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What does Rat Rod mean?
posted: February 8, 2008
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"Rat Rod" is a term used to sometime describe a Hot Rod which appears to be pieced together with many different parts or pieced together in an "un-finished looking” manner.

The term Rat Rod started being used early 2000 to describe a sudden rejuvenation in nostalgic hot rodding and the design of the hot rods themselves.

Rat Rods in a sense have been around for a very long time, as far back as the early 40's hot rodders were customizing their cars and trucks. This is evident with milled flat-heads, chopped tops, channeled bodies, etc.

You can find some great Rat Rod candidates at the following link: Keep in mind the vehicles displayed are not for sale.
posted:  February 9, 2008
Depending on how it is used, "RAT" refers to a Big Block Chevy engine. I have heard "Rat Rod" used in this manner, but the former answer is probably correct
posted:  February 14, 2008
Back in late 50's when the young hot rod enthuiast were building there rods, money was very tight meaning that the paint job, being the last thing to do to finish on the car would wait. Black primer was socially accepted as the finish of day in the world of the hot rods if one could'nt afford a regular a paint job. That, wide whitewall tires red rims and no chrome was a poor boys idea of a boss dream machine.
posted:  March 2, 2008

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