Hot Rod Building and Customizing

Hot rods are built to many different standards.

Some Hot Rods are set to a strict theme, having every little detail dialed in to a specific time period as in the 1950's or 1960's. This would be a pure Resto Rod. These Resto Rods are timeless, being like a part of history, they don't lose their appeal.

Some hot rods are just put together with whatever is available off the shelf. Some make use of all the latest hoopla parts that are advertised in the magazines. Those modern street rods are sometimes very expensive. Next year, they're obsolete cause there's new stuff out at that point.

I just have a hard time with the industrial look of the new gauges, steering wheels, shifters, and especially the wheels that are popular now. I like to use the example of "put some of those 21 inch low profile wheel/tire combinations on a Model T". How's that look? Yes it's an extreme, but the concept is still the same. They just don't work on older cars. Period.... The upholstery almost always doesn't fit the design character of the original car either. Loose the door handles and you've lost another major design component. Chrome bumpers.... On and on.

The designers of the 1930's cars especially, were doing their jobs very well, in my opinion. I personally like to take advantage of all of the fabulous design work that coordinates with the theme and the original design of the car. Occasionally, it is possible to improve on original design, but not being a designer myself, or even having any degree in art for that matter, I feel a need to be very careful when it comes to customizing cars. When I do customize cars, I want the changes to be invisible, or look like they haven't been modified at all. If it looks like it hasn't been customized, whether it is a big modification or small, it has been a success!

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