About Rat Rods
With a growl and a splutter, your rat rod engine fires up, and you stand back to admire your handiwork. There is nothing quite like piecing together a roadworthy car yourself. If this is a dream of yours, it is time to gather the parts and tools you need. The origin of the rat rod, an imitation of early hot rod vehicles, dates back to 1987 when Jim Jacobs put together a 1928 Ford Phaeton, which he then entered into the Goodguys' annual West Coast Nationals with no bodywork, paint, or interior. This "unfinished" look is now standard, and most of the rat rods you see have chopped tops, no fenders or bumpers, and no hoods. If you want to make your own "Jakeolopy," you need rat rod parts, and online sellers have the biggest and best selection. Whether you need a rat rod body, some wheels, or some engine parts, you can find what you need on eBay. Trustworthy vendors even offer complete cars, trucks, and pickups, enabling you to start getting involved in conventions and races immediately.