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Fiero done as a rat rod by BrittB
Started on: 10-15-2015 11:08 PM
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Report this Post10-15-2015 11:08 PM Click Here to See the Profile for BrittBSend a Private Message to BrittBEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
It seems that everything is getting the rat rod treatment these days, I saw a picture of a BMW done up as one and it didn't look too bad. We were having this discussion at work and I wondered, has anyone seen it done to a Fiero yet?
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Report this Post10-16-2015 08:36 AM Click Here to See the Profile for Formula88Send a Private Message to Formula88Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Yeah, I love the look of a natural patina on a Fiero.

"fake" rat rods are crap. I've seen people take brand new cars and take a sander to them to "weather" the paint. Just stupid. It never looks right.

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Report this Post10-16-2015 09:36 AM Click Here to See the Profile for Tuna HelperClick Here to Email Tuna HelperSend a Private Message to Tuna HelperEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
^^ I've seen people do that to guitars, too. If you want a guitar that looks like its played in a thousand bars, then go buy one.
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Originally posted by Tuna Helper:

^^ I've seen people do that to guitars, too. If you want a guitar that looks like its played in a thousand bars, then go buy one.


Even cameras! I've seen where people picked up an old camera like a Nikon F (readily available at swap meets for $150) and rubbed off much of the chrome plating and paint and maybe put some little dents in it and now they've got something with character. Heck it may have covered the Kennedy assassination or the Vietnam war! The patina proves it!

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Originally posted by Tuna Helper:

^^ I've seen people do that to guitars, too. If you want a guitar that looks like its played in a thousand bars, then go earn one.


Just made me think.

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Even cameras! I've seen where people picked up an old camera like a Nikon F (readily available at swap meets for $150) and rubbed off much of the chrome plating and paint and maybe put some little dents in it and now they've got something with character. Heck it may have covered the Kennedy assassination or the Vietnam war! The patina proves it!


But its crap. A car or camera or guitar that is worn and dented has character, has stories. Something that has been "relic"d has one story, " I was well taken care of until some asshat decided to vandalize me."
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Originally posted by Tuna Helper:

But its crap. A car or camera or guitar that is worn and dented has character, has stories. Something that has been "relic"d has one story, " I was well taken care of until some asshat decided to vandalize me."


Exactly.

I always wanted to buy one and restore it back to like-new condition. All that patina GONE.

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Jeans sold with holes already in them...
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Report this Post10-17-2015 12:26 AM Click Here to See the Profile for BrittBSend a Private Message to BrittBEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Don't get me started on the reliced guitar fad. I know the difference because I've seen enough of them and real is always easy to spot vs. fake. As for a Fiero, I'm not convinced it would look good, it would take too much to make it look right and at that point it would make more sense to me to start out with something else. My car has patina in spades and has that well used, unrestored look. I figure nobody would want to got to jail for stealing a Fiero that looks like that so it's a theft deterant as well!
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Originally posted by Formula88:

Yeah, I love the look of a natural patina on a Fiero.

"fake" rat rods are crap. I've seen people take brand new cars and take a sander to them to "weather" the paint. Just stupid. It never looks right.


That is the dumbest thing ever!
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It just looks to me like the person couldn't afford a decent paint job. Just a stupid fad in my opinion.
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Originally posted by Adjustso3:

It just looks to me like the person couldn't afford a decent paint job. Just a stupid fad in my opinion.

A long lasting fad as I remember using the term "rat rod" to describe our 27 buick with straight bodywork but faded paint over 25 years ago.
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Originally posted by Adjustso3:

It just looks to me like the person couldn't afford a decent paint job. Just a stupid fad in my opinion.


When I was in high school and then some, we had a saying. "Beware the car in primer." Generally guys would spend all their money on the engine and drivetrains, and it would take quite a while before they had money to paint it.

(All my guitars are in pretty nice condition for their age, except one that I bought at a pawn shop and refinished)
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Report this Post10-17-2015 04:06 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Adjustso3Click Here to Email Adjustso3Send a Private Message to Adjustso3Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I meant what some guys are doing with cars like that Camaro in this thread. Not a real rat rod that's built with odds and ends parts. I've always liked those.
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Report this Post10-18-2015 02:20 AM Click Here to See the Profile for BrittBSend a Private Message to BrittBEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Saw this article on reliced guitars today, so correct IMHO.

http://www.premierguitar.co...ou-relic-your-guitar
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Report this Post10-18-2015 07:55 AM Click Here to See the Profile for rice.1Click Here to Email rice.1Send a Private Message to rice.1Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Someone has one on Louisville CL

http://louisville.craigslis.../cto/5241378861.html
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Originally posted by css9450:


Even cameras! I've seen where people picked up an old camera like a Nikon F (readily available at swap meets for $150) and rubbed off much of the chrome plating and paint and maybe put some little dents in it and now they've got something with character. Heck it may have covered the Kennedy assassination or the Vietnam war! The patina proves it!


I've had someone tell me a few years ago that some dents and scratches on my Wide Glide would add character. I just looked at them like they had three heads. The only scratches that I wanted to see is some polishing swirl marks!!!
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People sometimes call my Fiero a rat rod. But I don't do goofy stuff like using a lawn chair as a car seat, or using vice-grips as an impromptu steering wheel. But there are parts from several different cars, plus some homemade stuff. Oh, and the car has 3 different colors of primer on it.



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Report this Post10-24-2015 10:13 AM Click Here to See the Profile for BrittBSend a Private Message to BrittBEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
That's more cool than you think!

 
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People sometimes call my Fiero a rat rod. But I don't do goofy stuff like using a lawn chair as a car seat, or using vice-grips as an impromptu steering wheel. But there are parts from several different cars, plus some homemade stuff. Oh, and the car has 3 different colors of primer on it.







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Report this Post10-27-2015 03:28 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Chris HodsonSend a Private Message to Chris HodsonEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
A mess of several gm cars, bmw, & home made parts. Longitudinally mounted SBC 350 hooked to a olds tornado trans from the late 60's...Does this count ? Maybe to much paint idk...



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Originally posted by BrittB:

That's more cool than you think!



Now that looks awesome ! I love that tilt front end ! I
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You need rust color paint, road signs as floor boards and a beer keg as a gas tank, think hillbilly here not unfinished car.
Rat rod = hillbilly = cool "a rat rod"
Unfinished car = I don't have enough money for paint = ghetto

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Report this Post10-28-2015 09:00 AM Click Here to See the Profile for BlacktreeClick Here to visit Blacktree's HomePageClick Here to Email BlacktreeSend a Private Message to BlacktreeEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I got a chuckle out of this quote.

 
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Hot rodder and freelance journalist Brad Ocock said of the rat rod trend: "There's a huge difference between rat rod and beater. A beater has potential. A rat rod is something someone threw together to make a statement, and usually that statement is, 'I don't know how to weld. I had a bunch of crap lying around and realized there was enough to put together a car but didn't want to put any effort into it.'"


This is pretty much my opinion as well. My Fiero is not a rat rod. But people sometimes mislabel it as one.
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This one is around central Florida.
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Originally posted by Chris Hodson:
A mess of several gm cars,


Wasn't that how Fieros got built at Pontiac in the first place? If that's what makes a car a rat rod, then I guess every Fiero that rolled out of Pontiac is a rat rod.
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Wasn't that how Fieros got built at Pontiac in the first place? If that's what makes a car a rat rod, then I guess every Fiero that rolled out of Pontiac is a rat rod.



BOOM. lol. There ya go. Im diggin that roof rack.

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