What is a Hot Rod?

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Hot rods are a storied part of American automotive history. But what exactly is a hot rod? And how does someone go about building a hot rod kit car?

A hot rod is anything that’s modified to go faster or look cooler based on the builder’s preference. You can hot rod cars, tools, bicycles, and more. It’s limitless in scope because at the core of it is invention.

In automotive parlance, a traditional hot rod is a 1934 Ford, or earlier, that has its fenders removed. That isn’t to say other cars can’t be turned into a hot rod, but purists point to the ’33-’34 era Ford as the true hot rod.

Now, if you want to build your own hot rod, you can use any model that’s your favorite. If you want the traditional hot rod, you may have an easier time finding people who can give you reliable information.

To find the right model, you have to do your research. There are plenty of forums online to help you in your search for the perfect hot rod, and your local mechanics and junk shop owners may be able to point you in the right direction, too.

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