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Rat Rod Pictures of Rusty Rat Rods
This gallery serves as a tribute to all those old potential hot rods & rat rods which have been left to rust away by their owners.

Enjoy the photos and flash back to a time when $75 dollars bought you a 1940 Ford Sedan which you could drop some Old’s power in and tear up the streets, or fenders on that T-bucket were the first things to come off and open pipes could be heard miles across town.

Sadly some of the stories received are that the old heaping pile of metal will never see the road again, the only records to tell their stories will be from their previous owners and the photos captured here in this gallery.

A special thanks to all the people who have sent in pictures. We love to hear your comments on these old rat rods and no we don't know where they are, we don't even ask, but you never know, you may get lucky and stumble upon one someday.

Do you have a photo(s) and a story to share with the community? Send your photos, along with a brief description to rustyrides@oldride.com.
 
 
What is a Rat Rod?

The term "Rat Rod" can be considered to be a traditional street rod that was built by its owner not to be mistaken with a Hot Rod which is an accurate restoration of a vehicle from the same area. While the term Rat Rod started off as a derogatory reference to the low-budget attempt to build a street rod or hot rod, it was this term that gives its distinction from the anti-yuppie street rodder. Rat Rods are nothing new, in fact the youth of the 1940's and 50's were building Rat Rods as daily drivers; from highboy Fords to a '50s Buick or Mercury's each part is bolted, welded or hammered to together by its owner with great pride.

A rat rod is not made to look pretty, in fact it is intentionally made to look a little rough and mean. Most rat rods or painted flat black or gray and have an "unfinished" or "work-in-progress" look. It is not uncommon to see a Rat Rod bearing its original paint color with patches of rust or exposed metal. Other finishes can include hand-painted pin-stripping as made famous by Von Dutch who was a major influence in the customizing of vehicles in the 1950s up to today.

In addition to the exterior appearance, often times Rat Rods are pieced together using spare parts from a variety of other makes and models of a vehicle. Generally, rat rods derive from early 20's, 30's and 40's vehicles. The body is generally missing hoods, fenders and bumpers while the body is channeled over the frame giving it a lower profile. Vehicles from the 50's & 60's that are converted into Rat Rods are often seen with the top chopped (A roof that's had sections removed from the pillars and welded back on in a lower position) and customized into Leadsleds, Low Riders or Kustoms.

Rat Rods have become a form of expression for their owners and can truly be considered a work of art. They are made simply to be driven with owners taking pride in their "hand-built" accomplishment.

 
 
Rat Rod Gallery
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1929 Ford Roadster
1930s Sedan
Abandoned Ride
Been sitting in pasture for years, not sure what it is.
Been sitting in pasture for years...What is it?
Early  el camino?  NO,   waste of nice car yes.
Rat Rod Potential in the Junkyard
1929 Chevrolet 2-door
1930s 2-door sedan
Old Rat Rod at The Rust Revival
Oopsie Daisy
Future Rat Rod
Sinking Rat Rods
Split Window 4 Door
The Potential for One Awesome Rat Rod
Singer Convertible
1907 Aerocar
1910 Cadillac Touring Car
1939 Buick Coupe
2 Door with a V8 Hidden Away in a Barn
2 Door Slantback Coupe
Split Window 2 Door
1939 Chrysler Airflow
Potential Rat Rods Lurking in the Weeds
Future Rat Rod Builders Dream
Panel Van Treasure
Rusty Wagon
Rat Rod with Suicide Doors
What's this lurking in the weeds?
Rat Rod Barn Find
Datsun 1200 sedan
Rusty Rides from Australia
Peugeot 203
Lawn decorations from down under
1939 Nash
1931 Chevy Sedan
Future Rat Rod
Early 30's Ford
Excellent Rat Rod Project
Transformer...More than meets the eye
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