Hot rods are typically American cars with large engines modified for linear speed. Nobody knows for sure the origin of the term "hot rod." One explanation is that the term is a contraction of "hot roadster," meaning a roadster that was modified for speed. Another explanation is that the mufflers were exposed and thus there was a "hot rod" or hot muffler neck when the vehicle was running. Open roadsters were the cars of choice to modify because they were light. The original hot rods were old cars (most often Fords, typically Model Ts, Model As 1928-31, 1932-34 Model Bs, or V-8s) that had been modified to reduce weight and improve aerodynamics. Typical modifications were removal of convertible tops, hood, bumpers, windshields, and/or fenders); lowering the chassis; and modifying the engine by tuning and/or replacing with a more powerful type. Wheels and tires were changed for improved traction and handling.

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There are many different sects of Hot Rodding now, there are (amongst others):-

  • Street Rods (These are a very popular branch of 'hot rodding'. Contrary to the implications of the term hot rod, street rods are a peculiar mix of hot rods, custom cars, and modern Detroit cars. Emphasis is on high end custom paint jobs, luxury leather interiors with all the amenities, modern engines and running gear. They are actually far removed from the power-is-everything genesis of classic hot rods. In fact, many of these cars have difficulty making their tires churp, let alone generate billows of smoke when the drivers 'show off' their power.)
  • Pro-Street Rods (a branch of street rodding featuring mildly customized sedan and coupe models that one would not normally associate with hot rodding that have monster engines and huge rear tires inside the fender wells. They retain all the other luxury features of Street Rods.)
  • Billet Rods (street rods noted by many items being machined from Billet aluminum),
  • Traditional Rods (those that built according to a particular point in time and stick to those build techniques and materials),
  • Rat rods (those that are pieced together to look like old time jalopies, although some times they require more work than a show rod), and
  • Show Rods (Hot Rods created to compete in National Car Shows such as AMBR (America's Most Beautiful Roadster), and the Detroit Autorama).



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