A rat rod is made using backdated vehicle models as the chassis and turning them into a speed machine. It is built with a big engine, humongous wheels and a set of customized suspension set on an antic chassis. Engine could be derived from a Dodge Dart or an old Ford Camaro to an old Mustang. A rat rot is a customized one of a kind vehicle uniquely yours. You will definitely get noticed on the road. Until you do, the following tips on how to build a rat rod will definitely be of much help.
You will need to scout around for the chassis. The chassis from a vintage truck from the chop shop will definitely be severely corroded and will require a lot of restoration. Try your luck at vintage car auction or through the web. Hopefully you will find a better condition body there.
Now, the next challenge would be to find a big engine, possibility a V8. This can be easily found at half cut shop but to find one with excellent condition requires time and patience. Rebuilt the engine internal to ensure integrity and restore the lost horsepower and torque. You will need a big solid engine mount to secure all those horsies when let loose. The last thing you want is for the engine to crash through the firewall if you hit a tree.
Rebuilt the transmission that matches the power your engine churns out. A manual transmission coupled with a race clutch is a must for maximum power transfer to the wheels. Therefore, a set of customized suspension system and good braking is necessary. An adjustable suspension enables you to tune the height to fit in different wheel sizes. Braking system is the one thing that determine life or death so no compromise on that.
Next, strips bare the entire interior barer. Remove the dashboard, centre console, air conditioning panels, seats and all door panels to reduce weight which might compromise speed. Leave the steering column, pedals and gear lever in place. You might want to throw in a pair of bucket seats and a four point safety harness for maximum security during a race.
Finally, a striking coat of paint adds a personal touch to the bodywork. Throw in a couple of vinyl and it will definitely be an eye catching piece.
At the end of the day, all that hard work is all well worth it when you take it out for a spin at the track.