Rat Rods: Rodding's Imperfect Stepchildren

Rat Rods: Rodding's Imperfect Stepchildren

by Scotty Gosson

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781613253328
Publisher: CarTech, Incorporated
Publication date: 02/26/2016
Pages: 162
Sales rank: 622,224
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.35(d)

About the Author

Scotty Gosson is a long time contributor to many automotive periodicals, and is currently on staff at Hot Rod DeLuxe magazine. He is an avid drag racer who has also competed in land speed racing on the salt at Bonneville. Gosson is a noted hot rodding historian, who's lighthearted and entertaining writing style and edgy photography has been well received in his previous CarTech books, America's Coolest Station Wagons, Rat Rods and America's Wildest Show Rods of the 1960s and 1970s.

Table of Contents

Table Of Contents:
Acknowledgments 6
About the Author 7
Foreword by Tim Bernsau 8
Introduction 9
Chapter 1: Rat Embryos—Egads! What’s That, Floating in the Punchbowl? 10
Chapter 2: The Resurgence of Unfinished Cars—Drinking Koolaid While Driving Over Cliffs 14
Chapter 3: The Trend Catches Fire—Respectable Rats? Going Mainstream at Full-Volume Swagger 70
Chapter 4: A New Breed of Extreme Rods—XXX Hardcore Bare Metal Photos! You Must Be 18 to View this Chapter 92
Chapter 5: Shock Value with a Grin—Oh Yeah?! Well, Get a Load of This 130
Chapter 6: Hightailing It into The Future—Fearless Explorers Discover Future Based on Past. Tonight, on Newswatch at 11:00 144
Epilogue 158

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Rat Rods: Rodding's Imperfect Stepchildren 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
hippypaul More than 1 year ago
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.
dekan on LibraryThing 5 months ago
this book is a review book. i really enjoyed it. i liked the writing style. it was like reading a conversation. i liked that it looked at different perspectives of it. if you're into cars it's definently worth looking at. it's not bad from a historical view either.. not history but just the progress of a catagory. i may have to look into his other books. it's made me interested. although, i love cars.
harmonyartmom on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This book is aimed at telling the story of Rat Rods with both words and photographs. In a coffee table book style, it does an excellent job of showing how this alternate form of nostalgic car building hobby is really an art form that the average guy can afford and enjoy without spending a fortune. It is fun to look at and would make a terrific gift to that car guy in your house.
hippypaul on LibraryThing 5 months ago
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 820-ci 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. A copy of this book was provided free for the purposes of this review.
mrkay on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I have always loved rat rods from the Ed "Big Daddy" Roth - Rat Fink designs to my all time favorite: The Munster Mobile. As a kid I would buy various models and put together my own rat rods. To find this book was a godsend. The writing is conversational as if you were standing in the garage and having a conversation about the cars and builds versus a technical car manual. The pictures are great lots of details of the cars as well as the builds. My only detractor was I wanted more cars and more start to finish photo shoots. Which I guess opens the door for volume 2.
joshbush on LibraryThing 5 months ago
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.
WaltNoise on LibraryThing 5 months ago
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.
johnnyapollo on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This really fantastic volume on Rat Rods was provided via the LT Early Readers program. I can only say that I was blown away by the quality and writing of this publication. Included are slick glossy pages referencing the efforts of several builders of rat rods - your basic hot rod, indescriminant of parts origin or consourse quality. These rods are so similar to those I grew up with that the book felt like going back in time and visiting old lost fiends. Gainsaying the current trend of matched part numbers, these rides are the creations of the individual builders, showcasing the personality of both the people involved and the cars themselves. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and thumb through it frequently, showing it to visiting friends to highlight points in conversations. Kudos to both the publisher and Scotty Gosson for putting this together.