Hot rods are typically American cars that can be old, classic or modern and that have been rebuilt or modified with large engines optimized for speed and acceleration. Hot Rod magazine defined the term as one of the first American cars to be modified to improve its appearance and performance. In the early days, the term applied almost exclusively to disassembled roadsters built for acceleration. The definition has been expanded to cover almost any type of motor vehicle so modified for the street or for racing.
My first show was for racing cars, but my Buick Kustom and Deuce Hot Rod attracted more interest, and the world of hot rodding grew from there. Everything from the right proportions and the right posture to consistency in the subject matter of the construction and the materials used, adds to what it takes to be a hot rod. Among street drivers and enthusiasts of customs, it refers to a Ford from 1949 to 1951 and describes the square body style of the car with integral fenders. A hot rod is the simplest of cars, a basic, stripped car made to go faster, drive better, and stop faster than the car it relied on.
A real hot rod is very obvious when you're a kid and you like cars, no matter if you grew up in the 50s, 60s, 70s or if you're growing up now. At first glance, a hot rod is an early car without a fender, lowered at the front, with great posture and a high-performance engine with three carbs lined up. Hot rod competition is largely limited to acceleration competitions (see drag racing), but hot rods can also compete in various classes against time or distance in attempts at speed and endurance. He has left his mark on a variety of film genres, including the dramatic London, the thriller The Lookout and the comedy Hot Rod.
Like many hot rodders, my story at Hot Rodding started young, and I was self-taught at the age of 15.Squeezing the front of a hot rod gives it a tilted stance, while Z'ing at both ends drops the whole car “into the undergrowth”. Hot rodding is a combination of several cars, in which owners can be collectors, builders, racers and street drivers and are made with many different designs and powers. It is sometimes used incorrectly and critically to refer to rods built strictly for appearance and comfort. It is used to describe a hot rod built with modern style and technology that generally includes independent front and rear suspension, modern fuel-injected engines, renewed interiors, billet aluminum wheels and radial performance tires, and updated electronics.
We'll come back later to talk about body modification and paint terms, engine and suspension jargon, and slang words that have made their way into common use and some that have worked but need to come back.