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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-01-2010, 10:54 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation What's up with these Cats? Rat Rodders??

I recently came across a "unique" car club/forum where they were VERY specific on what kind of style they allowed in. At first glance I thought it was a open lowrider club, but I was wrong, very wrong. These cats were just as picky or more so than the white glove restoration guys. At least the white glove restoration guys have very clear guidelines, it's original or it isn't! These cats have made up their own rules on what is "cool" and what is not. I thought rat rods where cars that were actually driven and built by blue collar working class guys who can't afford the Chip Foose restoration. Cars that ran better than they looked. At least that is what it means up here in the Northern California Sticks. I guess that culture is not as big or defined up here. These cats had STRONG opinions on what wheel size you can use and what flat colors are acceptable depending on car & era, etc. etc.

Correct me if I'm wrong or clarify this for me but are these cats the Hipsters of Car Culture? Trying to be "Different" in the same way?

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-02-2010, 08:13 PM
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I never followed any trend.

I put my money into motors and any heavy duty parts to fortify the chasis to put the power to the ground. I have been saying I was going to paint my cars (I have owned aboat load of cars) but never got around to painting any of them further than a a rattle can of primer to beat back rust around holes I cut in hoods or fenders to clear headers or intakes.

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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-03-2010, 08:56 AM
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it does sound like some guys that are just trying to find a very narrow niche of similar enthusiasts.

Personally - I like diversity. I can appreciate something in most types of cars - although I've always hated those odd pastel pinks, blue-greens and peach colors that used to be big in the Rodding crowd.

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-03-2010, 12:54 PM Thread Starter
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I'm with you guys, I love cars and can appreciate a variety of styles. I guess I am more of a Horse Power Junkie myself. It does hurt me a little when I see a painted old school car with shinny wheels and the engine can barely start and blows black smoke. My primed '64 might not be a looker but it's HEALTHY.

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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-06-2010, 12:38 PM
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You won't find me in that Cat House. To many rules to follow. I don't follow.

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