How to Build a Rat Rod

Having little basic knowledge of cars, it is easy to build a rat rod on one’s own. First, following things are needed.

Tools and Materials Needed

  • Car
  • Engine
  • Chassis
  • Components (transmission, lights, pistons, tires, etc)

The objective behind making this car is for racing and speeding, every part needed for speeding it up should be grabbed. This is the main aim of the project so all the parts should be made ready.

Rat Rod How to Build a Rat Rod

Selecting the Car Frame

There are few guidelines for selecting a car frame. Select the one that is as light as possible. The lighter will be better as it will have less weight to carry and it will drive faster. Any extra parts or accessories that are not necessary should be put away. Only the important ones should be kept near and ready.

Selecting the Car Engine

When starting to build a rat rod, it is essential to get the most powerful engine as possible. Its looks should not be of too much concern and there is no need to worry about it. The focus should be on getting the largest one that can fit in the car. There is option to buy a brand new one. However, there are shops that sell rebuilt and second hand engines. They should not be underestimated because most of the second hand engines are very good.

As the horsepower is concerned, the engine is important so go to a shop or junk yard to find a big one as possible. When the engine has been acquired, it has to be mounted on the car chassis.

Installing the Other Components

When the above mentioned tasks have been completed, now the other components of the car have to be added. The basic ones are the steering wheel, batteries, clutch, transmission etc. As the objective for building the rat rod is speed, it should be kept as simple as possible. Only those components should be added that will generate plenty of speed as possible. This means to get the most powerful and lightest parts which are possible to acquire.

The other seats and center consoles have to be taken out. Only the brakes and other important components have to be left. Some of them maybe taken out and replaced with new parts if desired. Leave only one seat unless you will be racing with someone.

Safety Measures

It has to be ensured that the seat belts are properly functioning. They should be tried to check how well they fit. It is also advisable to build a roll cage. Most people building a rat rod are now using this apparatus. The possible reason is because it keeps them fastened in the vehicle in case of any accident.

For extra safety, it is also good to include glass windows. Other additional features are harness system and padding and it is worth to invest in them.

The Paint work

A glamorous and attractive look can be given to personality of the rat rod by painting it. The color which is liked by many drivers is black. However there are many other colors to choose from as desired. A theme or a single dominant color can be picked. One can choose from a variety because you will be riding it.

Additional tips and significant Information

For the terrain and weather conditions, only right type of tires should be selected. Some tires have the best ability for driving in wet and rainy weather while others are good for driving in dry conditions. Before finally racing, it is better to perform at least few hours test driving.

When the process of building the rat rod has been completed, take it out to have a spin. Every hour and time which is put into it will surely pay back as you will speed and race down the track.


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