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Re: rat rod corvair?
Posted by: swi66 ()
Date: September 16, 2009 03:37AM

Well, I do consider my 62 a Rat Rod.
It is fully functional and safe,(except maybe the vintage sears allstate tires) even has a new top.
Bodywork is minimal, foam coming out of the seats.
Not a show car, a driver.
Yes, a traditional street rodder hates the word rat rod.
Follow this link to see a true rat rod
[rides.webshots.com]
tractor seatsm tractor tires?

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Re: rat rod corvair?
Posted by: bubba ()
Date: September 16, 2009 06:39AM

russ. im so sorry to react like i did. stoopid on my part. sorry man.

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Re: rat rod corvair?
Posted by: 13hellbilly69 ()
Date: September 16, 2009 07:55AM

Catch65 Wrote:
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> When I think of "rat rods," I think of rusted out
> buckets that are very poorly put together that I
> would feel very nervous driving behind of. I've
> seen some very scary budget suspention setups at
> car shows i hope never see the highway.



BINGO we have a winner!!

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Re: rat rod corvair?
Date: September 16, 2009 09:38AM

A quote from hot rod magazine this month I think hit the nail on the head.

"Rat Rods are what Gen Xer's think the 50's and 60's were like, none of us drove around in cars that outlandish, these kids are more concerned with looking like they are into cars then actually being into them. For us building a car was about speed, for them it's tacking as much rusted crap on a car as possible"

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Re: rat rod corvair?
Posted by: Wagon Master ()
Date: September 16, 2009 09:53AM

"Rat Rods are what Gen Xer's think the 50's and 60's were like, none of us drove around in cars that outlandish, these kids are more concerned with looking like they are into cars then actually being into them. For us building a car was about speed, for them it's tacking as much rusted crap on a car as possible"


Stop the presses, print the retraction hellbilly...........THERE'S our winner!

We sometimes call them posers.

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Re: rat rod corvair?
Posted by: mrPbody ()
Date: September 16, 2009 10:02AM

bubba Wrote:
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> russ. im so sorry to react like i did. stoopid
> on my part. sorry man.

It's all good. don't give it a thought.

Russ

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Re: rat rod corvair?
Posted by: 13hellbilly69 ()
Date: September 16, 2009 10:32AM

Wagon Master Wrote:
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> "Rat Rods are what Gen Xer's think the 50's and
> 60's were like, none of us drove around in cars
> that outlandish, these kids are more concerned
> with looking like they are into cars then actually
> being into them. For us building a car was about
> speed, for them it's tacking as much rusted crap
> on a car as possible"
>
>
> Stop the presses, print the retraction
> hellbilly...........THERE'S our winner!
>
> We sometimes call them posers.

Both statements are true...

There are SO many Kids trying to be Hard and Tuff like they think the '50 and '60 was and spend no time Learning the Facts... Luckily there are some who really understand where we came from and they are leading us into the Future....

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Re: rat rod corvair?
Posted by: Thekingoflit ()
Date: September 16, 2009 11:10AM

13hellbilly69 Wrote:
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> Wagon Master Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > "Rat Rods are what Gen Xer's think the 50's and
> > 60's were like, none of us drove around in cars
> > that outlandish, these kids are more concerned
> > with looking like they are into cars then
> actually
> > being into them. For us building a car was
> about
> > speed, for them it's tacking as much rusted
> crap
> > on a car as possible"
> >
> >
> > Stop the presses, print the retraction
> > hellbilly...........THERE'S our winner!
> >
> > We sometimes call them posers.
>
> Both statements are true...
>
> There are SO many Kids trying to be Hard and Tuff
> like they think the '50 and '60 was and spend no
> time Learning the Facts... Luckily there are some
> who really understand where we came from and they
> are leading us into the Future....


Thank you for the clarification...I agree the term Rat rod is over prescribed..but I also agree there is a large amount of ppl alot of which here that are pushing the tech asfar as it can go and past to where it just becomes a hot rod but beacuse it's flat or satin the gen public will call it rat...

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Re: rat rod corvair?
Date: September 16, 2009 11:13AM

I just picked up a set (about 10 min ago) of Cragar ET's , 13x7 rears with a massive lip and 13x5.5 Front... Perfect for the Rat Rod vair.

maybe I will sell em....hmmmm

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Re: rat rod corvair?
Posted by: Wagon Master ()
Date: September 16, 2009 01:22PM

Although if you ever overheard a conversation between our dads and uncles, they had about the same concerns with us "Heading down the path of ruin". For the most part, many of you turned out okay. Notice I left a few holes in there for the rest of us. I think the debate about the "next" generation is timeless.

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Re: rat rod corvair?
Date: September 16, 2009 01:38PM

My generations (the 25 to 30 somethings) is much more content to buy something new , throw away something old , then build or fix something.

I like to fix up old things, good deals on things other consider junk...and my welder.

Our generation is the "toss away...it doesn't impress anyone anymore" Generation

and it's sad...

More admiration for the guy who builds it then the one who buys it.

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Re: rat rod corvair?
Posted by: mrPbody ()
Date: September 16, 2009 01:41PM

13hellbilly69 Wrote:
> There are SO many Kids trying to be Hard and Tuff
> like they think the '50 and '60 was and spend no
> time Learning the Facts... Luckily there are some
> who really understand where we came from and they
> are leading us into the Future....

absolutly!!! - although certainly not my cup of tea, you just can NOT help but appreciate what some of the younger generation are doing with the "tuner" cars for example. I'll hammer on "them damn ricers" all day long, but between you and me (don't tell anyone) I'm totally in awe of what they've accomplished with the crazy things.

Russ

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Re: rat rod ?
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: September 16, 2009 01:58PM

In the 60's in SoCal they were Hotrodded cars that didn't run fast...

The drivers were known as "squirrels" [ wannabes ]

I made alot of $$$ street racing a "ratrod" that I purchased, and totally reworked with my buds in 3 weeks.....no repaint...

Everyone knew it was junk, broke more often than not..and a tire burner....

We'd race for $1-$5 per gear.... losers cringed when they found out I had a Hydromatic..4 speeds... GGGG

Wish I had a picture of it..

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Re: rat rod ?
Posted by: tomkern ()
Date: September 16, 2009 03:53PM

I agree with Russ. I also think the tuners of today parallel with the old school racers pretty well. I don't like the culture, but it is what it is. I like my Corvair, people say I have an old soul. smiling smiley

Tom Kern
66 110 Coupe
Apopka, FL (Orlando area)

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Re: rat rod corvair?
Posted by: American Mel ()
Date: May 06, 2019 01:50PM

Well, since Happyleila resurrected this thread,


art in va Wrote:
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> Shooting Brake translated to Corvair=Lakewood.


As far as I know, Shooting Brakes have only 2-doors.
What we in the Western Hemisphere would call a Sport-Wagon.

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WA. state, 1 mile south of the Canadian border,
I am not at the end of the world, but you can see it from here.
Have; '66 Monza Coupe - 140, 4-spd. Daily driver beater
'67 Monza Vert. - 140, 4-spd. Daily driver beater
'67 A/C Moredoor Monza
Have had; '61 Monza coupe, '62 Monza Wagon, '63 Spyder, '65 Corsa
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non-vair
'04 Dodge Cummins Quad Dualy, approaching 400K
17'Terry

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Re: rat rod corvair?
Posted by: JimBrandberg ()
Date: May 07, 2019 04:30AM

Well, as long as the hacker raised this from 10 years ago.
I have a 64 with the surface rusty look that I think would make a cool Rat Rod. I'd like to have a Corvair with good mechanicals and bad look, although I've got several other projects I never get around to. It would seem weird to weld floors and such into a car that will never "look good".
I appreciate a lot of the Rat Rods I see and find them interesting to look at. I like when people engineer things that are different. Hoo haws and doo dads that are merely decorative not so much.
Patina is a different thing and I appreciate those as well. I can walk right past the shinies to have a look at something worn.

Jim Brandberg
Isanti, MN
CorvairRepair.com



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Re: rat rod corvair?
Posted by: LeadFootLogan ()
Date: May 07, 2019 05:57AM

I would consider my 65 Corsa to be a rat rod. From the really bad bodywork on it and quarter inch thick of bondo on it. I suppose it was “rebuilt” in the 70s or 80s. A portion of the bondo cracked and was popped off of the body on the passenger fender. Also the paint is rubbing off so I’m just gonna clear coat it and leave it like that for a while.

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Re: rat rod corvair?
Posted by: American Mel ()
Date: May 07, 2019 08:58PM

Post some pics Logan.

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WA. state, 1 mile south of the Canadian border,
I am not at the end of the world, but you can see it from here.
Have; '66 Monza Coupe - 140, 4-spd. Daily driver beater
'67 Monza Vert. - 140, 4-spd. Daily driver beater
'67 A/C Moredoor Monza
Have had; '61 Monza coupe, '62 Monza Wagon, '63 Spyder, '65 Corsa
.
non-vair
'04 Dodge Cummins Quad Dualy, approaching 400K
17'Terry

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Re: rat rod corvair?
Posted by: JimBrandberg ()
Date: May 08, 2019 05:22AM

I would consider "Rat Rod" and "Patina" to be different from each other.

In my mind a rat rod car has surface rust and a bare bones stripped down configuration with high performance mechanicals. It's like a guy fixed it up to perform without regard to how it looks. EM Corvairs are maybe borderline too new.

In my mind patina is an original car perhaps with paint worn down and maybe a little primer showing from many car washes. Basically an old car in good shape that hasn't been restored. Sometimes satin clear sprayed over to freeze it in time. Usually pretty much a stock original type car. I would not expect mag wheels or big tires.

That's just my thinking and I'm certainly not anyone to judge. I will drive just about anything, I've been the last owner of many Corvairs that I don't think would fit in either of those categories. I can appreciate just about any car that someones cares about.

Some people don't get it and just see crummy cars.

Jim Brandberg
Isanti, MN
CorvairRepair.com



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Re: rat rod corvair?
Posted by: LeadFootLogan ()
Date: May 08, 2019 03:21PM

Here are the pics requested of my 65 Corsa








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