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Rat Rod by Mike Fink

Rat RodIt seems like everyone likes Rat Rods but nobody can agree on what one is. Some are obvious and some are not. Some are rusty death traps and others differ little from high dollar kit rods.

In my opinion there are a variety of styles all within the ranks of the Rat Rod definition. I won’t go into my opinion of what they all are here but I will show you one.

The Rat Rod you see here is not a thrown together piece of rust with a motor and four wheels. It is a well engineered Hot Rod with out all the shine and flash. Oh, don’t get me wrong, it has flash but it is old school hot rod more than Rat Rod.

It is also well engineered and imaginative with modern touches and traditional style mean and fast.

Rat Rod

This is a 31 Ford with an original approach to the paint. It is primer but also a woody which gives a neat twist to the traditional flamed look.

Rat Rod

Rat Rod

Rat Rod

Rat Rod

The car is all “Ford” including a 210 HP “Flattie” with 3 Strombergs.

Rat Rod

Rat Rod

I don’t know what you call this interior but it is way cool.

Rat Rod

Note the way the flames seem to be burning up the wood.

Rat Rod

Rat Rod

Rat Rod

59 Caddy tail lights can be used anywhere and usually are.

Rat Rod

Check out the Stainless Headers with trick heat shields!

Rat Rod

The following photos show some of the build steps. Check out the interesting custom body in the background!

Rat Rod

Rat Rod

Look how the dash is cut to blend into the doors.

Rat Rod

Rat Rod

Rat Rod

Rat Rod

Rat Rod

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  1. Jereamie Thiel says:

    Hello my name is Jereamie ima turning 15 on the 16th of may, and i wanted to build a Rat Rod with my dad and Girl-Freind, Would you like to give me some advice about how you Created you amazon Ride.

  2. Mike Meyer says:

    I’m interested in the ’31 Ford. Is it for sale? Please contact me.

  3. khlye says:

    what the hell this rat rod
    so nice@!!!!

  4. Paraglider Collapse says:

    That’s not a rat rod, it’s a show car.

  5. gordon woods says:

    did you fab the headers; i’m looking for a set like the ones you have, for my 1934 ford pickup/400 sbc

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