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Legendary Collector Cars are not made in a factory, they are made on the street, at the racetracks and at car shows. They can be Muscle Cars, Sports Cars, Hot Rods, Rat Rods, Classic Cars, Antique Cars, Collector Cars or any other car you love. This page is about our Legends and about making your car a Legend.

Welcome to our first Post. Everything on this site is about participation so jump right in and let us know what you think of the newest craze in the car hobby, Rat Rods. Wipe it down and fire it up, here we go.

What is a RAT ROD? You see everything out there. Some guys make what I call clown cars which are great entertainment but I don’t think they are rat rods. You know the cars I’m talking about, the ones that make you laugh when you look at them real close. I absolutely love these cars. The ones with the little boy radiator ornament that pees on people, the rat sitting on the air cleaner, the vice grips holding something together, stop sign for a floor board or the six shooter for a pistol grip shifter! They look more like the Beverly Hill Billy’s version of a Hot Rod than anything else. No self respecting hot rodder would have ever built a car like this back in the day. Hey, they are still fun, original and I like them!

Some guys build rusted out, no glass, big motor death traps. These scare me to no end. They may be cheap but I would never ride in one or drive one. I really don’t think they should be on the road.

Still other guys (and gals) build cars out of what ever they can find cheap and go fast. I also like these a lot. They are the most like the old Hot Rods of my day. You went to the junk yard and bought stuff and built a car or you went to the junk yard and bought stuff to make your car go faster or look different. That’s what I did and it was fun and cheap.

In my mind’s eye, a Rat Rod is a car built to drive without lots of money spent on it but absolutely safe, dependable, AND it is a rod.

Now, I know of lot of you will disagree and that’s ok. What if they weren’t all called Rat Rods? How about some other definitions so we can start keeping these things straight. We have Rat Rod, how about these and what might they be?

-Retro Rod: a rod done in the old school tradition with good paint, gloss or non gloss.

-Resto Rod: an original rod (pre 70’s vintage) just made road worthy and put back on the street.

-Traditional Rod: same as Retro Rod

-Neo-Traditional Rod: Like a Traditional Rod but with modern running gear such as electronic fuel injection, 700R and disc brakes

-Mod Rod: A glass rod made to look old but with all new mechanicals

-Rust Rod: this is one of those bodies that is too far gone to restore and stuck onto a good frame and running gear.

-Barn Find Rod: Much like a Rust Rod but needs some straw in the back seat and some cob webs on the windows.

-Clown Rod: What do you think of this one?

What do you think?

If you have a topic you would like to discuss, let us know.

Oh Yea, and in a few weeks you will start to hear from “Dear Shifty”. He is kind of a Gearhead’s “Dear Abby”. If you have a question for Shifty send it to us. He will give personal advice as well as advice on your ride if you need it. One suggestion; never follow Shifty’s advice!

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I grew up and lived in Iowa for a good portion of my life before moving to Southern California. After 20+ years we now live outside Nashville Tennessee. I have been into cars since I was old enough to remember. I don't have a brand loyalty although I do prefer American Muscle especially the 1969/1970 NASCAR Aero Cars. (Check out our other web site at site) As long as it has four wheels and an engine I get excited. Few men are lucky enough to be able to share their passion for cars with the woman they love. Fortunately, my wife, Katriana, is also a gear head and many of our activities revolve around the cars. We have a small collection that includes at least one car from each of the Big Three. It includes a Best of Show winner, a survivor, a driver with lots of patina and several others. Katrina prefers all original cars while I like to modify them so we have a few of each. When we aren't playing with cars we are out working with or showing our miniature donkeys. You can see more about that part of our lives at

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