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How To Effectively Build A Rat Rod

Author : Brian Jones

Submitted : 2010-04-22 02:18:28    Word Count : 572    Popularity:   7

Tags:   rat rod, vehicles, engine

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What exactly is a rat rod? It is term used to describe the old or traditional way most hot rods are created today. The most common understanding when one mentions the word hot rod - it is that a car that has been modified so that its speed is increased and it is primarily used for racing. The rat rod is the same idea but without any common ideas or notions of what it should look like. A "rat" rod is always unique and reflects the style and tastes of the one designing it.

These vehicles are built for racing and therefore they use a barebones type configuration. They need not be necessarily shiny or pretty. In fact the older one is, the better it can perform. In building a rat rod, it really takes time and effort but is worth the sweat put into it.

Things you might need : a car and perhaps it inner working parts. Please note that a rod can have many parts from different cars. You should also have an engine, a chassis, exhaust manifolds, pistons, and other parts that make the engine work and the car to move. Although you can swap parts, its best to get the parts that are already working to save you time.

Steps to building your own:

Step One : Choosing the right frame. You can use whatever car frame you want to use. There is no rule against this. Most people like to use old designs since it is cheaper then buying a new one. If you plan to race it, you should choose a light frame to make the car move faster. You may even choose to remove or add any accessories to meet your needs.

Step Two: Selecting an engine. A fast car will need a strong engine. It's always a good idea to get the largest engine that can fit in your engine bay. Some races make the frame a bit bigger to accommodate the huge engine. Any engine will suffice. It doesn't have to be a new one as long as it is a working one. Look for great deals at the junkyard. Sometimes the dealer would be willing to sell it off for a low rate. If you want to race your creation, remember that raw engine power is the key.

Step Three: Install the essentials and strip the interiors. If your aim is to race, then only the basic like axle transmission, wheels and other crucial controls will suffice. Any excess items like spare seats, excess consoles areas will all have to go. This is to make the car lighter.

Step Four: Wear the tires and rims. Choose tires that can last long and endure short races. The tires don't have to be the best just as long as they don't melt quickly under stress. Likewise the rims should be in good order so that turns in the race course can be handled.

Step Five: Test the rat rod. Always test before racing. Most rat rods are not allowed on most freeways so you would have to haul it off to a nearby track and have it tested there before the final race.

Lastly, enjoy racing the car for it's bound to bring you much joy and pride in creating something so race admired.

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