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Old 01-01-2014, 06:02 PM
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Many (but not all) of the Rats I see at shows are just scary dangerous with cobbed up workmanship. Other than safety concerns, I have no axe to grind.

I remind the younger folks that in the '40s-'50s, the "beaters" weren't built that way on purpose. They just didn't have much dough and often did a "cut & paste" with cheap parts from a wrecking yard.

I guess it's a nostalgia thing. I'm a musician and several years ago. Fender Guitars decided to offer new Stratocasters as "distressed" to pose as vintage guitars. They'd take a new guitar, beat on it with a chain, and sand thru the paint in areas. Then they'd sell it for $3000......

I didn't get that either.
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Many (but not all) of the Rats I see at shows are just scary dangerous with cobbed up workmanship. Other than safety concerns, I have no axe to grind.

I remind the younger folks that in the '40s-'50s, the "beaters" weren't built that way on purpose. They just didn't have much dough and often did a "cut & paste" with cheap parts from a wrecking yard.

I guess it's a nostalgia thing. I'm a musician and several years ago. Fender Guitars decided to offer new Stratocasters as "distressed" to pose as vintage guitars. They'd take a new guitar, beat on it with a chain, and sand thru the paint in areas. Then they'd sell it for $3000......

I didn't get that either.
As a fellow guitarist and pseudo-historian, I didn't understand it neither. Now give me an original old Les Paul from a pawn shop, then yeah!

I like the old original-painted rides, somewhat still untouched, but the added webs and iron crosses, no thanks. Car or truck's gotta "earn" those stripes, IMO.

Eman, haven't heard from ya in awhile!
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You guys are nothing but a bunch of "ignorant hatters mongers", at least that's what I've been told I am just because I voiced my opinion like you guy did
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Hi Bob,
It is obvious you are losing sleep over this and are looking for validation for calling all rat rods cobbled death traps, but since you havent gotten it yet I would like to apoligize for calling you a hater. Despite the fact that you have stated you despise all rat rods you are not a hater. I didnt realize that my opinion would have long term effects! It was only my opinion, this is just an internet forum and not real life, so I will no longer post anything about rat rods. Until I build one.
Just picked up another 37 buick last week and a dual carb setup, not going to be a rat rod but it is in the "someday" pile. Needs a pair of running boards, gotta call Tachney again.
Anywho I need to get out to the truck and finish the floor work if I can a free minute.
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Rat rods are cool, they remind me of my youth going to junk yards with my dad. Now I said cool as in cool to look at not to drive, usually they are one tire revolution from the scrap pile!
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i remember when the "rat rod" craze caught on . they were essentially unfinished , ie no paint minimal interior old school hot rods built with what you had at your disposal . now the term has become some generic envelope that encompasses the pos look at me i'm a retard ***** boxes like in the opening pic , and the death traps that are built without floors and and other things , and the garbage welded on garbage , horns etc. added for some shock factor or just plain ignorance as they think it's cool . so to don and the guy with the unfinished duece coupe . your cars are fantastic , but the P.O.S in the opening pic is a joke , and if it weren't for the do what pleases you mantra i'd say send the builder and owner off to some remote , forgotten land to roam with all the other clown cars and wannabe ricky racers of the world .............
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Dave, I haven't lost a second of sleep, thanks for your concern. I'm also glad you realized people can have opinions about different subjects and are not haters because they differ with others, you've come along way.
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Eman, haven't heard from ya in awhile!
Hey Scott - I've been around but haven't seen a lot of topics lately that are in my wheelhouse. Hope all is well.

You're right, a '59 Les Paul Standard "Barn-Find" would buy you as many vintage vehicles as you could ever want....

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Size:  15.6 KBnow here's what a properly chopped and modified 2 door sedan should look like , not that the idiot who created the pos in question has or ever will show any taste ...............
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Here is a line that fits here:

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