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Rat Rods: Rodding's Imperfect Stepchildren (Cartech) [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Scotty Gosson
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Book Description

15 Oct 2012 Cartech
During the 70s, 80s, and 90s, hot rods followed very definite trends. It seems every hot rod built in the 70s reflected the somewhat garish tastes of that decade, and everyone had a small-block Chevy powering it. In the 80s and 90s, many rods were built to seamless perfection in a modern high-tech style, laden with billet, smooth seams, no rough edges, and a huge price tag. You had to know there would be a backlash, and rat rods are the backlash to the extreme. These imperfectly fine rods rarely sport paint jobs of any kind, and their owners aren't scared to drive them. They represent a rebellious attitude, but never take anything too seriously either. Rat rods are high on style but low on budget, and that s why so many love them. Rat Rods: Rodding's Imperfect Stepchildren is a celebration of this trend, and almost as importantly, the lifestyle that accompanies it. Never has rodding been so cosmetically indifferent, so socially oriented, so affordable, and most importantly, so much fun. Author Scotty Gosson watched the rat rod trend start, grow, and blossom into what it is today. Cars from all over America and around the world are featured, and no two are the same.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Cartech (15 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934709212
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934709214
  • Product Dimensions: 27.7 x 21.3 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 302,705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Whenever hot rodders get together to bench race two questions invariably come up: "Whatever happened to such-and-such car?"; and "How can I find one of these old, abandoned hot rods?" Lost Hot Rods answers both questions by finding nearly 100 lost hot rods, custom cars, and a few dragsters that were either famous in the '50s or '60s from being featured on magazine covers or winning major car shows, and then disappeared from public eye. This isn't a book about seeking these cars for profit. What's more important, and fun, is the search itself; finally answering that "Whatever happened to...?" question is the main goal. In most cases the book shows vintage photos of the car in its heyday, along with where and how it looks today. What makes this venture doubly fun, and what separates this book from others, is that this was not just looking for old cars or even collector cars hidden away. Finding a vintage Corvette, or Porsche, or even a gennie Model A or Model T stashed in a garage or barn is cool. But hot rods and custom cars are very different literally. Each one is unique. So each of these cars has its own unique story, its own personal history, which makes Lost Hot Rods a special collection of stories as well as "Then" and "Now" images. --Coastal 101, Oct, 2010---There s no set definition of a rat rod most folks just say they know one when they see one, and Scotty Gosson has collected plenty to see in Rat Rods: Rodding s Imperfect Stepchildren. You ll experience the whole ratty spectrum, from flat black and pinstriped outlaws, to no-budget rolling scrapyards, all accompanied by irreverent text and endless attitude --Hotrod, Oct, 2012--Rat Rods is a fine recommendation for automotive and general holdings alike. - --Midwest Book Review, May 2012

This new book features a great selection of unique rat rods, including roadsters, pick-ups, sedans, and even a diminutive Morris Minor...All are a testament to their creators...Highly Recommended --Classic American, May, 2013

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a must have 9 Jun 2012
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this book is awsome after many years of restoring cars to show winning condition this book puts a different light on the way that rust and old faded paint can look real cool the photos in this book are spot on a credit highly recommended
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1.0 out of 5 stars Damaged! 2 April 2014
By april
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Bought this as a gift for my other half, was so excited to see it arrive and when it did, the book had been water damaged! Was not happy with buy and will be returning it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Some realistic ideas here 29 Nov 2013
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Great photos . Start with a good grille and build a rat rod around it. No painting or polishing required, just imagination.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like cars ... 23 April 2012
By Paul McFarland - Published on Amazon.com
I grew up with CARtoons magazine and read The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby at way to early an age, so I was delighted to get this book. I am afraid that with age has come a certain distance from the culture; however, this is a great read.

This is a profusely illustrated collection of rat rods. As I understand it, rat rods are mostly build with materials at hand and are usually not high dollar projects. In general the vehicles illustrated in this book meet those criteria. There are a number of exceptions but that is not a bad thing.

We have 160 pages, with a ton of pictures. The scope ranges from the Midwest USA to Argentina and the former Soviet Union. You just cannot beat a rod put together in the Ukraine from a 1967 Zil. Now how cool is that.

There is also some truly big time blown monsters in here to wow you out of your socks. Try a 1928 Ford Tudor with an 820ci Jon Kaase built Ford Hemi turning 1930hp and 8.08 seconds at 177 mph.

Almost every kind of modification you can conceive of is here. From cheap total homebrew to major conversions jobs, but the details are here on all of them with some killer photos. You just cannot go wrong on this book.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Makes you want to build one of your own 25 May 2012
By J. Bush - Published on Amazon.com
This is a good primer on what "rat rod" means and shows a lot of the variety out there in custom builds that are made to drive instead of just show. After reading through these pages and staring at the photos, you'll probably scanning the side of the roads for rusty projects of your own. There is a rusted out old jeep not far from here I think I need all of a sudden.

Rat Rods is full of custom build slang that takes some getting used to, but once you do the language just adds to the subculture feel. The history of each build (and its builder) is given, but really there are more illustrations than words with four pages of photos given to each car. The "hot rod for any budget" tag for these rat rods goes a little far, since "any budget" only applies if you have an empty garage with metal fabrication equipment and know-how. However, looking at what these guys have done can give you an idea of what you can do with just a little bit of space, a saw, and welding equipment.

This is the third CarTech book that I've looked through and all have been really well laid out. Good descriptions and high quality photos seem to characterize these books. I'm almost to the point of just saying that if it is CarTech and the topic strikes any interest at all, it is worth buying.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast, not pretty 15 April 2012
By Walt - Published on Amazon.com
Rat Rods are the equal and opposite reaction to overly pretty hot rods. They may be unpainted, primered, or actually rusted out. The emphasis is on performance, not show car pretty. Ugliness is a badge of honor. I'm not sure if I find this bizarre or inspirational, but it is an interesting scene.
This is a photo book, not a how-to. Dozens of rods are illustrated, and the photography is great. (All photos are in color, of course).
My favorite rod here is a Zil truck in Ukraine - what's been done to that Workhorse of the People surely would have been considered Deviant Behavior and Hooliganism during the Soviet Empire.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for my 12 yr. old Son 13 Jan 2014
By Marianne - Published on Amazon.com
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OK...I was a bit skeptical when ordering this, as I had ZERO idea what to expect as far as "girlie" pix, if any. Well, it came quickly, and when I paged through it, quite carefully, I was SO HAPPY that it didn't have any little boy blushing pix in it. There were 2 very tasteful lady pix, and page after page of colorful Rat Rod pix and their stories!!! I highly recommend this book for ANY age, and ANY gender, that has a fancy for the Rat Rod!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book!!! 5 Mar 2013
By Nick Siepert - Published on Amazon.com
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This book encompassed all aspects of the current rat rod craze, very well written and amazing photography!!!!
Recommended to ANYONE that likes Rat Rods!!!
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