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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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Rat Rod
1941 Dodge 3 window coupe
1939 Plymouth
1938 - 1939 Ford
1931 Ford Roadster
Help!!
1933 - 1934 Ford
Rat Rod Material......
Lots of Rat Rod photos......
Rat Rod Potential
Another couple of Rusted out Old Rides!!
Another great Rusty Ride photo!
Old Rusty Ride
Late Teens Buick
1939 and 1946 Chevy
1939 Ford Deluxe
Anyone want to identify
1937 Ford Sedan
1928 Whippet Cabriolet Coupe
1938 Hudson Terraplane
1938 Hudson Terraplane
Old Terraplane
Rusty Ride
1928 Nash, Rusting away in Texas!
1930 Ford Coupe
1929 Hudson Convertible.
1932 Hupmobile
1935 Ford 4 door Phaeton
Potential Rat Rod?  You be the judge
Old 30's Ford
1928 - 1929 Model A coupe
1927 Dodge...
1927 Roadster
1926-1927 Ford Model T
1938 Lincoln Zephyr
1938 Lincoln Zephyr
Coupe with the potential of becoming a great Hot Rod
1939 Ford Coupe
Want to identify?
Future Streetrod
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