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Satan’s Rat-Rod: 1931 Ford – Big Muscle Video 22
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Automotive, Big Muscle, Ford, Rat Rods, video on 07 22nd, 2013


It is not too often that some type of contraption on 4 wheels pulls up and die-hard automotive enthusiasts has no clue what to make of it. Well, just so happens that our good friend Mike Musto features such a vehicle on the latest episode of Big Muscle on the DRIVE YouTube channel. We will leave all of the details and description to Mike and the vehicle’s rightful owner other than repeatedly mentioning that fact that this “hybrid-of-a-vehicle” has over 1,600 ft-lbs. of torque. WOW! Hit up the video below and enjoy!

Matt Farah Drives An Unlikely Supercar: Video 12
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Editorial, Ford, Kurt, Matt Farah, Mazda, Mazda RX-7, Rat Rods, video on 02 12th, 2013
Matt Farah poses with Corbin Goodwin's RX-7
Matt Farah poses with Corbin Goodwin's RX-7

Matt Farah poses with Corbin Goodwin’s RX-7

In Corbin Goodwin’s view, hot rods are all about rebellion. By that definition alone, his highly-modded RX-7 rat rod certainly qualifies; if the rusted paint and bodywork-by-sawzall-and-home-depot aren’t enough to offend you, chances are the “Free Candy,” Pedo-bear or “My other ride is your mom” stickers will do the trick.

Even if you don’t see the car, hearing the barely-muffled roar of its 400-horsepower, 5.0-liter Ford V-8 is enough to shatter the calm silence of a sunny Malibu afternoon. Love it or hate it, you certainly aren’t going to ignore Goodwin’s in-your-face ride.

Wanting something he could run up and down the canyons, “something that would try to kill me at any opportunity,” in his own words, Goodwin’s ride began its transformation as a $350 Mazda RX-7. Performance-wise, the car rocks the aforementioned 5.0-liter V-8, rides on a coilover suspension and wears DOT-legal race tires that don’t deliver much traction when cold. Or wet.

Yes, that’s an oil cooler levitating off the front bumper, and yes, that is the car’s speedometer hot-glued to the hood. In the interest of safety, luminescent paint is used to mark speeds for night driving, and the car does come equipped with a fire suppression system. Improvisation is key; when the stock fuel gauge stopped functioning, Goodwin simply replaced it with an ohmmeter from Harbor Freight; the next step, of course, was learning how many ohms meant a full tank versus an empty tank.

Like the cars that began the hot rod craze in the 1940s and 1950s, Goodwin’s car is equal parts high-performance and single-digit salute. It may not be our taste in rides, but we can certainly appreciate it for what it is, and recognize the genius behind it. The car may be Goodwin’s first build, but we suspect it won’t be his last.

Stuff You Don’t See Everyday: An Original VW GTI Rat Rod 21
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Hot Rods, Kurt, Rat Rods, video, Videos, Volkswagen on 09 21st, 2011

Our friend Ralf Becker has a website called Chromjuwelen, which is German for “Chrome Jewels.” Ralf has a taste for the weird, and he loves all things related to cars and speed. Much of his work covers the hot rod culture in Germany, which is both active and eclectic. If you’ve never seen a vintage Opal with a V-8 stuffed under the hood, just spend some time on Chromjuwelen, and I can guarantee you’ll come across one.

When it comes to building hot rods, few things surprise me. A first generation VW GTI transformed into a rat rod, however, is a new one, even for me. The car, named “Bad Luck,” was filmed at a recent German hot rod event dubbed Rust & Roll. I wish I could tell you more details about the car (like what kind of V-8 sits where the 1.6-liter four-banger used to go), but I couldn’t find any specifics on the owner or the build. I would have loved video of the car in action, too, since I’ll bet it’s capable of some fairly impressive burnouts.

Love it or hate it, you’ve got to admit it’s original.

Source: Chromjuwelen

1928 Ford Is The Coolest Rat Rod I’ve Ever Seen 20
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Find of the week, Ford, Hot Rods, Rat Rods on 01 20th, 2011

There are only two kinds of car guys: those who love rat rods and those who hate them. If they’re authentic, I’m a big fan, but nothing is cheesier than a fiberglass replica sprayed up to look like rusty metal. Ditto for “authentically distressed” parts; if you pulled it off a ’32 Ford in a junk yard, it’s cool. If you buried it in your back yard for a month to look old, it’s not so cool. When it comes to cool and authentic rat rods, this ’28 Ford Model A up for sale on Auto Trader Classics is as good as it gets.

First, that’s an authentic body, right down to the faded original paint and “W.M. Roe Post 99” lettering. Someone painted that by hand, back in the 1930s. The frame is from a Model A, but it’s been sectioned and reinforced, and the car rocks a 7” drop. Power comes from a moderately built Ford 302, with custom heads, a hot cam and dual Holley carbs. The transmission is from Speedway Motors, and the power gets to the ground via an 8” Ford rear with 3.80 gears. In other words, this thing would be a blast to launch off a stoplight.

As for the rest of the build, it’s chock full of good stuff. Aluminum was used in the bed and door panels to save weight, and the car sits on 24” Foose Nitrous wheels (although the owner will toss in the original steelies if you want them). The owner’s asking for a very reasonable $13,000, which seems like a hell of a deal for a turn-key rod. Even if you weren’t a fan of the whole rat-rod look, you could certainly dress it up and throw on a coat of paint (though please don’t) for less than it would cost you to build a ground up rod. I’m sure it’ll find a good home, and I doubt it will take very long to sell.

Source: Bang Shift