you can find to make the vehicle your own.

Motor Man tells me that although rat rods have gained popularity in the last few years, guys were actually creating their forerunners 40+ years ago. They would find an old junked vehicle, then gather parts from here and there, put everything together and come up with something they could drive. They didn’t call them rat rods then, but that’s basically what they were.

Rat rods do NOT have pretty paint jobs.  They most certainly do NOT have nice interiors, but most of them DO have performance engines.

Rat rod owners are very creative in personalizing their vehicles! This one has a (rubber) rat on top as well as one hanging out of the grill.

The back of this rat rod has a message: “all riders, tetanus shot required”. That pretty much sums up a rat rod.

Guess this next rat rod ride is for the passenger who didn’t heed the caution on the previous one.

For Rat Rodders, beauty really IS in the eye of the beholder.