Building a Rat Rod
In the aftermarket car world, building a hot rod is a seen as an art form. But, to learn how to build a hot rod, it is a good idea to practice on a rat rod. If you did not already know, a rat rod is a custom car that can easily be built in a one-stall garage or in a backyard. Where a hot rod and a rat rod differ is in the completeness of the job. A hot rod is designed to impress with a specially tuned engine with a perfectly finished exterior that makes the car look like it belongs in a museum. On the flipside, a rat rod looks like could be parked in a junkyard and no one would know if it ran or not.
Hot Rod Trucks
Hot rodding is a pastime, hobby, and for some a devotion, that has a rich history in this country. Dating back to the 1920s or 1930s, it started when young people took cheap, lightweight cars, and modified them for speed and to race each other either in the flat deserts of southern California or in the streets of big cities. The original hot rods were mostly Model A and Model T roadsters, but as hot rodding developed over the years, practitioners got creative and used different types of cars as bases for their hot rods.
China Loves Classic American Cars
Who doesn’t love classic cars? From the earliest Fords to the ‘40s hot rods, the powerful road racers of the muscle car era, and the modern classics, everyone loves the style and the nostalgia of a classic car. Apparently no one loves it more than Chinese citizens. American culture has long been popular with the people in communist countries. Today, that is taking the form of a love for older cars among the people of China.
Songs About Cars
Cars and music go hand-in-hand. The first radio was installed in 1922 in a Chevy. For $200 the radio antenna dominated the roof of the car as well as the majority of interior. It was not convenient. Needless-to-say, the radio did not take off. But, by the mid 1940s, there were over 9 million cars with radios. Over the years, there have been several songs about cars and most of those catchy lyrics have stuck with us for decades. These are some of the most memorable cars and the songs about them:
How to Shoot the Best Hot Rod Photos
Whether your hot rod is a 1941 Chevy Special Deluxe or a 1951 Chevy Styleline, you know the value of a stylish photograph. After you have spent thousands of dollars on restoring your classic car, you should learn how to many your car look you spent thousands of dollars on it. There are several mistakes that amateur photographers make when shooting their cars. To make your Chevy Special Deluxe look like a deluxe car, follow these tips:
Building A Classic Hot Rod
As the weather finally begins to cooperate with all those summer projects you’ve been meaning to get started on, doesn’t it sound great to spend the day transforming your classic car into what you’ve always dreamed it could be? Navigating the world of creating a great hot rod can be confusing, so we’ve put together some tips to make your summer project run smoothly. Good luck with your car’s transformation, and don’t forget to enjoy the process. After all, this is your “baby,” right?
Hot Rods Equal Freedom
One of the fundamental ways that the automobile changed life in America would be that it provided a new dimension of freedom on many different levels. Imagine living in this great and vast country without a car, especially in years gone by when there was more undeveloped land.
There was a whole world out there to explore. Of course there were trains and eventually one could board an airplane to explore more of the country. But being able to get from one place to another while having transportation every step of the way to get around, once you got to your destination was freedom personified.
Hot Rod & Restoration Trade Show
The international spotlight was shining brightly on the city of Indianapolis yesterday while the Super Bowl was being played. It was quite a spectacle indeed, and the game itself was a dandy.
The New York football Giants were able to emerge victorious in a tight battle, and without question the city of New York has been partying in celebration while the folks from New England turn the page and look ahead to next year.
Photo Courtesy of Rod Authority
“I’m gonna tell you son, you’re gonna to drive me to drinkin’ if you don’t stop drivin’ that hot rod Lincoln.”
If you came of age during the 1970s you probably heard the above lyrics that are a part of a song called “Hot Rod Lincoln” blaring through your speakers after you popped in the eight track tape.
The version that most people would be aware of was recorded by Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen in 1972. The song was actually quite a big hit and climbed all the way up to number eight on the Billboard charts at the time.