Customized Cars from the Past
More great car videos:
A development of hot rodding, the change in name corresponded to the change
in the design of the cars being modified. The first hot rods were pre-World
War II cars, with running boards and simple fenders over the wheels. Early
model cars (1929 to 1934) were modified by removing the running boards and
either removing the fenders entirely or replacing them with very light
"cycle fenders". Later models usually had "fender skirts" installed on the
rear fenders. Many cars were "hopped up" with engine modifications such as
adding additional carburetors, high compression heads and dual Exhausts. "Engine swaps" were done, the object
of which was to put the most powerful engine in the lightest possible frame
and body combination. The suspension was usually altered. Initially this
involved lowering the rear end as much as possible with the use of
"lowering blocks" on the rear springs. Later cars were given a "rake job"
either adding a "dropped" front axle or heating front coil springs to make
the front end of the car much lower than the rear. Much later some hot rods
and custom cars swapped the old solid rear axle for an independent rear
axle, often from Jaguar. Only rarely was the grille of one make of car
replaced by another; one exception was the 1937 Buick grille, often used on
a Ford. (In the 1950s and 1960s, the grille swap of choice was the 1953 De
Soto.) The original hot rods were plainly painted like the Model A Fords
from which they had been built up, and only slowly begun to take on colors,
and eventually fancy orange-yellow flamed hoods or "candy-like" deep
acrylic finishes in the various colors.
With the change in automobile design to encase the wheels in fenders and to
extend the hood to the full width of the car, the former practices were no
longer possible. In addition, there was tremendous automotive advertising
and subsequent public interest in the new models in the 1950s. Hence custom
cars came into existence, swapping headlamp rings, grilles, bumpers, chrome
side strips, and tail lights, as well as "frenching" and "tunnelling" head-
and taillights. The bodies of the cars were changed by cutting through the
sheet metal, removing bits to make the car lower, welding it back together,
and adding a lot of lead to make the resulting form smooth (hence the term
"lead sled"; lead has been replaced by Bondo). By this means, "chopping"
made the roof lower; "sectioning" made the body thinner from top to bottom.
"Channeling" was cutting notches in the floorpan where the body touches the
frame to lower the whole body. Fins were often added from other cars, or
made up from sheet steel. In the custom car culture, someone who merely
changed the appearance without also substantially improving the performance
was looked down upon.
Soundtrack Written, Composed, Performed and Produced on an Ensoniq TS10 by
1600HP 4WD RAT ROD
DVDs & APPAREL - http://www.bustedknuckle.com
Check out the 1600 horsepower 4wd rat rod
American Outlaw MRA Outlaw Prostock Mud Racer Rat Rod.
Follow us on Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/bustedknucklefilms
Cars from the 1980s making history. SAVE OLD CARS!
We always see cars from the 40's-70's in junkyards, backyards, and sitting
in fields rotting away... Ive yet to see a video dedicated to the 80's. I
know some cars pictured here aren't classics and never will be, but one day
they will be gone too. Let me know what you think.
RatRodTV Episode 9 view at ratrodtv.com
The complete RatRod Magazine "Tour Rat" build from the the first cut to the
parade. Half hour special TV event. Guest host Laura Hallenberger.
Including a 1957 Oshkosh Cement truck build preview and Gary Johnson's 27
Cars that should be driven
They're all long gone. Pretty shame they didn't get the attention they
Name of the song is Bruce Springsteen & the E-street band - Racing in the
(I do not own any rights)
RAT ROD JUNK YARD BLUES SLIDE GUITAR BLUES BOTTLENECK
To buy Atomic Rats music, click on this link
A short trip thru a local old junk yard with original music by the Atomic
Antique Auto Supply
Find parts for your old car at a gigantic, Texas warehouse. No computers
here, just the photographic memory of one classic car lover. Antique Auto
Supply, Arlington, TX. (817) 275-2381 (#986, 7/22/06)
The Award Winning TV Pilot "Auto Archaeology" explores how classic
automobiles decaying in the backyard of communities all across the country
need to be restored or recycled. By combining historical, environmental,
and financial facts with a comedic sensibility, car lovers, history buffs
and eco-conscious viewers of all ages are in for a treat.
Hosted/Created/Produced by J. Paris
"Auto Archaeology" won the BEST TV PILOT award at the 2009 Cinema City
International Film Festival in Los Angeles.