Hot rods, typically old, classic American cars with large engines modified for linear speed. Yep!

Rey Payumo’s 1963 Chevrolet Impala

Rey Payumo of Kailua, Hawaii found this 1963 Chevrolet Impala packed with junk in a garage in Hayward, California. Rey tells us “It had an previous restoration, the color used to be lowrider purple and it used to be totally lowridered out. After buying it, my lil’ brother Roy and I towed it South… [Read More…]
The origin of the term “hot rod” is unclear. For example, some claim that the term “hot” refers to the vehicle being stolen. Other origin stories include replacing the engine’s camshaft or “rod” with a higher performance version. Regardless, these are some of our favorites…


Barry Weiss' Cowboy Cadillac
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Barry Weiss’ Cowboy Cadillac

Barry Weiss made his fortune selling wholesale produce and has used those resources to feed his collecting obsessions including his love of rare and unique automobiles, trucks and motorcycles. Barry has been a collector for most of his life, so he knows when he comes across something that’s the cream of the crop. [Read More…]
Charles Darmanjian's '47 Plymouth
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Charles Darmanjian’s ’47 Plymouth

Charles is a one-man-show in a small three bay shop in North Troy, New York. He primarily designs and fabricates parts for cars that are far from rat rods, his project car is a 1947 Plymouth. While his business caters to newer cars, Charles admits that it’s the classics he really enjoys working on. [Read More…]
Rat Rod Lawn Mower
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Rat Rod Lawn Mower

Michael Snow from Horneytown, North Carolina saw our Farmer’s Chopper post and shared his old school rat rod lawn mower with us. He tells us that he had an old riding lawn mower sitting around for parts, and one day he just went crazy on it. He lowered the front end, chopped the hood and grill, and more. [Read More…]
Aaron Anderson’s True Home Grown Rat Rod
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Aaron Anderson’s True Home Grown Rat Rod

The story of Aaron’s Rat Rod goes like this: In 2007 I worked at a dealership in the local town that had a 1936 Dodge dump truck sitting in a grass lot behind a building. I’d have to trim weeds around it when the dealership got slow. I’ve always bought rat rod magazines and always thought about building one, but… [Read More…]
n2a Motors is a California based custom auto manufacturer with a mission of reviving the art of American coach building. Melding design elements from different Chevy models, the 789 shows the world that you really can't have enough of a good thing. Although the 789 looks instantly iconic, it is actually the best of three classics mounted atop a Le Mans-winning Corvette C6 chassis. Aptly named for the three years represented in the overall design, the 789 has the “hooded eyes” and chrome grille of a '57, a mid-section that's reminiscent of a '58 Impala and the "bird in flight" rear tailfins of a '59. These three vehicles are all instantly recognizable classics celebrated by people around the world. Owning and operating a classic car often proves difficult. Rarity of parts, expertise needed for installation, and potentially high upkeep or restoration costs are some of the problems with which collectors must deal. All of the money in the world spent to modify or modernize a vintage car will not change the reliability or performance problems associated with it. The 789 offers the best of both worlds: retro looks and styling, and it will fire up every time you turn the key. The body is constructed of lightweight composite panels. n2a Motors has developed a process of using 80% carbon composite with 20% fiberglass. This process gives a light-weight rigid part as if it was 100% carbon composite with the minimal properties of fiberglass that allows for show quality paint and finish. Customers can either provide n2a Motors with a donor C5 series (1997 -2004) or C6 series (2005-current) Corvette, which currently retails for approximately $65,000 (though used models can be had for less), or n2a Motors can locate one for you. After stripping the Corvette of its stock body, n2a Motors hand-grafts the retro body panels over the stock frame, suspension, and massive 440-horsepower, 6.0-liter aluminum-block V8 engine. A full range of upgrades are available, including up to 800 hp power trains, custom suspension, audio/video/navigation systems, interior customization, and more. n2a Motors will build each 789 to meet each customer's specifications. However, please note that no previously built combination of paint scheme and interior treatment will be duplicated.
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The 789 from n2a Motors

N2a Motors is a California based custom auto manufacturer with a mission of reviving the art of American coach building. Melding design elements from different Chevy models, the 789 shows the world that you really can’t have enough of a good thing. [Read More…]
Darrik Hooper’s 1943 Ford G8T Military Truck
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Darrik Hooper’s 1943 Ford G8T Military Truck

Darrik Hooper of Carthage, Texas started his project with only the cab that he bought, once he got it home, he took the time to look it over really well. He noticed all the nomenclature plates across the dash – the main plate included the serial number and date of delivery: 7-7-43. “1943?” he said to himself… [Read More…]
The Dreise Steampunk Hot Rod
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The Dreise Steampunk Hot Rod

The Dreise Steampunk Hot Rod was recently finished after a year long build, this is a 1935 Chevy modified to fit onto a custom built frame with hand built sheet metal and parts, all raw then cleared to seal the finish. The truck is powered by a Chevy 350 and is a daily driver. [Read More…]
1940 Willys Cabover Custom
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1940 Willys Cabover Custom

This is a very well photo documented build that combines a ’40 Willys Sedan, a ’92 Dodge 1 ton truck, and a whole lot of metal work to create a beautiful custom Willys cabover There are 13 slideshows and a final drive video. Built by Chris Boggess, Hot Rod Technology Instructor at Utah Valley University. [Read More…]
Turbo Toyota 2JZ 1931 Ford Model A Rat Rod
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Turbo Toyota Powered ’31 Ford Model A

Brandon DeJesus rolls a ’31 Ford Model A rat rod, but it may not be what you’re expecting — it’s powered by Toyota’s 2JZ-GTE power plant — an inline-six-cylinder engine that is sooo ready to make staggering amounts of horsepower that, more than two decades after its introduction, professional motorsports teams of all kinds still seek out these early ’90s 3.0L engines. [Read More…]
Gary Dougherty's Farmer's Chopper
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Gary Dougherty’s Farmer’s Chopper

Gary tells us how his ride came about: I have always enjoyed watching the shows about fabrication – Monster Garage, Biker Build Off, American Chopper, etc. Of course knowing I could not afford to build a real Chopper, I decided to “manufacture” my own, but in a little different way… [Read More…]
Front shot of Erin Francis' 1956 Ford F-100
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Erin Francis’ 1956 Ford F-100

Erin Francis of Langley, BC, Canada shared this 1956 Ford F-100 truck with us. Erin found the truck in Portland, OR in near stock condition. In just 5 months, the truck was restored and modified with independent front suspension and a four-link rear with coil overs on all corners, plus some more custom touches. [Read More…]
1960 Plymouth XNR Concept Car
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Wheels of History – 1960 Plymouth XNR Concept Car

To borrow a line from the late Hunter S. Thompson, this ’60s Plymouth concept car was “too weird to live, too rare to die”. Designed by Virgil Exner Sr., the 1960 Plymouth XNR concept car was built on a modified Valiant chassis as an answer to the vast popularity of Corvettes at the close of the 1950s. [Read More…]
Redneck Repo ~ 1954 Chevrolet 3100
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Redneck Repo ~ 1954 Chevrolet 3100

The Redneck Repo shop truck is a 1954 Chevrolet 3100 with a 1953 front clip. The wrecker box is handmade and features a 1930’s hand crank boom. A 1962 327 powers the truck and sports an Edlebrock aluminum intake and Edlebrock AFB style carberator, original ’60’s Cal Custom aluminum valve covers and more. [Read More…]
Argentinean 1938 Ford Roadster Pick Up
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Argentinean 1938 Ford Roadster Pick Up

We’ve often heard tales about Argentina and rare Ford stuff. A few years ago, there were all kinds of rumors floating around about a warehouse that was discovered housing crates of NOS Ardun heads. Before that, it was a rumored 1,000’s of replacement flathead blocks were located in a similar fashion. [Read More…]
The Siren Of TI Chopper
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The Siren Of TI Chopper

A two-part project by Metropolitan Choppers and metal sculptor Scott Cawood, The “Siren Of TI” Chopper is a 900 pound master piece constructed with nearly 250 pounds of scrap iron and steel as a tribute to the beautiful Sirens of Treasure Island Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. [Read More…]
The NewMad - 1955 Chevrolet Nomad Custom
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The NewMad – 1955 Chevrolet Nomad Custom

24,000 – That’s how many man-hours it took to build the “NewMad”. 24,000 hours and 1.3 million dollars. Hot rod designer Chris Ito was commissioned to pen the redesign. The NewMad began its life as the first generation Chevrolet Nomad, the halo model wagon derived from the Motorama Corvette of 1953-54. [Read More…]
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Rey Payumo’s 1963 Chevrolet Impala

Rey Payumo of Kailua, Hawaii found this 1963 Chevrolet Impala packed with junk in a garage in Hayward, California. Rey tells us “It had an previous restoration, the color used to be lowrider purple and it used to be totally lowridered out. After buying it, my lil’ brother Roy and I towed it South… [Read More…]
Farmall Cub Tractorcycle
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Farmall Cub Tractorcycle

Collectors Weekly member Rustfarm restores old motorcycles for a living and simply felt this just had to be done. He built this between 2000 and 2005. It runs and drives and can be seen at vintage motorcycle and tractor shows in and around Ohio. [Read More…]
Jiggs' 1947 Ford Pickup
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Jiggs’ 1947 Ford Pickup

Danny Love shared this story and photos with us ~ This pristine 1947 Ford Pickup belonged to his Dad (aka Jiggs) Danny tells us that he remembers standing up as a young boy in the front seat just to be see out of the windshield. Danny is 54 years old now and says that he “can’t hardly… [Read More…]
Satan’s Rat-Rod: Henry Kessler’s 1931 Ford
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Satan’s Rat Rod: Henry Kessler’s 1931 Ford

Meet Henry Kessler and his 1931 Ford rat rod, Gretchen; one of the coolest rat-rods we’ve ever seen and a ride that turns heads wherever it goes. This ain’t no hybrid, instead it’s a black smoke belching, gasoline guzzling, animal of a car that’s not only amazing to look at, but with some cool hidden engineering too. [Read More…]
GSXR 1000 Powered VW Bug Hot Rod
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GSX-R1000 Powered VW Bug Hot Rod

Check out this insane 1967 Volkswagen Beetle turned radical GSX-R1000 powered Volksrod  from the clearly creative mind Steve Hudlow and his crew at Hudlow Axle in Rossville, Georgia. This Thing Rips ~ It is powered by a liquid-cooled [Read More…]
1955 Lincoln Indianapolis Concept Car
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1955 Lincoln Indianapolis Concept Car

In 1954 Edsel Ford handed control of Ford Motors to his son Henry Ford II. Anxious to bring Ford back into the modern era, Henry the Second hired Italian Gian Paolo Boano to construct a one-off show car on a new Lincoln chassis and this was the result – the stunning 1955 Lincoln Indianapolis. [Read More…]
Two Moons’ 1946 Ford Rat Rod
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Two Moons’ 1946 Ford Rat Rod

Two Moons, a member of the Immortal Bastards CC in Mesa, AZ and good friend of Roadkill Customs and RatRod.Life stopped by the shop recently to say hello. We of course took the opportunity to snap a few shots of his 1946 Ford Rat Rod so we could share it with you… [Read More…]
Ardbeg Whiskey Hot Rod Tractor
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The Ardbeg Whiskey Hot Rod Tractor

The Ardbeg Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky Hot Rod Tractor — A one-of-a-kind, customised, incredibly loud and rip-roaring machine thanks to the creative genuis of hot rod specialist Paul Burham from Burham Autos, UK hot rod builder since 1981. Built from a 1959 Massey Ferguson 35 Tractor. [Read More…]