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Posts Tagged ‘Rat Rod’

Chopped & Slammed VW Microbus

Sunday, 21 February 2016

VW Microbus

I want one.

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Chopped and Lowered VW Rat Rod Prowler

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Chopped Lowered VW RatRod Prowler

The ghost of Ed Big Daddy Roth lives.

[Found here. More Rat Rods here.]

1940s Rat Rod Go Cart

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Go Cart (6)

Go Cart (8)

Go Cart (7)

Go Cart (1)

Go Cart (2)

Pop Strutts (my grampa) created this bit of vehicular awesome from a lawnmower engine, some stray bicycle parts and wood scraps. There was no steering wheel, only a tiller.

The engine was a Briggs & Stratton 1/2 hp rope-starter. It had three gears, but to change gears you had to stop, move the drive belt a pulley over, and hope it didn’t sever your fingers while you moved it. There was an accelerator pedal that attached to the throttle, and a brake that consisted of a lever that forced a piece of metal into the rubber of one of the rear wheels.

To shut down the engine, there was a piece of spring metal with a wooden switch to short out the spark plug. It’d give you a nice zap if your finger missed the wood.

What’s not shown here is The Peckerwood. On the rear of the vehicle, Pop mounted a wooden image of a boy who mechanically rocked back and forth as the Go Cart moved, poking his steel wire “pecker” back and forth through a steel eye screw.  Papa Strutts probably removed it so as not to give a 10 year-old Bunk any nasty ideas, but I remember it. I had nasty ideas anyway, but not because of The Peckerwood.

[Rat Rods Archive here.]

[Update: November 2014 – this sold at a recent estate sale for $75.]

Oil-Finish Steel Hotlinks

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Sh*t My Students Write.

Chaetopterus pugaporcinus aka the pigbutt worm.

Cool exhibition of Conway’s Game of Life here.

Nice collection of Living fossils.

Nan goes Christmas shopping in Singapore.

If you’re going to run over your own kid, do it with a Landrover.

A Twinkies inker exposed.

It’s a girl, my lord, in a flat bed Ford. Winslow Arizona trompe l’oeil. (Only criticism – there oughtta be a Jackson in the upper window instead of an eagle.)

Ugly house photos.

Cutting a torus – The Möbius Bagel [via].

On Anthropogenic Global Warming, this is a fun read, and educational, too.

For those who think this blog is about Raccoons, here ya go. [h/t A.U.]

In compliance with Stacy McCain‘s Rules Numbers 2 & 5 on how to get a million hits on your blog, we took a vote and figured why the hell not.

Top image found here.


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