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    Hummm...

     



    Let me start this by saying that I really like the concept and attitude of Rat Rods and have even entertained the idea of building one myself. Eventhough I believe this to be a modern Hot Rodding style that is more than a little removed from the whole traditional rod thing. I have seen some awesome examples of creativity from some of our Rat Rod brothern, but attitude aside, poor workmanship is poor workmanship and should not be praised nor sold to make a quick buck.

    Pictures of this car were just posted over on the H.A.M.B. and there have been several responses on how cool this "Rat Rod" is... Guy says he has about $3000 invested and just won his firs show winning over the "High Dollar" Street Rods at the show. He says it is "For Sale" but he does not know how much he is asking an is taking offers... I think he should get consider asking around $100,000 for the car because that is about how much it is going to cost in attourneys fees later on!

    The engineering on this thing is... well... I hope that whoever does end up buying this thing knows something about cars, because this thing is going to need lots of work to be ever road (fairgrounds) worthy.

    I am not intending to slam the guy or his car, but trying to understand those who encourage these kinds of shoddy builds... Also wondering how many guys out there are building these quickly cobbled together Rat Rods to make a few bucks, more that likely selling them to younger or uninformed folks who are trying to make their entry into the Hot Rod scene.

    I would not even consider going for a ride in this thing, is it just me or does this front end set up look scary?...

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    Shows how worthless "winning" at some of these shows is.
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    Better photo of the front end... Looks like the leaf springs are home made to me, or course the way they are set up I am not really sure it would actually work anyway... Also an interior shot, I get the Army Surplus theme, but I think it could have been pulled of a bit better...

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    Scary spring mounts! Those ought to last until.......the first pothole, when the radius rods break in half! :-(

    But I think my favorite part is the radiator hoses.

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    Wait just a minute there...

    The radiator hoses were done that way so they would match the break lines...

    I was wondering if the spring perches were welded to the wishbones or drilled through, either way they look like they might be the makings of one wild ride...

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    I agree, I never got the rat rod concept.

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    I see some serious light bulb bills with the , vibrating attachment pointIsnt the radiator suppose to fit the grill opening?That radiator has to be for a 4 cylinder and with no shroud and do not forget the whiskers They will be draggin the ground from broken welds after about.......
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    Its gunna take longer than u thought and its gunna cost more too(plan ahead!)

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    Solid motor mounts and steel heim ends on the split 'bones. That ought to move the engine and road vibrations nicely into the chassis. The heim ends don't appear to have retaining washers in case the ball fails. The spring mounts and the rear 'bone mounts better have more to them than it appears or that "suicide" front end will turn out to be just that.

    Cars like this are interesting to look at, kind of like a 10-car pile-up. However, that doesn't mean that I would like to see either happen.
    The engineering on this thing is...
    Please, please, please don't call it engineering. You won't find an engineer who won't run screaming away from that monstrosity.

    I am not intending to slam the guy or his car . . .
    Maybe someone should. Crap like that should NOT be allowed on the highway. What a waste of an A-bone body.

    The scary thing is that the uninformed public is going to think that's what hot rods are. God help the hobby . . .
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    Quote Originally Posted by HOTRODPAINT
    But I think my favorite part is the radiator hoses.
    I like the double stacked air cleaners...The air is always better at the top....or is it the bottom?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 53fatfndr
    I like the double stacked air cleaners...The air is always better at the top....or is it the bottom?
    As clean and white as they are, and the idea he wants to sell it right away might be a clue as to how much confidence he has in driving it!
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    The radiator hoses were done that way so they would match the break lines... (QUOTE)

    Ooops! My mistake. It was an artistic "theme".....kind of like "pipecleaner" shapes. :-)~

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    Anyone notice the jerrycans in the back. I'm betting that's the gas tank. This car should be named after a Charles Bronson movie. Can anyone guess the title?
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    Death Wish I through IV? Note no front shocks, either. The suicide perch and mount is strong enough if done right, I run a similar setup on my bucket, but with a Chevy II fourbanger, no weight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Henry Rifle
    Anyone notice the jerrycans in the back. I'm betting that's the gas tank. This car should be named after a Charles Bronson movie. Can anyone guess the title?
    I'm thinking more like Christine.
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    hi im building a rat rod. but im not building a junk pile. im going for the look with a modern day s10 cab roadster, custom frame, comp. eng. latter bar rear on air bags and the front is a vw bug front axel set up weight is not a problem for the vw axel as im running a 2.5 4 banger. if you picture a t bucket with a s10 cab thats it

    ok let the flaming begin

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